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.

Entries must be under 46 minutes.

Awards are announced every year in June and 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
  • It was great being a part of this festival and even greater to have won an award. The communication was great, you could feel that the curators love filmmakers. I really recommend this festival.

    February 2021
  • It was such an honour to receive a Gold Award for our film, Boundless! Thank you for all of your hard work and thank you so much for recognizing our film!

    February 2021
  • Jill Mansfield

    Wonderful Film festival, and so happy to say that we won for our film Lyceum! Spotlight Short Film Awards communicated very well and was professional the entire time. Just a joy to work with! I hope to submit to them again in the near future for different film projects!

    January 2021
  • Great festival that adapted to online screenings during these tough times. Great people!

    January 2021
  • Xaque Gruber

    Thank you for this very well run film festival experience. Wonderful attention to detail. The communication was superb and I greatly appreciate it all!

    January 2021