Karama USA International Film Festival includes five competition categories —
Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary, Short Film, Animation, and Student Shorts. Awards will be presented for each competition category.
Films across all competition categories are eligible for our Foundation Awards,
including the Audience Award and the Vanguard Award, which we will award to the film with the most impactful human story, either in front of or behind the camera. The Humanitarian Award will be awarded to the film that most effectively raises special awareness to important human rights issues or amplifies underrepresented voices.
We will also feature Out of Competition and Special Presentations films. The Out of Competition category includes films that don’t qualify to compete at the
Festival but whose human rights stories especially touched the selection committee, and in turn we wish to honor them at our festival. Special
Presentations are iconic, historical, Silicon Valley-centric, or culturally significant human rights films showcased alongside our regular program, whose stories deeply resonated with the year’s theme.