Why The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards?
The term ‘by filmmakers for filmmakers’ is perhaps overused these days, but it is where our film awards began. After producing several short and feature films, entering various festivals/awards bodies, and serving as a judge for TMFF, our festival director (Ben Rider) wanted to get involved in encouraging new filmmakers, engaging with independent film production and the promotion of it in more detail.
The concept behind the festival is simple:
– an awards body dedicated to differentiating micro budgets by ensuring entries are judged based on their resources, rather than their length.
– bringing an emphasis to craft by providing a separate ‘Additional Categories’ competition to the main body.
– providing reviews for our winning films on our site.
– a new jury for each season to keep our judging fresh and opinionated.
So, be it a documentary film, an animation short or a slow brewing drama clocking in at four hours, our jury of film critics and filmmakers are looking forward to getting their eyes on your project and nodding in approval.
Read more about the festival below or visit our listing on FilmFreeway today –
About The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards
The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards is an awards body dedicated to independent film. With competitions every two months and a changing judge panel of film critics, actors and filmmakers working within the industry, we dedicate ourselves to awarding films based on their originality and creativity, whilst considering their budget restrictions.
We consider production limitations as part of what allows us to judge your creativity and originality. In our opinion, an independent film shot for a shoestring budget should not need to compete with one produced on a larger independent budget for the best prize.
Likewise, we believe that all films competing should have the opportunity to enter just the main competition, or other categories.
Our main competition is divided into budget groupings split across various media forms: short films, feature films, web-series and our scriptwriting competition. Within these three production categories we separate the projects by their budgets: under $5,000, between $5,000-$10,000, and over $10,000.
When submitting your project you automatically enter the ‘Additional Categories’ categories. All films are judged on an equal level regardless of length or budget constraints. For a complete and up-to-date list of our categories, please visit our site.
The script competition for unproduced material is split into three categories: best genre piece, best technique, and best micro budget material.
The Music Video competition for released videos is split into three categories: best cinematography, best editing, and best music video.
If selecting ‘Script notes’, please note these will be a minimum of around 100-150 words in length. The notes will be suggestions about how the script could be altered to better suit its form, production and/or genre.
All selected participants within the main competition will be considered for the Jury Prizes. No films will be selected for our competition without a specific nomination.
For an extended review of your film or webseries, please enter Review Project. The reviews average around 300 words each. We are currently unable to provide reviews for scripts.
For an extended Q&A interview, lasting around 7 questions, please enter FilmHuman Interview category. This Q&A will be presented in the next issue of FilmHuman (www.filmhuman.com), as well as in our ‘magazine’ area of our site. If the winner of the Jury award has requested a Q&A before being notified of the win, we will conduct two Q&As with different interviewers / subject areas for the project. This is only available for projects lasting a minimum of 5 minutes.
For more details regarding the ‘Curation’ categories, please visit our sister company’s site, www.filmhuman.com/submit
Please note, the publishing dates of these articles, and the interviews, do not match TMBT Film Awards’ schedule, as it is determined by the magazine.
Awards & Prizes
A detailed review of around 300 words in total will be written for the Jury winning film(s) on our website. All films entered into the competition will be considered for this award by the jury.
A brief Q&A completed with the filmmakers of the winning Jury films will be presented in the next issue of FilmHuman (www.filmhuman.com), as well as on the showcase section of the site after the awards have been announced (this Q&A will be a chance for the winning filmmaker to divulge details about the project, their work, and how viewers/film enthusiasts might find their work to watch etc.).
Laurels will be provided to all winning films of the main competition, as well as a 100 word (approx.) review on our site.
‘Other Categories’ winners will receive at least 10 word note about their achievement, whether that be editing, cinematography, acting etc.
Nomination laurels will be provided for nominated films. All laurels can be accessed here.
Only three scripts will be awarded in the script competition. There will be a maximum of five runners-up for this competition.
Rules & Terms
Please submit the film digitally through FilmFreeway exclusively. We do not accept hard copies due to our changing judging panel.
All selections are final and no correspondence can be entered into. The judging panel is mostly independent of the selection committee, making their voting entirely independent of one another.
There are no public screenings for our film awards, so that we do not affect your other submissions or premiere status.
You may have multiple entries and submit to multiple categories, but each entry and submission must have its own submission fee.
Submissions in a language other than English must have subtitles. Works in progress are accepted.
Press kits are not required for our site. In the instance of errors and/or inconsistencies, this page may be updated without notice – please contact us if there are any issues which you have noticed (contact email can be located on our Filmfreeway listing).
Entry fees are non-refundable. Projects can be from any of the last five years (production having been completed by December 2012). Entry Fees are in $USD.
The Q&A will be completed via email exchange with the festival. It is the filmmakers responsibility to complete the survey when it is presented to them. Editorial engagement will be completed by the festival if content is too long, or not appropriate. We will, to our best ability, help in promoting your work through the questions presented to you. Please note: the request for the Q&A will occur after the awards have been announced.
LAST UPDATED – 7th May 2017 – Revised details of festival. Entries are subject to their festival type dependent upon entry period.