The Spo​tlight Film Awards will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. We will be screening the top rated films from our unique film competition.

We are dedicated to promoting experienced and new filmmakers, searching the globe for the best short films on Earth to spotlight and support.

There are three different Spotlight competitions:

Spotlight Short Film Awards

Spotlight Horror Film Awards

Spotlight Documentary Film Awards

The Spotlight Film Awards values 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 Short 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 Short Film Awards.



People like you bring perspective that there are still great human beings out there promoting one of the best and most unifying qualities of humankind - expression of feelings through art.

Your support and encouragement means a lot to me!! Much appreciated.

Now no matter what, I'll always be able to look back on this and say, someone believed I could do it too, so press on!!

It is just brilliant to receive this award and it goes to reward all the hard work put in from the cast and crew. I cant believe it, I am overjoyed with this achievement. This award has only given me the belief that I can go on and make another film

Film is my passion and I hope someday I can live doing this as a fulltime work. That's the
importance of this and other awards. I needed them to believe that a change in my life could be possible. Now, I have to find the way to become a fulltime filmaker in spite of the economic and social barriers I have here in Costa Rica. Thanks again for help me to believe that this is possible.

Simply put: I am knocked out and speechless that you and the Spotlight Short Film Awards jury have bestowed us with a Platinum Award! What an incredible honor.

Thank you so much for the award, an utterly wonderful surprise

Thank you for including our film and awarding it with a gold award. This was a very unexpected surprise and we're very appreciative of the recognition.

Wow, thank you so much! This is super exciting and I'm pumped to be alongside so many great films/makers.

My biggest thanks to you and to your committee for selecting my film as a Silver Award winner! This is truly an unexpected honor.

Thank you so much for the honor! We are very thrilled and will share this good news with the original creators in Japan.

I am completely honored to have been given a silver medal by the Spotlight Short Film Awards. The fact that you are doing this, giving independent short filmmakers a place to have their art shared, is extremely generous. It's encouraging to the artists as well.

Thank you for reaching out, I'm flattered by your kind words and thankful for being considered for the Spotlight Film Awards. I'm excited to share any future work with you and your team.

Thank you so much for this honour! I was really excited to hear that I was chosen to receive this award, It means a lot!

I'm so honored! Thanks so much for watching the film and the kind words

I don't have the words to thank you. But Thank You! This means so much to me.

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Platinum Awards: ​celebrate truly remarkable films with the highest scores from our panel. Platinum Award Winning Films will screen at the Spotlight Film Awards in January.

Gold Awards: celebrate incredible films with the second highest scores from our panel.
The top rated Gold Award Winning Film will be considered to screen at the Spotlight Film Awards in January.

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.

No Award: Films not receiving an award will be given important and honest feedback from our organization upon request. We know the amount of hard-work it takes to make independent films. This feedback could be essential in getting your film out there for the world to see.


Award-Winning Film Receive:

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

A personalized 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, and our sister websites, 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.

Top rated films of the year will screen at the Spotlight Film Awards in January.

Entries must be under 46 minutes in the category of narrative, documentary, animated, music video, or experimental short. All genres of narrative shorts are considered, including comedy, drama, action, family, musical, etc.
Documentary films should enter the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards and horror films should submit to the Spotlight Horror Film Awards.

Awards are announced every year in June and December with the top rated 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 (with password if needed) of an online copy through vimeo or other host. Hard copies not accepted.

Overall Rating
  • Quite an honor to be connected to Spotlight. Two of our music videos won awards. It's that kind of acknowledgement that inspires you to reach for the next level. Thanks, Spotlight!

    June 2019
  • I'm glad we got an award. Thank you very much.

    June 2019
  • Can't beat em. They're all about rising talent. Kudos!

    June 2019
  • The festival organizers communicated very well and it was a fantastic experience. I would highly recommend applying to any other filmmakers.

    June 2019
  • Dan Smith

    Spotlight is another professional film festival that I found through FilmFreeway

    June 2019