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Accolade Competition

The Accolade Global Film Competition is unique in the industry.  Attracting both powerhouse companies as well as talented new filmmakers it is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition.

Established in 2003, Accolade Global Film Competition is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media. The Accolade promotes award winners through the website and social media.

Our talented award winners have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys, Tellys and other awards.

MovieMaker Magazine included The Accolade among the Top 25 Festivals “Worth the Entry Fee.” The article said, “Past participants can’t stop raving about the professional opportunities participation in this event has generated for their work.”

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The Accolade Global Film Competition Announces Latest Winners!


Rick Prickett, Competition Director



The Accolade Announces Latest Winners!

La Jolla, CA, May 2022 – The awards go to those filmmakers, television producers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment and compelling documentaries. The Accolade is an international awards competition that honors those who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity.


~~ Best of  Show ~~

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Richard Bazley (United Kingdom), Censure, Film Short – Emmy-nominee Bazley delivers an impactful film exploring identity, family and emotional betrayal.  Oscar-nominee Tom Conti supports talented newcomer Connor Wulfric’s anguished performance as Aaron – an introvert struggling under the weight of a revelation and dreaming of escaping to the only place he can breathe. But escape has a cost, and he must ask himself if it is a price he is willing to pay.  Creative and uniquely crafted storytelling. Talented animator turned live action director Bazley (Disney’s Pocahontas, Hercules, Tarzan, and Centurion Resurrection) delivers a powerful emotional impact by inviting the viewer to sit in Aaron’s discomfort and experience his emotions in real time.  Stars: Connor Wulfric (Death Follows, The Relented), Tom Conti (The Dark Knight Rises , Reuben, Reuben), Vivien Taylor (Buggers, Annika) , Elaine M. Ellis (The Dark Mile, Only an Excuse?). Beautiful cinematography from DOP John E. Fry (Adventures of the Crystal Skull) with with musical score produced by Adrian Chivers. Score by Noise In Your Eye.


~~ Awards of Excellence Special Mention ~~


Lorraine Kabbindi White and Mike Hill (Australia)Deadly Heart, Doc Feature – The inspiring story of remote Aboriginal communities in Australia and innovative strategies to eliminate Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) despite failures of governments to eliminate this preventable disease. Compelling interviews with community leaders, informative, shocking and ultimately hopeful.


Wojtek Jeżowski (Poland)Project 2030, Web Series – Trend Micro’s wildly innovative report of the future of cybersecurity and cybercrime told through this entertaining and thought-provoking web series. Compelling storylines dramatize the potential future with excellent technical craft and a talented cast.  David Wurawa (Weinerland), Joana VinogradofMichal Krzywicki (Diversion End), Philip Lenkowsky (Dune).


Robert A. (Bo) Barker (USA)Welcome Home, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Special Purpose Productions / Impact –  Beautiful vibrant animation recounts the return of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker after Georgia Power’s reforestation of their habitat.  Impactfully told through the lens of a touching friendship between a young man and a wild bird.  Touching narration by Emmy-winning voice actor Robert A. (Bo) Barker.


Yennis Cheung (United Kingdom), Dysphoria, Film Short – When a suicidal woman is exposed to the stark reality of someone taking their own life, she begins to question her own. Director Cheung delivers a creatively stylized short with a poignant and compelling script, deft direction and exceptional editing. Outstanding performances by Shin-Fei Chen (Selma & Clarice) and Lucia Tong (Excuse Me)


Tony Doupe’ (USA)Neshamah, Film Short – A moving film short about the challenges of aging as a brother and sister must decide whether to grant their father’s birthday wish. A thought provoking and gut wrenching premise with potent performances – led by nuanced Angela DiMarco (Mr. Bleachers), Richard Snyder (Dad Grows Up) and Norman Newkirk (Blood Demon Rising).


Rick Van Velsor (USA / Germany)Keeping Christmas, Doc Feature – Biography of a man that overcame a handicap to create a successful company making unique Christmas ornaments. A life hindered by pandemic, depression, world wars and the annexation of his homeland by the Russians. Excellently crafted, beautiful cinematography (Elias Danner), tight direction and editing. Narration by Jack Daniel. Mammut Studios.


Marc Cunningham (USA)An Interview with The Times, Film Short –  An interview between a controversial author and a journalist turns into a philosophical and moral showdown exploring culture, spirituality and humanity. An exceptional script drives this thought-provoking and poignant short delivered though outstanding performances from multi-talented Cunningham and David Huynh (The Sinner).


Rishikeshwar Yogi (USA / India), Nata Samrat, Film Feature – A privileged young actor discovers that he has no talent and sets out to discover himself.  Running out of money he lands in a small village and his world begins to expand.  A genre bending film blending  drama, tragedy and dark comedy. Stars: Shiva KumarNithin PrasannaSruthy Jayan (Angamaly Diaries)


Oleksandr Lozytskyi (Ukraine), Tierra del Fuego, Nature / Environment / Wildlife – From an exciting expedition to Tierra del Fuego in Chile and Argentina in November 2021 – entrepreneur turned filmmaker Lozytskyi delivers a moving mediation featuring unique environmental footage – documenting the glaciers of South America set to heart-stirring music. A poetically visual treat and peaceful meditation for these turbulent times.


Artur Muharremi (France)PORTAT (DOORS), Animation – A treatise about art in today’s virtual world and the utter emptiness and meaninglessness it can carry among the extinction of values in humanity.  Intriguing story line carried by Muharremi’s lush, detailed animation combining realism of movement and stark fantasy –  follows an artist, his loyal robot and his artwork coming to life.


~~ Awards of Excellence ~~

Amir Hossein Nouri (Iran)NIRVANA, Music Video

Daniele De Muro (Italy)Horizon, Film Short, Cinematography

Elizabeth Usher (Australia)Please Don’t Turn Away, Original Song (Please Don’t Turn Away composed by Elizabeth Usher)

Emily Anderson, Kate Battersby, and Elizabeth Usher (USA/Australia)Share Your Messy With Me, Original Song (Share Your Messy With Me composed by Emily Anderson, Kate Battersby and Elizabeth Usher)

Jeongwoo Cho (Korea )Ardor, Script / Writer

Joslyn Rose Lyons (USA)Butterfly Boxing, Film Short

Justin MacGregor and The Students at Trinity College DublinIs There Anybody Out There? Young Voices From Inside a Pandemic, Editing

Kay L. Sumner (USA)Survivors, Women Filmmakers

Lynn H. Elliott (USA)Alta California, Script / Writer, Native American / Aboriginal Peoples

M. Douglas Silverstein (USA)The Relentless One, Documentary Short

Marek Wojtasik (Poland)Lem and Mrożek – reactivation, Animation, Art Direction

Maria Juranic (USA)A Feast That Never Comes, Music Video, Experimental

Matthew Margo (USA)CODE 10, Script / Writer, Film Feature, Entertainment / Drama / Dance / Variety

Matthew Margo (USA)ROUGH CUT, Script / Writer, Television – Pilot Program, Television – Program / Series, Web Series, Humor / Humorist

Micah Sanders Silva and Mortiz Johnson (USA)Faces of the Future, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger

Mike Hill (Australia)New School, Documentary Short

Richard Bazley (United Kingdom)Censure, Direction, Actor: Leading (Connor William as Aaron), Script / Writer (Neil Bason)

Rick Van Velsor (USA)Keeping Christmas, History / Biographical

Robert A. (Bo) Barker (USA)Welcome Home, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Narration / Voiceover Talent (Robert A. (Bo) Barker)

Schmidt Ocean Institute, Mónika Naranjo-Shepherd (USA)The Art Of Discovery, Documentary Short

Tina Petrova and Eugene Weis (Canada)Pain Warriors, Disability Issues

Wojtek Jeżowski (Poland)Project: 2030, Direction

Yennis Cheung (United Kingdom)Dysphoria, Asian, Direction, Script / Writer, Women Filmmakers


~~ Awards of Merit Special Mention ~~

Elizabeth Usher (Australia)Please Don’t Turn Away, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest

Hao Jing Huang (China)The Wicked, Film Short

Harleen Singh (USA)Good Luck Júlia, Documentary Short

Jenny H. Ledikwe and Isaac Marumo (Botswana)Young Phoenix, Special Purpose Productions

Kevin Schewe (USA)Bad Love Tigers, Script / Writer

Mohsen Salehi Fard (Iran)The Statue (Peykareh), Animation

Nina Kojima (United Kingdom)Brexit Through The Non-political Glass, Documentary Feature (Student)

Quinn Friedman (USA)A Rose from the Ashes, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger, Mobile / Cell Phone Media

Sie Khalil (USA)Song For Silas, Film Short

Uncharted Studios (USA)Mirror Mirror, Film Short, Creativity / Originality

Wei Zhang (China)Empty Nest, Asian

Yin Jo Ho (Taiwan)Zhuazhou ceremony, Asian (Student), Film Short (Student), Women Filmmakers (Student)

Zhouxu Zhang (China)Heavenly meeting, Asian (Student)


~~ Awards of Merit ~~

Alan J. Chriest (USA)Human Audit, Film Short

Andy Stapp (USA)DESTINATION MARFA, Film Feature
Ayo Liu (Taiwan)The UNINTENDED  JOURNEY, Documentary Feature, Asian
Brad Whitford (United Kingdom)Indigo, Film Short
Candy Lopesino (Spain)THE IBERIANS, Experimental, Cinematography
Chris Mugford (United Kingdom)Silencing History, Documentary Short
Christian Delavie (France)Night Light, Film Short
Cristian Ciorăneanu (Romania)ON THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS MAJESTY – St. PRICE NEAGOE BASARAB, Christian (Student), History / Biographical (Student)
Crystal Alcantara Cebedo (USA)Nomad: A Lifer’s Journey Through California Corrections, Documentary Feature
David Rives (USA)God’s Living Treasures Volume 3 – Animals of Alaska, Documentary Feature
Doug Williams (USA)The Kronos Protocol – 2022, Script / Writer
Elizabeth Usher (Australia)Please Don’t Turn Away, Music Vide
Emerson Little (USA)In Another Place, Experimental
Justin MacGregor and The Students at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)Is There Anybody Out There? Young Voices From Inside a Pandemic, Documentary Feature, Concept
Kala Shreen (India)ICON – Memoirs of a Master Craftsman, Asian, Women Filmmakers, Religion / Ethics
Kate Bohan (USA)Harper, Film Feature, Direction
Kent Flaagan (USA)THE BROOM, African American
Kent Flaagan (USA)Ten Thousand Camels, Islamic
Li Ban (China)Dust, Experimental
Marisa Cohen and Peter Issac Alexander (USA)The Cloaked Realm “The Knight and the Queen”, Television – Pilot Program, Animation
Mark Bochsler (Canada)SURVIVING BOKATOR, Documentary Feature (Student)
Metîn EWR (Turkey)The Wheel, Film Short
Michael Lasoff (Netherlands)Angels of Dust, Film Feature
Mohsen Afshar (Iran)Painter, Film Short
Murad Aliyev (USA)The Man From Oghuz: By The Fire, Animation
Quinn Friedman (USA)A Boy’s Best Friend, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Rayhan Shoshi (Bangladesh)DEJA VU, Film Short
Rodney Roldan (USA)Country and Courage, Documentary Short
Schmidt Ocean Institute, Mónika Naranjo-Shepherd (USA)The Art Of Discovery, Women Filmmakers
Scot Stewart (USA)Chasing the Sky, Documentary Feature
Shawn Welling (USA)If I Could Ride, Film Feature
Tara Veneruso and Eric Keith (USA)Girl Unscripted – Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2, Television – Program / Series, Reality Programming
Tina Petrova and Eugene Weis (Canada)Pain Warriors, Direction
Tori Layne (USA)A Horse Called Possum, Women Filmmakers, Direction
Urs Welter (Switzerland)ü75_television_21/22, Animation
Zoya Dimitrova (Bulgaria)Happy Stones, Documentary Feature 


~~ Awards of Recognition ~~

Alex Staykov (USA)Marceline Day Documentary, Documentary Program / Series
Alisdair Kitchen (United Kingdom)Opera-tic, Disability Issues
Andrew Heller (USA)Grinders Feature, Film Feature, Actor: Leading (Andrew Heller as Jeb Rakestraw)
Armstrong Jaison (USA)Coming After Me, Christian
Batya G. Cruz and Pam Renall (USA)Blood Dust, Actress: Leading (Batya G. Cruz as Rose)
Bauddhayan Mukherji and Chandan Biswas (India)Charaiveti, Documentary Feature, Editing (Abhro Banerjee)
Candace Wright (USA)Inner Circle, Web Series (Student)
Caroline Herrold (USA)P.O., Animation (Student), Women Filmmakers (Student)
Charles & Mary Love (USA)Cataclysm! Climate Change in the 11th Hour, Documentary Short
Christina Boyd (USA)Roommates, Web Series, Pilot Program / Series
Danielle Ellesse Smith and Avitiuh (USA)Outta Here: Escape the Simulation, Music Video
Dmitriy Arbatov (USA)Penitentiary: Eastern State, Documentary Short
Elles Case (Italy)Nightmares, Actress: Leading (Elles Case as Amy)
Emily Anderson, Kate Battersby, and Elizabeth Usher (USA/Australia)Share Your Messy With Me, Music Video
Erik J. S. DeFries (USA)Happy Loaf, Film Short
Erika Edwards and J.R. Rodriguez (USA)PROPHETS, Script / Writer (Erika Edwards and J.R. Rodriguez)
Franko Figueiredo (United Kingdom)Our Stories Matter, Documentary Short
George Orallo, Karen Tusa and Melva McLean (Canada)Richard the Third, Film Short
Gerelle Forbes (Trinidad and Tobago)The Journey and Impact of Pan on the Move – A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Dr.Ray Holman, Documentary Short
Gerry Gacek (USA)ROLLER COASTER, Music Video
Hisham Zreiq (Germany, Palestine)Don’t Cry, Animation, Film Short
Hunter James Cox (USA)Dog-Gone It!, Film Short
James Chen (Taiwan)Mom’s war time stories, Asian
Jayleen S. Perez (USA)Air B & D, Direction, Actor: Leading (Dan Gregory as Damian), Actress: Leading (Molly Esther Wilson  as Mackenzie)
Jeff Lukeski (USA)Legends of Burkittsville: 3 Days Before Heather Left, Film Short
Jennifer D’Arcy Dial Santoro (USA)Indestructible, Documentary Short
Jessica Roberts (South Africa)Rose, Actress: Leading (Jessica Roberts as Rose), Film Short
Jingtao Xu (China)Breeze in the Sea, Film Short
Kate Bohan (USA)Harper, Actress: Leading (Kayla Bohan as Harper)
Kay L. Sumner (USA)Survivors, Christian
M.Y. Mak (United Kingdom)An Anthology of Vagrants, Animation (Sudent)
Meitar Paz (USA)Invisible Flags, Actress: Leading (Meitar Paz as Emily), Liberation / Social Justice / Protest, Women Filmmakers, Ensemble Cast (Michael Welch, Meitar Paz, Mia Sandler and Ryan Jason Situn)
Monica Levinson and Steven Hentges (USA)The Stories of Us, Documentary Feature, Editing, Jewish
Murad Aliyev (USA)The Man From Oghuz: By The Fire, Television – Pilot Program
Mustazha Mustafa (Malaysia)AMANAH RAKYAT (THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE), Documentary Feature
Pouya Reyhani (Iran)KATOUREH, Film Short
Rodrigo Sena (Brazil)The Traditional Brazilian Family KATU, Documentary Short
Sadie Duarte (Spain)Between Here and Gone, Actor: Leading (Iván Gisbert as Dax), Actor: Supporting (Fernando Corral as Dylan)
Sheng Ting Shen (USA)Bad News, Film Short (Student)
Shireen Crutchfield (USA)Birthday Bash, African American
Taylor Bryce Turner (USA)Grace, Actress: Leading (Student) (Dani Carney as Grace)
Yudi Wu (United Kingdom)<<WANDERLUST>>, Film Short (Student)
Yulia Petrova (USA)Sign of Love, Music Video




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