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Grand Prizes and Award Tiers


The Yosemite Film Festival will select one exclusive Grand Prize Winner for each official competition category, the competition's highest and most coveted honor. In addition to the Grand Prize Winners, the Jury will recognize and award only the most finely produced films and screenplays with honors in three distinguished tiers.

To preserve the prestige and exclusivity of the awards, only a limited number of projects per competition category are honored with awards in the main awards tiers.

Award Tiers

  • John Muir Award
  • Silver Sierra Award
  • El Capitan Award

For productions that display exceptional quality and merit, Special Jury Awards are also presented to worthy productions at the discretion of the Judges.

Grand Prize Awards List and Competition Categories

  • Grand Jury Award
  • Special Jury Prize
  • Best Environmental Film
  • Best Narrative Feature
  • Best Documentary Feature
  • Best Narrative Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Foreign Feature
  • Best Foreign Short
  • Best California Feature
  • Best California Short
  • Best Experimental Film
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Television Pilot
  • Best Student Feature
  • Best Student Short
  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Animated Short
  • Best Director
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress

Additional Grand Prizes awarded at discretion of Jury, when appropriate.

Screenplay Competition

Feature Script Contest

  • Grand Prize Winners
  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
  • 10 Official Finalists

Short Script Contest

  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
  • 10 Official Finalists

Television Writing Contest

  • 1st Place Spec Script
  • 1st Place Television Pilot
  • 5 Official Finalists