51st Annual

Chicago International Film Festival TV Awards

April 09, 2015 to April 09, 2015

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Individual Television Productions
Please choose the category that best describes your production and include on your disc and entry form.

P01: Animated Program
P02: Children’s Program
P03: Comedy Program
P04: Cooking Program
P05: Daytime Drama Program
P06: Documentary: Arts/Humanities
P07: Documentary: History/Biography
P08: Documentary: Science/Nature
P09: Documentary: Social/Political
P10: Dramatic Program
P11: Educational Program – Adult Audience
P12: Educational Program – Child Audience
P13: Entertainment
P14: Feature Length Telefilm
P15: Investigative Reporting/News Documentary
P16: Main Title Sequence
P17: Music Video
P18: Public Access Program
P19: Public Affairs/Video News Release
P20: Situation Comedy Program
P21: Sketch Comedy Program
P22: Special Performance Event
P23: Sporting Event
P24: Student-Produced Program
P25: Travel/Tourism Program
P45: Online Television Program
Television Series
Please choose the category that best describes your series and include on your disc and entry form.

P26: Animated Series
P27: Children’s Series
P28: Comedy Series
P29: Cooking Series
P30: Daytime Drama Series
P31: Dramatic Series
P32: Educational/Documentary Series
P33: Game Show Series
P34: Mini-Series
P35: News Series
P36: Public Access Series
P37: Reality Series
P38: Reality Competition Series
P39: Situation Comedy Series
P40: Sketch Comedy Series
P41: Student-Produced Series
P42: Talk Show Series
P43: Travel Series
P44: Variety/Entertainment Series
P46: Online Television Series
Television Commercials
Please choose the category that best describes your commercial and include on your disc and entry form.

C01: Apparel
C02: Automotive
C03: Automobile Retailer
C04: Banking/Financial
C05: Beverages (Alcoholic)
C06: Beverages (Non-alcoholic)
C07: Business Products/Services
C08: Cellular Phone/Service
C09: Cosmetics/Personal Care Products
C10: Entertainment/Leisure
C11: Fast Food
C12: Food Products
C13: Health Care
C14: Home Electronics
C15: Household Appliances/Furnishings
C16: Household Products
C17: Infomercial
C18: Institutional/Corporate Identity
C19: Insurance
C20: Long Form Commercial
C21: Media/Publications
C22: Network Promotion
C23: Non-profit/Fundraising
C24: Online/Web services
C25: Pharmaceutical
C26: Political
C27: Public Service Announcement
C28: Restaurant
C29: Retail
C30: Sporting Event/Athletics
C31: Technology
C32: Travel/Tourism
C33: Other Products
C34: Other Services
C35: Online Spot
Television Commercial Campaigns
Please choose the category that best describes your campaign and include on your disc and entry form.

C36: Online Campaign
C37: Commercial Campaign
C38: PSA Campaign
Special Achievement
Please choose the category that best describes your production and include on your disc and entry form.

SA01: Acting
SA02: Animation
SA03: Art Direction/Production Design
SA04: Cinematography
SA05: Concept
SA06: Direction
SA07: Editing
SA08: Music – Original
SA09: Music – Licensed/Adapted
SA10: Sound Design
SA11: Visual Effects
SA12: Writing
SA13: Low Budget


The annual Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards is an international competition celebrating the quality and diversity in TV programming and commercials worldwide. Entries to the competition are judged by a jury of top media professionals, recognizing the finest in television from around the world and bestowing the highest honor, the Gold Hugo, to works that move the audience and further the medium.


One of the most prolific and influential elements in the lives of millions, television has long been a fixture of the American experience. For 50 years, the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards has honored the most innovative and outstanding members of the television community. As television productions and commercials continue to evolve in the digital age, the competition is an annual gathering for those who keep the medium vibrant and shape its future. We host an Awards Night Gala in April, which showcases the winning works and presents career achievement awards to select people or companies that have had a lasting impact on the medium. Past honorees have included Kelsey Grammer, FRONTLINE, Bill Kurtis, Kelsey Grammer, Jesse Spencer, ESPN Films, WTTW, Shawn Ryan, MJZ, Hungry Man, OPTIMUS, and Leo Burnett.


Alex Kopecky (Competitions Coordinator)


A) Requirements
1. Entries must be postmarked no later than February 27, 2015
2. Entries must be submitted on DVD. Do not send film prints, master tapes, or other originals.
3. Submit one completed entry form (or online entry confirmation) and one copy of your production for each submission. Each entry must be on a separate DVD (entries to the TV Series or Commercial Campaign categories may have more than one episode or commercial per disc.)
4. Entries can only be submitted to one category. Submitting the same production to multiple categories will require a separate entry form and fee for each category.
5. Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate submission fee. Entry fees are non-refundable.
6. International (outside the US) checks and money orders are not accepted. Entry fees must be paid by credit card. International bank transfers are not accepted.
7. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without an accompanying DVD. DVDs will not be considered for competition unless accompanied by necessary fees and entry forms.
8. Entrant’s name and title of production must be on each case or DVD.
9. Submission DVDs will not be returned.
10. The Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry form is incorrect or illegible.

B) Eligibility
1. Television productions and commercials that have aired or are scheduled to air on television or internet-based television in 2014 and 2015 are eligible. Entries for internet-based television programs or commercials must include the URL at which they can be viewed.
2. Entries may be submitted by the director, producer, agency, distributor, or client. In categories of Special Achievement, entries may be submitted by a crew member who worked on the production.
3. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into competition and to use all music, images, and content in the entry. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the entry for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards.
4. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles.

C) Shipping
1. The cost of shipping an entry to the competition must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted.
2. All international entries must be sent “Free Domicile” to the competition office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes pre-paid by shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards will be refused. Please be sure to include all the proper customs documentation as required by your shipping service.

D) Awards
Gold and Silver Hugos are the highest honors presented by the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards are awarded only to outstanding productions that achieve effective communications through technical excellence and creativity. Gold and Silver Plaques are awarded to entries of superior quality that are among the best in their category. Certificates of Merit are awarded to productions that the jury feels contain strengths that deserve recognition.

E) Judging
The Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards’ mission is to recognize the enormous technical and creative energy behind television commercials and productions and to highlight their importance in communications. Each year, we assemble panels of distinguished media professionals to judge our competitive categories. To ensure fully qualified appraisals, we select judges who are familiar with the industry and intended audience of each entry. All aspects of the production's technical execution are evaluated for professionalism, creativity, and effectiveness in achieving its goals. The production budget is carefully considered; a resourceful use of limited funds is highly valued by our judges. Entries are judged against others in the same category, but judges have the right to recommend that no award be given in a category if entries do not meet the award criteria. In the event of a tie, two awards may be presented. Our annual list of winners is circulated around the world to distributors, educators, potential clients, and the press to ensure winners receive maximum recognition.

F) Screenings
For television commercial categories, entrants permit the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards to show selected entries at the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards Ceremony, the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival, and on PBS WTTW-11 for public judging to determine the winner of the Audience Choice Award. For television production categories, entrants permit clips of selected winners to be shown at the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards Ceremony.


I hereby state that I am authorized to submit this production to the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards and I accept the rules stated in the Competition’s regulations.