The Shiny Awards


16 Nov 2017
Call for entries

26 Nov 2017
Early deadline

31 Dec 2017
Standard deadline

07 Jan 2018
Late deadline

07 Jan 2018
Festival closed


c/o The Mill, 11-14 Windmill St,  W1T 2JG, London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Festival description
Short Films 5'<

Festival requirements
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Any language
 Any language
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Festival start: 22 February 2018      Festival end: 22 February 2018

The Shiny Awards are innovative new awards and networking events for music videos & visuals.

The awards celebrate and discover music video & short commercial work only from unsigned and newly signed directors & content creators.

The awards already have an impressive list of supporters, ranging from world-class production companies, to ad agencies, to commissioners across all the major record labels. The first set of longlist judges are already in place and listed on the website ( The first event takes place on Feb 22nd 2018 at the home of world leading post-production house, The Mill.

Why are the Shiny Awards different?

For entrants:
- written feedback from at least five industry peers for each entry - no-one else does this!
- networking with key industry people for all shortlisted entrants
- promotion for all entries
- extensive promotion for shortlisted entries
- we always give a diverse award, helping industry become more representative
- affordable

For industry; commissioners, reps, production companies:
- we have relationships with universities & film schools worldwide
- we have relationships with filmmakers in emerging economies worldwide
- we always give a diverse award, helping industry become more representative
- longlist judging by your juniors & seniors welcome
- win awards for your newest signings!
- affordable

- Judges' award
- Audience award
- Diversity award
- Commissioners' award

Who can enter the awards?
Lead creatives / makers (eg filmmakers, designers, photographers and similar) or their representatives.
The person who wins the award is the lead creative / maker; AKA the person who comes up with the main ideas, the person who makes the main creative decisions, and/or who has the final say on which ideas are used, how they are used, the look & feel; AKA the main person who makes the work what it is. eg in filmmaking, this will be the director.
Sometimes the lead creative / maker is more than one person, ie a partnership or collective.
Freelance entrants must be unsigned to an agent, rep or production company, or newly signed within the 12 months prior to the event date. Employed entrants must be newly employed as a lead creative/maker within the 12 months prior to the event date.
Lead creatives / makers can be based anywhere in the world and be from any age or background.

What work can I enter into the awards?
Any short content (under 5 minutes) is eligible. An entry can be the work itself or a video of the work (eg video of photography or design work. Work made for commercial use, or work that suits commercial use is more likely to be shortlisted.
Basically, any engaging work in a video less than 5 minutes long.

What are the award criteria & categories?
Every entry is judged against these criteria: engagement with viewer, originality of concept & appropriate technical ability.
There are 3 trophies presented at each Awards, these are for winners of:
- the Judges' award, as chosen by the shortlist judges
- the Audience award, as chosen by the audience at the event
- the Diversity award, as chosen by the shortlist judges.

What is the Diversity award?
The Diversity Award is a practical way to bring more people from under-represented demographic groups into the industry.
There's often a gap between the people employers or agents would like to work with, and people they actually know about.
The Diversity Award aims to close that gap.
Any eligible entry can also be entered for Diversity Award, in addition to the Judge & Audience award, at no further cost. There's a tickbox to do this on the entry form.
To be eligible, the lead creative/maker must come from at least one of the following demographic groups:
Black, arabic or asian
dis-/differently abled
socio-economically disadvantaged family background.

Want free promotion for your Shiny Awards entry?
We can do that!
Send us a GREAT looking screenshot from your entry, plus a link to your video, plus your instagram & twitter names and we'll schedule you into our promo schedule for our socials.
We only promote the entries with great looking screenshots, so no boring images please!
Send us your details

Can I get a free entry?
You can enter a second video for free, if you can you tell us about filmmaker, design or photography networks or communities.
We're looking for user-based communities, like Shooting People, No Film School, and Facebook Groups like People of Colours.
We're also interested in newsletter based groups, university alumni newsletters or if you work at a big organisation, internal comms
newsletters. The can be groups and networks anywhere in the world. If you can give us a contact name too, that would be smashing (but a contact name isn't essential to claim the free entry).
You’ll get a free entry for your second entry (has to be your own work).
Please DON'T tell us about:
- media titles (unless they have a community forum of some kind)
- the networks listed above above, cos we know them :).
Email us to claim your additional free entry.

What if I live outside the UK?
If you're a creative
It's worth entering the awards. You'll get feedback on your work. If you're shortlisted, you get a digital brochure of the event which lists all guests - so if you can't make it in person, you can catch up with everyone afterwards.
If you work with creatives
It's worth taking out a membership. You get membership-only access to the digital brochures, and to the shortlist & winner archives. These include images and links for easy contact with creatives.

More detail in Terms & Conditions on the website



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