Payback time

Prizes $10k or larger on the film festival trail


American Black Film Festival
$10,000 Wal-Mart Voices of Color Doc Award (jury)
$20,000 Kodak grand jury prize, picture
$20,000 HBO Short Film prize (juried)
$20,000 Blockbuster audience award, narrative feature

Angelus Awards Student Film Fest (Los Angeles)
$10,000 grand prize (juried)

Chicago Intl. Documentary Film Fest
$20,000 grand prix

Hatchfest (Bozeman, Mont.)
$25,000 Moonlight Basin: $10,000 cash, $15,000 gifts and services

Hamptons Film Fest (Long Island, N.Y.)
$25,000 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Tech Award
$10,000 docu award, plus additional in-kind services (juried)
$10,000 Golden Starfish Award for world cinema, in kind services, no cash (juried)

Heartland Film Fest (Indianapolis, Ind.)
$50,000 grand prize for feature
$50,000 Crystal Heart awards divided among other contending films (juried)

Los Angeles Film Fest (*Please note: The “IFP” has been removed from the fest’s official name)
$50,000 feature (juried)
$50,000 docu (juried)

San Antonio Independent Christian Film Fest (Texas)
$10,000 grand prize (juried) (Christian film shorts)

San Francisco Intl. Film Fest
$10,000 first-feature Skyy prize

San Francisco Intl. L.G.B.T. Film Fest (formerly the San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Fest)
$10,000 Levi’s First Feature award (juried)
$10,000 Michael J. Berg docu award (name changes each year) (juried)

Sundance Film Fest (Utah)
$20,000 Alfred P. Sloan award for science and technology content

Tribeca Film Fest (New York)
$25,000 feature (juried)
$25,000 new filmmaker (juried)
$25,000 docu filmmaker (juried)
$25,000 new docu filmmaker (juried)
$25,000 audience award
$48,000 Alfred P. Sloan script development grants (x 2 awards)
$10,000 Creative Promise Awards for minority filmmakers, docu, feature and screenwriting (juried)


Bangkok Intl. Film Fest
$10,000 historically awarded to doc, Asian short or Asian feature
(award handed out in either euros or Thai bahts)

Brussels Film Fest
€10,000 ($12,500) Iris Prize for film

Cairo Intl. Film Fest
€100,000 EGP ($17,400) Arabic film

Flanders Intl. Film Fest (Belgium)
€25,000 ($31,000) grand prix (juried)
€15,000 ($18,600) George Delerue award (juried)
€12,500 ($15,500) Sabam prize, screenplay (juried)
€10,000 ($12,500) Mine Xplore award (youth jury)

Gijon Intl. Film Fest for Young People (Spain)
€20,000 ($24,000) feature (industry professionals jury)
€10,000 ($12,400) feature (17- to 26-year-old youth jury)

Jerusalem Intl. Film Fest
194,000 new shekels($43,000) Wolgin Award feature film (juried)
54,000 new shekels ($12,000) Wolgin Award documentary (juried)

Rotterdam Intl. Film Fest (The Netherlands)
€10,000 ($12,500) VPRO Tiger Awards (x 3 awards)
€10,000 ($12,500) Arte France Cinema Award (x 2 awards)
€7,500 ($10,000) audience award, feature

San Sebastian Film Fest (Spain)
€90,000 ($109,000) Altadis New Directors Award (juried)
€30,000 ($36,000) TSM Audience Award
€18,000 ($22,000) Horizontes Award, feature films completely or partially produced in Latin America, directed by filmmakers of Latin origin (juried)
€14,000 ($17,000) Montblanc Award for new screenwriters (juried)
€9,000 ($11,000) Casa De America post-production aid award
$10,000 Signis Award for films in progress (awarded in U.S. dollars)

St. Kilda Film Fest (short films, Australia)
$10,000 AUD ($7,600)

Thessaloniki Film Fest (Greece)
€37,000 ($45,000) Golden Alexander for film (juried)
€30,000 ($27,000) Silver Alexander for film (juried)

Tokyo Intl. Film Fest (prizes awarded in U.S. dollars)
$100,000 grand prize (juried)
$20,000 special jury prize

Toronto Intl. Film Fest
$30,000 ($24,700) Toronto City Award for Canadian feature
$15,000 ($12,300) Citytv award for Canadian first feature
$10,000 ($8,200) Bravo!FACT short cuts prize
$10,000 ($8,200) Telefilm Canada Pitch This, screenplay award

Whistler Film Fest (British Columbia, Canada)
C$10,000 ($8,200) Borsos Award Canadian feature (juried)

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