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.
2020 edition is scheduled (like 2019 and 2017), on the Champs-Elysees (at the Gaumont Marignan) and in the historical venue Bastille (at the Majestic Bastille).
Our line up included through the years: Sharon Stone, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Rockwell, Robin Wright, Vladimir Cosma, Laetitia Casta, Kristanna Loken, Mark Dacascos, Caterina Murino, Andrew J. West, Hugo Becker, Jansen Panettiere, Tetsuo Nagata, Leslie Bibb, Melanie et Alain Doutey, Macarena Gomez, French Prime Minister Edith Cresson, French Minister Frederic Lefebvre, Emma Bell...
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.
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, Book.fr, We Film Good, Garel, UGC, Radio Campus, Proarti, les Jardins d'Osmane, Script City, Fontenille...
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.
previous years: http://parisartandmovieawards.com/#gallery
NEW CASH PRIZE 2020:
- $500 for Festival pick
Our awards are recognized by the movie industry, Imdb & Imdb pro qualifying.
We are reviewed 5/5 stars.
We have been ranked best event not to miss in Paris by The Culture Trip.
We are labeled GOLD and best reviewed festival on FilmFreeway every season.
We are called the best New-York style festival in Paris.
We screen excellent films. We work with international distribution and production companies.
We have high-level international Judges every year.
We have a winter festival in Los Angeles (Holllywood Art & Movie Awards, next one Jan 23rd, 2020) and an Alumni Network that lists Sharon Stone, Robin Wright, Sam Rockwell, Vladimir Cosma as members to name a few.
You want to make a difference ? Join our network: submit.
2020: Steel and metal, custom-made, artist made, unique Eiffel Tower trophy (will be ready for the 2020 award ceremony) + Framed award certificates + numerous gifts
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
- 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 Book.fr
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 : http://parisartandmovieawards.com/#awards
>>> IMPORTANT <<<
=> Your presence at the Award Ceremony is the core of the festival and the essence of your submission.
+++ See the Award in pics : http://parisartandmovieawards.com/#awards
+++ Also check our Facebook Gallery : https://www.facebook.com/thepama/photos_stream?ref=page_internal
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.
SUBMISSION & SUBMISSION FEE
We accept all genres and nationalities and language for all international categories.
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.
You FilmFreeway 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 FilmFreeway 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.
“ASTONISHING CLIFF EDGE” and “THE LIFE OF JAMES” are correct.
The names, title, country and all elements you fill your FilmFreeway 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 FilmFreeway 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.
DISQUALIFICATION & PLAGIARISM
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.
ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORTATION
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.
SELECTION & NOTIFICATION
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 FilmFreeway, and the platform will send an automatic notification at due date.
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.
SCORE & SOUNDTRACK
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 FilmFreeway. 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...