Who We Are

The Golden Lion Awards is produced and directed by The Underground Academy of Cinematic Arts, a faith-based, arts/education nonprofit that is committed to helping students discover their stories through film/media/broadcast as well as providing teens with educational programming, competition, award recognition, teen experiences, and a sense of community.

The film festival is open to high school and middle school students living in the 12 Midwest states and locations within 500 miles of Cincinnati. Locations include the following:

Midwest States Within 500 miles of Cincinnati
Ohio Alabama
Illinois Arkansas
Indiana Delaware
Iowa Georgia
Kansas Kentucky
Michigan Maryland
Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri North Carolina
Nebraska New Jersey
North Dakota New York
South Dakota Pennsylvania
Wisconsin South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia
West Virginia

Our Inspiration

We know that stories change lives. We know that people stretch, grow, feel, change, inspire, and innovate because of stories. We become our best selves, witness our worst, and truly live our lives through stories. When the next generation tells stories well, they become empowered and elevate their communities in ways we can’t even begin to imagine.