Competition

Main Categories

C1 Corporate Image
iVideos produced to display the corporate image of a company/brand
C2 Marketing B2B
iVideos produced for business-to-business marketing purposes
C3 Marketing B2C
iVideos produced for business to consumer marketing purposes
C4 Branded Content
iVideos produced to tell a story that is directly linked to the brand. Videos are focused on the values of the brand (not on its products or its services) and are designed to appeal to emotions of the viewer.
C5 Informational
iVideos produced to inform and educate the viewer
C6 Internal Communication
iVideos used for internal purposes and to connect with employees, stakeholders...
C7 Human Resources
iVideos produced for recruiting, hiring, deploying, and managing organization's employees
C8 Integrated Communication
iVideos produced as part of a larger communication campaign
C9 Fairs, Shows, Events, Conventions
iVideos produced for fairs, shows, events or conventions (such as openers, presentations, promotional films, livestreams…)
C10 Visitor Films
iVideos produced for exhibitions, museums, parks, etc. Videos to inform, educate, entertain, or set the tone for visitors
C11 Adventure & Leisure
C12 Art & Entertainment
C13 Automotive & Mobility
C14 Business, Economy & Finance
C15 Corporate Social Responsibility
C16 Culture & Lifestyle
C17 Environment, Ecology & Sustainability
C18 Fashion & Beauty
C19 Health, Medical & Wellness
C20 Nature & Wildlife
C21 Non-profit & Fundraising
C22 Political & International Issues
C23 Safety
C24 Science & Technology
C25 Social Issues
C26 Sport & Fitness
C27 Tourism
C27.1 Country Promotion
iVideos produced for promoting a country
C27.2 Region Promotion
iVideos produced for promoting a region, county, state, community, or island
C27.3 City Promotion
iVideos produced for promoting a city, municipality, village or local destination
C27.4 Tourism Product
iVideos produced for promoting a tourist experience in a particular destination, such as: Cultural Tourism, Gastronomic Tourism, Sustainable Tourism, Health and Wellness Tourism, MICE, Rural Tourism, Religious Tourism, Shopping Tourism, etc.
C27.5 Tourism Service
iVideos produced for promoting any service provided to tourists, such as: Accommodation, transportation, restaurants, museums, temples and gardens, theme parks, spas and thermal facilities, recreational services, etc.
O1 Social Media Video
iVideos produced for any social media site
O2 Vertical Video
iVideos produced for viewing in portrait mode
O3 Branded Content
iVideos produced to tell a story that is directly linked to the brand. Videos are focused on the values of the brand (not on its products or its services) and are designed to appeal to emotions of the viewer.
O4 Webisode
iVideos produced as part of a web series
O5 Interactive Video
iVideos produced for supporting user interaction
O6 Video Podcast
iVideos produced as part of an ongoing informative, educative, or entertaining program, usually offered as a subscription
O7 Talk Show & Interview
iVideos produced in the form of a talk show or interview
O8 Web TV
iVideos produced for a web TV platform
O9 Livestream
iVideos produced live for streaming over the internet
O10 Instructional (How-To & DIY)
iVideos produced for explaining to perform a task or action
O11 Adventure & Leisure
O12 Art & Entertainment
O13 Automotive & Mobility
O14 Business, Economy & Finance
O15 Corporate Social Responsibility
O16 Culture & Lifestyle
O17 Environment, Ecology & Sustainability
O18 Fashion & Beauty
O19 Health, Medical & Wellness
O20 Nature & Wildlife
O21 Non-profit & Fundraising
O22 Political & International Issues
O23 Safety
O24 Science & Technology
O25 Social Issues
O26 Sport & Fitness
O27 Tourism
O27.1 Country Promotion
iVideos produced for promoting a country
O27.2 Region Promotion
iVideos produced for promoting a region, county, state, community, or island
O27.3 City Promotion
iVideos produced for promoting a city, municipality, village or local destination
O27.4 Tourism Product
iVideos produced for promoting a tourist experience in a particular destination, such as: Cultural Tourism, Gastronomic Tourism, Sustainable Tourism, Health and Wellness Tourism, MICE, Rural Tourism, Religious Tourism, Shopping Tourism, etc.
O27.5 Tourism Service
iVideos produced for promoting any service provided to tourists, such as: Accommodation, transportation, restaurants, museums, temples and gardens, theme parks, spas and thermal facilities, recreational services, etc.
D1 Biography/Portrait
iDocumentaries displaying the life of a non-fictional or historically based person or people
D2 Docudrama
iDocumentaries featuring dramatized re-enactments of actual events
D3 Adventure & Leisure
D4 Art & Entertainment
D5 Automotive & Mobility
D6 Business, Economy & Finance
D7 Culture & Lifestyle
D8 Current Affairs
D9 Environment, Ecology & Sustainability
D10 Ethnology & Sociology
D11 Fashion & Beauty
D12 Health, Medical & Wellness
D13 History & Society
D14 Nature & Wildlife
D15 Political & International Issues
D16 Safety
D17 Science & Technology
D18 Social Issues
D19 Sport & Fitness
D20 Travel & Tourism
I1 Corporate Videos
I2 Online & Social Media
I3 Documentaries
I4 Travel Videos
S1 Corporate Videos
S2 Online & Social Media
S3 Documentaries
P1 Best Animation
P2 Best Cinematography
P3 Best Directing
P4 Best Editing
P5 Best Graphics
P6 Best Library Music
P7 Best Original Music
P8 Best Script
P9 Best Sound Design
P10 Best Special Effects
P11 Best On-camera Talent
P12 Best Performance
P13 Best Use of an Influencer or Celebrity
P14 Best Voiceover / Narrating
P15 Best Use of Emotion
P16 Best Use of Humor

Regulations

Applicants

The US International Awards accept entries from film producers, independent filmmakers, client companies, agencies, TV stations, film schools and students.
 

Eligibility

Entries must be produced or released within the last two calendar years up through the final deadline.

Please note that works that have already been entered to a previous edition of the US International Awards are not eligible for participation in any further edition.

Independent filmmakers will be eligible to submit unsponsored videos only in the corresponding Independent Videos category (and in the additional Production Art & Craft categories).

Film schools, universities and colleges that enter work for their students and the students themselves may only enter in the corresponding Student Videos category (and in the additional Production Art & Craft categories). The submitted video itself can be a spec work or for a client.

The entrant must own the copyright of the submitted work or have the permission to use it. The US International Awards are not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant.
 

Deadline for Entries

Call for entries for the 2023 US International Awards will be open until March 3, 2023.
 

Submitting your Work

Submissions are done online via the Filmservice International Entry Tool and are completed in three simple steps:

  • Register or login if you are already a registrant
  • Enter your work(s) via submission form
  • Checkout and Pay

After registering, one can immediately start to enter their works. The entry form can be saved for a later completion. So, you can abandon and return at any time without losing any of your work. You can also go back into your account at any time and add entries. 

The same entry can be submitted in different categories. The US International Awards reserve the right to re-categorize incorrectly classified entries. 

In order to subscribe for the Production Art & Craft categories, the same work has to be submitted in other categories as well.

For category C8 Integrated Communication, you will be asked to include a brief overview of the campaign with background material for evaluation by the jury.
 

Media Format

Submitted work must be uploaded via the online entry form or in case of entering in the category Online & Social Media may be submitted by web link (URL). For uploading, any common file type is acceptable. When providing a link, the entrant has to make sure that the link can be accessed by the jury during the period of judging and will be active for a period of time after the award announcements. If the link requires a password, the entrant has to provide that information in the online entry form.

The entrant is responsible for the technical quality of the video.
 

Language

Entries must be made in English. It is possible to submit your work in other languages as well. In that case, the film must have either subtitles or overdubbing in English or the entrant must include a translation in English of the first and last 10 minutes of the entry. That translation must be submitted via the Filmservice International Entry Tool.
 

Payment

Payments can be made either by bank transfer, credit card or PayPal.

Please make sure that the given information about the invoice and categories is correct. An additional $30 fee will be applied for any change after issuing the invoice.
 

Jury

An international jury of corporate and media specialists, film experts as well as professionals in marketing and communication evaluates all entries. 

There is no preset number of winners in a category. More than one Gold and Silver Trophy or Finalist Certificate may be awarded in a category – except for category P Production Art & Craft where there is usually only one winner (or more if there is a tie). The top award in a category (except P Production Art & Craft) is not necessarily a Gold Award but may be a Silver Award or a Finalist Certificate. The jury reserves the right to withhold an award in a category if submissions do not meet expectations.

The results of the jury are final and not contestable. Judging results will not be released unless entry fees are entirely paid.
 

Awards

Black Trophies are awarded in the Production Art & Craft categories. 

Gold and Silver Trophies as well as Finalist Certificates can be awarded in every other category. 

Grand Awards may be selected among the Gold Winners within the main categories.

Specialty Awards may be given out to the Agency of the Year, Production Company of the Year, TV Network of the Year, Client Company of the Year and Film School of the Year. The winners of these awards will be determined by the highest scores the submissions get in the judging process across all categories and regardless of who submitted the entry.
 

Trophy and Certificate Ordering Process:

Our mission is to keep the entry fees low. With this system, there is no free trophy and certificate in case of winning.

If you as a winner decide you want trophies and/or certificates, you can purchase and order them via the US International Awards Store.

The cost of one trophy is $250 and of one certificate is $35.

The recipient is responsible for the shipping costs and is liable to pay any custom duties and taxes.

Awards and certificates for any year starting with the 2023 edition may be purchased at any time.
 

Awards Announcements & Promotion

Winners will be announced in June 2023. Traditionally, for the US International Awards, there will be no Awards Ceremony. Different assets, like badges, laurels, a press release template, etc. will be provided to the winners for their promotional work on the day of the Awards Announcement.

During the online entry process, permission to show and stream the winning production in the winner’s gallery and to use it for other marketing and promotional purposes will be asked for.

If permission is not granted, the film will not be shown in the winner’s gallery and will not be used for other purposes. The file or link will only be seen by the judges.

The entrant agrees to hold the US International Awards from any costs or expenses of any claim arising and bears all costs of copyright infringement, talent residuals, union fees, etc., that may occur through the publication of the entered work. 
 

CIFFT-Ranking List (only affects Tourism Categories)

The US International Awards are an official member of the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals – CIFFT. The CIFFT circuit brings together the world's best tourism film festivals and thus is the most prestigious awards and recognition initiative for tourism films worldwide.

Winners of the categories “Tourism”, “Travel & Tourism”, and “Travel Videos” are automatically participating in the CIFFT festival ranking of the world's best tourism films. At the end of the year, this ranking determines the top of the World's Best Tourism Films in each of the six thematic rank lists: Tourism Destination – Cities, Tourism Destination – Regions, Tourism Destination – Countries, Tourism Services, Tourism Products, and Independent Travel Videos.

The rating is expressed on a scale from 2 to 13. The film receives points according to the award obtained in the festival.

Special Notes:

In case that a film receives more than one award, only the highest award will be considered for the rank list.

The awards obtained at the CIFFT candidate festivals do not count for the CIFFT Rank List.

The CIFFT Ranking will be updated and published on the CIFFT website, as authorized by each entrant, the week after the Awards Ceremony of each festival.

You can check the CIFFT Rank List through this link: www.cifft.com/ranking_list.

For more information about the ranking list or the CIFFT circuit, please contact info@cifft.com.

Entry Fees

Single Entry:                              $120
Additional entry or category:      $90

Series Entry:                              $180

Independent Videos:                   $35

Student Videos:                          $35 

Important for EU countries: As the invoices are issued from the Filmservice International Office in Austria, entrants from EU countries have to indicate their VAT number in order to get an invoice without VAT. 20% VAT will be charged for Austria.

Why Enter

  • Gain recognition and prestige in the international film/video/digital production industry
  • Get your film seen by a panel of seasoned industry professionals
  • Expand your company’s reputation to draw new clients
  • Build internal company pride and motivation
  • Enjoy publicity and accolades on our website and social media, in media releases and in worldwide award presentations
  • Relish good old-fashioned “bragging rights” when you win
  • Encourage new clients by showcasing award-winning work

Awards

Grand Awards

One Grand Award may be selected among the Gold Winners for each of the 5 main categories – Corporate Videos, Online & Social Media, Documentaries, Independent Videos and Student Videos.
 

Category Awards

Gold and Silver Trophies as well as Finalist Certificates can be awarded in every category within the main categories. 
 

Production Art & Craft Awards

Production Art & Craft Awards are awarded in the respective categories. There usually is only one winner per category. 
 

Specialty Awards

Specialty Awards may be given out to the Agency of the Year, Production Company of the Year, TV Network of the Year, Client Company of the Year and Film School of the Year.
The winners of these awards will be determined by the highest scores the submissions get in the judging process across all categories and regardless of who submitted the entry.

 

The new awards and certificates are going to be revealed at a later time.

FAQ

How to submit entries?

Submissions are done online via the Filmservice International Entry Tool.

After registering, one can immediately start to enter their works. The entry form can be saved for a later completion. So, you can abandon and return at any time without losing any of your work. You can also go back into your account at any time and add entries. 

Submitted work must be uploaded via the online entry form or in case of entering in the category Online & Social Media may be submitted by web link (URL).

Entries must be made in English. It is possible to submit your work in other languages as well. In that case, the film must have either subtitles or overdubbing in English or the entrant must include a translation in English of the first and last 10 minutes of the entry.

Payments can be made either by bank transfer, credit card or PayPal.
 

Why do I have to provide information about the target group, the objective, the usage and include a project’s description?

The jury will also evaluate your submission on whether it has the ability to reach the target group and to achieve its aim. The project’s description should provide the jury with a better understanding of your submission.
 

Can I enter my work into more than one category?

Yes, the same entry can be submitted in different categories. By submitting in more than one category, you not only increase your chances of winning in general but also increase your chances of winning a Specialty Award (like Best Production Company of the Year, Best Agency of the Year, …).

Please note that there is an entry fee for each category you submit your work into.
 

Is there a limit to the number of submissions I can make?

No, there is none such limit. Just contrariwise, when submitting more entries, you increase your chances of winning a Specialty Award (like Best Production Company of the Year, Best Agency of the Year, …).
 

What should I do if I am unsure of the correct category for my submission?

If you are unsure which category fits best for your entry, you can contact us after you have filled out the entry information, uploaded your video or respectively provided a link. This way, we will already have all the necessary information to base our decision on. 

Nonetheless, you do not have to worry about entering your work in an incorrect category, as we are going to check all finalized entries and reserve the right to re-categorize incorrectly classified entries.
 

How do I know if I have won an award?

Winners will be announced individually directly via email and on our winner’s gallery.
 

What do the winners receive?

For their promotional work, winners will be provided with different assets, like badges, laurels, a press release template, etc. Further, winners will be featured on the US International Awards winner’s gallery. All winners may also be featured on our social media channels. 

Furthermore, winners may purchase trophies and certificates.
 

Why do not I get a free trophy and certificate in case of winning? 

Our mission is to have low entry fees, so that we can also attract smaller companies, start-ups, one-person companies and companies in difficult economic conditions. We know that those companies have excellent corporate videos as well and we want them to have the opportunity to submit their great work.

In case of winning, there is no additional fee, nor do you have to purchase a trophy and/or a certificate.

Some winners choose not to receive trophies and/or certificates, while others choose to order multiple trophies and/or certificates for their client, agency, production company, etc. 

If you as a winner decide you want a trophy and/or certificate, you can purchase and order them via the US International Awards Store.
 

Can I be a jury member?

We are always happy when we get approached by professionals that want to be a part of the jury. If you would like to be considered for the judging panel, please visit our dedicated Judge Nomination section.
 

If I am part of the judging panel, can I still submit entries or have entries in the competition that I have been involved in?

Yes, you are still allowed to submit entries and others can submit entries that you have been involved in. However, you are not allowed to judge any work you or your company entered and any work you have been involved in.