Below are the categories considered by the Director and screening committee during the Pre-Screening Process.

These nominations are announced about four weeks out from the festival and one winner is announced in each category during the Live Awards presentation on Closing Night at the festival.

Best Director (Feature)
Best Director (Short)
Best Director (Web Series)
Best Comedy
Best Science Fiction/Fantasy
Best Horror
Best Drama
Best Ensemble Cast (Feature)
Best Ensemble Cast (Short)
Best Ensemble Cast (Web Series)
Breakout Performance
Best Cinematography
Best Actor (Feature)
Best Actress (Feature)
Best Actor (Short)
Best Actress (Short)
Best Actor (Web series)
Best Actress (Web series)
Best Young Actor
Best Special Effects
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Most Imaginative Film