* 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 5pm (GMT) 15 October 2019
- Public voting open from 24 October 2019 to 1 December 2019
- Short lists announced in January 2020
- Final judging by panel in February 2020
- Finalists announced in March 2020
- Winners announced in April at the awards ceremony
The panel of judges is 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 for further details on the judges.
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. We have also opened entries for UK registered Community Interest Companies (CICs).
Nominations can be made by a charity/CIC, 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/CIC 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 or companies house.
Each category is open to videos or films broadcast/released between 30 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 and those entering the awards warrant that each video entered was completed and delivered between those dates.
Entries should be made by completing the entry form on the awards website before the deadline of 5pm (GMT) on 15th October 2019. Public voting started on 1 October 2019 and ended on 1 December 2019.
There are technical restrictions in place to prevent repetitive public voting from one source. The highest voted for films within each category will then be subjected to judging by our expert panel. The exact number of shortlisted charities will vary according to number of charities in a category and votes scored. The vote counts will not be released to the judges. 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.
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