CARE Awards

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Welcome !

The Cinematic Arts Redemptive Entertainment (CARE) Awards provide an opportunity for artists globally to be recognized for their outstanding achievements in film, screenwriting, and Music.

The entry deadline for our 2020 season is September 15th, with winners publicly announced at and after our live event November 6-8th.  Winners will receive a full color certificate, as well as multiple postings placed on Social Media announcing their award.  (Winners have the option of ordering a trophy for themselves for a fee.)   Script Contest winners receive a CASH PRIZE !

Films will be screened at a special festival and conference to be held in December at the Historic Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  We partner with several local and national sponsors to make the CARE Awards amazing with multiple speakers, workshops, and special activities. 


The CARE Awards is an outreach of the Appalachian Cinematic Arts Council, a not for profit organization.




Enter the CARE Awards only through FilmFreeway:


"GENERAL PRIZE CATEGORIES" Include both Shorts & Features:
No Budget
Music video
Foreign Film
Women in Film

Local Films
Rising Star (21 & under)
Celtic Films
Adventure Film maker
Student Film
Diversity in Media
First Feature
Video Art Film
Cult Films
Proof of Concept Film
Science Film
Children’s Film
Veterans Film- made by veterans
Smart Phone
New Media
Poetic Cinema
Child Actor
Original Score

Additional awards will be issued for Best:
Sound Design
Audience Award
Grand Jury Award
Best of Show
Founders Award

Must be an unproduced feature screenplay over 30 pages.    $150 prize



Doc Benson and Jamie Lee Smith
Co Directors of the CARE Awards
DEC 2019 Winners

Best Dramatic Feature                                                            Coming Up For Air

Best Dramatic Short                                                                Extra Innings

Best Comedy Feature                                                             Our Scripted Life

Best Comedy Short                                                                 Two Dumb Micks

Best Documentary Feature                                                     Humboldt: The New Season

Best Documentary Short                                                         Andre Van Damme & 

                                                                                                  The Story of the Charleston Ballet

Best Redemptive Feature                                                       A Happiness Long Awaited

Best Redemptive Short                                                           Saved – Escape from Kim’s regime

Best Mockumentary Feature                                                  Slate Yourself

Best Mockumentary Short                                                      #TrollGoals


Best Musical                                                                           The Tell Tale Heart – a musicabre

Best Thriller                                                                            The Dental Plan

Best Sci-Fi                                                                                Dreaming of the Moon

Best Web Series                                                                      The Last Rodriquez

Best Music Video                                                                    Azhar’s Aria

Best Social Interest                                                                 I Resign

Best Animation                                                                       Jingle the Dog – A Christmas Story

Best Local Film                                                                        The Pumpkin House


Best Cinematography                                                            Azhar’s Aria

Best Editing                                                                             After So Many Days

Best Visual Effects                                                                   Beyond Hell                            

Best Original Score                                                                 I’m Afraid It’s Arline

Family Value Award                                                                Tough Love Show

Women in Film Award                                                            Intercessors


Best Actor or Actress                                                              Susan Gorman, I’m Afraid it’s Arline

Best Supporting Actor or Actress                                           Minsun Park, Sidepiece

Best Young Actor or Actress                                                   Saskia Dillais de Mell, Leaving to Live

Best Director                                                                           Andretti Dante, Trust Issues

Directed by Women (Rated "F") Award                                Mriidu Khosla, White Rope


Grand Jury Award                                                                   Father Unknown


Best Script Competition                                                          Alan Maki, Fly Old Bird       



The names of All Official Selections will be presented by CARE through our web and social media presence to potentially millions of viewers. Selected Winners will have the option of having their films or trailers screened on our online platform for one week. A live screening event will also be held.

CONTESTANTS MUST ENTER ONE OF THE "GENERAL PRIZE CATEGORIES" IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR ANY OF THE "SPECIAL ADDITIONAL AWARDS" CATEGORIES. If a film enters a Special Additional Award category and does not enter in a General category, it will be disqualified from consideration without refund.  The only exception, of course, is submissions to the Script competition.   

CARE staff and jurors will choose the award winners from Official Selections.

1. Films must have been completed on or after Jan 1, 2017.

2. We accept films from all regions. Non-English films must have English subtitles.

3. Works-in-progress will not be considered.

4. We accept films shot in any format, however, submissions must be provided via online screener of HD quality 720p or higher.

5. Only online submissions are accepted.

6. Entry Fees are nonrefundable. Entries that are considered by the judges or CARE Officials to be pornographic or contain gratuitous nudity will be disqualified without refund.

7. Entries will not be considered without a paid Entry Fee.  We do not grant waivers.

8. If your film is selected we will ask you to email us still images and press kit, if available.

9. All films chosen as Award Winners will have the option to grant CARE the non-exclusive right to screen the film or a trailer online for one week without any form compensation beyond the publicity and recognition that that Selection provides.

10. All films chosen as Official Selections will grant CARE the rights to use clips/trailer for promotional purposes.

11. CARE reserves the right not to award any or all of these awards if we do not receive sufficient submissions or submissions with sufficient storytelling or production merit. CARE also reserves the right to change categories of entries if it is felt that the submission was placed in the wrong category or the submission is worthy of additional recognition.

12. International winners will receive an electronic copy of their certificate unless the winner chooses to cover the cost of international mailing fees.

13. Selected winners will be screened at a live event, with preference given to films which will have representation present at the event.


Terms & Conditions:

-I understand and accept the Submission Requirements as mentioned above, and warrant that I am authorized to commit the film for screening.

-I have signed releases from any people appearing in my film, and have the authority to use any copyrighted materials that appear in my film, including but not limited to music, images or footage. I will indemnify and hold harmless the Appalachian Cinematic Arts Council, the CARE Awards, and its associated festivals, creators, production companies, funders and assigns, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, defamation or publicity related to the presentation, distribution or promotion of my film.

-I understand that the Appalachian Cinematic Arts Council, its creators, production companies and associates, are constantly creating and producing films, and may have films in existence or in development for future production that may include ideas, images, themes, stories, treatments, interviewees or characters that appear in my film, or otherwise bear a strong resemblance to my film in some other way. I hereby agree that I am not entitled to any compensation in any form based on any similarities of such film content to my film, whether real or perceived.

-I am at least 18 years of age, have read and understood the foregoing Terms and Conditions, and am competent to execute this agreement.



CARE Awards
PO Box 2124
Parkersburg, WV  26102
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