INDIANA'S NEWEST AND MOST MEANINGFUL FILM FESTIVAL.

The 2020 PANDACADEMY Awards will highlight people and animals with physical or mental disabilities–celebrating that population, recognizing its need for love, and raising critically-needed funds to help UCPAIndy give assistance to those in need.

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, A CAMERA, AND a STORY TO TELL.

Entrants will film a video up to 90-seconds long, exploring the theme,”I love my _____ with a disability.” Subjects may be a family member, a friend, a coworker, a neighbor, a pet, or even themselves. All films can be submitted by following the “Enter Now” buttons on this page. There is not an entry fee for this contest, but we would appreciate any donations along with your video.

CELEBRATING UNFORGETTABLE PEOPLE WITH AN AWARDS SHOW TO REMEMBER.

Films will be accepted from July 15, 2020 until September 30, 2020. This fall, an awards gala at Indianapolis’ Skyline Club will feature city views and local celebrities (in person and virtually) as they show winning entries and present trophies to winners in multiple categories. Taped by WHMB-TV 40, this inspiring event will be broadcast on October 24, 2020.

IF YOU CAN'T MAKE A MOVIE, PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION.

If you don’t have a loved one with a disability, but still want to assist our mission, we’d be grateful for any (tax deductible) gift. Click below to help us help others live a life without limits.

Panda Award Categories

(Subject to change)

Best Picture

Best Video (Ages 21-105)

Best Collegian Video (Ages 17-21)

Best Youth Video (Ages 0-16)

Best Comedy

Our most prestigious award for the best video overall. Top videos from each category will be considered for this prize.

This category can have participants who’s skillsets range from amateur to professional videographers showcasing all of their video making skill.

For video makers who are in college or are of the age of most college students.

For elementary to high school aged video makers to compete against someone their own size.

Best use of humor in a video. Tell your story in a stand up routine, or just tell us something funny that happened to you and your loved one. 

Best Picture

Our most prestigious award for the best video overall. Top videos from each category will be considered for this prize.

Best Video (ages 21-105)

This category can have participants who’s skillsets range from amateur to professional videographers showcasing all of their video making skill.

Best Collegian Video (Ages 16-21)

For video makers who are in college or are of the age of most college students.

Best Youth video (Ages 0-16)

For elementary to high school aged video makers to compete against someone their own size.

Best Comedy

Best use of humor in a video. Tell your story in a stand up routine, or just tell us something funny that happened to you and your loved one. 

Best Drama

Best Documentary

Best Original Music

Best Cinematography

Best Special Effects

Best Drama

For serious and dramatic videos. For example, tell us a story of the uphill battle you and your loved one have faced.

Best Documentary

For educational and more informative videos.

Best Original Music

For videos that incorporate music that is created by the video maker or by the person who the video is about.

Best Cinematography

Best photography, staging, and use of light and color in a video.

Best Special Effects

Best use of special effects to enhance the quality of the video.

For serious and dramatic videos. For example, tell us a story of the uphill battle you and your loved one have faced.

For educational and more informative videos.

For videos that incorporate music that is created by the video maker or by the person who the video is about.

Best photography, staging, and use of light and color in a video.

Best use of special effects to enhance the quality of the video.

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