NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSION !
Our goal is to help independent filmmakers by screening their films, awarding them, and providing proper exposure of their films to the global film industry. We close each year’s festival by an award ceremony, giving away trophies and certificates to films, and to filmmakers, cast and crew. 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 have partnerships with media, established film companies, and the screening will take place in a grand historic venue in Kolkata.
CCMA is a monthly live screening International Film Festival. So each month more than 20 films from each category are officially selected and out of them at least one per category is awarded. The most representative is monthly screened in Calcutta and have a free academic and detailed review published in our International film magazine CULT CRITIC™, shared on respective IMDb pages (if applicable). All these monthly winners are automatically qualified for the annual live screening gala in the City of Joy and can be nominated for the prestigious JEAN LUC GODARD AWARD™ (the best of the best). All the monthly winners can receive the prestigious Cult Critic Movie Awards trophies, by paying production costs and shipping costs. The annual event will be a glamorous red carpet premiere with press conferences and gala parties in Kolkata in the presence of international movie celebrities. The participants will have excellent opportunities to exchange their ideas, ideologies, and cultural innuendoes. The winners will have a chance to meet with the audience and participate in Q&A after the screening.
Awards and Category
The projects that are officially selected for each month will receive the CCMA laurel and certificate and will be rated at their IMDb pages (if applicable). All monthly Award Winners receive the CCMA laurel and customized certificate. They can also receive the prestigious Cult Critic Movie Awards trophies, by paying production costs and shipping costs. Each month, the projects of the monthly award winners are screened in Kolkata, at Rotary Sadan, and reviewed by a CULT CRITIC film magazine. These reviews are shared on each film’s IMDb page (if applicable). Some filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors/actresses could be invited for an interview to be published as well in a CULT CRITIC film magazine. Besides MAIN AWARDS, it can be given also OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS in the different categories. Each year we select the Best of the Best (from the pool of all award winners from all categories) and the prizes are the CULT CRITIC’s prestigious JEAN LUC GODARD AWARD™ + plus Live Screenings in the theatre at Kolkata.
2022 Winners will have a chance to meet with the audience and participate in Q&A after screening. First, we conduct an interview with the director which is posted in our portal, plus a published review by one of our esteemed writers from CULT CRITIC magazine. But that’s not all: CCMA will take you global with international distribution opportunities for your films.
"Outstanding film festival ,I am very fortunate that I have participated in this festival and glad to receive the award for Best web and new media (kuch kuch film jaisi );
Thanks a lot 😊🙏😊😊
God bless you 🙏
Highly recommended this festival for every professional film maker . "
We are so grateful to you for awarding our film Voices of the New Belarus with the Free Speech award. This means more than I can say to millions of people in Belarus who are currently struggling for their rights. We wish you all our best.
Yolanda Brown Melián
"Awesome festival, we love this experience and we recommend this festival. It’s a great opportunity to show the projects. Thank you."
One Day Productions
Proud to be part of this prestigious film festival. It is highly competitive and high quality of films and top class jury. Excited that our film "SwaraSamhitha" won 4 awards at the April season 2023. The communication, organizing and updates are perfect. I strongly recommend to other filmmakers and we will be submitting our future productions to this festival. Thank you so much CCMA cor everything
Wonderful festival, full of emotions and very professional engagement! Beautiful location!
Very interesting Festival, well organized and with a very good communication. There are intriguing categories (Post-Modern Film, Silent Film, On Minute Film), so experimental filmmakers can find here a real recognition.
"Very professional, great festival with passionates.Very pride to be selected and awarded"
An excellent festival, with great communication. Friendly team, and nice to see a reasonably priced trophy to savour the memory. Thank you for selecting Sirens of Silence for an award. We are very honoured!
Very grateful to the festival. My film won several awards. It is a very recommendable festival for independent productions. Many thanks to the festival.
We were very excited to be selected and then to win the Short Films category. I highly recommend the Cult Critic Movie Awards International Film Festival. Great organizers and fast responses.
It is an honor to have "Enter the Room" win an award for Best Short Film at this festival. The communication was very clear and concise and I had a good experience with this festival overall. I will definitely consider submitting future projects to Cult Critic Movie Awards.
"Thank you so much for selecting and awarding Phoenix Incident Best Cult Film at the Cult Critic Movie Awards!As a first time director, it is daunting to find exposure and opportunities for your film, but your festival was an incredibly supportive and rewarding validation for our project. Thank you for supporting independent film makers!"
The judges at Cult Critic Movie Awards have a keen eye and taste for movies with good creative values. This is a film festival where movie makers of good taste in movie making can count upon to be recognized.
We are honored and deeply appreciative that your festival selected our short film "The Secret Weapon: Yesterday IS Today" as an Award Winner. The festival has outstanding communication and is well-run. May the festival keep giving filmmakers a stage that encourages imagination and self-expression.
John Sean Waldron
Cult Classic Movie Awards is far superior than most festivals, super communication, great feed back, our film Down The Rabbit Hole is controversial, and your festival awarded us with open and balanced eyes. Thank you, Sean Waldron
Dear Cult Critic Movie Awards you guys are just the BEST! Thank you from my heart for choosing my "Flying" music video as an Outstanding Achievement Award Winner!! You are so professional and so encouraging to music artists and filmmakers such as myself!!! I am Thankful that I was part of your wonderful festival and I just love your cute cat logo so much too!!
Thank you for the writing award for my screenplay, In Jade Moonlight. This is a wonderful festival and I highly recommend it. Your communications were clear and prompt and I look forward to entering your competition again. All the best!
I'm very honored that my experimental indie short film "The Seventh Seal" was awarded. I want to thank everyone for this amazing recognition. Excellent FestivaL, communication and artistic values. Thank you!
Goutham KOOL MONK
"Thanks for the award...Great festival, especially for an independent filmmaker! The selection of films would definitely leave you a feeling that your work is presented in a good company. Networking and communication are outstanding - you will meet not only a team of nice persons but would be also able to share an experience with people who are already professionals in film production.Also, It was a great experience for me personally. Thank you"
"This was a top notch experience for me and I appreciate the real professionalism from the staff at Cult Critic Movie Awards. Thank you for allowing me into your competition and choosing my song ""MISSING CHILDREN"" as the winner for Best Films Score - Soundtrack! Definitely recommended to all."
Rules & Regulations
Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film into the selection process of The Cult Critic Movie Awards (CCMA), you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.
CCMA is open to any film regardless of content, subject, or origin. Submitting your film to the CCMA is not a guarantee of selection. All the winning films will receive the prestigious ‘JEAN LUC GODARD AWARDS’ Trophy, and Certificate of Recognition. Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers. We treat every filmmaker equally.
Rule no. 1
Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.
Rule no. 2
Once a film is submitted to the CCMA project, the same film may be re-submitted again after 60 days only.
Rule no. 3
A director/producer may submit more than one film. CCMA is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the project. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules, and regulations.
Rule no. 4
The CCMA reserves the right to refuse entries.
Rule no. 5
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless CCMA, 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, and publicity.
Rule no. 6
The organizer will not refund any fees once the filmmaker submits his / her film. Films submitted without the correct fees or proper submission copy may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the programming director or executive director. CCMA project does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.
Rule no. 7
After a film has been selected, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the Cult Critic website. The ‘Selected’ status means that you can use the CCMA laurel on your poster & banners.
Rule no. 8
All submitted films will be privately screened for the CCMA judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.
Rule no. 9
“Best of the Best” films in each category will receive the prestigious JEAN LUC GODARD AWARDS Trophy, certificate, and other benefits.
Rule no. 10
Filmmakers’ submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
Rule no. 11
We require an official trailer or poster, synopsis, and a link to your film.
Rule no. 12
CCMA project may without advance notice amend these Rules & Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall become effective immediately. It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates on these Rules & Terms.
All filmmakers understand and accept that if their film is accepted for presentation and screening at the Red carpet premiere, they grant full and unrestricted permission for CCMA to screen the film/video at times of the organization’s choice and to charge an admission fee for the presentation of the digital video program.
The Filmmaker understands and accepts that they will receive 70% of the Box-office proceeds and the rest 30% are retained by the organization to help cover the overall cost of the project’s presentation. It should be noted for the record that box-office proceeds never cover the cost of the presentation of the Features Film Programs. CCMA project is a non-profit, Cultural Organization with Federal, State, Country & City Tax-Exemptions.
Required Legal Stuff: The filmmaker releases the CCMA project from any and all liability for damages or destruction of the entered DCP. The Filmmaker understands that the entered DCP will be retained in a secure facility by the organization, and every effort will be taken to protect and control the viewing of this production. The organization assumes no liability whatsoever for theft, copyright violations, or piracy of the entry.
The Filmmaker accepts and understands that CCMA project, in conjunction with HLC Studios, Kolkata will do everything possible to present the video in the best possible manner but the organization is not responsible for any and all malfunctions during the presentation of the production at its premiere screening. We use Professional Pioneer International playback systems, all formats, and all regions, including Region 0. All entries are carefully pre-screened prior to the public showing to assure that the DCP does perform to industry Standards. CCMA project assumes no responsibility for any technical difficulties in the presentation of this video at the actual event.
The organization reserves the complete right to make changes in the program dates and times and to possibly not screen the video, despite its being selected for screening. The filmmaker will endeavor to present to the organizer a new and pre-checked Hard disk / DCP for the actual presentation of the video at the event.