Cult Critic Movie Awards —Independent Filmmakers Deadline

Criminals, terrorists, or activists? The line is blurry when you’re passionate about change, as the young comrades come to realize, in Rodrigo Vázquez’, “Trumped.”

Comrades prepare for the revolution

Trumped — Directed by Rodrigo Vázquez’

Listen up independent filmmakers — If you haven’t heard about the Cult Critic movie awards, you are missing out, my friend!

Independent filmmakers are rebels.

You have to be tough to be a filmmaker.

Also, it’s a lot of hard work for a few moments of glory.

Helen Wheels — Writer director Ghostlight
Joe Andolina Director of Photography
Ghostlight director Helen Wheels — Joe Andolina Director of Photography

But in the long run, you have done something that very few people will get to do in their lifetime —


Now it’s time to think about releasing it into the world because we want to see what you’ve done.

There’s nothing better in my opinion than an independent film, whether the filmmakers are attempting a Hollywood style action movie, a short documentary, or something avant-garde.

One of the things that I love about everyone associated with the Cult Critic movie awards and the Calcutta International film festival is that we are all filmmakers.

From writing the script to the final edit— we know how much blood sweat and tears independent filmmakers put into their movies.

Cult Critic movie awards

Independent film — Independent filmmakers
Next Submission deadline — March 3, 2019 —

A friendly and professional communication throughout, a great process, and an openness to new — and revolutionary ideas — all made this festival a great one to be associated with. Thank you!

Tessa Hart

So here’s the scoop — Cult Critic’s live screenings take place at the end of each month with independent filmmakers from all over the world joining the celebration.

And guess what? All monthly winners from September 2018 to August 2019 are eligible to win the prestigious — JEAN LUC GODARD AWARD.

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if your film was one of them?

Not to mention that films entered in multiple categories may win multiple awards!

Check out the December winners from the Cult Critic independent film festivals.

Photography is truth.

The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.

Jean Luc Godard

How Jean-Luc Godard liberated cinema

Cult films aren’t mainstream movies — Think anything by David Lynch, and movies like Donnie Darko.

People think of cult classics as quirky and offbeat, or surreal in a mind-bending kind of way. We welcome all genres and lean toward films that make us consider human connections and the condition of our world.

Independent film reviews

Each month, following the live screenings, at the Cult Critic Movie awards and the Calcutta International Film Festival, a group of jourors, myself included, review selected award-winning films for Cult Critic magazine.

But wait, there’s more —

These film festivals also offer paid reviews and script feedback. They actually care about filmmakers.

But that’s just part of the story, you see I was invited to be an honorable juror and write for their outlet because of my experience as an independent filmmaker and screenwriter.

Now, thanks to the folks at the Cult Critic magazine, I’m a full-time freelance writer — All because they believed in me.

Above all, it’s been an honor and a pleasure getting to know filmmakers from across the globe.

Awesome festival! I’m Very happy to be an award winner for Best Films Score – Soundtrack, I wrote for RWANDA film! Thank you very much! Davide Caprelli – Composer


Joyce, by Nora Jaenicke

“Joyce” is one of the short independent films that pulled in multiple awards from our festivals. And I had the pleasure to review this tear-jerker for Cult Critic film magazine.

As if that’s not enough, Jaenicke’s film has gone on to win over a dozen awards at multiple festivals both in the United States and internationally.

By the way, Nora Jaenicke is a prolific and highly dedicated filmmaker — Keep your eye on her, she’s destined for greatness.

Facebook post re Cult Creitic film review of Nora Jaenicke's independent film Joyce, by Helen Wheels

Independent film, Joyce — Written and directed by Nora Jaenicke — Trailer

Watch the “Joyce” trailer

Independent film Joyce — trailer
By Nora Jaenicke’s

Did I mention that Jaenicke also runs the Nostos Screenwriting Retreat?The extended deadline is coming up, February 16th!

Each year Nostos Screenwriting Retreat offers one scholarship for each of the three-week intensive screenwriting workshops taking place on the gorgeous island of Elba and the Tuscan Countryside.

Submit your screenplay to the Nostos Screenwriting Retreat 

So there you have it — I hope to see your film in my festival que on of these days.

Also, please leave a comment or let me know if you have any questions.

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