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GLOBAL FILMMAKING

THE ART OF THINKING INDEPENDENTLY TOGETHER

Filmmakers from around the world have an equal opportunity to submit their works for The Legacy Award. Each year, the Associate Board of Directors administers the global rules and eligibility requirements for The Legacy Award.  

Global Rules & Eligibility 

The Associate Board of Directors is comprised of eighteen National Directors and unlimited territorial Regional Directors.  Regional Directors recommend the rules and eligibility for filmmakers to submit projects from that region.  National Directors review and confirm the requirements of their region commensurate to other regions in the world.  If the rules set by the Regional Directors seem unfair compared to other regions, National Directors request a new set of rules be applied for the region until said rules are impartial to all other film communities around the world.  Once finalized, all National Directors submit regional eligibility requirements to their assigned Executive Board of Director designee.  Executive Board of Director members compare the impartiality of each regional/continental requirements then approves for the Local Chambers of the Associate Board of Directors to administer.

The Legacy Award Global Film Submissions Process: 

Global Film Submission

Local Chambers post rules and eligibility requirements for filmmakers to adhere and submit their works.  Upon submission, all films are reviewed according to regional rules and eligibility requirements.  Regional film schools and agencies screen the films where the top films from each region are then nominated for The Legacy Award.  Nominated films are then reviewed by all Trustee of Legacy Academy members and voted on accordingly. 

Each year on April 22, we invite and unite the entire world to celebrate the Best in Film in the World at The Legacy Award Show.  It is important to note that The Legacy Award is not just for films in Hollywood, Bollywood, or Nollywood – but for all filmmakers in the entire world.

We encourage all filmmakers that they must do the thing they think they cannot do.  Write the stories others dared not too.  Speak up for the people who do not have a voice.  Make a film to leave a legacy to service all of humanity.

The Legacy Organization will empower you to leave your mark

The International Legacy Film Academy has created a global film platform for all filmmakers in the world – an equal playing field for all films despite experience, geography, age, race, gender, orientation, location, or political affiliation.  All are encouraged to submit films to be reviewed by the best in film in the world to be considered the best filmmakers in the world. 

Under the guidance of the Executive Leadership team, Regional Directors of the Global Film Admissions Committee administer local rules and eligibility for film submission ensuring that the regulations accommodate the needs of a specific regional film community.

Film Submission to Legacy Local Chambers

Each film region in the world is assigned to a Legacy Local Chamber.  Local Chambers are assigned commensurate to the needs of its filmmakers and overseen by native Regional Directors.  Local Chambers develop the film eligibility rules best adequate for its filmmakers.  Rules are then sent as a recommendation request to the National Director of the region to confirm the requests of its Regional Directors.  The rules and eligibility are structured to receive the best films in any specific region allowing all films submitted in accordance to its regional rules to reach the global stage for consideration of The Legacy Award.   

Once submitted, the local nominations committee then reviews the films.  National Directors of the Global Film Admissions Committee setup the nominating body of the region.  The Local Nominations Committee is responsible for selecting the best films from each continent for consideration. 

Nominations and Voting Process for the Best Filmmakers in the World

Each Local Nominations Committee is comprised of native, local film professionals, film schools, film agencies, and film academic institutions to select the best films from that region to represent the continent.  Accordingly each continent will nominate five film artists per category in 29 categories; and nominate 7 best films of the continent.  

Nominations then proceed to the global stage for the Trustees of Legacy to vote.  Accordingly, there will be a maximum of 35 nominees per category in 29 categories; and a maximum of 49 best films nominated for the category Best FILM in the World.  Some films may be nominated in more then one category.  In the instance that all films nominated on the global platform are only considered for one category, there will be a maximum of 84 films to be considered for a Legacy Award, meaning the Trustees of Legacy will have to review 84 films.  In the instance that all films nominated on the global platform are considered for more than one category, there will be a minimum of 49 films to be considered for a Legacy Award.

Trustee of Legacy academy members review the films and vote in their membership category and the category Best Film in the World.  Within their membership academy, Trustees vote for the best in their class numbering the top 5 from 1 (best) to 5.  Trustees vote for Best FILM in the World by ranking their top 7 picks by numbering them 1 to 7. The film artists and films with the most top votes wins.  We strongly believe that only the Trustees of Legacy Academy members can elect the best in the world of film.  No members of the global leadership team will be permitted to vote.

Building Local Film Communities

In 2019, Hollywood, Nollywood, and Bollywood are recognized as the premiere film markets in the world.  Research has shown local films not in these regions mirror the film content and methods of premier film markets to develop their own local film market.  

“We should not be required to mirror the works of established [premiere] film markets.  By doing so, the authentic voice of our storytellers get lost and not adequately represented.”

TILFA aims to empower the authentic Voice of the Artist.  In some regions, films from premiere film regions dominate the cinema screens in local-non-premiere film regions, thereby, the film demand and audience interest in local films are low or simply inexistent.  Our goal is to change this.

On the local level, TILFA aims to increase the demand of local films by its audiences. Some independent filmmakers and artists in non-premiere local film regions do not have the resources to advertise their local films.  Through the TILFA local chambers film submission and nominations process, each continent will nominate 5 film artists per category in 29 categories; and nominate 7 best films of the continent which totals 145 best film artists coming out of the region.  To increase the exposure  and audience demand of local films, every year 47 local films will be nominated per continent in the following categories:

Local Film Nominations to the Global Stage

7 Local Films Nominated – Best FILM in the World

5 Local Films Nominated – Best COMEDIAN ENSEMBLE in the World

5 Local Films Nominated – Best DRAMA ENSEMBLE in the World

5 Local Films Nominated – Best HORROR ENSEMBLE in the World

5 Local Films Nominated – Best SCIENCE FICTION ENSEMBLE in the World

5 Local Films Nominated – Best ANIMATED FEATURE in the World

5 Local Films Nominated – Best ANIMATED SHORT in the World

5 Local Films Nominated – Best DOCUMENTARY FEATURE in the World

5 Local Films Nominated – Best DOCUMENTARY SHORT in the World


Our hope is that local films will build local audiences through our global film nominations process where locals will celebrate the works of their native filmmakers for the nomination to the global stage.  Moreover, given the global nominations, local audiences will be encouraged to watch and support local films.  Eventually, encouraging new age of filmmakers to film their stories with confidence.

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