The Spo​tlight Short Film Awards is dedicated to promoting experienced and new filmmakers through a unique and important international film competition. We are searching the globe for the best short films on Earth to spotlight and support.

The Spotlight Short Film Awards values each film based upon it's artistic merit alone. In 2015 and 2016, we searched 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, press releases, social media posts 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.

​Our next round of awards will be announced in June 2016. Filmmakers with short films of all genres are encouraged to enter the Spotlight Short Film Awards

Best of Awards: Films ​will be chosen each season for the award of  'Best Of' in  various categories. Read More...


Platinum Awards: ​celebrate truly remarkable films with the highest scores from our panel..


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.


First Time Filmmaker Awards of Excellence:  first time filmmakers who have created the top films will receive Awards of Excellence.


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.


Awards will be announced in June and November with Best Of Awards announced in December. The total number of films awarded depend on the number of entries received. 

STEVEN kAHN

Award Winning Animator


Frivolous Productions is the brainchild of writer and notary public Steven Kahn.  A veritable compost bin of some of Kahn's most brilliant ideas, Frivolous Production's SUPERIOR LIVING 

has won the Spotlight Platinum Award....Read More

Award-Winners receive:


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


A personalized Certificate of Excellence in Filmmaking announcing your award.


Social Media posts, press releases and 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 with link to chosen website


All Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Award-Winners are also eligible to win one or more of our many Best of Awards.

Michael Nardelli

Award-Winning filmmaker


Michael is a director, producer, writer and actor. Films include ANOTHER HAPPY DAY, which won the Waldo Salt Award for Best Screenplay at the 27th Sundance Film Festival, and the Award-Winning DENNIS DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE. Find out more....

ELLEN GERSTEIN

Award- Winning  FILMMAKER


Ellen Gerstein is an accomplished  

director, writer, actress and member of the Alliance of Women Directors. She produced, starred in, directed, and even wrote an original song for  the Award-Winning COME AWAY WITH ME...Read More

WHAT THE FILMMAKERS SAY:

Maverick Moore

Award- Winning  Filmmaker


Currently based in Dallas, Maverick is an aspiring director, editor, and self-confessed cinephile that continues his passion for making films including the Award-Winning SHOTGUN.  Find out more...

Award Winning filmmakers in the spotlight

Awards

Welcome to the Spotlight

2017 awards

Click to view awards for all of the Spotlight Competitions:

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.


SHORT FILM AWARDS