* Please note technical restrictions will be in place to restrict repetitive voting from one source.
The timeline for submission deadlines** and voting is as follows:
- Nominations open until 21 October 2016
- Public voting open from 10 October 2016 to 30 November 2016
- Short lists announced in December 2016
- Final judging by panel in January 2017
- Finalists announced in February 2017
- Winners announced in March at the awards ceremony
The panel of judges has been hand-picked based on experience and expertise. They will be judging the entries based on cinematography, script and communication, acting, emotional response and concept. Click here to view the list of confirmed judges to date.
The awards are open to charities within the UK that are registered with Charity Commission for England and Wales, OSCR or the Charity Commission for NI.
Nominations can be made by a charity, an agency or a fan. The organiser reserves the right to reject any entrant that is deemed inappropriate. If the nomination has not been made by the charity then the organiser will inform the charity of the nomination and the charity will reserve the right to remove the entry should it wish to.
The organiser will categorise the films according to the latest annual financial turnover reports as publicly published by the appropriate charity commission.
Each category is open to videos or films broadcast/released between 1 January 2015 and 30 September 2016 and those entering the awards warrant that each video entered was completed and delivered between those dates.
Entries were made by completing the entry form on the awards website before the deadline of midnight on 21st October 2016. Public voting started on 10 October 2016 and ended on 30 November 2016. We are pleased to announce that over 43,000 members of the public registered to vote.
There were technical restrictions in place to prevent repetitive voting from one source. The top 10 voted for films within each category will then be subjected to judging by our expert panel. The vote counts will not be released to the judges until after their votes are cast. Afterwards we will release this information to the independent judging panel for auditing purposes only. The entrants will not be given access to this information.
Winning entries will be those which, in the opinion and sole discretion of the panel of judges, best meets the judging criteria. We aim to have a large pool of varied professionals within the judging panel to avoid bias. Any judge in any way related to a category will not be able to cast a vote for that category.
Who can enter?
Anyone can nominate a film to be entered for a prize - whether you are the charity, the agency who created the film or simply a fan. Our team will then qualify each entry against our terms and conditions to ensure that the charity is registered within the UK.
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