The Spo​tlight Short Film Awards promotes our Award-Winning Filmmakers and their films by shining the spotlight on their talent.

Meet our Award-Winners in the

Filmmaker Spotlight

The Spotlight Short Film Awards commemorates and promotes talented filmmakers of all experience levels. We know the film festival circuit first-hand, and our selection committee is dedicated to creating a platform for your film to gain the attention it deserves. Read More...

The Spotlight Short Film Awards is absolutely honored to have granted awards to such a diverse selection of incredible short films from all over the world in the first-round of 2016.  View the list our first-round  2016 Award Winners.

More awards will be announced in August and October 2016!

We have awarded many talented filmmakers in the first-round of our 2016 season.  Our award-winning directors have created some of the best independent films in the world...

View the 2016 Awards

What the Filmmakers Say:

Thank you to all the filmmakers who shared their work with our team in 2015, and for your important feedback!

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Our next awards will be announced in November 2016. Find out more about submitting your film for consideration in the next Spotlight Short Film Awards...

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Every Film Deserves a Chance In the Spotlight

sister competitions

The Spotlight Film Awards presents three separate competitions designed for films of every genre. Visit our sister competitions:

 Spotlight HORROR Film Awards

Spotlight DOCUMENTARY Film Awards

We are dedicated to spotlighting talented film and video artists of every experience level. We know just one award or one piece of critical feedback are all many films need to set them in motion  in the festival circuit. Read More


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.

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

What you guys are doing is really great. Helping filmmakers around the word make a name for themselves is amazing.