Category Definitions

The American Movie Awards recognizes outstanding talent and work in 25+ competition categories. An entrant may enter into multiple categories if appropriate. Projects entered into multiple categories will be reviewed separately for each category entered. Projects entered into more than one category may win multiple awards.

Film Competition Categories

  • Narrative Feature
  • Narrative Short (under 45 minutes)
  • Documentary Feature
  • Documentary Short (under 45 minutes)
  • Animated Film
  • Foreign Film
  • Student Film
  • Experimental Film
  • Film Directing
  • First-Time Director
  • Music Video
  • Television Pilot
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Production Design / Art Direction
  • Produced Screenplay
  • Trailer

Screenplay Competition Categories

  • Feature Screenplay
  • Short Screenplay (under 75 pages)
  • Original Television Pilot
  • Spec Television Script
  • First-Time Screenwriter
  • Stage Play

Acting / Performance Competition Categories

  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress

Category Definitions

If you are unsure of which category or categories to select for your entry, consult the complete category definitions below.

Entries can be amateur or professional but should fit the general parameters of the category entered.  The American Movie Awards reserves the right to re-categorize an entry if appropriate.

Narrative Feature
Narrative films of any genre over 45 minutes in length.

Narrative Short
Narrative films of any genre under 45 minutes in length.

Documentary Feature
Documentary films over 45 minutes in length.

Documentary Short
Documentary films under 45 minutes in length.

Animated Film
Animated films of any length or genre.

Foreign Film
Films of any category or genre that were produced outside of the United States are eligible for consideration in this category.

Student Film
Films of any length or genre that were written, directed, or produced by a current college student, graduate school student, or high school student currently enrolled, or produced while said student was still in school.

Experimental Film
Films that do not fit a traditional narrative story structure or otherwise depart either in story or aesthetic from traditional filmmaking.

Film Directing
Films submitted to this category will be judged based on the quality of direction exhibited in the work.

First-Time Director
Films directed by a first-time director are eligible for consideration in this category.

Music Video
Music videos under 5 minutes in length.

Television Pilot
Original pilots produced for television.

Cinematography
Entries to this category will be judged based on the quality of cinematography or videography demonstrated in the work.

Editing
Entries to this category will be judged based on the quality of editing demonstrated in the work.

Production Design / Art Direction
Entries to this category will be judged based on the quality of production design and art direction demonstrated in the work.

Produced Screenplay
Entries to this category will be judged based on the quality of the screenplay and writing of the produced film.

Trailer
Trailers or previews to films or television shows under three minutes in length.

Feature Screenplay
Screenplays over 75 pages and over.

Short Screenplays
Narrative screenplays under 75 pages.

Original Television Pilot
Television scripts written as the pilot episode for an original series.

Spec Television Screenplay
A television screenplay based on an existing series.

First-Time Screenwriter
Any screenplay written by a first-time screenwriter is eligible for consideration in this category.

Stage Play
Scripts written to be performed on the stage, as opposed to on the screen.

Best Actor
Entries in this category will be judged based on the performance of the lead actor.

Best Actress
Entries in this category will be judged based on the performance of the lead actress.

Best Supporting Actor
Entries in this category will be judged based on the performance of a supporting actor.

Best Supporting Actress
Entries in this category will be judged based on the performance of a supporting actress.

Questions?

If are you ready to enter the contest visit our Entries page.  If you have any questions about which category is appropriate for your entry please contact us and we will get back to you right away.

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