Paris Art and Movie Awards (11)


24 Mar 2021
Call for entries

18 Apr 2021
Early deadline

30 May 2021
Standard deadline

20 Jun 2021
Late deadline

31 Jul 2021
Festival closed

11 Aug 2021
Notification date

01 Sep 2021
08 Sep 2021


100 rue de Charonne,  75010, PARIS, Ile-de-France, France

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 25'<
Feature film festival >80' 120'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2010
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 25'<
 Feature Films  >80' 120'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 01 September 2021      Festival end: 08 September 2021

The PAMA is a step towards the OSCARS".
Le PAMA est un pas en direction des OSCARS.

for FOX, NBC, CBS and Authority Magazine.

"The Fisherman's Diary" won twice at the PAMA in 2020, and is now selected to the 2021 OSCARS, to represent its country.
"Game Changer" won an OSCAR, his director Aviv Mano then worked on Disney’s COCO and TOY STORY 4 (2018).
"The Wishgranter" won an OSCAR, an EMMY AWARD, and a BAFTA (2016).
"Legacy of Lies" is distributed by Lionsgate (2020).
"Sgt Stubby", an unlikely hero, got a distribution deal at PARAMOUNT (2018).
"Curpigeon" got selected to TRIBECA, won the AMAZON VIDEO DIRECT Film Festival Stars (2016).
"Whisper" screened at FILMQUEST (2015).
"None of That" was STAFF PICK by VIMEO (2015).

"AWESOME festival! Highly recommend! Thank you very much for having my film. Massive thanks for going ahead with online festival and giving platform for filmmakers despite Covid restrictions." - Nadina Murray, 2020.

“I truly cannot say enough good things about the Paris Art and Movie Awards. My experience with this event was easily the best and rewarding I've had with a virtual festival. ” - Ev Duran, 2020.

"One of the most organized and professionally run festivals I've been to! The official selections were of a high standard and the networking was incredible" - Jami Ramberan, 2015.

"The Awards Ceremony, albeit online in these Covid days, was such a pleasure to be a part of. One of the best festival experiences I've had. Magnifique!" Warren Paul Glover, 2020.

"Other nominees included already famous people! It really was an honor to be nominated alongside such great nominees" - Lisa Hurel, 2018.

"Very nice place and lot of spectators. Good press release and interesting networking with the different events during the festival" - Arnaud Bettan, 2015.

FOX: "The number 1 film festival in Paris, France"
AUTHORITY MAGAZINE: "screenings on the Champs-Elysees, and in all the most historic movie theaters of the City of Love"

30,000 VIEWERS
The Paris Art and Movie Awards celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2020, with an edition that reached more than 30,000 viewers.
We are putting all of efforts and expertise in providing real exchanges and events benefiting filmmakers.
This is what we do since a decade: actively support and promote independent creators.

We produce interviews, QnAs, even talk shows, a digital award ceremony, and of course, top notch virtual, in person and hybrid events.
We also have an Alumni network and several ongoing promotion program for filmmakers.

Jury 2020 included:
- Paz de la Huerta
- Monica Cruz
- Steven E. De Souza -Die Hard I & II, K-2000 Knight Rider, Beverly Hills Cop III...
- Brent Huff -The Rookie, NCIS, The West Wing...
- Melora Walters -Magnolia, The Butterfly Effect, Venom...
- Max Markson -rep. A. Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, JCVD, Bill Clinton...
- Genevieve Buechner -X-Files, Supernatural, Jennifer's Body...
- Cole Sibus -Stumptown, Spare Room, Olympic Gold Medal Athlete
- Julie Nolke
- Gian Marco Tavani
- Danielle Geathers
- Natascha Lewin

More on them:

SPOTLIGHT is our weekly show promoting filmmakers. All year long, every week, we put a new artist in the spotlight.

All episodes on YouTube:

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The Paris Art & Movie Awards (PAMA) is the leading film festival in Paris for independent filmmakers.
We celebrate in 2020 our 10th edition with an international, high-quality slate, during a multi-day run.

Our line up included through the years:
SHARON STONE, Kirsten Dunst, GERARD DEPARDIEU, Sam Rockwell, ROBIN WRIGHT, Vladimir Cosma, SIA , Kristanna Loken, SHIA LABEOUF, Mark Dacascos, HELENA BONHAM CARTER, Caterina Murino, WILLIAM BALDWIN, Andrew J. West, KELLAN LUTZ, Hugo Becker, TETSUO NAGATA, Jansen Panettiere, LAETITIA CASTA, Leslie Bibb, GASPARD ULLIEL, Melanie et Alain Doutey, DIPLO, Macarena Gomez, CHARLIE WINSTON, French Prime Minister Edith Cresson, LABRINTH, French Minister Frederic Lefebvre, OLIVIER MARCHAL, Emma Bell, LOAGAN LERMAN…

The City of Paris serves as host to the Festival since its inception, with screenings and special events all over the city, including red carpets, movie premieres, parties, filmmaker’s networking, numerous Q&A's, international spotlights, industry talks and masterclasses, art performances and exhibitions, live music…

We celebrate those who are passionate about their creations. We focus on the humans making the movies : each director/attendee gets to talk about his movie.
We warmly welcome filmmakers and artists from all over the world to gather in Paris to meet new audience, screen and show their latest work, connect with fellow professionals, share their passion.

You are a movie maker, you aspire to keep making movies, your goal is to step up to the next level in the movie business with each film you make: come to the PAMA.

We are grounded, we have fun, we create connections, we push the movies within our international network and support the filmmakers with our Alumni Network.

We accept short films and feature, in a wide range of categories including documentaries and animation.

Our goal is to help independent filmmakers screening their films, awarding them, show their films to high level industry talents and public figures. We close each year festival by an award ceremony, giving away trophies and certificates and gifts to films, and to filmmakers, cast and crew.

2020 took place all over the Internet. For real, check our videos and coverage.
2019 took place on the Champs Elysees (Gaumont movie theater) and Bastille (Majestic).
2018 edition took place at the Grand Rex, the biggest movie theater in Europe, as well as in many other venues.
2017 edition took place on the CHAMPS ELYSEES, at the BALZAC movie theater.
2016 edition was at the historic UGC movie theater in Saint-Germain des Pres, heart of Paris.
The Festival runs screenings and events since 2011.

Our partners and sponsors include : Grand Rex, BNP Paribas, Final Draft, Etoile Casting, le Blog du Cinéma, Cine Séries Mag, Mulderville, Closapp, Atlantys,, We Film Good, Garel, UGC, Radio Campus, Proarti, les Jardins d'Osmane, Script City, Fontenille, CineCapsule, Shadows...

CHARITIES: La Voix de l'Enfant, the American Legion (Paris and L.A), Time's Up and the Me Too Movement.

The « PAMA » has been ranked, as soon as its second year, the second festival not to miss in Paris, by The Culture Trip Magazine. The festival is today the best festival in Paris, the only one to be held in english for international attendance, and the sole offering a real award ceremony.

We keep supporting and promoting winners and nominees long after their nomination or their win : we follow you on Facebook and Instagram, we share your work… We also have a policy of inviting former winners to become Judges, and former nominees to walk on stage to give away awards to their fellow filmmakers.

We are a human scale festival, often compared to the hottest New-York underground and dynamic events. We have partnerships with media, established companies, and the screening always takes place in grand historic venues in Paris.

We are proud to work with the French national charity CHILDREN’S VOICE. We offer free screening to very young kids, who often never went to a movie theatre before, and to young adults, some with difficult family backgrounds.

You can reach us if you have a question using the email address on the left side. We try to answer each email asap, priority always being given to films and filmmakers in actual competition or already having submitted.
Please note we do not grant free submissions.

- Awards
- Photocall
- Artistic Recognition
- Networking
- award ceremony

We ourselves are a team of directors, actresses, DOP, managers and producers, who experienced the creating path of making a movie, and screen it, and struggling to turn it into a success.
We create a large and serious range of awards to reward the best, more originals and more passionate projects we receive.
With this Festival and Award Ceremony, we want to build a moment for artists to connect, and get back home with rewarding experience and for the better : an award from Paris.

Our event is scheduled for Fall 2021, specific dates To Be Confirmed.
In case of continued Covid regulations, we will put together another complete, interactive festival celebration.
If such, our gifts the filmmakers are being adjusted to make them redeemable in a realistic way. We already secured new sponsors to give away valuable digital gifts and prizes that can ship internationally.

Our awards are recognized by the movie industry, Imdb & Imdb pro qualifying.
We are:
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - reviewed 5/5 stars
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - ranked #1 film festival in Paris by CBS, NBC, FOX, Authority Magazine.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - ranked by The Culture Trip best event not to miss in Paris
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - ranked by Time Out best local event
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - labeled GOLD
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - labeled best reviewed festival every season
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - ranked Festival of the Month (May 2020) on WFCN.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - favorite on the platform XERB.

More than 20 awards distributed every year. See categories on the right submission column.

We created 4 years ago a winter festival in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Art & Movie Awards. Next one January 2022.

Being a winner or just even selected to the PAMA opens you the door to enter our Alumni Network that lists Sharon Stone, Robin Wright, Sam Rockwell, Vladimir Cosma as members to name a few.

2019: Steel and metal, custom-made, artist made, unique Eiffel Tower trophy + Framed award certificates + numerous gifts
2018 : Cristal Plaque laser engraved with a Serge Gainsbourg portrait + Framed award certificates + numerous gifts
2017 : Cristal Plaques laser engraved with a Brigitte Bardot portrait + Framed Award Certificates signed by the 2017 Judges + Letter by the festival's director.
2016 : Bronze Tour Eiffel trophies + Cristal Plaques laser engraved with a Audrey Hepburn portrait.
2015 : Bronze Tour Eiffel Trophies.

2018 PRIZES (full list on our website):
- Final Draft Softwares
- Editing Softwares
- VFX Software
- Books
- DVDs & Blu-Ray of short film MEDIATION (nominated PAMA 2015), one copy signed by Freddy Rodriguez.
- Digital download of THE LOOT award winning Score at the PAMA 2017

2017 prizes :
Brigitte Bardot cristal plaque, framed award certificate
All nominees won : one year submission to
Best Actress won : one year submission to Etoile Casting
Best actor won : one year submission to Etoile Casting
Best scriptwriter (feature) won : a Final Draft software
Best scriptwriter (short) won : a Final Draft software

+++ Previous winners here :

=> Your presence at the Award Ceremony is the core of the festival and the essence of your submission.
Covid Notice:
???? We are welcoming and recruiting many new sponsors in 2020 to give away digital gifts and prizes that can ship internationally.

+++ See the Award in pics :
+++ Also check our Facebook Gallery :

1) submission
2) nomination, with laurel. You get featured on our website, and listed in the program and all the press documents.
3) Judges watch all the nominated films. Their vote is final.
4) screening in Paris
5) you walk on stage to claim your award. You make a speech.
6) you become a PAMA Alumni.

Our listed dates are anticipated dates.
Dates may change depending on local health regulations in Paris, as well as venues availability and best dates for press promotion.
Our 2021 edition may be in-person, mixed event, or fully digital depending on local regulations, anticipated venues availability and international travel possibilities.

We accept all genres and nationalities and language for all international categories.
Work may be entered into more than one category and will be reviewed separately for each category entered. All entries entered into multiple categories will be eligible for recognition in each and will be judged accordingly.
You are allowed to have multiple entries and submit to multiple categories, with the same or different films. Each category requires its own fee.
Entries are non refundable.
Please check the recommended lengths.
We do not provide free submissions.
We do not provide free submissions to movies from Iran.
We sometimes offer discounts : follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
We do not review movie submissions sent directly to us by email, unless we requested it. We only accept online digital submissions via selected platforms.
Each entry and submission category must have its own submission fee. 

Films or pieces submitted to the PAMA must be dated from 2 years maximum before the date of the festival.
If you submitted to the wrong category, contact us (there may be a fee).
If selected, you grant the PAMA the right to utilize any image, excerpt, titles, words you submitted to us, for promotion purposes.
The festival organizers may refuse any illegal, non-artistic, fake, false, incomplete entries.
Each student film submitted has to provide proof of studies. If you do not provide, your entry may not make it to selection and be set to incomplete or end up disqualified.
Animated short films (even student made) must submit to animated category.
Animated features (even student made) must submit to feature category.
A documentary (even student made) must submit to the documentary category,
Works in progress are not accepted.

This is an additionnal category. For consideration, you must submit to the category-ies of your choice and then ad the “Spotlight” category.
Submit to “Spotlight” and you will be considered for our regular live streams (monthly, then weekly all along 2021) destined to promote new submitters and Alumni members.
Being selected to “Spotlight” does not guarantee a selection at the festival, but guarantees your appearance during a live stream before the Festival starts.
If you submit only to the “Weekly Spotlight” category you will not be considered. You must submit to the category of your choice, and ad the “Spotlight” category.

When selected to SPOTLIGHT you'll receive a confirmation email with link and technical details. This is a live show: all instructions must be followed.
Late arrival on the day will have your appearance cancelled, publicly announced, not rescheduled, and your film submission will be disqualified. No refunds.

Submitting to SPOTLIGHT you agree to all the rules listed on this page, including waiving your rights, authorizing the festival and its affiliates and partners to use and broadcast the content created.

Special offers, discounts, invitations do not guarantee a selection.
The 50% discount code 50ACTORS is exclusive to the Best Actress and Best Actor categories. Any other use of this code will be considered fraud and result in an immediate disqualification with no refund.

You Festhome profile must include :
- your country
- a poster of your project (whether it is a film, a script, or any piece of work. You don’t have one -> We can recommend a couple of designers).
- minimum 5 lines about your project (synopsis)
- a biography of the director or the artist.
- at least 2 pictures from the film with no watermarking.
- a trailer will be used. Your trailer must be on YouTube OR any other platform so we can embed it to our website and to our press releases. If you have no trailer: we can recommend several editors.

If an element goes missing: contact us.

Your Festhome profile must NOT include
- the type of work next to the title of your film.
Examples : “ASTONISHING CLIFF EDGE -Music Video-“ is wrong.
“THE LIFE OF JAMES I a short film by Benny Lugosi” is wrong.

The names, title, country and all elements you fill your Festhome profile with will be used if you get selected to the festival. Fill your profile fully and careful.
ALL communications are sent to the email address you provide. The festival is not responsible for any lost communication whatsoever.

Your Festhome profile must provide a direct access to your work (video, film, photo) at all times. If your film or video disappears from your profile, your submission may be set to incomplete or even disqualified, if the incident happens after the official selection.

We strongly recommend you have a Facebook and/or Twitter and/or Instagram page for your project or film so we can fully promote you.

Screenings at movie theaters like the Grand Rex require a DCP. We offer very accessible DCP services via our Paris studio, ask us.
Screenings at other venues require a HD digital file, sent by WeTransfer, following these specifications : .mp4, H264. Films below 5 minutes : less than 500MO. Films 5 to 10 minutes : less than 1G. Films 10 to 30 minutes : less than 2G. Feature films : less than 5G.
NO .mov will be used.
It is your responsibility to provide with the proper screening file, whether this demands a DCP or a special format. If you do not provide, you will be disqualified, regardless you have been nominated or not. Example : the movies CONTACT and AVE MARIANNE in 2018 were disqualified for not providing the files and DCPs.
French subtitles are mandatory for ANY screening film not french speaking that has dialogs by May 30. We may contact you in advance of that date if the selection committee of the festival feels you may provide the subtitles sooner. If you do not provide, your film may be selected, but will not screen, nor win.

The festival management alone validates the past and present Alumni Members. For more on this, please check our website.

Over the years, we dealt with some disqualification cases and some rare cases of plagiarism.
If your film raises some concerns about illegal copy or plagiarism, the case will be discussed. You may face public announcement. If the management team feels so, the submission platform will be alerted.
Once the decision of the festival is made on a case, it is definitive. Our decisions are made and remain public.

If you are selected or win, you are expected to attend the festival and the Award Ceremony. If you cannot attend the ceremony, you must find someone in Paris to represent you and claim your award, on stage.
We do not ship trophies.

The festival does NOT take care of travel nor accommodation expenses. We provide with a list of serious addresses.

Award winners are responsible for picking up (or a representative) trophies or covering the shipping costs if delivered.

We may announce the first nominees before the notification date. This does not mean the selection is complete, this means we may make a first wave of selection to facilitate attendance.
When you receive the first platform update as a selected submission, that means you are selected, and you get an Official Selection Laurel. The selection does not grant a screening in every case, please check our website.
We cannot give each submitter a personal answer regarding their selection.
The selected talents receive an email with a link to the laurel center and all information about the festival.
If you're not selected, your movie status will be updated on Festhome.

Accepted scripts are un-produced and produced, if your film is of 2017, 2018 or 2019. If your film is produced, you have to send us the script.

When you submit a score or a soundtrack, we judge the music, not the film, this is why we request music only.
You must then submit with a single .mp3 file within. No other format is accepted.
If your score or soundtrack includes more than one track, please have all the songs / tracks rendered in the same single final bounce as a .mp3 file.
If you submit to score and/or soundtrack with a movie : you will not be considered to this category.
If you want to submit your film as Best Film and the score of your film as Best Score, you must submit two times, with two different profiles.

The New Media category includes : Web Series / New Medias / Phone Made / 360° / Extreme GoPro Made / Virtuality / Other special production linked to new media, new technology.
Soundtrack means pre-existing music used in a new film. You must have the rights.
Soundtrack song is a song, with lyrics, composed especially for a film. You may submit the film that includes the song, or the music track itself.
Score is original music composed for a film.

LENGTHS including credits.
- shorts > 30 minutes max, recommended under 15 minutes
- features > 105 minutes max, recommended 80-90 minutes
- music videos > 10 minutes max, recommended is the usual 3-4 minutes
- documentaries > under 15 minutes for short docs, under 85 minutes for feature documentaries.
- experimental and visual arts in motion > under 5 minutes
- animation > under 10 minutes
- scripts : feature > under 120 pages ; shorts > under 10 pages
- score and soundtrack > submit your MUSIC ONLY. No length limit.

We accept short movies, feature, short script/screenplay, feature script/screenplay, drama, horror, fantasy, comedy, web-series, documentary, animation, student, music video, experimental...



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