Reel Awards

Reel Awards

About the Reel Awards

Each year, the Reel Awards celebrates the top talent throughout the world.

The Show

Celebrating the year’s most exceptional films and filmmakers, the Reel Awards takes place online. Last year, it was a Tweetstorm, but this year I’m stepping up the production values by producing an actual awards ceremony.

The official broadcast of the 2nd Annual Reel Awards on YouTube on Saturday, March 5th @ 5 PM Central.

Last Year’s Reel Awards

A Twitter thread containing all the 1st Annual Reel Awards nominees and winners.

Reel Awards Rules

Rules, Regulations, and Eligibility (Google Doc)

Eligible Film List (Google Doc)

Reel Awards Voting

The 2021 Reel Awards will take place on Saturday, March 5th @ 5 PM Central. After I release the films that are eligible for awards consideration on October 6th, Patrons will be the first to vote on Reel Awards nominees in preferential order in each category starting on October 11th. Patrons of all levels will be eligible. Starting October 14th, all people who wish to vote will be able to vote. All ballots that are cast are due by January 15th. Any ballots cast after this date will not be tabulated nor will they be considered valid.

FAQ

When will Reel Awards nominations be announced?

The 2021 Reel Awards nominations will be announced on January 6th, 2022.

What makes a film eligible for a Reel Award?

A Google Doc outlining Reel Awards rules, regulations, and eligibility requirements are available at the top of this page.

What is the Reel Awards nominations process?

It’s a process that begins in late fall and runs right up until the nominees are announced. All eligible submitted films are distributed and discussed on a monthly basis. The nominees in each category are determined a day before the nomination announcement.

What are the categories?

  • Best Documentary
  • Best International Film
  • Best Overall Film
  • Best Debut Film
  • Best Debut Screenplay
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Director
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Effects
  • Best Editing
  • Best Hairstyling
  • Best Makeup
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Song
  • Best Score
  • Best Soundtrack
  • Best Sound
  • Best Stunts
  • Best Lead
  • Best Supporting
  • Best Debut Actor

What are the qualifying festivals for the Reel Awards?

Every single one.

How does the Reel Awards distinguish between an American production and an International production?

The Reel Awards defines an “American production” as:

A film that features director(s), writer(s) or producers in which United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States are credited. This can be fulfilled by one person with multiple credits or by separate individuals.

An “International production” is defined as:

A film that features director(s), writer(s) or producers in which citizens outside the United States or permanent residents of a country outside the United States are credited. This can be fulfilled by one person with multiple credits or by separate individuals.

Is an International production eligible for all categories?

Yes. Both American and International productions are eligible for awards consideration.

Can I invite you to a screening of my film or send you materials?

Yes. You can send press materials or screeners to awards@austinb.media.

Once the nominees are selected, who determines the winners of the Reel Awards?

The Reel Award winners are determined by a third-party tabulator.

Can I attend the ceremony?

Sadly, no. Currently, the Reel Awards will take place as a pre-recorded ceremony that will live stream on Saturday, March 5th, 2022.

I’ve read this full FAQ and still have questions. Who do I contact?

Absolutely! Send us an email at awards@austinb.media.