The Spo​tlight Film Awards is 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 its 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.
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.

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.

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.

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 December with the top rated Platinum 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

    We are excited to receive Award Winner status in the Spotlight Short Film Awards. This is an honor. Thank you! Forest Under Stress is a very short documentary, which includes animation. It was directed, created, and produced by a mother daughter duo from Oregon and filmed in the Southern Oregon forests where we hail from. This Award continues to bring awareness to the loss of our forest health as the forest speaks through the film.

    March 2023
  • minna re shin

    My team and I are extremely honoured to receive the Silver Award for our music video "Sonate Tableaux: Mouvement 2." Thank you for recognizing our work and for giving us the opportunity to be part of the Spotlight Short Film Awards. Great festival, excellent communication and responsiveness, and a very friendly and warm festival team. A truly amazing experience.

    February 2023
  • Jason Hanline

    Good response and communication. We’ll submit more content soon.

    February 2023
  • Jean-Francois Rodrigues

    Submitting my short documentary to the Spotlight film festival was such an honour and I felt truly bless to have been selected for a silver award. The organisers are always so supportive and are always willing to communicate directly with the filmmakers . I am so grateful that my work was recognised a d hope to enter my next documentary in upcoming Spotlight film festivals.

    February 2023
  • Jim Zounis

    It was such a great honor to have our short film selected and awarded as a "Silver Award winner" in the 'Spotlight Short Film Awards'. Thank you all so much.

    February 2023