Honoring the Best in Indie Film


Originally founded in 1980, the American Movie Awards arose to honor excellence in filmmaking, with winners such as Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, and Steven Spielberg. The awards influenced a generation of ambitious filmmakers with dreams to one day stand on stage and be recognized for their filmmaking achievements before their industry colleagues and the entertainment media alike.

Under new direction and with a renewed spirit, the American Movie Awards has reemerged to celebrate the very best in independent filmmaking. Our annual black-tie awards gala is an elegant and important event aimed at recognizing independent filmmakers who are truly at the forefront of their craft as well as launching the careers of aspiring storytellers whose talent is of a caliber that demands accolade.

Each year winners and attendees rub elbows with fellow directors, producers, actors and industry professionals and have their award-winning work recognized in front of a live audience. Local and national media are invited to cover the events from parties, the walk down the red carpet, to the revealing of the coveted Grand Jury Prize and Special Marquee Awards. In addition to awards, winners will receive prizes generously provided by our sponsors and partners.

The 2014 American Movie Awards will be held May 10th, 2014. The Call for Entries for the 2015 American Movie Awards is now open and underway. The competition is open to independent filmmakers of every age, genre and experience level.  To submit a film or screenplay visit the submissions page. Good luck!

Annual Black-Tie Awards Gala and Film Screenings

Each year, at our exclusive Black-Tie Awards Gala, the American Movie Award recognizes and awards excellence in independent filmmaking in a wide variety of competition categories with the prestigious American Movie Awards and Special Marquee Awards.  The Official Jury will award deserving films, filmmakers, and screenwriters in the following categories: Picture, Directing, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Art Design, Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Animation, Short Films, Feature Narratives, Documentaries, Short Documentaries, Foreign Films, Music Videos, Experimental Films, First-Time Directors, Television Pilots, and Student Films.  In addition, prize packages provided by our sponsors will be awarded to several standout films and screenplays at the discretion of the Jury.

Screenplay Competition

The American Movie Awards proudly supports the craft of screenwriting by featuring an annual, international feature, short, and television screenwriting contest designed to recognize and help launch the careers of talented new screenwriters. Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winning screenwriters of this year's competition, along with benefits packages from our sponsors and executive meetings with literary talent agencies and production companies.  The Winners and Finalists of the American Movie Awards Screenplay Contest are also honored on stage at our annual awards gala where they will have an opportunity to accept their accolades in person, deliver an acceptance speech, pose for photographs, and meet, mingle, and network with their fellow award-winning peers and industry professionals.

Are you ready to enter your film or screenplay into this year's competition?  Visit our Submissions page to get access our simple online entry form.

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