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Maverick Movie Awards


The Maverick Movie Awards was founded by moviemakers who have been through the glorious highs and crushing lows of the international film festival circuit; from these shared experiences came the calling to create a real alternative to the nepotism, politics, and commercialism that defines far too many festivals and competitions. 

Our goal is to help talented moviemakers achieve the recognition they deserve by awarding movies with unique style, exceptional craft, and the power to communicate. 

By championing great movies – regardless of origin, genre, or budget – our hope is to re-ignite the spirit of the major film festivals and distribution pioneers by celebrating great cinema above glitz and glamour.

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The Maverick Movie Awards exists to honor all facets of moviemaking form, function, style, and craft. A level playing-field where a movie’s lack or excess of a budget is immaterial, its absence or abundance of star power is inconsequential, and its humble or lofty origins are irrelevant, any and all independent, underground, student, and studio films are eligible to receive a Maverick Award. 

Celebrating narratives, documentaries, experimental films, and the vast diversity of moving pictures expression, the MMA has recognized everything from big-budget pictures to low-budget indies, global issue documentaries, screwball comedies, computer-animated movies, action-horror flicks, video art, microcinema, music videos, webisodes, and everything in-between. Each movie’s successful execution of intent as a whole, on its own terms, is considered first and then the quality of its parts. So in addition to standard award categories like Best Picture and Best Director, the MMA prides itself on saluting oft overlooked disciplines, including stunts, special effects makeup, original music, and more. 

Except for advertising and industrial work, all motion picture creators are encouraged to submit. As a cooperative of moviemakers honoring moviemakers with no theater or online screening events, the MMA will not jeopardize premiere status for any other competition or festival submission.

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MAVERICK AWARDS for all of the below categories will be given to one feature AND one short or, accordingly, one individual from each category. Award-winners will be selected from a list of honorees comprised of two to ten nominees in Features and two to fifteen nominees in Shorts. The MMA categories are:
 
 
 
BEST PICTURE
 All genres of narrative, documentary, animated, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award.

 


BEST DIRECTOR
 All genres of narrative, documentary, animated, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award.
 
 

BEST SCREENPLAY
 Only narrative, animated, and experimental pictures will be considered for this award. Original work and adaptations from all genres will be considered for this award.
 
 

BEST CHRONICLE
 Only documentary, musical, or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award. Please note that narration text, corresponding visual texts and graphics, as well as overall recountal structure will be considered for this award.
 
 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
 All non-animated narrative, documentary, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award. There will be no designation between photographic and digital cinematography.
 
 

BEST ANIMATION
 Only cel animation, computer animation, stop-motion cinematography, rotoscoping, and other pictures utilizing visual processes classifiable as “animation” will be considered for this award. Only completely animated pictures will be eligible for this award. Please see Best Special Effects for computer-generated imagery (CGI), etc.
 
 

BEST ACTOR
 Only performances in narrative fiction pictures will be considered for this award.
 
 

BEST ACTRESS
 Only performances in narrative fiction pictures will be considered for this award.
 
 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
 Only performances in narrative fiction pictures will be considered for this award.
 
 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
 Only performances in narrative fiction pictures will be considered for this award.
 
 

BEST PERFORMANCE
 Only performances from documentary (specifically narration), animated (specifically voice talent), musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award.
 
 

BEST EDITING
 All genres of narrative, documentary, animated, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award.
 
 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
 All genres of narrative, documentary, animated, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award.
 
 

BEST SOUNDTRACK
 All genres of narrative, documentary, animated, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award. Please note that pictures without proper rights clearances for soundtrack music will be disqualified from eligibility for this award.

 

BEST SOUND DESIGN/EDITING
 All genres of narrative, documentary, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award.
 
 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
 All genres of narrative, documentary, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award. Please note that costumes, hair and makeup, locations, set dressing, overall art direction, and all other elements that culminate in a picture’s complete production design are considered for this award.

 

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
 All genres of narrative, documentary, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award. Please note that the “special effects” considered for this award include any and all practical effects done on location, in-camera effects, computer-generated imagery (CGI), optical effects, mechanical effects, composting, mattes, miniatures, etc., and/or a combination thereof.  Prosthetic /special effects make-up, which includes blood and gore effects, is a separate award.

 

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE-UP
 All genres of narrative, documentary, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award. Please note that this award is exclusive to prosthetic/special effects make-up, which includes blood and gore effects.
 
 

BEST STUNTS
 All genres of narrative, documentary, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award.
 
 

BEST STUDENT PICTURE
 All genres of narrative, documentary, animated, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award. Student moviemakers must provide student ID that is valid within two years of submission copyright date. Graduate-level work is eligible. Submitting to this category DOES NOT exclude moviemakers from other categories.

 

THE PRECIOUS
 This special award is reserved for any moment, any detail, anything that we deem worthy of recognition in any picture, of any length, in any genre. In the past we have given “The Precious” for particularly hilarious lines of dialogue, outstanding technical achievements, and in recognition of intense passion and commitment to the medium. What’s next depends on you.
 
 
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND DISTINCTIONS: “Feature” refers to pictures that are seventy (70) minutes and over. “Experimental” refers exclusively to non-narrative, non-documentary works. We reserve the right to re-categorize submissions as we deem appropriate.
 

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