• Project must have been produced under a SAG-AFTRA, SAG or AFTRA contract

  • Project must have “aired” after April 30, 2021 and before May 1, 2023*

  • Representative from the Project must be willing and able to provide a clip reel that is representative of the Project for the virtual American Scene Awards Presentation at the SAG-AFTRA National Convention taking place October 21-23, 2023

  • A high-profile representative of the Project must be available to provide a pre-taped acceptance video

  • *Any DVD or digital screener provided for consideration must include a closed captioning or subtitling option.*
    IMPORTANT: All finalists will be required to provide a digital screener with closed captioning and audio description by August 21, 2023

  • *“Aired”:

  • Project must have been exhibited or broadcast after April 30, 2021 and before May 1, 2023. Motion pictures must be feature-length (over 60 minutes in running time), and must be first publicly exhibited (previews excluded) by means of 35mm or 70mm film or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format (minimum native resolution 2048 by 1080 pixels, with pixel bit depth, color primaries, and image and sound file formats suitable for exhibition in commercial Digital Cinema sites) before a paying audience in a commercial motion picture house for at least a seven-day consecutive run commencing between April 30, 2021 and May 1, 2023, following normal exploitation and advertising consistent with the treatment of the producer’s other pictures. Short films (60 minutes or less in running time) are not eligible.


Following the lead set by the SAG-AFTRA Constitution, the categories under which union-covered projects will be considered will reflect the three (3) major areas under which our members work:

  • Entertainment

  • Music & Sound Recording

  • News & Broadcast

Critical Considerations

  • How does this project authentically reflect the American Scene? How does this project authentically employ those who make up the American Scene?


  • Why do we, as SAG-AFTRA, want to shine a spotlight on this project and its creators as an example of excellence in storytelling and production so that other producers will be emboldened to make increasingly inclusive content?


  • Using a variety of measurements from critical acclaim to audience size and dedication, from awards received to quality of the content, how does this project substantially impact the entertainment and/or news media industry, the affected communities as well as society at large?