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Golden Lion Awards

The Golden Lion Awards is an annual film festival for high school and junior high students in the Midwest.

The 9th Annual Golden Lion Awards will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Memorial Hall. Film Submissions are due on Friday, March 16, 2018, by 3:00 PM.

Screening Committee

A screening committee reviews all entries for content. The committee has the right to deny submissions that do not abide by the Submissions Guidelines for content, time limits, etc. The committee also has the right to move an entry to a different category.

Obey Copyright Laws

No copyrighted content (music, images, video, etc.) will be accepted without expressed, written consent from the artist/creator. We reserve the right to ask for written confirmation of ownership/permission of any questionable content. We reserve the right to decline any film that does not meet these requirements.

Judging Panel

The Judging Panel consists of film/media professionals from both industry and universities. Entries that score in the top six of a category move onto the Finalist Round where they are evaluated by a separate panel of judges.


Winners in each film category receive either a Golden Lion, White Lion, or Mountain Lion award. Before the conclusion of the festival, judges vote on the Special Recognition Awards, including Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Most Inspirational, and Critic’s Choice: Best of Show. Winners of all Special Recognition awards receive scholarships to Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film.