• FAQs

    Who can enter the awards?

    • Directors must be unsigned/freelance or newly signed/employed within the 12 months prior to the event. 
    • If the director is on a second or subsequent signing / employment, then they must still have been signed to the current company within the last 12 months and the director working professionally for less than 3 years).
    • Anyone can enter videos on behalf of the director. If, at the shortlist stage, it's found the director isn't eligible then the entry fee will be refunded.
    • Directors can be based anywhere in the world, be any age and from any background.
    • Full details in terms & conditions

    What work can be entered?

    • Any videos less than 5 minutes long are accepted - eg music videos, shorts, commercials.
    • Videos must have been delivered to the client or published online within the 12 months prior to the event. It's also fine to submit unpublished, password-protected videos as long we're OK to screen them if they're nominated.
    • Entries can be spec work or work for self-initiated briefs.

    What are the award criteria & categories?

    • Judging criteria are 'engagement', 'originality of concept' and 'appropriate technical skills'.

    There are 7 trophies presented at the Awards:

    • Best unsigned director's video
    • - commissioner of video
    • Best newly signed director's video
    • - commissioner of video
    • Best director's video, Diversity award
    • - commissioner of video
    • Live audience award

    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 people employers or agents would like to work with, and people they actually know about. The Diversity Award aims to close that gap.

    To be eligible, the lead creative/maker must come from at least one of the following demographic groups:

    • Any non-white demographic
    • Female
    • Dis-/differently abled
    • Socio-economically disadvantaged background.
    If you tick any of these on the entry form your video will automatically be considered for the Diversity award as well as for the unsigned or recently signed/employed categories.

    What else do I need to know about eligibility to enter the awards?

    Check out the Terms and conditions, here.

    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. Great screenshots often feature a face, with eye contact. They're often bright and colourful. They're rarely dark and moody or difficult to understand at a glance.

    Send us your details

    Can I get a free entry?

    You can enter a second video for free by connecting us to a filmmaker community group or to a film school.

    Filmmaker 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 or if you work at a big organisation, internal comms
    newsletters. We're interested in 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).

    Film schools and universities:

    Can you connect us to a current course leader or tutor on a relevant filmmaking course?

    Connecting us to a university alumni office is just as good.


    Giving us a connection in either of those categories will get you a free entry for your second video (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 Caroline to claim your additional free entry. Thanks

    Longlist judging

    Longlist judging is an online role. Judges will be asked to rate and give written feedback on 20 videos each.

    What you get out of longlist judging:

    • public recognition & 'thanks to' on the Shiny socials (optional)
    • a great credit to add to your CV - longlist judges are carefully selected
    • exercising your analytical brain on 20 music videos
    • spotting a future superstar (maybe)

    You can enter the awards AND be a longlist judge. You can't judge your own work though :)

    We encourage junior people to become longlist judges, eg runners, assistants, co-ordinators; well-informed people at the beginning of their careers. But we're happy to involve senior people too and we appreciate involvement from everyone who can contribute insightful and useful opinions.

    Want to be a longlist judge? Send us an email and let us know your name, your job, where you work and how you heard about the awards.

    How do I get a ticket to the next event?

    You have to become a member - there's a lot of benefits, including a ticket to the next event.

    Membership is open to commercial reps, agents, production companies, record labels, managers and other industry professionals.

    Content creators who want to access the eventts need to enter the awards. All shortlisted entrants get a free ticket.

    Tickets will go on sale later in the year.

    Sign up to the mailing list to keep up with news.

    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.

  • Terms & conditions

    Acceptance of Terms and Conditions

    Using the ShinyAwards.com website in any way constitutes your acceptance of these entire Terms and Conditions. ShinyAwards.com has the right to change or amend these Terms and Conditions without further notice. If you do not agree to the Terms and Conditions set out below, including those listed in the Privacy Policy, please do not use the website.



    “The Shiny Awards", “Shiny Awards", “Promoter”, ”we", "us", means the company trading through shinyawards.com and registered as Shiny Awards Limited, company registration 7245459, company registered address ℅ Rak Studios, 42-44 Charlbert Street, London NW8.

    The “Shiny Awards Site" means the web-based content available at www.ShinyAwards.com

    "User", “Users”, “Entrants”, “Members” or "You" means anyone interacting with the Shiny Awards website, Shiny Awards communications or attending a Shiny Awards event.

    'Partners' mean individuals or organisations with whom Shiny Awards barters promotional and other mutually beneficial activities.

    “Lead creative/maker” means the person or persons responsible for the overall artistic and creative decisions of the campaign content being judged, typically also known as the “director” or “filmmaker”.

    The Shiny Awards (the “awards”) are administered by Shiny Awards Limited (the “promoter”).



    1 Copyright & Intellectual Property Rights

    All content and materials on the Shiny Awards website are protected under copyright and intellectual property rights laws of England and Wales and under similar international legislation. Shiny Awards owns and retains all intellectual property and proprietary rights to all materials in the Shiny Awards Site, excluding content published or linked by its members. No part of the Shiny Awards Site belonging to Shiny Awards may be copied, reproduced, distributed or published without Shiny Awards' written permission. Users confirm that all media and content published or linked to on the Shiny Awards Site is

    -copyright free and/or

    -copyright approved to link to the site and/or

    -copyright owned by you.

    It is your responsibility to understand and identify what is copyright in your content and how copyright approval can be secured.


    2 Submitting entries to the Shiny Awards

    a. The awards are open to music video production companies, agencies, directors, producers, commissioners, record companies, music artists and other professionals working in the video, photography and design production businesses who are aged 16 or over. There are no geographical restrictions on who may enter. Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants and check their identity in accordance with our privacy policy.

    b. Creative work must be submitted on a video format and with a link to the video. Each video must relate to work created/made by a single person or collaborative group, eg music video, photo shoot etc.

    c. Entrants may enter one or more campaign videos. Each video must refer to content for a single campaign. Entrants will be charged for each campaign video entered into the awards overall.

    d. 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.

    e. 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.

    f. Each campaign video, where the lead creative/maker is eligible, may also be entered in the ‘Diversity’ category. To be eligible the lead creative/maker must come from one or more of the following demographic groups:

    • Black or asian
    • Female
    • dis-/differently abled
    • socio-economically disadvantaged family background.

    As some of these definitions are open to interpretation, please check with us if you’re unsure about your eligibility. We reserve the right to over-ride lead creative/maker’s declarations re eligibility.

    g. Entries are open to campaign videos first completed and delivered to the commissioning company or other client between 12 months prior to the relevant awards event date and the awards event being entered. Those entering the awards warrant that each campaign video entered was completed and delivered between those dates.

    h. Entries must be made by completing the entry form on the awards website (www.shinyawards.com) before the deadline of midnight of the closing date of the call for entries, for the awards event being entered.

    i. The cost of award entries is not refundable. Entries to the awards will only be accepted when payment is received by the promoter in full. One director winner and one commissioner each of the Recently Signed, Unsigned, Diversity and Audience awards will receive a trophy.

    j. The promoter does not accept responsibility for network, computer, hardware or software failures of any kind, which may restrict or delay the sending or receipt of your entry. Incomplete entries, and entries which do not satisfy the requirements of these terms and conditions, will be disqualified and will not be counted and will not be refunded.


    3 Judges & winners

    a. Each entry submitted will be viewed by a select group of longlist judges in the first round. In the subsequent, shortlist round, an expert jury will gather to discuss the nominations, and to select jury picks & winners. Promoter reserves the right to change the format of the judging provided always that judging is done in a rigorous and fair manner. any such changes to the format of the judging will be posted on the awards website.

    b. Winning entries will be those which, in the opinion and sole discretion of the jury, demonstrate the requisite artistic merit, creative contribution and technical skill in line with the category requirements.

    c. The judges’ and promoter’s decisions shall be final and binding in all respects on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

    d. The winner or winners will be the lead creative/maker of the content of the video and the commissioner of the video.

    e. Winners will be announced and receive their trophy at the awards ceremony. There will be no prior disclosure. Winners not present at the ceremony will at the request of each such winner have their trophy dispatched by post within 21 days of the ceremony, provided that the winner has provided a postal address. Please note that duplicate trophies requested by winners must be paid for (details provided on request to the promoter at the below address). A list of prize winners (name and country only) will be posted on the awards website for a minimum of one month.


    4 Membership & tickets

    a. Eligibility, booking and confirmation

    Unless otherwise agreed by us in advance and in writing, all Attendees must be at least 18 years of age on the date of the Awards Ceremony.

    Your booking is not confirmed until we have received your payment and you receive an email confirmation from us which sets out joining instructions and other useful information. If you do not receive our email confirmation within 24 hours of you submitting your online registration form, please contact us at the address set out on the website Contacts page as soon as possible before the Awards Ceremony. It is your responsibility to update us of any changes to your contact details so that we are able to contact you.

    All attendees are required to pay for and make their own arrangements for transport to the Venue. We are not responsible for any inability to attend owing to failure of transport.

    b. Cancellations, transfers & refunds

    The Shiny Awards reserve the right to alter the programme, venue or speakers without prior notification and do not guarantee the attendance of any particular guest.

    In the event of a cancellation of an event by the Shiny Awards, we will use reasonable endeavours to contact you using the contact details provided at the time of booking. We will also give notice of any cancellation through our website – you should check this regularly prior to the relevant event for up-to-date information.

    Where we cancel an Awards event we will refund any attendance fees paid.

    The Shiny Awards will not be liable for reimbursing travelling, accommodation, or any other expenses incurred as a result of any cancellation or postponement of the event, or the moving of the Awards event to a new venue.

    The Shiny Awards will not be liable for reimbursing fees if attendees are not able to attend an event due to circumstances out of the Shiny Awards’ control, including, but not limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, transport strikes, closures or delays or any other Force Majeure or Act of God.

    The Shiny Awards will not be liable for reimbursing travelling, accommodation, or any other expenses incurred by attendees who fail to attend an event for any reason.

    Transfers of Shiny Award tickets can be made from one attendee to another and the Shiny Awards should be notified in writing at least 24 hours prior to the event start time.

    If you wish to cancel your attendance at the Awards event you must email us at the address set out on the website contact page as soon as possible. If you cancel 30 or more days before the Awards event we will refund your attendance fee in full, though we reserve the right to retain an administration fee. Where you cancel less than 30 days before the Awards event there will be no refund.

    c. Filming and photography

    We may, at our discretion, choose to photograph, film, broadcast or record the event. You grant us an irrevocable licence to use and sub-license the use of your name, voice, likeness, image and any contribution made by you at or to the event in any and all media (whether now known or hereinafter invented) as part of Shiny Awards marketing communications.

    d. Liability

    The views expressed by any speakers at an event are their own. We shall not be liable for the views, acts or omissions of any such speaker or any other attendee at the event. Any information given or distributed as part of the event shall not constitute advice and should not be relied upon.


    5 Liabilities

    a. Persons completing entries commit that they are authorised to do so.

    b. By entering the awards, all entrants warrant and undertake that their entry is an original piece of work commissioned either directly by the rights holders (artist, label, management or other representative of these), or created for a competition authorised by the rights holders, and does not infringe any third party rights.

    c. Entrants confirm that by submitting content to the Shiny Awards site they accept responsibility for that content and that the content is neither offensive nor defamatory.

    d. Shiny Awards.com is a site aimed at users over the age of 18 years of age. Shiny Awards.com is not liable for the content of linked videos and site comments. View the site at your own risk and ensure that minors are accompanied by an adult when viewing.

    e. All entrants warrant and undertake that they have obtained all relevant rights and written permission from individuals featured in the entry.

    f. All entrants warrant that their entry does not infringe the laws of England and Wales.

    g. Shiny Awards has a password protection scheme to protect members’ accounts. It is your responsibility to protect your password, and if you are concerned about the security of your password, you should change it. You agree to indemnify Shiny Awards against any claims or liability relating to a security breach of Shiny Awards via your password.

    h. Those entering the awards shall indemnify the promoter and its agents against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses (including any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and legal and other reasonable professional costs and expenses) suffered or incurred by the promoter arising out of or in connection with any breach of the warranties in clauses 5b, 5c, 5e and 5f of these terms and conditions.

    1. Except in the case of death or personal injury arising from its negligence, or in respect of fraud, and so far as is permitted by law, the promoter and its associated companies and agents exclude responsibility and all liabilities arising from:
      i. any postponement or cancellation of the awards;
      ii. any changes to, supply of (including, without limitation, prizes which do not reach the intended recipient), or use of the prize;
      iii. any error or omission by the promoter; and
      iv. any act or default of any third party supplier, which are beyond the promoter’s reasonable control. 

    j You agree that we will not be liable for any loss or damage you incur (including but not limited to loss of profit, loss of business, loss of revenue, or any other incidental or consequential loss or damage) whether indirectly or directly caused by Shiny Awards or by the use of the site.


    6 Provision and Loss of Service

    Shiny Awards reserves the right to disable the site without prior notice if needed to perform maintenance on the Shiny Awards Site, or any technical service supporting or related to it.


    7 Promotion

    a. By entering the awards, entrants agree that any entry they submit may be used by the promoter, its agents and the judges for the purposes of judging and promoting the awards and may be viewed at the awards event without further remuneration.

    b. By entering the awards, entrants agree that their image, name and likeness may be used by the promoter for advertising and publicity purposes in connection with the Shiny Awards without additional remuneration.


    8 Pricing and Price Changes

    The Shiny Awards reserve the right to change or introduce charges at any time without prior notice.


    9 Partners

    Nothing in these terms and conditions shall be construed as constituting, or deemed to constitute, a legal partnership or agency between the individuals or organisations noted on the website as 'Partners' and neither party shall have any authority to bind the other in any way. The relationship of the parties shall be as independent contractors.


    10 Contact Information

    a. The promoter will use each winner’s, and each entrant’s, personal details for the purpose of administering this awards. Please see our privacy policy below for further details.

    b. Shiny Awards is not responsible for the content and makes no warranty as to the accuracy of Entrant or Members' personal information. Users should always use their own judgement in deciding whether to contact or commission contacts listed on Shiny Awards.com. We shall not be liable in any circumstances for the actions of any user.


    11 Mailing List

    a. Your email address is automatically added to our mailing list when you enter the awards or become a member of the Shiny Awards. You can unsubscribe via the link in the email or request to unsubscribe by emailing admin@shinyawards.com.

    b. The promoter may use the details you give to contact you about their products and services. by entering this promotion you are indicating your agreement to this unless you tell the promoter otherwise.


    12 Jurisdiction

    a. The promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any point.

    b. The awards, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. You irrevocably agree that the courts of England, Northern Ireland and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with the awards.

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    We will not sell or rent your personal information to third parties.

    We maintain very high standards of security, however the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. So, whilst we will do our best to protect your information, particularly with respect to protection of personal data, we cannot ensure the security of your data transmitted to us via the internet.

    Any transmission is at your own risk, however once we have received your personal information, we will use strict procedures and security features to prevent unauthorised access to and usage of it.

    Shiny Awards uses your email address as a form of confirmation during the registration process. We will periodically send newsletters and content alerts to your email address. You can unsubscribe and turn off these functions by following the instructions at the bottom of newsletters and alerts.

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