The American Youth Film Festival                     Award of Merit                                       The Jackie 

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The American entertainment industry annually presents awards to recognize outstanding achievement in television (#Emmy), music (#Grammy), film (#Oscar) and theater (#Tony).  Since 1929 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has annually presented the Academy Award of Merit or “The Oscar” to recognize excellence in cinematic achievement as assessed by the voting membership. To recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in the American youth film industry and pay homage to the first child actor ever nominated for an Academy Award of Merit, the American Youth Film Festival will present the American Youth Film Festival Award of Merit or “The Jackie” award, in honor of American child actor, John “Jackie” Cooper, Jr., who was nominated for his role in Skippy in 1931. Jackie Cooper went on to star in the Our Gang children series, win an Emmy as a director of episodes of M*A*S*H and The White Shadow, but most will remember him as Perry White, owner of The Daily Planet in Superman, starring Christopher Reeve. “The Jackie” will be presented annually in the categories “Best Actor/Actress” and “Best Supporting Actor/Actress”. 


American Youth Film Festival Jackie Award Rules:

  1. To be considered for the Jackie Award for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress, the actor or actress must appear in a film submitted for the current American Youth Film Festival season or a nationally distributed film produced within the previous 24 - months.
  2. The actor or actress must be an elementary, middle school, high school or college student.
  3. The actor must submit the accompanying movie trailer, 2-minutes or less, via FilmFreeway using the desired submission category.
  4. Winners will be chosen by the AYFF Grand Jury, all judges decisions are final.  

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