Maverick Movie Awards

Maverick Movie Awards has history. 18 years so far… and our journey is only getting stronger. We would love for you to be a part of it today!

Established in 2004, Maverick Movie Awards has only gotten bigger and bigger over the last few decades. It’s had many humble moments – supporting many films and filmmakers that no one has heard of… and the entire team behind this event is still, as it has always has been, a dedicated group of independent filmmakers and film lovers working through these submissions with the core concept of “What makes indie film a maverick exercise?”

We look for the Maverick in your films. The actor in the background. The moment of dedication a sole cameraman put into adjusting the light in a dark scene. A camera angle that’s unusual and part of a director’s vision. So consider this an invitation – come and show us your maverick. Show us your passion!

– Love, Team Maverick

I am so glad to have submitted and been selected into MMA. A great choice and truly a dynamic encouragement to us. I hope I have the privilege again. All gratitude and thanks to you, Charlie, and your judges.”

Stephen Keep Mills – Director of “Love is not Love”, 2021

“Being a part of the MMA is always an honor. I love submitting new work to them since my first feature film, Fairview St., 10 years ago.”

Actor and Director Michael McCallum, 2019

“If you’re wondering if you should submit, the answer is: Yes!”

– Moviemaker Magazine, 2013

“One thing is clear, the festival circuit has to be taken back for those it was originally meant to serve: filmmakers and audiences. MMA is a group whose mission is so in line with what needs to be done in this ever-changing landscape.”

Sandy Cioffi – Director of “Sweet Crude”, 2009

View Maverick Movie Awards in MovieMaker Magazine 2013


Maverick Alumni

Maverick Movie Awards winners and nominees have the honor and enjoy the prestige of including their achievement among these distinguished alumni.

Phil Anselmo of Pantera, Billboard #1 Recording Artist
Ed Asner, Emmy Winning Actor and Film/TV Legend (“Elf,” “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” etc.) 
Armand Assante, Emmy Award Winning Actor (“Gotti,” “The Mambo Kings,” etc.) 
Raymond J. Barry, Independent Spirit Award Nominated Actor (“Justified,” “Training Day,” etc.) 
Zoe Bell, World’s Greatest Stunt Woman/Actress (“Death Proof,” “Inglourious Basterds,” etc.) 
Dennis Berardi, Special Effects Producer (“TRON: Legacy,” “Fight Club,” etc.) 
Tom Berenger, Academy Award Nominated Actor (“Platoon,” “The Big Chill,” etc.)
Howard Berger / K.N.B. Effects Group, Emmy Award Winning Special Effects Makeup Artist (“Deadwood,” “Kill Bill,” etc.) 
Xander Berkeley, SAG Award Nominated Actor (“Terminator 2,” “Sid and Nancy,” etc.) 
Karen Black, Academy Award Nominated Actress (“Five Easy Pieces,” “Family Plot,” etc.) 
Glenn Boswell, World Stunts Awards Nominated Stunt Coordinator (“The Matrix,” “Titanic,” etc.) 
Jim Broadbent, Academy Award Winning Actor (“Moulin Rouge,” “Gangs of New York,” etc.)
Jeff Cadiente, SAG Award Winning and Emmy Nominated Stunt Coordinator (“24,” “Phenomenon,” etc.) 
Les Claypool of Primus, Billboard Top-10 Recording Artist 
Pierre Coffin, Bradbury Award Nominated Director (“Despicable Me,” “Brad & Gary,” etc.) 
Peter Coyote, Film and Television Actor (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Erin Brockovich,” etc.) 
James Cromwell, Academy Award Winning Actor (“L.A. Confidential,” “Babe,” etc.)
Jeff Danna, Award Winning Composer (“The Boondock Saints,” “Silent Hill,” etc.) 
Danny Darst, Songwriter and Actor (“Something Wild,” “Short Cuts,” etc.) 
Das Racist, Billboard Top-200 Recording Artist 
Vernon Dobtcheff, Film and Television Actor (“Before Sunset,” “Priceless,” etc.)
Dimitri Doganis, Sundance Grand Jury Prize Nominated Producer/EP (“The Imposter,” “Locked Up Abroad,”)
Dr. Dre, Billboard #1 Recording Artist and Actor (“Fame,” “Training Day,” etc.)
Zev Eleftheriou, Stunt Coordinator (“Where the Wild Things Are,” “Chopper,” etc.)
Explosions in the Sky, Billboard Top-200 Recording Artist 
Frances Fisher, SAG Award Nominated Actress (“Titanic,” “Unforgiven,” etc.) 
Foo Fighters, Grammy Winning Recording Artist 
Luke Ford, IF Award Winning Actor (“Animal Kingdom,” “Face to Face,” etc.) 
The Fratellis, Billboard Top-50 Recording Artist 
Julian Gilbly, BAFTA Award Nominated Director (“Rollin’ with the Nines,” “Rise of the Footsoldier,” etc.)
Philip Glass, Academy Award Nominated Composer (“The Truman Show,” “Secret Window,” etc.)
Sue Goffe, Academy Award Nominated Producer (“A Morning Stroll,” “Lost and Found,” etc.)
Chris Gore, Founder of “Film Threat,” TV Personality, Author, and Moviemaker 
Richard Grant, Film and Television Actor (“Men of a Certain Age,” “Stone Cold,” etc.)
Chris Hanson, Special Effects Makeup Artist/Supervisor (“Underworld,” “Hellboy,” etc.)
Kenneth J. Harvey, International Best Selling Author and Filmmaker
Iron Cross, Legendary Recording Artist
Adam Kane, ASC Award Nominated Cinematographer (“The Boondock Saints,” “Heroes,” etc.)
John Kaplan, Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer and Filmmaker 
Geoffrey Kirkland, Production Designer (“Children of Men,” “The Right Stuff,” etc.)
Brian Krause, Film and Television Actor (“Sleepwalkers,” “Charmed,” etc.) 
Kevin Kutchavner, Emmy Award Winning Special Effects Artist (“Lost,” “Hellboy,” etc.)
k.d. lang, Juno Awards and Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist
Bart Layton, Sundance Grand Jury Prize Nominated Director and EP (“The Imposter,” “Locked Up Abroad,”)
Reggie Lee, Film and Television Actor (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Prison Break,” etc.)
David Long, Composer / Music Designer (“The Lovely Bones,” “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” etc.) 
Sophia Loren, Academy Award Winning Actress (“Two Women,” “Prêt-à-Porter,” etc.)
Virginia Madsen, Academy Award Nominated Actress and Producer (“Sideways,” “Candyman,” etc.)
Costas Mandylor, SAG Award Nominated Actor (“Saw 3D,” “Picket Fences,” etc.) 
Laura Marling, Billboard Top-100 Recording Artist 
Chris Martin of Coldplay, Grammy Winning Recording Artist 
Sarah McMurdo, Special Effects Producer/Artist (“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” “A History of Violence,” etc.)
Ivana Milicevic, Film and Television Actress (“Casino Royale,” “Vanilla Sky,” etc.)
Warren Miller, Legendary Ski and Snowboarding Filmmaker (“Steep & Deep,” “Ski ala Carte,” etc.)
Moby, Billboard #1 Recording Artist
Sophie Monk, Film and Television Actress (“Date Movie,” “The Hills Run Red,” etc.)
James Morrison, SAG Award Nominated Actor (“24,” “Jarhead,” etc.) 
David Morse, Independent Spirit Award Nominated Actor (“The Hurt Locker,” “The Green Mile,” etc.)
Robert Munic, DGA Award Nominated Director and EP (“They Call Me Sirr,” “The Cleaner”)
Richard Nelson, Screenwriter (“Ethan Frome,” “American Playhouse,” etc.) 
Greg Nicotero / K.N.B. Effects Group, Emmy Award Winning Special Effects Makeup Artist (“The Walking Dead,” “Evil Dead II,” etc.)
N.W.A., Billboard #1 Recording Artists
Grant Orchard, Academy Award Nominated Director (“A Morning Stroll,” “Welcome to Glaringly”)
Grant Page, Stunt Coordinator (“Mad Max,” “The Island,” etc.) 
Heitor Pereira, Annie Award Nominated Composer (“Riding in Cars with Boys,” “Curious George,” etc.)
Alison Pill, SAG Award Nominated Actress (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Milk,” etc.)
Spiro Razatos, SAG Award Winning Stuntman and Stunt Coordinator (“Fast Five,” “Death Race,” etc.)
Robert Redford, Legendary Actor and Director (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Ordinary People,”)
Debbie Rochon, Scream Queen and Actress (“Tromeo and Juliet,” “Being Michael Madsen,” etc.)
Isabella Rossellini, Golden Globe Nominated Actress (“Blue Velvet,” “Roger Dodger,” etc.)
Michael Rymer, AFI Award Winning Director (“Queen of the Damned,” “Battlestar Galactica,” etc.)
Sandman Studios, Special Effects House (“Grimm,” “Race to Witch Mountain,” etc.)
John Savage, Film and Television Actor (“The Deer Hunter,” “Hair,” etc.) 
Zach Seivers, Emmy Nominated Sound Editor/Designer (“Gettysburg,” “The Myth of the American Sleepover,”)
Senate Visual Effects, Special Effects House (“The DaVinci Code,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” etc.)
Kurtwood Smith, Independent Spirit Award Winning Actor (“RoboCop,” “Dead Poet’s Society,” etc.)
The Snake The Cross The Crown, Acclaimed Recording Artist
Snoop Dog, Billboard #1 Recording Artist and Actor (“The Dictator,” “Old School,” etc.)
Alan Stewart, BAFTA Award Nominated Cinematographer (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Band of Brothers,” etc.)
Michael Stipe of R.E.M., Grammy Winning Recording Artist 
Morgan Susser, Film and Television Cinematographer (“Hesher,” “Cold Case,” etc.)
Justin Timberlake, Grammy Winning Recording Artist 
Michael Trucco, Film and Television Actor (“Next,” “Battlestar Galactica,” etc.)
U2, Grammy Winning Recording Artist 
Danny Wagner, ILM: Special Effects Makeup Artist/Supervisor (“Star Wars” [Episodes I, II, III], “Pig Hunt,”)
Alexandra Walker, ADG Award Nominated Art Director (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “…Goblet of Fire,” etc.)
Wavves, Billboard Top-200 Recording Artist
Michael Weatherly, Saturn Award Nominated Actor (“NCIS,” “Dark Angel,” etc.) 
will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, Grammy Winning Recording Artist
Michael Wincott, Film and Television Actor (“The Crow,” “Dead Man,” etc.) 
Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Grammy Winning Recording Artist


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