The Palm Leaf trophy
... with an emphasis on storytelling!
All artwork entries must be submitted as a high-resolution photograph that is in sharp focus. We will accept jpg or png format.
The artist's name and the title of the painting should be included in the name of the uploaded file. Example: (johndoe-womaninbluedress.jpg)
Paintings need only a single "head-on" photo submission but must include the entire painting. Its borders must not be cropped in the photo or out of frame. Lighting should be sufficient to make out details.
All mediums are allowed.
Any artwork that is a reproduction of a photograph MUST BE a replication of an original photograph in which the artist owns 100% of the copyright to the original photograph.
Sculptures or crafts are NOT part of our festival at this time.
Monthly winners and festival selections must be delivered to the festival directors no later than two (2) weeks prior to the live event. Each painting must be mounted for hanging.
The Silent Award is given to the artist receiving the highest percentage bid above its opening bid in the live silent auction. Each artist will receive 70% of the winning bid for their individual painting. (Each artist will set their minimum bid value.)
The Best Art award is given to the artist who best tells a story with their painting.
Best California Painting (Any size)
Best Large Painting (Paintings larger than 11x14)
Best Small Painting (Paintings 11x14 and smaller)
Best Digital Art (Any Size)
Best Photograph (Any Size. Any Genre.)
(Bi-monthly winners will receive our film festival's Official Selection laurel.
Festival winners from every category will receive our custom Palm Leaf trophy. Unlike traditional "trophies" or "plaques" this award is a real piece of art.)
The Vanilla Palm Film Festival Award goes to the best film in the festival. Winners from another category are also eligible for this award. This top honor will be chosen by ticket holders to the annual live event. The winning film will receive our custom Palm Leaf trophy along with an original piece of artwork; hand-picked by the film's director following his acceptance speech.
Best Feature Film will be chosen from among all entries. And in a show of support for its further success, the winner of this category will receive prize money equal to the entry fee to any other film festival in the world that the director so chooses to enter.
Best Documentary will be selected from both long and short runtimes.
Best California Film. The winning director of this category will be honored by hosting next year's festival near his California hometown. And in a show of support for its further success, the winner of this category will receive prize money equal to the entry fee to any other film festival in the world that the director so chooses to enter.
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Director will be chosen from among all entries.
Best Actor will be chosen from among all entries.
The Candyce Weir Best Actress award will be chosen from among all entries.