Welcome to the Spotlight Film Awards. 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 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 in 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.

RUNNING TIME AND CATEGORY
Entries must be under 46 minutes.

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

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

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

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Konate' Hendricks

    Great festival! This is my second film with this festival and I'm honored to have been a part of the Spotlight Short Film Festival. It's a great festival for film makers new and old. I highly recommend!

    February 2022
  • Crystal Rivers Badeaux

    This festival is professional and offers a quick response while communicating. I will definitely be submitting to the festival again in the future!

    Thank you for supporting my experimental "one woman" short "Dark Energy!"

    February 2022
  • So grateful for the Award winning selection of our music video Cold Case Killer. Honored to be a part of this great film festival.

    January 2022
  • Daniele De Muro

    Honoured to have my short film"Horizon" at this beautiful Festival. I hope to submit a new project next year.

    January 2022
  • John Sexton

    Great communication and films, good value.

    January 2022