FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the Charity Film Awards?
The Charity Film Awards have been created to celebrate the success of film in fundraising, to increase exposure of charity films and to encourage donations for good causes.
Who are they for?
The Charity Film Awards is open to all registered charities and Community Interest Companies within the UK.
Who can enter?
Anyone can nominate a video on behalf of the charity/CIC. This could be the agency that created the film on the charities behalf, a supporter of the charity or the charity itself. If the nomination is from a source other than the charity itself, the Charity Film Awards Team will contact the charity for approval before the nomination is accepted. The Charity Film Awards will use the contact details provided on the Charity Commission for England and Wales, OSCR or the Charity Commission for NI websites. Once qualified and approved, the entries will be placed into the relevant category.
What are the categories?
Films under 5 minutes in length - The categories are based on the charity's turnover for the latest financial year, so everyone has a chance to win an award regardless of the size of the organisation and the budgets available. These categories will be:
- 0 - £10,000 (this category will include new charities registered)
- £10,001 - £100,000
- £100,001 - £500,000
- £500,001 - £5,000,000
- £5,000,000 - £50,000,000
- £50,000,000 and over
Longform (Films over 5 minutes in length) - There will be two categories for all films over 5 minutes in length; however, depending on the volume of entries in this category this may be sub-divided at a later date. If so this will be done so according to financial turnover of the charity for the previous reported accounts.
Overall winner - There will be an overall winner award for the very best charity film of the year. This award will be picked by the judging panel from the shortlisted awards as part of the judges voting process.
People's Choice Award - There will also be a people's choice award for the film that receives the highest number of public votes. This can be within any category.
How many videos can I enter?
You can enter as many videos as you like. Please remember, that all videos submitted by, or on behalf of, a particular charity will be entered into the same category.
What is the entry deadline?
The deadline to nominate a video will be 5pm (GMT) on 17 October 2017.
How much is it to enter?
The Charity Film Awards are free to enter.
What is the shortlisting process?
The shortlist will be decided by a public vote. Public voting will be open from 27th October – 15th December 2017.
When will the shortlist be announced?
The public vote shortlist was announced in January 2018. The list of finalists for each category was announced in March 2018.
Who decides the finalists and winners?
The winners will be decided by our panel of expert judges, see the judges page for more details. The judges will select 5 finalists in each category from the public shortlist. The winners will be announced at the red carpet ceremony at a prestigious venue in London.
Public voting: Why are we asking you to register to vote?
This helps us to stop voting abuse and also enables us to communicate the short-list and winners to everyone who voted later on. We will not pass this information on to anyone else.
How does the public voting work?
Charity film fans can vote for their favourite charity video by registering to vote during the public voting stage. Those who have registered can vote for as many films as they like, however they can only vote once for those films. To ensure that only one vote per film is counted, we ask for some details, this is simply so that we can make sure that the voting process is fair. We will never give voter details to anyone else, but we may contact them when we announce the winners.
How will the entries be judged?
Winning entries will be those which, in the opinion and sole discretion of the panel of judges, best meet the judging criteria. We have a large pool of varied professionals within the judging panel to avoid bias. Any judge, with any personal interest or in any way related to a category will not be able to cast a vote for that category. The judges’ decisions shall be final and binding in all respects on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced at a black tie gala event at a prestigious venue in London in April 2018.
How much will it be to attend the awards ceremony?
All shortlisted charities will be invited free of charge to attend the awards ceremony. There will be limited other tickets available, details yet to be announced.
Who is the Charity Film Awards organised by?
The Charity Film Awards are administered and organised by For Good Events Ltd.
Nomination: A film that has been entered into the awards
Shortlisted entry: A top 10 film within their category as voted for by the public
Finalist: A top 5 film that has been selected from the shortlist by the panel of judges
Winner: The winner as voted for the panel of judges and announced at the ceremony
Are there any terms and conditions?
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Promote - Donate - Celebrate
Increased exposure for charity video content
Donations made directly to good causes throughout the campaign
Celebrating the success of film in fundraising