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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 detailed 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 our rules and further details regarding the awards body at Filmfreeway.

FUN FACT: The name ‘The Monkey Bread Tree’ was taken from an African tree, native to Zimbabwe. Festival Director Ben Rider was born in Zimbabwe.