genres within a Category are accepted and there are 5 Categories: Fiction
Live Action - Student Films
Documentaries - Animation - Music Videos
films should have a total running time of under 30 minutes
including front and back credits.
films may compete in whichever Categories they wish but an
Entry Fee to each Category is required. For example,
if your film is a student live action film, you can enter
it in the Student Film Category, the Fiction Live Action
Category, or both categories if you wish.
Directors are allowed but one must be designated to
receive awards/prizes. Multiple Producers and Writers are
and will be listed on our site and all press releases.
entries from the same Director are accepted
but each must have
its own Entry Form & Fee Payment.
NOT include any other materials with your films such
as scripts, production photos, publicity, press kits, or any
written materials. All we need initially are the three (3) items listed on the Entry Form.
you become a Finalist,
will be contacted to provide a close-up photo of the Director
production photos from your film which will be displayed
with your film title on our site and
on all press materials and releases.
winners cannot attend industry meetings in Los Angeles,
phone conferences will be arranged.
and Semi-Finalists in each Category will be announced on our website on August
Grand Prize Short Film Winner and the five First Place/Best
of Category Winners will be
notified of their prizes, posted on our site, and announced in our Industry
Press Release on Sept 1.
Winners including Special Jury Awards, Best Foreign
Awards, and Most Promising Filmmakers (18
and under) will receive an Action/Cut Award Certificate and
a Gift Invitation Prize to
Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminar they wish. Our Tour Schedules are posted in our seminars
entry materials, including your film, will be returned, so
please only send an "expendable copy" of
film on DVD or VHS only.
winning films will be kept by Action/Cut and made
available for private showings to industry professionals,
production companies, agents, distributors
and exhibitors. Action/Cut will hold no rights to the
No entry materials, including your film, will be returned, so
please only send an expendable copy of your film.
ACTION/CUT BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM AWARD WINNER
XAI, VOICE OF OUR ANCESTORS
Paige De Ponte
a new filmmaker, the Action/Cut Film Competition
was an incredibly rewarding experience! I am thrilled my films
were realized for their content, and challenges viewers to think about what they are seeing. To win
the "Action/Cut Best Short Documentary" is the ultimate prize!
As part of my many prizes, the awards meetings arranged for
me with industry leaders have not only advanced my career,
but since winning the award, "XAI XAI" is now being
re-cut for a television release!
Thank you Action/Cut for