We have awarded nearly 200 talented filmmakers in our 2016 season, and will announce the first-round of 2017 Awards in June. Our award-winning directors have created some of the best independent horror short and feature films in the world...
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The Spotlight Horror Film Awards is dedicated to promoting experienced and new filmmakers of the horror genre through a unique and important international film competition. We are searching the globe for the best horror, sci-fi, thrillers, mysteries, animations, experimentals, and much more.
The Spotlight Horror Film Awards values each film based upon it's artistic merit alone. We publicize our award-winning films through social media platforms, various websites, 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 Horror Film Awards is a must for filmmakers of the horror genre 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 awards will be announced in June, 2017. Filmmakers with short and feature films of all genres are encouraged to enter the Spotlight Horror Film Awards. Our 2017 best of films will be presented during the Atlanta Film Series.
Hi-resolution digital downloads of Spotlight Horror Film Awards winning laurels.
A personalized Certificate of Excellence in Filmmaking announcing your award.
Emails, social media posts, and press-releases 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 directors bio, photo, and links to chosen websites
All Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Award-Winners are also eligible to win one or more of our many Best of Awards. Best of films will be presented during the Annual Atlanta Film Series.
Best of Awards: Films will be chosen each season for the award of 'Best Of' in various categories. These award-winning films will be screened during Atlanta's Film Series
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 every year in June and November, with the Best of Awards announced in December. The total number of films awarded depend on the number of entries received.