After being evaluated by a specialized jury, the Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival – Curta Cinema gives awards to films in its competition in several categories. The winners of the festival’s Grand Prix, both Brazilian and International, are qualified to receive a nomination for an Academy Award. Besides the Official Jury, there is also a Young Jury, made up of high school students from public and private schools in Rio de Janeiro. The films that make up the panoramas and some of the themed programs are judged by the audiences and likewise compete with films from the official competition for the Audience Grand Prix of the Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival – Curta Cinema.
Parallel prizes may be awarded in partnership with sponsors and companies in the audiovisual sector.