Meet Our Award-Winning Filmmakers in the Spotlight:

2017 Awards

The Spo​tlight Documentary Film Awards is dedicated to promoting experienced and new documentary filmmakers through a unique and important international film competition. We are searching the globe for the best documentary films on Earth to spotlight and support. We have awarded 500 documentary shorts and features in 2015 and 2016, and are absolutely honored to present the best independent documentary films of the year. 

We publicize our award-winning films through various websites, press releases, social media posts and email campaigns to industry leaders, film festival organizers, and more. Our award-winning filmmakers get the recognition they deserve, and can have a better success rate on the sometimes arduous journey through the festival circuit. 

Our organization is composed of industry professionals: filmmakers, independent film consultants, film festival organizers,  festival programmers and judges who have been in the business nearly 20 years, and share a passion for independent film.  Our team  has evaluated and judged more than 25,000 independent films from directors and producers just like you. Many of the films were spectacular, and some needed a little tweaking, but they were all magically created with the unwavering spirit of the true independent filmmaker.

The Spotlight Documentary Film Awards is a must for filmmakers who are searching for someone who can give their documentary films the undivided attention they deserve. We can now shine the spotlight on an unlimited amount of talented filmmakers from around the world, and celebrate the art and beauty of filmmaking.


The 2015 and 2016 Spotlight Documentary Film Awards has awarded nearly 500 films from over 40 countries: Antarctica, Aruba, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA.

​Our next round of awards will be announced in June 2017. Filmmakers with documentary shorts and features are encouraged to Enter your film to the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards. 

Three Unique Film Competitions from The Spotlight Film Awards:

award-winning filmmaker feedback:


People like you bring perspective that there are still great human beings out there promoting one of the best 

and most unifying qualities of humankind - expression of feelings through art. 

Your support and encouragement means a lot to me!!  Much appreciated.

Now no matter what, I'll always be able to look back on this and say, someone believed I could do it too, so press on!!

It is just  brilliant to receive this award and it goes to reward all the hard work put in from the cast and crew. I cant believe it, I am overjoyed with this achievement. This award has only given me the belief that I can go on and make another film

Film is my passion and I hope someday I can live doing this as a fulltime work. That's the importance of this and other awards. I needed them to believe that a change in my life could be possible. Now, I have to find the way to become a fulltime filmaker in spite of the economic and social barriers I have here in Costa Rica. Thanks again for help me to believe that this is possible.

Simply put: I am knocked out and speechless that you and the Spotlight Short Film Awards jury have bestowed us with a Platinum Award! What an incredible honor. 

Thank you so much for the award, an utterly wonderful surprise

Thank you for including our film and awarding it with a gold award. This was a very unexpected surprise and we're very appreciative of the recognition.

Wow, thank you so much! This is super exciting and I'm pumped to be alongside so many great films/makers. 

My biggest thanks to you and to your committee for selecting my film as a Silver Award winner! This is truly an unexpected honor. 

Thank you so much for the honor! We are very thrilled and will share this good news with the original creators in Japan.

I am completely honored to have been given a silver medal by the Spotlight Short Film Awards. The fact that you are doing this,  giving independent short filmmakers a place to have their art shared, is extremely generous.  It's encouraging to the artists as well. 

Thank you for reaching out, I'm flattered by your kind words and thankful for being considered for the Spotlight Film Awards. I'm excited to share any future work with you and your team.

Thank you so much for this honour!  I was really excited to hear that I was chosen to receive this award, It means a lot! 

I'm so honored! Thanks so much for watching the film and the kind words

I don't have the words to thank you. But Thank You! This means so much to me.

Your support and encouragement means a lot to me!!  Much appreciated.

What you guys are doing is really great. Helping filmmakers around the word make a name for themselves is amazing.

Platinum Awards: ​celebrate truly remarkable films with the highest scores from our panel.

Gold Awards: celebrate incredible films with the second highest scores from our panel.

Silver Awards: awarded to unforgettable films with the third highest scores from our panel.

Bronze Awards: awarded to films with high artistic 
achievement with the fourth highest scores from our panel.

First Time Filmmaker Awards of Excellence:
  first time filmmakers who have created the top films will receive Awards of Excellence.

No Award: Films not receiving an award will be given important and honest feedback from our organization upon request. We know the amount of hard-work it takes to make independent films. This feedback could be essential in getting your film out there for the world to see.


The total number of films awarded depend on the number of entries received. 

2017 award-winners receive

Welcome to the Spotlight

Hi-resolution digital downloads of Spotlight Documentary Film Award Winning Laurels.

A personalized Certificate of Excellence in Filmmaking announcing your award.


Social Media posts, press releases and emails to our extensive database of industry professionals with announcements of your award.

Links from our website, and our sister websites, to your film website, film trailer, and / or sales of your film online.

Filmmaker Spotlight with director photo, bio, and links to chosen websites.


The top award-winning films of the year will be invited to screen at one or more film festivals held during the Atlanta Film Series.


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