FILM AWARDS

202O Awards

Platinum Awards

​celebrate truly remarkable films with the highest scores from our panel. These films screen in January during the Spotlight Film Awards best of the year event.
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.

Meet our Award-Winning Filmmakers in the Spotlight


#FitnessProblems
Director Patrick Cavanaugh

​Spotlight Gold Award

​12th Street
Directors Gregory Lovett, Matthijs Heesemans

Spotlight Gold Award

52 - A Tale of Loneliness
Director Johnny DePalma

Spotlight Gold Award


Aberdeen Covenant
Director Ludi Askins

Spotlight Silver Award


A Coach's Duty
Director Dylan Gallimore

Spotlight Gold Award


After My Brother Died
Director Marianne Gardner

Spotlight Silver Award


Aftershock
Director Gareth Wilkes
Spotlight Platinum Award


Ain't God Alright
Directors Rasheed Lanier, Andrew J. Bullard IV

Spotlight Bronze Award

A King's Daughter
Director Don Richards

Spotlight Silver Award


Align
Director R.E. Wolfe

Spotlight Gold Award


Almost Midnight
Director Jan Fabris

Spotlight Silver Award

Alone
Director Micayla R Lyles-Young
Spotlight Silver Award

Alone
Director Sonia Bajaj
Spotlight Silver Award


Alzheimer's
Director Peter Vietro-Hannum

Spotlight Platinum Award


Ana 
Director Tari K. Robinson

Spotlight Silver Award


A New Chapter
Director Susanna Wolk

Spotlight Gold Award

An International Girl
Director Kyra Zagorsky

Spotlight Gold Award


Another Wonderful Day in Paradise
Director Xiaoyu Yang

Spotlight Gold Award

Anytime
Director Merry May Ma

Spotlight Bronze Award


A Peek of Love
Director Jeremy Lu

Spotlight Gold Award


A Photo
Director Xinle Ding

Spotlight Gold Award


A Place to Train
Director Jessica Gomula-Kruzic

​Spotlight Silver Award


A Real Man
Director Aurélien Mathieu

Spotlight Platinum Award


A Scene From A Friendship
Director Logan Slusser

Spotlight Bronze Award


Avernus
Director Simon Ross

Spotlight Gold Award


A Wink Or A Smile
Director C. Blake Evernden

Spotlight Gold Award


Badnapping
Director Zakiyyah BG

Spotlight Silver Award

Bakemono
Directors Sumire Takamatsu, Jorge Lucas

Spotlight Platinum Award

Bitch, Popcorn & Blood
Director Fabio Soares

Spotlight Platinum Award


Blue Devils
Director L. Robinson

Spotlight Silver Award

Body and Son
Director Chris Anthony Hamilton

Spotlight Platinum Award


Bodyhackers
Director Dale Metz, TL Westgate

Spotlight Gold Award


Boundless
Director Kate Campbell

Spotlight Gold Award


Brass Ring
Director Zachary Ross

Spotlight Silver Award

Brown With Blue
Director Christian Nolan Jones

Spotlight Platinum Award


Camping is Cheaper
Director Jaxson Varni

Spotlight Gold Award


Can You See Me?

Director Yael Deynes

Spotlight Gold Award


Cassandra
Director David E. Tolchinsky

Spotlight Platinum Award


Chiringo
Director Ovunda Ihunwo

Spotlight Bronze Award


Couch's Crazy Cartoon Commercials
Director Steve Couch

Spotlight Silver Award

Covered
Director Cherrye J. Davis

Spotlight Gold Award

Crab
Director Felix Crumbsy

Spotlight Silver Award

Crybaby
Director Gena Fridman

Spotlight Gold Award


Day 14
Director Sean Tretta

Spotlight Silver Award


Death's Door
Director Carson Bailey

Spotlight Gold Award


Decoupage
Director Kyle Kulmann

Spotlight Silver Award


Detached

Directors Chi Tsen, Mia Mathilda, Ethan Sands, Mika Heiskanen, Natalia Bahamón

Spotlight Gold Award


Dharavi

Director Noa Iimura

Spotlight Silver Award


Dignity
Director Pat Battistini

Spotlight Silver Award


Division Series
Director Ho Kwon Kim

Spotlight Gold Award


Dream Seller
Director Minye Cho

Spotlight Silver Award


Don't Change
Director Hayley Beveridge

Spotlight Gold Award


Dulce et Decorum Est
Director Walter Haussner

Spotlight Silver Award


Dweller for an Occasional Something: The Precursor
Director Caleb C. Lorentz

Spotlight Gold Award


Earth Freaks
Director Jennifer Miguel

Spotlight Silver Award

Eat the Rainbow
Director Brian Benson

Spotlight Platinum Award


El Cavil
Director Evgeniya Radilova

Spotlight Gold Award

Eternity
Director Gunter H. Sanderson

Spotlight Gold Award

Family Dinner
Director Robert Bowden

Spotlight Gold Award

Forest Folly
Director Kevin Dix

Spotlight Gold Award


Fugitive Zero
Director Joe Lam

Spotlight Gold Award


Furca
Director Jonathan Kehoe

Spotlight Silver Award

Ghosted
Director Phil Hawkins

Spotlight Silver Award


Goodies
Director Jackson Harvey

Spotlight Gold Award

Good Will Memory
Director Yang Bai

Spotlight Gold Award


Gotcha!
Director Deborah Pinkney

Spotlight Silver Award

Grace
Director Christopher Kay

Spotlight Gold Award


Green

Directors Glory Zhai, Herong Cube

Spotlight Gold Award


GuilTV
Director Ryan Petre

Spotlight Gold Award


Hacking Santa
Director Matt Brandseth

Spotlight Gold Award


Healthy Mind
Director Terrance Lomax

Spotlight Silver Award

He Runs
Director Greg Roensch

Spotlight Gold Award


Hidden
Director Irina Hall

Spotlight Silver Award


Highland Home
Submitter Zach Stevens

Spotlight Gold Award


Home
Director Jiaxin Zheng

Spotlight Silver Award

Hush
Director Joseph McGovern

Spotlight Bronze Award


I Care, But I'm Done Trying
Director Ian Rayburn

Spotlight Gold Award


Imaginary Friend
Director Jason Sanchez

Spotlight Silver Award

I'm Home, Baby
Director Tim Pepper

Spotlight Bronze Award


Impreggnable
Director Robert Howat

Spotlight Silver Award


In Sane 2020
Directors Peter Evanchuck, Helene Lacelle

​Spotlight Silver Award

Iric
Director Sandra Tamkin

Spotlight Silver Award


It's Desmond (Your Misguided Tour Guide)
Director Daniela Di Salvo

Spotlight Gold Award


Jenna Gets an Abortion
Director Jonothon Mitchell

Spotlight Platinum Award


Jims
Director Sammy Keyes

Spotlight Silver Award


La Schema
Directors Alex Bowling, Stephen Byrum

Spotlight Silver Award


Last Look
Director Grant and Jessica Marshall
Spotlight Silver Award


Learning to Fly
Director Anthony J. Turek

Spotlight Silver Award


Let Life Happen
Director Daniel Bolero Zaldivar

Spotlight Silver Award

Life Reflecting
Director John Alban Coughlan

Spotlight Bronze Award


Living Beyond Obstacles
Director Katie Kamala Haley

Spotlight Bronze Award

Luzi and the Nameless Generation
Director Elias Gandy

Spotlight Silver Award


Lyceum
Director Dianna Ippolito

Spotlight Gold Award


Manasanamaha
Director Deepak Reddy

Spotlight Gold Award


Mary Mary Quite Contrary
Director TinNgai Chan

Spotlight Silver Award


Max
Director Kristina Arjona

Spotlight Platinum Award


Mend
Director Shannon Eubanks

Spotlight Silver Award

Milk
Director Peter Nogueira

Spotlight Gold Award

Mourning Meal

Director Jamal Hodge

Spotlight Gold Award


Mr. Myrtle Beach
Director Joel Allen

Spotlight Silver Award


Ms. Rossi
Director Pat Battistini

Spotlight Gold Award

Muse Over
Director William ' Bill ' Connor

Spotlight Gold Award

My Life in a Blue Elf Suit

Directors Rachel Albanese, Al Chan, Mary Albanese

Spotlight Silver Award


My Tagalong

Director Jerry Wang

Spotlight Gold Award


Navigating the Curve

Director Michael Starobin

Spotlight Bronze Award


Nice Shoes
Director Jonathan Lawrence

Spotlight Platinum Award


Night Feed
Director David Schedler

Spotlight Bronze Award


Nineteen Ninety Nine
Director Grace Uther

Spotlight Gold Award


Noises and Silences
Director Julia Deak

Spotlight Bronze Award

No One Can Draw My Picture
Director Kohei Sengen

Spotlight Bronze Award


Not Me
Director Mahmoud Salimi

Spotlight Gold Award

Our House is On Fire
Director Micaa Thomas

Spotlight Silver Award


Pandora
Director August Aguilar

Spotlight Gold Award

Pardon My Condolences
Director Eric Alan Luse

Spotlight Gold Award


Parkour Is Easy
Director Andrea Ross

Spotlight Gold Award


Particular Friendships
Directors Mark Padilla, Nelson Varas-Díaz

Spotlight Silver Award


Please Be Seated
Director Stephen Gentry

Spotlight Gold Award

Pool Boy
Director Alexander Wilkins

Spotlight Silver Award

Preacher Droid
Director Robert Howat

Spotlight Silver Award


Pressure
Director India Hodo

Spotlight Silver Award

Raincoat
Director Keith Terrell

Spotlight Silver Award


Red
Director Frances Wilkerson

Spotlight Silver Award

Remember This
Director Sonia Bajaj

Spotlight Silver Award


Reverb

Director Minkyu Kang

Spotlight Gold Award


Ripples
Director Xinhao Wang

Spotlight Gold Award


Rolling Motions
Director Ethan Hasse

Spotlight Silver Award


Room 3
Director Sheng Feng

Spotlight Gold Award


Rosa 
Director Frances Wilkerson

Spotlight Silver Award


Round
Director Jeffery James Bucchino

Spotlight Bronze Award

Run. Hide. Pray.
Director Liz Lugo

Spotlight Gold Award

Seek
Directors Anthony Stengel,  Jaime Cruz

Spotlight Gold Award


Shadow Dancer
Director Bruce Brown

Spotlight Platinum Award


Signs of a Rebel Buddha
Director D. R. Thompson

Spotlight Silver Award

Sisters For Life- A Trajaquin film
Director Michelle Valines

Spotlight Silver Award


Sleeper
Director John Kennedy Eagle

Spotlight Bronze Award

Snakeskin
Director Wesley Clapp

Spotlight Silver Award


South Down 79
Director Matthew Price

Spotlight Silver Award


Stand Up Stand Out: The Making of a Comedy Movement
Director David Pavlosky

Spotlight Silver Award

Stepping Home
Director Alexander Wilkins

Spotlight Silver Award


Strength
Directors Jack Brinson III, Bre' Akie Webster

Spotlight Silver Award


Summer Heat
Directors Herbert Moran, Brian Welch

Spotlight Gold Award


Sybaritic
Directors Ryan Czerwonko, Chelsea Christopher

Spotlight Bronze Award


THE
Director Xaque Gruber

Spotlight Gold Award

The Adventures of Forrest & Winnebago ft. Tommy the Kid - "The Donkey & The Hare"
Directors Keith Aaron Jarvis, Taidge Mathieu

Spotlight Silver Award

The Adventures of Kam & Adam: The Great Printer Fiasco
Director Katie Nahnsen

Spotlight Gold Award


The Best You Got
Director Taz Lake

Spotlight Gold Award


The Black Baptism
Director Stephanie Diane Ford

Spotlight Silver Award

The Box
Director Keenan Osborne

Spotlight Bronze Award


The Cancer Monster
Director Michael Costello

​Spotlight Gold Award


The Chair
Director Ronnie Cramer

​Spotlight Gold Award

The Eve 
Director Luca Machnich

Spotlight Silver Award


The Formerly Session
Director Keith D. Bracker

Spotlight Silver Award


The Gifted Ones
Director Chadaporn Mitinunwong

Spotlight Gold Award

The Girl with Blue Eyes
Director Alireza Mirasadollah

Spotlight Gold Award


The Golden Age
Director Winchester 7

Spotlight Silver Award

The Grand Gesture
Director Jack Brame

Spotlight Gold Award


The Leap
Director Shanna R Riker

Spotlight Silver Award

The Menu for Tomorrow
Director Woody - Kazuhiro Kiuchi

Spotlight Silver Award


The Open Door
Director Yasir Duzcan

Spotlight Gold Award


The Package
Director Robin L Posavetz

Spotlight Gold Award

The Philosopher
Directors Simon Villaret , Danielle Eva Schwob

Spotlight Gold Award


The Tell-Tale Heart - a musicabre
Director Danny Ashkenasi

Spotlight Bronze Award

The Voices of Rohingya Refugees
Director Srobana Bhattacharya

Spotlight Silver Award


The Waiting Room
Director Lauren Littlejohn

Spotlight Platinum Award


Titus & Mirabella
Director Melania Crisan

Spotlight Silver Award


To Love a Ladybug
Director Mikael Trench

Spotlight Gold Award


Tomorrow Never Came

Director Lisa Dunning

​Spotlight Bronze Award

Trick Box
Director Godwin Onohwosa

Spotlight Silver Award

Turn Down Oranges

Director David Morton

Spotlight Silver Award


Uber Thoughts
Director Meredith Koch

Spotlight Gold Award


Underneath Those Years
Director Alexander Mülle

Spotlight Gold Award

Under The Skin
Director Silvana D'Mikos

Spotlight Gold Award


Walk a Mile
Director Judith Cowley

Spotlight Silver Award

Walk, Run, Ride, and Live.
Director Patrick Albright

Spotlight Gold Award


What The Mouse?
Directors Jhonathan Parks, Jhonny Parks

Spotlight Gold Award


Why Doesn't She Leave?
Director Sawyer Rodriguez

Spotlight Silver Award


Windows
Director Cliff Guest

Spotlight Bronze Award

Winter
Director Guodong Yu

Spotlight Gold Award


You Can't Give Up

Director Anthony Colling

Spotlight Silver Award















The best independent  films of 2020

2020 Award winners