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We’ve built our legacy on discovering emerging talent, and we want to champion the next generation of great filmmakers.

Every film has an equal opportunity to reach the final jury. Our initial review teams evaluate each entry through an openly published set of evaluation criteria — and all entrants will receive their comments when the process is complete.

Top projects are sent to a jury of notable filmmakers, producers and former CINE winners. They select up to five finalists and a CINE Golden Eagle Award winner. CINE Golden Eagle Award winners and Finalists are invited to CINE Celebrates receptions to network with industry executives and fellow CINE alumni who are creating exceptional media throughout the industry.

Entries may be made through CINE’s Awards System, FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. All entries are due by June 30, 2017.

Discount waivers are available to educators or school representatives who submit 10 or more productions on behalf of their students/program. Please email info@cine.org for more information.

Submit on Withoutabox


CINE is proud to introduce CINE Connects — a unique platform for student and emerging media makers to network with fellow media makers and composers, access exclusive resources and production opportunities, and apply for our inaugural CINE Connects Mentorship Program.

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  • Lead filmmaker(s) must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at the time of the film’s completion
  • Lead filmmaker(s) must be at least 18 years of age
  • No commercial distribution at the time of entry
  • Film must be created while attending program between January 2016 – June 2017
  • Film may be no longer than 40 minutes


  • Lead filmmaker(s) must be enrolled in middle school or high school
  • Lead filmmaker(s) must be between 12 and 18 years of age
  • No commercial distribution at the time of entry
  • Film must be created between January 2016 – June 2017
  • Film may be no longer than 40 minutes


Submissions Open:
May 1, 2017
Early Deadline:
June 2, 2017
Final Deadline:
June 30, 2017
Notification Date:
September 19, 2017


Enter by
June 2, 2017
Enter by
June 30, 2017
Films or Series (Any Genre)
$30 by June 2, 2017
$40 by June 30, 2017
Films (Any Genre)
$20 by June 2, 2017
$35 by June 30, 2017


Student Media

  • Scripted Short
  • Documentary Short
  • Animation Short
  • Episodic/Series
Youth Media

  • Scripted/Animation Short
  • Documentary Short

Our evaluation system is built on transparency and accountability. Every submission is judged by members of the media industry whose professional credentials are available to view, along with their feedback, at the conclusion of the process.

Reviewers score each production using designated criteria (right), and select whether or not they recommend the production for a Golden Eagle Award, providing notes on the strengths of each production, its weaknesses, and why they made their recommendations.

Productions with top recommendations and the highest numerical scores in each category are submitted to the distinguished jury, who evaluate using the same criteria. Their scores and recommendations are used to identify a Golden Eagle Award recipient and up to 5 Finalists in the category, with jurors given ultimate discretion over the final selections.

CINE is committed to complete transparency in our awards selection process. No reviewer or juror will evaluate material or select finalists and award recipients in any categories in which he or she, or his or her employer, has eligible content.

Distinguished Jurors

Our Distinguished Jury is an accomplished group of industry executives, academics and filmmakers who have produced and curated exceptional content recognized throughout the industry. We are grateful to them for sharing their time and expertise, and for their commitment to helping us honor great media.


What do our jurors want to see? The essentials, of course: excellence in production technique and storytelling.

But what truly sets Golden Eagle Award winners apart is our focus on originality. In the crowded media landscape, jurors and audiences want to know: What is the unique vision that your production offers? Do you present it in a creative way?

Reviewers will also briefly comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the production, and whether the production is deserving of a CINE Golden Eagle Award. Reviewers’ comments will be provided to all entrants.


The story presents the information or plot clearly and in an engaging way, with concise, original dialogue or narration.


The entry shows creativity or innovation that makes it stand above similar productions in its genre.


The entry’s resources (stated or implied) were effectively demonstrated through footage (original and archival), personnel and post-production.


The entry exhibits a skill level that suggests the director(s)/producer(s) can have success at the next level of the industry.

Production Technique

Production values— including cinematography, graphics, score, acting and sound design — serve the story.


The film is edited at a pace that engages the audience. The entry’s length is appropriate for the content or story.

The CINE Golden Eagle Award isn’t just a trophy — it’s what comes with it.

For 60 years, CINE has proudly championed bold, innovative storytellers. When your project wins a CINE Golden Eagle Award, you join a historic network of award-winning media makers throughout the industry.

CINE honors and connects our distinguished alumni and annual Golden Eagle Award recipients and finalists at CINE Celebrates receptions, held each fall in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

We also create opportunities for media makers. CINE alumni are given discounts and access to CINE events and partner events and festivals, and emerging media makers are invited to connect through the new CINE Connects platform.