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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Accolade is a unique hybrid: it's a top-tier international awards competition with seasonal deadlines, not a traditional film festival. It has seasonal deadlines/judging and grants awards as appropriate within four to six weeks after each deadline. Winners receive publicity as we broadcast the list of winners via press releases and to our email database of more than 40,000 filmmakers and industry insiders. Winning an Accolade will help you get noticed. The Accolade has been very successful in introducing winners to distributors who can sell licensing rights around the world.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Accolade is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices. Entries are judged against high standards of excellence. The Accolade provides an equal chance of winning for all entrants, regardless of size and budget. Entries are judged on quality of craft and creativity. Our goal is to help independent filmmakers gain publicity and, when appropriate, exposure to distributors.
Awards go to those filmmakers, television producers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. The Accolade receives entries from all over the world: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Guam, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela. Subtitled, foreign-language films are welcome. Undiscovered and first-time filmmakers are often recognized.
Annually, a special award is given to a filmmaker, television producer or videographer who makes a significant contribution to social change or a humanitarian effort. You can read about this year’s winner at www.theaccolade.net.
The MovieMaker Magazine article said, "Past participants can't stop raving about the professional opportunities participation in this event has generated for their work."
Please take a look at the Accolade website, www.TheAccolade.net, so you’ll better understand the Competition. On the website you’ll find lots of original content of interest to independent filmmakers including articles about indie-friendly distributors.
We welcome your participation.
Thomas Baker, Ph.D.
Post Office Box 1066
La Jolla, California 92038
(The Accolade's sister competitions are the Indie Fest, www.theindiefest.com, and Best Shorts, www.bestshorts.net. All three competitions have independent judging and judging results from one competition will not influence the outcome of the other.)
Thomas Baker, Ph.D. (Competition Chairperson)
Like most award competitions the first level of judging is conducted in-house. Staff is selective. All the entries recommended for Award of Merit and Award of Excellence are carefully screened by the Competition Chairperson. Entries judged to be potential Best of Show winners may be sent to outside judges for additional review. The Chairpersons role is to assure consistency across judging and maintain high standards.
1. Submit on DVD in NTSC or PAL formats.
2. Label DVD cover with the WAB Tracking ID, filmmaker name and telephone number.
3. Submissions in other than English must be subtitled, dubbed or include an English transcript.
4. Written comments describing entries are invited and helpful during judging.
5. Entries will not be returned.
Note: The Accolade Competition is not a traditional film festival, it is an awards competition. Judging results letters will be sent by regular mail about four to six weeks after the final deadline to all participants, i.e., to those who were granted awards and those who were not granted awards. Free digital downloads of the Accolade laurels will be made available to all winners. Winners may also order an Accolade statuette for an additional cost of $350 per statuette. Shipping is free within the United States but international orders will be charged a $50 shipping fee.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The Accolade Competition is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition for promotional purposes.
The Accolade Competition is hereby granted the right to share your contact information in specific instances when someone inquires about your production and is trying to make contact with you.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to submit the film for consideration, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Accolade Competition from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
The undersigned understands that the Accolade Competition is not a traditional festival and that it is an awards competition. The undersigned is responsible for providing the Accolade Competition with an up-to-date mailing address as judging results letters will be sent by regular mail about four to six weeks after the final deadline to all participants, i.e., to those who were granted awards and those who were not granted awards. Free digital downloads of Accolade laurels will be made available to all winners but the Accolade statuettes if desired must be purchased. Winners may also order an Accolade statuette for an additional cost of $350 per statuette. Shipping is free within the United States but international orders will be charged a $50 shipping fee. Participants are under no obligation to purchase a statuette.