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The Santa Maria Music & Film Festival Quarterly Edition honors the remarkable talent and innovation of filmmakers and musicians involved. This quarterly version offers artists an avenue to present their work and contend for awards across an array of categories.

The culmination is an annual event where quarterly victors square off.

The Santa Maria Music & Film Festival Quarterly Edition's Awards and Prizes commend the exemplary artistry and ingenuity of participating filmmakers and musicians. This edition grants artists a stage to display their craftsmanship and vie for distinctions in diverse categories


  • Best International Feature Film 

  • Best International Short Film 

  • Best Feature Documentary 

  • Best Short Documentary 

  • Best Music Video 

  • Best Animated Short 

  • Best Experimental Short 

  • Best Student Short 

  • Best Inspirational Film 

  • Best Drama 

  • Best Micro Film 

  • Best LGBTQ

  • Best Commercial/Promotional Video


  • Best Director  

  • Best First Time Director 

  • Best Student Director

  • Best Cinematography 

  • Best Original Score 

  • Young Filmmaker Award (18 and under)


QUARTERLY CONTEST - Every quarter, our panel of judges selects the winners through private screenings held at the Santa Maria Open Air Cinema. 


ANNUAL FILM AWARDS - Once a year, our judging team carefully selects the top films of the year to be showcased at the Santa Maria Open Air Cinema.

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