AICE Awards Show


Only artists, designers, mixers, colorists, composers and editors from AICP and AMP general member companies, whose annual dues are current as of February 28, 2018, are eligible to enter the AICE Awards competition. If your company would like to become a member of AICP, click here


All work must have been commissioned by a client and aired on commercial media (television, theater, internet, mobile phone, or any other medium able to deliver motion picture imagery). Entries must be submitted EXACTLY as they aired and an Ad ID or ISCI Code must be included.


There are a total of four "campaign" categories - each campaign may only be entered into ONE of the four categories.


Entries can not have been worked on by an agency-owned facility or at an agency in-house facility.


Unless notated as a joint entry, editorial work must be done entirely by the editor, from dailies through finish - no cutdowns of others' work will be accepted.


All entries must be 5 minutes or less in length with the exception of entries in the "Music Video" and "Color Grading Music Video" categories.


It is important that you enter your work in the correct category. Think strategically.


The judges will ensure that the entries match the category descriptions. For example, a piece that is entered into "Comedy" might clearly be the best-edited piece in the category but still not win if the judges don't feel that the piece belongs in "Comedy" or if they feel there is a piece that better reflects the description of what's required for the entry into the category.


18 categories will be judged solely on editing, and 9 categories on specific craft. They are as follows:


EDITORIAL CATEGORIES



    AUTOMOTIVE

    Entries must demonstrate editorial excellence in the crafting of a compelling message which effectively incorporates the automobile or automobile brand as a key component in the storytelling of the spot.


    CONTENT PROMOTION AND TRAILERS

    Entries must demonstrate editorial excellence to promote a program, series or movie for broadcast, cable, internet or theatrical release. Film trailers, like all other entries, need to have been commissioned by a client (ie film studio).


    COMEDY

    Entries must rely on and exploit comedic elements in the storytelling to deliver their message effectively.


    DIALOGUE/MONOLOGUE/SPOKEN WORD

    Entries must be driven by the rhythms and pace of the spoken word, either on- or off-camera, and their impact on the overall storytelling of the spot.


    DIGITAL CONTENT - 90 Seconds or Under

    Entries must be produced for a digital content platform, commissioned by a client as a commercial release. Work cannot have aired on broadcast media (network, cable or satellite).


    DIGITAL CONTENT - Over 90 Seconds

    Entries must be produced for a digital content platform, commissioned by a client as a commercial release. Work cannot have aired on broadcast media (network, cable or satellite).


    (The Digital Media categories are for non-broadcast work, divided into two categories by length. Non-broadcast work, however, can STILL be entered into other categories. See the FAQ for more information.)


    DOCU-STYLE

    Entries must exhibit documentary-style techniques. Entrants will be judged on the exceptional use of real (or faux-real) events, places and people to effectively deliver a persuasive message in a compelling manner.


    FASHION/BEAUTY

    Entries must demonstrate editorial excellence in the crafting of a compelling message which effectively incorporates the product or brand as a key component in the storytelling of the spot. Brands may include but are not limited to clothing designers, clothing retail establishments, fragrance, cosmetic, hair and skin care products.


    INTEGRATION OF LICENSED MUSIC

    Entries will be judged on the effective and provocative use of picture and/or sound (dialogue and sound effects) in concert with pre-existing recorded music (licensed performance of a song) or licensed composition (a pre-existing composition re-interpreted through a new performance or artist). Excellence will be determined by how the editor crafts the picture and sound to work with the supplied track.


    MONTAGE

    Entries must rely on intentional editorial technique of picture and/or sound as the most influential element to deliver their message effectively.


    MUSIC VIDEO

    Entries must be made for the purpose of promoting a song and must be sanctioned by the artist or label.


    NATIONAL BROADCAST CAMPAIGN

    Three spots are required in the National Broadcast Campaign category. The effectiveness of the campaign's message will be judged on the three submitted spots, which deliver a more persuasive message together than separately. Entrants are required to choose one of the three spots for the Best Of Chapter category.


    REGIONAL BROADCAST CAMPAIGN

    Three spots are required in the Regional Broadcast Campaign category. The effectiveness of the campaign's message will be judged on the three submitted spots, which deliver a more persuasive message together than separately. Entrants are required to choose one of the three spots for the Best Of Chapter category.


    ONLINE CAMPAIGN

    Three spots are required in the Online Broadcast Campaign category. The effectiveness of the campaign's message will be judged on the three submitted spots, which deliver a more persuasive message together than separately. Submitted spots cannot have run on broadcast television (network, cable or satellite). Entrants are required to choose one of the three spots for the Best Of Chapter category.


    SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

    Three spots are required in the Social Media Campaign category. The effectiveness of the campaign's message will be judged on the three submitted spots, which deliver a more persuasive message together than separately. Submitted spots must have been created specifically for a social media platform (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, etc).


    CAUSE MARKETING

    Entries must be made for a client whose primary purpose is to deliver a moving and effective, socially responsible message which raises awareness of an issue in a compelling manner.


    STORYTELLING

    Entries must display exceptional technique in crafting a compelling and provocative story/message and will be judged on clarity and execution. Technique of Storytelling can be linear or non-linear, and is not exclusive to a genre.


    UNDER $50,000

    Entries must have been produced in their entirety for under $50,000 including all production, editorial and finishing and must have been commissioned by a client as a commercial release.


    BEST OF CHAPTER (no need to submit an entry in this category)

    All submissions will be included in the appropriate Best of Chapter category. Best of Chapter entries will be judged for overall excellence. The artist must live in the metropolitan area of his/her home chapter, though the entry need not have been edited there. The intent is to have artists from one chapter compete against each other. There is no additional cost to enter this category


    BEST OF SHOW (no need to submit an entry in this category)

    All finalists will be considered for Best of Show recognition. A select curatorial committee will screen and discuss all finalists and honor the entry they deem the Best of Show.



CRAFT CATEGORIES



    AUDIO MIX

    Entries will be judged on the effective relationship of dialogue, voice over, sound design and/or music, to picture.


    COLOR GRADING


      COLOR GRADING - 90 Seconds or Under

      Entries will be judged on image color, balance and "look" throughout the work.


      COLOR GRADING - Over 90 Seconds

      Entries will be judged on image color, balance and "look" throughout the work.


      COLOR GRADING - Music Videos

      Entries will be judged on image color, balance and "look" throughout the work. Entries must be made for the purpose of promoting a song and must be sanctioned by the artist or label.


    LICENSED SOUNDTRACK OR ARRANGEMENT

    Entries will be judged on the use (choice and synchronization) of an existing performance of a song, or a licensed composition re-recorded, and/or reinterpreted for advertising. Excellence will be determined by how the music supports the picture and concept.


    MOTION DESIGN & GRAPHICS

    Entries must demonstrate excellence in graphic design, type design, motion graphics, animation and/or other techniques that highlight art direction, pacing, impact, conceptual integrity and originality.

    Because it is sometimes difficult to assess contribution in a design-driven piece, the entrant may, but is not required to, provide either a "making of" video (under 2 minutes) or a short written explanation for the judges of his or her contribution. Descriptive materials must not include the name of individuals or the facilities that did the work. See the FAQ for details.


    ORIGINAL MUSIC

    Entries must demonstrate excellence within a wholly original piece of music and how the music track supports picture and concept.


    SOUND DESIGN

    Entries must demonstrate excellence in the creation, manipulation and treatment of sound effects and other audio elements.


    VISUAL EFFECTS

    Entries must demonstrate excellence in 2D, 3D, CGI, motion graphics, compositing and/or other techniques. Entries will be judged on excellence of execution and overall impact on the message.

    Because it is difficult to assess contribution in a visual effects piece, the entrant is required to provide either a "making of" video (under 2 minutes) or a short written explanation for the judges of his or her contribution. Descriptive materials must not include the name of individuals or the facilities that did the work. See the FAQ for details.