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Metro is dedicated to supporting Filmmakers with Promotion, Screenings, and Distribution. 


The Metro Film & TV Awards is not a traditional Festival or Competition. The awards are a Seasonal and Annual event with periodic Monthly Contests based in Metro Detroit. Our jury will award the best independent filmmakers through Private Screenings and/or a point system based upon viewership on Vimeo, Youtube, and other platforms such as TV-Apps and screenings at local venues.

We honor our filmmakers with Metro's "Heart of Gold" "Best of the Fest" "Excellence in Filmmaking" "Films of Merit" "Special Recognition" and our "Audience Choice" Awards.

All Award Levels are curated by Metro's Festival Director (Dean Lachiusa) and judged by seasoned professionals, with outside judges appointed for additional review as needed. Metro's Director assures consistency among judges and the overall direction of the Festival.

Much like the Chicago International Fest, entries do not compete against each other. Instead, entries are judged against a high standard of merit and are scored accordingly. Using a point system, Metro judges score entries on a performance scale. When appropriate, this may be balanced with Points accumulated if a film is screened on platforms such as Vimeo.

Excellence in Filmmaking and Special Recognition awards are granted to entries with truly exceptional filmmaking. Notable artistic and technical productions are recognized at the Films of Merit award level.  (See our 2018 Winners Page for an example of how the Merit Awards are worded.)  Seasonally or Monthly, our Audience Choice and Heart of Gold are honors chosen for all categories. 

There are no fixed number of awards. Rather, awards are granted at any level and fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline during a Season. The "BEST OF THE FEST" aka The Best of Show winner (scheduled for 2019) will receive the prestigious Metro Statuette, and monthly winners may contact our team to order their Statuette or Plaque and pay the production and shipping costs.

The Metro Film & TV Awards Statuettes, Plaques and more.

The Metro Awards (Trophies, Plaques, and Crystal/Acrylic-designs) are custom designed and quite exceptional in the Film and Television industry. These works of art...HONOR works of art in filmmaking.

Metro Awards are made in limited quantities by special order. If you so desire, you may purchase an Award, available for the cost of Production and Shipping.

Free Digital Laurels. The Metro Laurels will be made available by download. 

Optional, you may purchase a step up from the typical digital and printed Certificates...In order to help you promote your film or show -Metro offers Official Selection's and Nominee's your choice of custom made, hard-copy "Laurel Certificates." The materials we offer include: Crystal/Acrylic Plaques, Custom Etched Plaques, and/or Plaques covered with Gold Leaf. Again, these are produced (in limited editions your cost TBA.) 

Additionally in limited editions, Stickers and Gold Laurel stickers are available to purchase (by special order) for commemoration and placement on DVD's and Ancillary products. 

Please note that New products are being developed all the time, and Metro looks to offer ancillary items and keepsakes that will help filmmakers promote their work.


Submit your film with FilmFreeway

Metro Film & TV Awards proudly accepts entries via, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

Submit with Film Festival Life

We encourage committed filmmakers to submit via FilmFestivalLife. With monthly subscriptions and pro accounts FilmFestivalLife is the smartest way to save money with a strategic approach. Join the platform where award-winning filmmakers and quality festivals meet.

Submit your film with MoviBeta

More than a Foreign Film Submission service, MoviBeta is the place for filmmakers who create great International content.

A new partner is coming soon.

Another partner is coming soon. Metro aims to partner with those you trust, and those who are affordable.  We do NOT make a cent from Submission Partners or services like Blogs and other methods of referral.



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