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Adam Film World (AFW) and Adam Film World Guide (AFWG) were magazines about pornographic film, published in the United States, starting in 1966 as The Adam Film Quarterly. The first issue's cover price was $1 and the cover story was about The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill, an erotic movie directed by Peter Stootsberry and produced by Bradford Hallworth.[1]

Adam Film World
Adam Film World, August 1977 cover
Adam Film World Vol. 6 No. 6, dated August 1977
EditorTim Connelly (as Jeremy Stone)
Former editorsEdward S. Sullivan, John Zeus
CategoriesMen's magazines
Year founded1966 (as The Adam Film Quarterly)
Final issue
1998 (1998)
Vol. 17 No. 1
CompanyKnight Publishing Corp.
CountryUnited States
Based inLos Angeles
Adam Film World Guide
Adam Film World Guide magazine cover, July 2008
Adam Film World Guide Vol. 21 No. 5, dated July 2008
Editor-in-ChiefAnthony Petkovich
Former editorsTim Connelly (as Jeremy Stone), Edward S. Sullivan
CategoriesMen's magazines
Year founded1950s
First issueMay 1981 (1981-May)
Final issue
August 2008 (2008-August)
Vol. 21, No. 6
CompanyKnight Publishing Corp.
CountryUnited States
Based inLos Angeles



Knight Publishing Corp. had launched Adam magazine in the 1950s as an attempt to follow Playboy's success. Adam Film Quarterly was spun off from that magazine by William Rotsler in 1966 to cover the sexploitation film industry.[1][2] Originally, like Playboy, the publication also covered mainstream films and included feature stories on stars such as Orson Welles or Judy Garland. However, by 1969 it was renamed Adam Film World and issued monthly.[3]

The Internet Adult Film Database owes its start to Peter Van Aarle, who began keeping notes on index cards on adult movies he had seen or were reviewed in Adam Film World starting in 1982.[4]

Adam Film World was called "one of the industry's leading trade publications" in 1994 by the Associated Press.[5]

In his 2001 book Pornography and Sexual Representation, Joseph Slade states, "Extremely valuable are the reports, reviews and gossip of Adam Film World and Adult Video Guide, the oldest American monthly devoted to explicit cinema and generally more reliable than similar magazines, though the information on actors and actresses should be approached with caution. Best described as a fan magazine, Adam Film World hypes the careers of performers for a credulous audience, but partly for that reason it is unparalleled as a guide to the mores and customs of the porn subculture."[6] Slade pointed out that the magazine's Interviews with performers were, to an extent, similar to celebrity interviews in popular mainstream magazines: "Actors and actresses usually begin by talking about their parents, their adolescence, their own children, lovers, the importance of grooming, then move on to discussions of augmented breasts, relative penis sizes, favorite costars and directors, referred techniques of oral, vaginal, or anal sex, striptease dancing on tour as a sideline and—most important—their fan clubs or their 900-telephone numbers."[6]

The publication is also notable for having issued the first movie awards for excellence in pornographic film, first with the X-Caliber Awards in 1975,[7] then replacing them with the AFWG awards starting in 1981 when its sister publication, Adam Film World Guide, was launched.[8] Today the role of adult film awards has been mostly supplanted by Adult Video News, with its AVN Awards, which launched a decade later.

Adam Film World Guide, in turn, spawned an annual Directory of Adult Films starting in 1984. The annuals were "important directories of...hard-core films and videos of the previous eighteen months, with lists of notable films of the past, capsule reviews that rate eroticism from 'warm' to 'volcanic,' addresses of distributors and retail outlets, brief biographies of actors, directors, and producers and indexes by theme, director, and performer."[6]

Edward S. Sullivan was the first editor of Adam Film World, followed briefly in 1984 by John Zeus, while former pornographic film actor Tim Connelly was editor, under the name Jeremy Stone, from 1985 to 2003.[citation needed] Connelly, as Stone, was inducted into the X-Rated Critics Organization Hall of Fame in the Fifth Estate category in 1998.[9]

Knight Publishing eventually expanded to add several other magazine titles such as Adam Black Video Illustrated, Adam Gay Video, and Cinema X Monthly and several others, but Adam Film World remained the flagship of the group until it was discontinued in the late 1990s in favour of Adam Film World Guide. By 2008, owner Bentley Morriss put the company up for sale. When a buyer was not found, the magazine empire folded.[10]

X-Caliber AwardsEdit

The Adam Film World annual X-Caliber Awards based their selection of winners "largely on the votes of readers who are members of the audiences of the adult theaters."[11] although after the popular vote is counted, "an editorial panel makes the final selections".[12] The winners were announced annually starting with the August 1976 issue for films released the previous year. By the second year, the Z-Caliber Awards, for the worst movies, were also introduced.[13]

1976[7] 1977[13] 1978[14]
Best Sex-Rated Full-Length Feature Film Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann The Opening of Misty Beethoven Desires Within Young Girls
Best Foreign Sexplicit Film Sensations (Dutch) Diversions (British) Butterflies (German-American)
Best Performance by an Adult Film Actress

(The Pornelope Award)

Annette Haven for China Girl Constance Money for The Opening of Misty Beethoven Jennifer Welles for Little Orphan Sammy
Best Performance by an Adult Film Actor

(The Lucky Pierre Award)

John C. Holmes for All Night Long Jamie Gillis for The Opening of Misty Beethoven John C. Holmes for Eruption
Best Supporting Actress

(The Knockers-Up Award)

Sharon Thorpe for Tapestry of Passion Vicki Lyon (actually co-starred) for Portrait of Seduction Jewell Bright for China De Sade
Best Supporting Actor

(The Gung-Ho Award)

Harry Reems for Spikey's Magic Wand Jeffrey Stern for Portrait of Seduction Seth Wagner for Foxy Lady
Best Miscegenation (Interracial) Sex Scene

(The Zebra Award)

Brigitte Maier for Tongue Kristine DeBell for Alice in Wonderland Valerie Driskill and Seth Wagner for Foxy Lady
Best Adult Film Screenplay

(The Fantasia Award)

The staff of Newsday for Naked Came the Stranger Jake Barnes for The Opening of Misty Beethoven John Ashley for Eruption
Best Directed Adult Film

(The Canvas Chair Award)

Alan Bruce Colberg for All Night Long Henry Paris for The Opening of Misty Beethoven Lin Chao for Oriental Blue
Best Sinamatography

(The Crotch Zoom Award)

Franklin de Ceco for All Night Long Joe Bardo for Alice in Wonderland Robert Michael for V—The Hot One
Best Sexaphonic Soundtrack

(The Pussy Platter Award)

The Moog synthesizer for Spikey's Magic Wand Bucky Searles for Alice in Wonderland Gino Franconi, composer and conductor, for Sex Wish
Biggest Penis on Sex Screen1

(The Hunga Din Award)

Dr. Infinity in Every Inch a Lady for autofellatio John C. Holmes for The Autobiography of a Flea John C. Holmes for Eruption
Most Hirsute Vagina on the Adult Film Scene1

(The Bearded Clam Award)

Terri Hall in The Story of Joanna Annette Haven in The Autobiography of a Flea Mimi Zuber in The Jade Pussycat

(Special extra award to Jennifer Welles for use of hair dye in Little Orphan Sammy)

The Dirtiest Old Man Who Can Still Get It Up

(The Altekocker Award)

Lord Wetherby in Sensations Robert Cole in Portrait of Seduction William Paulson in The Other Side of Julie
Best Female Orgasm Scene

(The Juicy Lucy Award)

Nina Fause in Sexual Ecstasy of the Macumba Amber Hunt in Cry for Cindy Annette Haven for V—The Hot One
Most Cum-Shots in One Film

(The Jisming Jerry Award)

Marc Stevens for Every Inch a Lady Zepedy Colt for Sex Wish John C. Holmes for Eruption
Largest Breasts on the Sex Screen1 Uschi Digart in The Last Days of Pompeii Rene Bond in Do You Wanna Be Loved? Liz Renay in Deep Roots
Best Fellator on the Screen1

(The Living Doll Award)

Georgina Spelvin in Sleepyhead Jennifer Welles in Blonde Velvet Lesllie Bovee in Eruption
Greatest Contribution to Sexplicit Flicks

(The Ovid Award)

Vince Miranda, president of Pussycat Theaters and founder of the Adult Film Association of America, for promoting and legitimizing adult films Linda Lovelace, actress, for pioneering adult films with Deep Throat
  • Ann Myers Perry for promoting and improving adult films as president of the AFAA;
  • Jimmy Johnson, executive vice-president of Pussycat Theaters, for legal efforts and
  • Joel Sussman, for production-still photography.

Z-Caliber AwardsEdit

1976 1977 1978
Worst All-Around Sexplicit Film1 Not awarded Playtime Productions for Judgement Day[13] Desperate Living, produced and directed by John Waters[14]

Worst Direction (The Empty Director's Chair Award)

Not awarded Not announced2[14] David Stefans for Strangers When They Mate[14]
Worst Adult Screenplay

(The Empty Pen Award)

Not awarded Stanley Woods for Portrait of Seduction ("for one badly written line only")[13] Lou Campa for Jailbait[14]
Worst Sexplicit Sinematography

(The Glued-on Lenscap Award)

Not awarded Judgement Day2[14] Cadillac Named Desire[14]
Worst Performance

(The Burned-Out Projection Bulb Award)

Not awarded Mary Monroe in Teenage Hustler[13] Ronnie Fray in The Velvet Hustle[14]

Adam Film World Guide AwardsEdit

Anthony Petkovich, Editor-in-Chief of Adam Film World Guide on the set of Da Vinci Load from Hustler Video in 2005.

In 1981, Adam Film World revived its awards with a new name, the Adam Film World Guide Awards, to coincide with the launch of a sister magazine, Adam Film World Guide. Rather than giving single awards in several categories, AFWG had only a few categories — top films, top videos, top sex scenes, best male and female performers and best director — but named the top five or top 10 of each. Then, until 2003, in the annual AFWG Directory of Adult Films it ranked the top three movies of the year, a combination of movies shot on film and those shot on videotape:

Year's Best 1st Runner-Up 2nd Runner-Up
1981 Insatiable Prisoner of Paradise Talk Dirty to Me
1982 Nothing To Hide Nightdreams Blonde Ambition
1983 Society Affairs Café Flesh Body Magic
1984 Suzie Superstar The Young Like It Hot The Devil In Miss Jones Part II
1985 New Wave Hookers Every Woman Has a Fantasy Firestorm
1986 Desperate Women She's So Fine Girls on Fire
1987 The Devil in Miss Jones Part III-IV The Ecstasy Girls Part II Every Woman Has a Fantasy Part 2
1988 Baby Face 2 Amanda By Night II Let's Get It On With Amber Lynn
1989 The Nicole Stanton Story Part I Portrait of an Affair The Catwoman
1990 Night Trips The Big Thrill The Chameleon
1991 Pretty Peaches 3 Buttman's Ultimate Workout Nightdreams 2
1992 Wild Goose Chase Buttman's European Vacation New Wave Hookers 2
1993 Hidden Obsessions Buttman vs. Buttwoman Anything That Moves
1994 Face Dance 1&2 Justine: Nothing to Hide 2 Slave to Love
1995 Michael Ninn's Sex Dog Walker Takin' It to the Limit
1996 Borderline Latex Kink
1997 Sex Freaks Buttman in the Crack Shocking Truth
1998 Bad Wives Red Vibe Diaries The Psychosexuals
1999 Mobster's Wife The Masseuse 3 Café Flesh 2
2000 The Awakening Seven Deadly Sins Nothing to Hide 3&4
2001 Les Vampyres Jekyll & Hyde In the Days of Whore
2002 Fade to Black Euphoria3 Taboo 20013
2003 The Fashionistas The Ass Collector Big Bottom Sadie

Starting with the 2002 awards, Adam Film World Guide changed the focus of the annual awards. Rather than naming the top 10 films and top 10 videos (which the Directory then condensed into a list of the year's top three movies), AFWG just named one top film, one top video and 51 other awards to movies and individuals for a wide range of categories such as Best Asian Starlet, Best Fetish Vignette Movie, Best Couples Movie, Best Gonzo Comedy, Best Music, Best Box Cover Art and Best All-Girl Orgy Series.

With movies shot on film and videotape giving way to digital, the Best Films and Best Videos categories were eventually combined into Best Movie, and so in 2005, Adam Film World Guide Directory stopped naming the previous year's top three movies, thereafter just reprinting the entire list of AFWG individual awards. The final awards, for movies released in 2007, were published in the July 2008 issue of Adam Film World Guide.


Best Movie Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Screenplay
2002[15] Fade To Black (Vivid Entertainment) (Best Film);

Euphoria (Wicked Pictures) (Best Video)

Paul Thomas, Fade To Black (Film);

Brad Armstrong, Euphoria (Video)

Randy Spears, Bad Wives 2 (Vivid) (Film);

Steven St. Croix, Planet Of The Babes (Sterling Pictures) (Video)

Taylor Hayes, Fade To Black (Film);

Sydnee Steele, Euphoria (Video)

Michael Raven & David Aaron Clark, Beast (Sin City Films) (Film);

David Aaron Clark & Brad Armstrong, Euphoria (Video)

2003[16] The Fashionistas (Evil Angel) (Best Film);

The Ass Collector (Evil Angel) (Best Video)

John Stagliano, The Fashionistas (Film);

Michael Ninn, Perfect (Private Media) (Video)

Brad Armstrong, Falling From Grace (Wicked Pictures) (Film);

Kris Knight, The Ass Collector (Video)

Taylor St. Claire, The Fashionistas (Film);

Ashlyn Gere, Crime & Passion (VCA Pictures) (Video)

Daniel Metcalf & Brad Armstrong, Falling From Grace (Film);

Patrick Collins and Parker Schurman, Big Bottom Sadie (Elegant Angel) (Video)

2004[17] Compulsion (Elegant Angel) (Best Film);

New Wave Hookers 7 (VCA) (Best Video)

Axel Braun, Compulsion (Film);

Thomas Zupko, Opera (Elegant Angel) (Video)

Kurt Lockwood, Compulsion (Film);

Tyce Bune, Acid Dreams (Private) (Video)

Ashley Long, Compulsion (Film);

Ashley Blue, Girlvert 4 (JM Productions) (Video)

Axel Braun, Compulsion (Film);

Thomas Zupko, Opera (Elegant Angel) (Video)

2005[18] Café Flesh 3


Antonio Passolini,

Café Flesh 3

Justin Sterling,

The Masseuse (Vivid)

Jenna Jameson,

The Masseuse

Brad Armstrong,

The Collector (Wicked)

2006[19] Pirates

(Adam & Eve/Digital Playground)

Paul Thomas,

The New Devil In Miss Jones (Vivid)

Steven St. Croix,

The Prisoner (Metro)

Penny Flame,

Darkside (Red Light District Video)

James Avalon,


2007[20] Corruption

(SexZ Pictures)

Eli Cross,


Steven St. Croix,

Wonderland (Metro)

Sunny Lane,

Sex Pix (Red Light District)

Eli Cross & Alvin Edwards,


2008[21] Upload

(Sex-Z Pictures)

Eli Cross,


Randy Spears,

Black Widow (Wicked)

Stormy Daniels,

Operation Desert Stormy (Wicked)

Brad Armstrong,

Coming Home (Wicked)

Adam Black Video Top 25Edit

Adam Black Video Directory was an annual publication produced from 1998 to 2007, which grew out of Adam Black Video Illustrated.

In the late 1990s Adam Black Video Directory decided the time had come to honor a list of the best black and interracial movies of all time, because there had been few awards given for them in the past. Adding a few new ones each year, by 2000 the list had grown to a top 25, with a tie for 6th place (shown with year of release in brackets): 1. Black Throat (1985), 2. Maverdick (1995), 3. Let Me Tell Ya 'bout White Chicks (1984), 4. Nasty Video Magazine 5 (1999), 5. Friend to the Black Man (1998), 6. Harlem Candy (1987), 6. N.B.A. (Nuttin' But Ass) (1996), 7. The Look 2000 (1997), 8. The Legend of Reggie D (1989), 9. The Adventures of Dick Black the Black Dick (1987), 10. Pussyman 7 (1994), 11. Starbangers 2 (1994), 12. Escape to Pleasure Island (1998), 13. My Black Ass (1997), 14. Booty Bitch (1995), 15. African Angels (1996), 16. Hot Rod Honeyz, 17. Black Butt Jungle (1998), 18. Kink World (1993), 19. Mac' In 2 (1996), 20. Centerfold (1997), 21. Dear John (1993), 22. Buttman Back in Rio 4, 23. The Dream Team (1996), 24. Isis Blublue filme (1998) and 25 Bomb Ass Pussy (1998).[22]

Adam Gay Video "Dave" AwardsEdit

Originated in 1989 by Adam Gay Video Directory editor Dave Kinnick, The "Dave" Awards were originally announced in Kinnick's monthly "Video Review" column in Advocate Men Magazine. They moved to Adam Gay Video 1996 Directory after the column ceased in December 1994.[23]


^1 Some of the terminology used by Adam Film World for some of the awards was deleted or replaced by something less vulgar in these instances.

^2 In announcing the Z-Caliber Awards in 1977, Adam Film World did not give Worst Direction or Worst Sinematography Awards, saying "We had a couple more Z-Calibers in mind but have deleted them just to be nice—also the contenders were running neck-and-neck."[13] In announcing the 1978 awards, the previous year's awards were also noted and this time a Worst Sinematography Award for 1977 was named, but the Worst Direction for that year was "withheld by request".[14]

^3 The 2002 Adam Film World Guide Directory listed Marissa as first runner-up and Beast as second runner-up, however, this was changed to Euphoria and Taboo 2001 in subsequent directories. It is likely Marissa and Beast were the incorrect entries because Euphoria was named best video that year and since all four movies were shot-on-video productions, it would be the most likely to make the top three movies list overall.


  • Adam Film World Guide Directory annuals, 1990 to 2005
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  5. ^ John Horn, Associated Press Writer, "VCRs have made 'adult' films big business," Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star, Dec. 2, 1994, p. B3.
  6. ^ a b c Joseph W. Slade, Pornography and Sexual Representation: A Reference Guide, Volume I, Greenwood Press, 2001. ISBN 0-313-31519-1
  7. ^ a b Thomas H. Hilton, "Film World's Own Porn Awards", Adam Film World, Vol. 5, No. 12, August 1976, pp. 34-37.
  8. ^ Adam Film World Guide, Vol. 1, No. 1, May 1981.
  9. ^ XRCO Hall of Fame Archived 2007-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Tod Hunter, "'Adam Film World' Reportedly on Hold Pending Sale",, July 2, 2008. (Retrieved Sept. 25, 2012.)
  11. ^ Thomas H. Hilton, "The First Annual Erotica Awards", Adam Film World, December 1977, pp. 18-21.
  12. ^ Frank Thistle, "The Second Annual Erotica Awards," Adam Film World, January 1979, pp. 24-27, 72.
  13. ^ a b c d e f Thomas H. Hilton, "The Porn Awards", Adam Film World, Vol. 6, No. 6, August 1977, pp. 16-17.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i Thomas H. Hilton, "3rd Annual X-Caliber Awards", Adam Film World, Vol. 7, No. 1, October 1978, pp. 24-27.
  15. ^ "Adam Film World Top 50 Awards for Excellence in Erotic Entertainment", Adam Film World Guide, Vol. 15, No. 5, July 2008, pp. 32–39.
  16. ^ "Evil Angel, The Fashionistas Dominate Adam Film World 2002 Movie Awards",, May 1, 2003 (Retrieved Nov. 16, 2012)
  17. ^ Acme Andersson, "Adam Film World 2003 Award Winners Announced", AVN, June 7, 2004 (Retrieved Nov. 16, 2012)
  18. ^ Crucifixio_Jones, "Adam Film World Awards Winners",, April 27, 2005 (Retrieved Sept. 25, 2012)
  19. ^ Thomas J. Stanton, "Adam Film World Announces Award Winners",, April 19, 2006 (Retrieved Sept. 25, 2012)
  20. ^ Bob Preston, "Adam Film World Guide Announces Annual Porn Awards Winners Archived 2016-10-18 at the Wayback Machine",, March 30, 2007 (Retrieved Sept. 25, 2012)
  21. ^ "Adam Film World Guide's Top 72 Awards for Excellence in Adult Entertainment", Adam Film World Guide, Vol. 21, No. 5, July 2008, p. 40
  22. ^ Adam Black Video Directory 2000
  23. ^ Guyjoy, Wilder, editor-in-chief (November 1995). Adam Gay Video 1996 Directory. Los Angeles, Calif.: Knight Publishing Corp.

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