Famous Awards For Porn Stars

Like any movie, porn films require dedication, directing, talent, and hours of long work, something that should be celebrated and awarded. Since the 1980s, famous awards ceremonies have popped up for porn stars to be awarded for their hard work and dedication, 

From the XBIZ Awards and AVN Awards to PorYes, pornstars and the wider adult film industry can have their hard work recognized and earn awards for their films.  

In this article, Adult Site Broker walks you through the most famous awards in the adult industry, where porn stars, directors, sex toy distributors, and production companies are celebrated for their work in the adult industry. 

Australian Adult Awards

Founded, owned, and operated by adult industry entrepreneur superstar Maxine Fensom, the Australian Adult Industry Awards, or AAIA, has been celebrating and awarding porn stars and the adult film industry since 2001. The awards aim to offer regular people the chance to rub shoulders with the best of the adult industry over a black-tie event, celebrating the best of the best within the Australian adult industry annually. 

Their awards ceremony focuses on celebrating the achievements of those within the adult industry, including porn stars, strippers, porn production and film industries, adult retail shops, men’s bars, brothels, designers and developers, and escort agencies. 

XBIZ Awards 

Born out of the industry’s desire to host an awards event that celebrated all the facets of the adult film industry with professionalism and class, the Xbiz Awards was born in 2003. Created by the adult industry trade magazine XBIZ, the awards ceremony has grown over the past 20 years to encompass the entirety of the adult industry, becoming one of the most famous award ceremonies for porn stars and the adult industry as a whole. 

Since the first ceremony, they have expanded the categories not just to include porn stars and adult film awards categories, such as Best Sex Scene or Gonzo Movie of the Year, but now have over150 categories, honoring the porn stars that make the adult film industry what it is, but also celebrating those in the production, web, and technology, and even pleasure products and retailer industries. 

AV Open

Based in Japan, AV Open was an adult industry award ceremony that started in 2006. It originally started as a limited sales contest. Still, it grew to become one of the most popular award ceremonies with its successor, the AV GrandPrix, and featured over 100 competing companies. 

The awards were created to improve relations between the adult industry and the general public, offering the Japanese adult film industry the same quality as the US-based AVN Awards. As the awards grew in popularity and became known as the AV GrandPrix in 2008, the categories grew from just the prominent awards, AV Open Winners and AV Open Stage, to also include categories such as Best Fetish Movie, Best Mature Movie, and even Best Package Design. However, the awards were short-lived and ended after the AV GrandPrix 2014. 

Barcelona International Erotic Film Festival 

Barcelona International Erotic Film Festival is the oldest European adult industry awards and one of the most prestigious and famous awards for porn stars to receive. The awards ran from the early 1990s till 2015, offering porn stars and adult film companies the chance to win awards for different categories, including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Film, splitting them into different categories (Nymph – which featured heterosexual porn films, HeatGay – for gay porn stars and Tacón de Aguja – which focused on BDSM and fetish films). 

The awards were seen as more select than others, and over the five days of the awards, attendees could attend multiple shows in between awards ceremonies, such as strip tease, live-sex lingerie, and even sex toy shows offering an awards ceremony like no other.  

Brussels International Festival of Eroticism 

Brussels International Festival of Eroticism is both an awards ceremony and a trade show for the leaders of the adult film industry. The first festival was held in 1993, and since 2015, during the ceremony, the prestigious and famous European X Awards are handed out to leading porn stars, directors, and porn production companies within their respective categories. During the festival, each participating European country, Germany, Spain, Italy, and France, is awarded Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. 

Feminist Porn Awards

Originally known as the Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards before changing to the Feminist Porn Award in 2014. This is one of the most famous awards for female porn stars to earn. Conceived in 2006 by Chanelle Gallant and Toronto-based adult store Good For Her before being taken over by Alison Lee in 2008, the Feminist Porn Awards is an awards ceremony that focuses on celebrating porn that expands the boundaries of sexual representation in film. 

To be nominated, each film must meet the strict criteria and be seen to expand the boundaries of sexual representation on film, challenge stereotypes, and present a vision that sets the content apart from most mainstream pornography, with each winner being awarded a trophy in the shape of a butt plug.

PorYes 

Europe’s answer to the Feminist Porn Awards is the German-based PorYes Festival. The PorYes Festival is held every two years and celebrates the best of the best for straight, queer, and trans porn stars and aims to revolutionize the porn industry. 

Each year nominees are put forward from multiple countries, including Spain, Germany, the USA, Australia, and China, for their work in the feminist porn industry, including writers, directors, educators, sex workers and performers. 

At the end of the three-day event, the PorYes Academy invites attendees for a one-day event that features academics and professionals to talk about porn, sex-positivity, and related topics. 

Venus Berlin 

With over 250 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors annually, The Venus Awards are one of Europe’s leading adult film industry awards ceremonies. Held in Berlin, the festival attracts traders, visitors, performers, and porn stars from over 40 countries to participate and attend. What makes the Venus Awards unique for adult film industry awards is that directors, performers, and films from the same country compete for honors with other entities from that same country. 

At the same time, all entries also remain eligible for the “European” and “International” award categories. Categories include Best Film, Best Actor, Venus Fetish Awards, and even categories for production, design, and Best TV Erotic Report. 

AVN Awards

You can’t talk about famous awards for porn stars without mentioning the prestigious, US-based AVN Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. The AVN awards have been running since 1984 and are still held today, with the next one being on the 27th of January 2024.

Since their first awards, the ceremony has grown to feature a wide range of categories for porn stars, directors, and production companies to win, including Best Sex Scene, Best MiLF, Best Director, and the AVN Hall of Fame award to honor those in the adult film industry who have made significant contributions to the industry. 

Winners of the AVN awards have included Buck Adams, Asa Akira, Tommy Pistol, and Kira Noir, to name a few. 

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