Spo​tlight Film Awards is held January 16, 2021 at Roll Call Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Our collection of the top films of the year compete for the title of Best documentary, narrative, music video, animation, horror, comedy, and Made in Georgia.

We are dedicated to promoting experienced and new filmmakers through a unique and important international film competition. We are searching the globe for the best films on Earth to spotlight and support.

The Spotlight Film Awards values each film based upon it's artistic merit alone. Each year, we search the world for some of the most unforgettable films, and we are so honored to present the top independent films of the year.

We value each film based upon it's artistic merit alone. We publicize our award-winning films through various websites, social media posts, press releases, and email campaigns to industry leaders, film festival organizers, and more.

Our award-winning filmmakers get the recognition they deserve, and can have a better success rate on the sometimes arduous journey through the festival circuit.

Our organization is composed of industry professionals: filmmakers, independent film consultants, film festival organizers, festival programmers and judges who have been in the business nearly 20 years, and share a passion for independent film. Our team has evaluated and judged more than 25,000 independent films from directors and producers just like you. Many of the films were spectacular, and some needed a little tweaking, but they were all magically created with the unwavering spirit of the true independent filmmaker.

The Spotlight Film Awards is a must for filmmakers who are searching for someone who can give their short films the undivided attention they deserve. We can now shine the spotlight on an unlimited amount of talented filmmakers from around the world, and celebrate the art and beauty of filmmaking.

Awards are announced every year in June and December and the top rated films will screen at the Spotlight Film Awards in January.

Filmmakers with short films of all genres are encouraged to enter the Spotlight Film Awards.

Platinum Awards: ​celebrate truly remarkable films with the highest scores from our panel. Platinum Award Winning Films will screen in competition at the Spotlight Film Awards in January. The best Platinum Award winning films receive a beautiful crystal award to celebrate their win. Awards are given for best documentary, narrative, music video, animation, drama, comedy, horror, and Made in Georgia.

Gold Awards: celebrate incredible films with the second highest scores from our panel.

Silver Awards: awarded to unforgettable films with the third highest scores from our panel.

Bronze Awards: awarded to films with high artistic achievement with the fourth highest scores from our panel.

All Award-Winning Film Receive:

Hi-resolution digital downloads of Spotlight Film Awards winning laurels.

A personalized digital Certificate of Excellence in Filmmaking announcing your award.

Emails to our extensive database of industry professionals with announcements of your award.

Links from our website to your film website, film trailer, and / or sales of your film online.

Filmmaker Spotlight profile on website with director photo, bio, and links to chosen websites.

Entries must be under 46 minutes.

Awards are announced every year in June and December with the top rated Platiinum films screening in January.

Entries in any language other than English or Spanish should be subtitled in either language.

Entries can only be submitted with a secure link of an online copy through vimeo or other host. Hard copies not accepted.

Overall Rating
  • christophe ledard

    5 stars
    But deserve much more !!!
    Spotlight Film Awards, created by Eric Panter, is for me a top Film Festival.

    We've been Informed on time about the selection.
    Then, as we were selected, we receive several links to follow the festival :
    One link for the biography of all the directors selected
    One link for the liste of Films selected
    One link for my project listed
    And one for the winning Laurel, which is really nice

    So congratulations again for this Festival which I won't miss next time.
    Thank You Eric,
    Best regards
    Christophe Ledard

    March 2020
  • C. E. Dye

    Hat's off to the Spotlight Short Film Awards! We really appreciate the Gold Award for UNCLE'S CAR and we're favorably impressed all around by the organizers. Much thanks!

    February 2020
  • I am very honored to be part of the films.
    I would like to thank you for rating my project so highly.It is good that you received the film with a heavy subject that often does not appear on film.
    Great festival.

    January 2020
  • The Spotlight Film Awards Are Amazing! I Am So Happy That They Choose My Music Video As A Spotlight Bronze Winner! They Are A Wonderful In So Many Ways!

    January 2020
  • Allison Flom

    I'm SO grateful to have participated in Spotlight Film Awards this year. The festival's communication was impeccable, the theater is clean and gorgeous, and everyone was so kind. There wasn't a huge audience, but we got to see our work on a big screen in the company of the kindest people, and we won a really beautiful award. Highly recommend! I bet the festival will keep growing every year, because everyone who attended with me was very into it!

    January 2020