Categories

Best Feature
All films, including films made by first-time directors, are eligible for Best Feature. Award is given to the producer(s). Co-producers, executive producers, associate producers and line producers are not eligible.

Best First Feature
Eligibility determined by the director(s) for whom this is his/her narrative feature directorial debut, though awarded to both the director(s) and producer(s) of the film. 

Best First Screenplay
Writer(s) for whom this is his/her first produced feature screenplay are eligible for this category.

Best Screenplay
All American narrative feature screenplays, including screenplays by first-time writers, are eligible in this category.

John Cassavetes Award
Awarded to the best American narrative with a budget under $500,000 and given to the film’s producer(s), director(s) and writer(s). The winning film in this special category will be determined by the American Narrative Nominating Committee. For verification purposes, all films submitted in this category are required to submit the top sheet from the film’s final cost report.

Best Director
Directors of all American narrative features, including first-time directors, are eligible in this category.

Best Cinematography
All American narrative features are eligible in this category.

Best Editing
All American narrative features are eligible in this category.

Best Documentary
Both American and International films are eligible in this category. The award is given to the director(s) and producer(s). Films submitted in this category are not eligible in any other category.

Best International Film
International narrative films are eligible in this category. The award is given to the film’s director(s). Films submitted in this category are not eligible in any other category.

For all of the following actor categories, only actors in American narrative features are eligible:

Best Female Lead
Best Male Lead
Best Supporting Female
Best Supporting Male