[READ RECENT GALA UPDATES BELOW or on sceneawards.com] Important: Be sure to submit to more than one category, so widen your nominee chances. In-Person screenings + stage interviews at our main event on January 16, 2022. Our 2nd Annual Scene Awards Gala is now confirmed at the Joint Comedy Club--95 person capacity, social-distanced, seated with tables--in North Little Rock-downtown area only 10 minutes from the airport.

The event will be emceed by our President and award-winning entertainer, Freddy Moyano (see videos from our past May 2021 Gala on sceneawards.com). On Saturday January 15, during the pre-event at the Wyndham, we will do interviews at a nearby hotel lobby just like we successfully did at the BOW MLC Gala.

We accept scenes and shorts of many genres. We go by "Keep It Short, Memorable and Sweet"

IMPORTANT FOR SCENE CATEGORIES: before you purchase the submission, please add a quick line using the Cover Letter button on the final screen explaining which scene you want us to look at and why. For example, the cover letter line would read = "1:24 to 4:20: pay attn to dialogues, camera..." One scene per purchased category. Multiple category submissions welcome. In that case, please expand on your cover letter accordingly.

Also some categories cost more to submit because they guarantee screening (interviews, press coverage... at our gala) un front of a live audience at our January 2022 Gala, AS LONG AS your film scene was nominated in November.

The one aspect that is often underrated by film festivals, the memorable scene that makes you remember the film, be it because of the scenery, the powerful dialogues, speech, camera angle/motion, improvisation, etc. That's why we exist. We want to recognize the talent poured onto that scene you want us to look at.

We are grandfathered by our big sister competition, the MLC Awards (mlcawards.com).

We go from May to January, with a 5 month break between the end of January and late April. Four nominees are picked per category on Notification Date (out of selected scenes and our of yet to be selected shorts). Then we screen some of the nominees at one of our annual gala in January 2022.

Each category winner in attendance to the January 2022 Gala will receive a keepsake trophy. E-certificates will be available on demand. Audience in attendance will vote for the 2 best productions of the Gala. Our judges will award the rest of the categories. New trophies on demand are being designed as we speak by our partners at Glasso Group.

Please read carefully:
-See categories for specific rules.
-Scene Categories: We cannot pick a scene for you. You must indicate it to us.
-Before you purchase the submission, please add a quick cover letter explaining which scene you want us to look at, one scene-only (see submission categories for time limit per scene). For ex., the cover letter would read = "1:24 to 4:20: pay attn to dialogues, camera..." If you forget to add a cover letter (life happens, we know), then please add the time mark message at the very bottom of your film synopsis.
-The entire film must be uploaded. Please do not upload the scene only. While we typically will not watch the whole film, if the scene is interesting and watching before or after makes sense, we will do so at our criteria.
-One scene per submission (please indicate the minute mark in a message to us).
-No more than three scenes from the same film can be sent to us in the same 10-week window.
-The entire film must consist of more than 1 scene. We just need to see why the scene you point us too is award worthy. By submitting your film you agree that we can screen (in the case of screener categories) your scene at our January Gala in Little Rock.
-We do not pay screening fees.
-Fees as not refundable.
-We reserve the right to disqualify submitters if rules are breached.
-Official Selections are announced within 3 days of a submission as long as it includes a vimeo link with 30 seconds of a sample of the submitted scene.
-On the posted notification date, we will announce 4 Nominations per category. One week later we will announce nominees. The month after we will announce winners at the gala.
-We only run May through January. We will not do any virtual screenings.
-See each submission categories for additional rules.
-We reserve the rights to modify these terms and conditions and to remove a given category should participation not be up to standards. If that was the case, we will move submitters to other categories.
-Submitting to more than 1 category can increase your chances of selection or nomination. While attendance to our gala events is not mandatory, it will be considered to determine some of the winners in the event of a tie in audience votes.
-A live audience will vote for each winner on day 1 of each gala.

Overall Rating
  • We love this festival -- the fact that it focuses on a single scene is unlike other festivals and allows films to put forward their strongest moments in a film. We are very honored to have won Best Scene Under 3 Minutes and loved seeing all the nominees (Under 1 Minute, Under 2 Minutes, etc.). Thank you so much! We will submit future projects for sure!

    May 2021
  • Fantastic festival! The staff are communicative and knowledgeable, the films are high-quality and interesting and there are tons of opportunities to network. I would highly recommend submitting and attending the Scene Awards. Thank you Freddy for your hospitality!

    May 2021
  • These people are doing the Lord's work for film makers. A lot of fun, value priced, and a great way to generate hype for indie projects. Bravo

    April 2021
  • GREAT fest! Super responsive and professional!

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Brandon. We love seeing work like yours. Good luck in the Finals. We look forward to meeting you at the upcoming Gala.