ELIGIBILITY
  • Entries under the regular production and skills categories must represent work completed between June, 2015 and June, 2017. 

  • Entrants must have lived or worked in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania or Delaware during the time stipulated above.

  • All submissions must be accompanied by payment and meet eligibility and deadline requirements prior to being accepted for judging.
  • Re-submissions are permitted within the two-year window as long as the works being submitted have not won a Peer Award in previous years.
  • College student productions include work submitted by individuals enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate college/university program. Other than actors, all members of the production team must have been college students when the work was produced.  Any student work produced as work-for-hire (i.e., where the student was paid) is not eligible.
  • High school productions include work submitted by individuals enrolled in high school when the work was completed.  Other than actors, all members of the production team must have been high school students when the work was produced.

 

SCHEDULE AND FEES

  • Early bird entry dates: 5/14/17 - 6/11/17 (save 10% with promo code "SUPEREARLYBIRD" through 5/28)
  • Standard entry dates: 6/12/17 - 7/31/17
  • Late entry dates: 8/1/17 - 8/15/17
  • Production fees (early/regular/late)
    • member: $90/$115/$130 ($25 discount for each additional entry)
    • non-member: $100/$125/$140 ($25 discount for each additional entry)
    • college student: $30/$40/$50 ($10 discount for each additional entry)
    • high school student: free
    • Pro Bono - $30/$40/$50
  • Skills fees (early/regular/late)
    • member: $60/$80/$100 ($10 discount for each additional entry)
    • non-member: $80/$100/$120 ($10 discount for each additional entry) 

       

ENTRY FORMATS AND RULES
  • To maximize video quality, entrants are highly encouraged to provide a URL (link) to each entry (e.g., links to videos stored on Vimeo or YouTube).  Otherwise, they should upload their entries through the Peer Awards Submission System but the quality will be somewhat compromised (lower-resolution FLV version will be created).
  • Video formats accepted for upload include MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, and SWF.
  • Audio formats accepted for upload include WAV, MP3, WMA and AIFF.
  • Video uploads are limited to 500MB.
  • Audio uploads are limited to 50MB.
  • The ONLY production categories available as an audio-only upload are 132 - Radio Spot, 140 - Political: Promo - Radio.
  • The ONLY skills categories available as an audio-only upload are 209 - Book Narration (Male), 210 - Book Narration (Female), 211 - Audio Narration (Male), 212 - Audio Narration (Female), 213 - Radio Spot (Male), 214 - Radio Spot (Female).
  • If uploading is not technically feasible, TIVA-DC will accept entries on CD/DVD. In this case, entries must be an audio CD or NTSC format, region 1/No region-encoded DVD (compatible for standard US consumer desktop DVD players).
  • For audio CD entries, include a separate CD for each category entered.  Labeling on CD and case must feature the entry number, program title, program length and category number. Include a printed copy of the entry form with the CD (print option is available under the "View Entries" screen).

  • For DVD entries, include a separate DVD for each category entered. Labeling on DVD must feature the entry number, program title, program length and category number. Include a printed copy of the entry form with the DVD (print option is available under the "View Entries" screen).

  • No CD/DVD entries will be returned unless entrant includes postage-paid, self-addressed mail-back packaging with their entry/entries.

  • CD/DVD entries should be mailed to:  DC Peer Awards - Entries, C/O Jim Pennington, DUO Media Productions, 3020 Mt. Carmel Cemetery Road, Brookeville, MD, 20833.

  • All CD/DVD entries must be postmarked by August 7, 2017

  • Longer entries will be screened for a minimum of 10 minutes. Entrant should indicate a starting point for judges’ review as part of the entry description.

  • Entries with audio tracks other than English must be subtitled with clear instructions on how to access the subtitles.

  • Each program from a series is considered a separate entry.

 

PRODUCTION CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS
  • DOCUMENTARY: presents political, social, medical, scientific or historical subject matter in a factual and informative manner without actors.  Sub-categories include documentary under $50K, and documentary $50K and over.
  • DOCUDRAMA: presents political, social, medical, scientific or historical subject matter using dramatic recreations by actors. Sub-categories include docudrama under $50K, and docudrama $50K and over.
  • ENTERTAINMENT: single or series that features comedy, drama, variety/performance, sports, travel & leisure, nature/wildlife, automotive, history, biography, crafts/hobby, home & garden, religion/spirituality, and/or health & wellness programming. Sub-categories include entertainment under $25K, and entertainment $25K and over.
  • WEB SERIES:  series made exclusively for web presentation that features comedy, drama, variety/performance, sports, travel & leisure, nature/wildlife, automotive, history, biography, crafts/hobby, home & garden, religion/spirituality, and/or health & wellness programming.  A minimum of three episdodes must have been produced.
  • CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: entertainment, animation and documentaries for children.
  • ANIMATED PROGRAM: single or series for which the primary content is exclusively animation.
  • COMMERCIAL: spot (60 seconds or less) that is exposed on paid media, sponsored by a commercial business, educational, government or non-profit entity, and designed to sell a product or service.  Sub-categories include commercial under $10K and commercial $10K and over.
  • PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: spot (60 seconds or less) that airs for free on broadcast/cable television, is paid for by a commercial business, educational, government or non-profit entity, and designed to educate/inform/persuade the public.
  • PROGRAM/SERIES PROMO: includes movie trailers, television promos. Sub-categories include program/series promo under $10K and program/series promo $10K and over.
  • PROGRAM OPEN: includes videos created as an opening to a program such as a conference, tv or web show or series. Sub-categories include program open under $10K and program open $10K and over.
  • INTERSTITIAL: short program/filler (typically under five minutes) that is shown between/during longer programs.
  • PRO BONO: video program that was produced gratis for a non-profit organization. These videos will be judged on their production merit as well as the need they filled for the organization. Please include a detailed description on how your production benefited its intended audience or organization.
  • EDUCATION/TRAINING: includes How-To, instructional programs.  Sub-categories include education/training under $25K, and $25K and over.
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS/MARKETING: program that promotes the attributes of a specific program, product, service, company, person or concept to an external audience. Sub-categories include public relations/marketing under $10K, $10K - $25K, $25K - $100K, and over $100K.
  • INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS: provides information to employees, students, and/or members within a public, private, or government organization. Sub-categories include internal communications under $10K, $10K - $25K, and over $25K.
  • INDEPENDENT FEATURE: dramatic production over 60 minutes in length that was not produced, funded or sponsored by a broadcast, business, educational, government, or non-profit entity that exercised control over its production or ultimate use.
  • INDEPENDENT SHORT: dramatic production under 60 minutes in length that was not produced, funded, or sponsored by a broadcast, business, educational, government, or non-profit entity that exercised control over its production or ultimate use.
  • MUSIC VIDEO: short film or video program featuring the music of a group/artist.
  • LIVE EVENT: music/concert, sporting, conference, wedding, bar/bat mitzvah or other event featuring live content (streamed or live-to-tape). 
  • INTERACTIVE MEDIA: video content created for on-demand distribution such as travel kiosks and museum exhibits.
  • RADIO SPOT: audio-only submission created exclusively for radio (60 seconds or less).
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE: video or film produced for a foreign language audience.
  • GOVERNMENT: video or film produced for a federal, state or local government entity.  Sub-categories include government under $25K, government $25K - $100K, and government over $100K.
  • STUDENT PRODUCTION: video and/or film program (college students only). Sub-categories include fiction and non-fiction.
  • PEER PROMISE - HIGH SCHOOL: video and/or film program (high school students only).
  • POLITICAL PROMO - TV: political promotion produced for television
  • POLITICAL PROMO - RADIO: political promotion produced for radio

 

SKILLS CATEGORIES

  • Acting On Camera - Fiction, Male
  • Acting On Camera - Fiction, Female
  • Acting On Camera - Non-Fiction, Male
  • Acting On Camera - Non-Fiction, Female
  • Acting Voiceover - Long Form, Male
  • Acting Voiceover - Long Form, Female
  • Acting Voiceover - Spot, Male
  • Acting Voiceover - Spot, Female
  • Radio Spot, Male
  • Radio Spot, Female
  • Book Narration, Male - long or short form (book narration only)
  • Book Narration, Female - long or short form (book narration only)
  • Audio Narration, Male - audio-only programs such as radio programs (not book narration)
  • Audio Narration, Female - audio-only programs such as radio programs (not book narration)
  • Directing - Fiction
  • Directing - Non-Fiction
  • Editing - Fiction
  • Editing - Non-Fiction,
  • Editing - Spot (PSA/Commercial)
  • Color Grading
  • Visual Effects - the creation of non-practical effects including such things as rotoscoping, compositing and keying
  • Motion Graphics - 2D/3D Animation (under $10K)
  • Motion Graphics - 2D/3D Animation ($10K - $25K)
  • Motion Graphics - 2D/3D Animation ($25K and over)
  • Scriptwriting - Fiction
  • Scriptwriting - Non-Fiction
  • Scriptwriting - Spot (PSA/Commercial)
  • Music - Original Score
  • Music - Original Song
  • Music - Promos
  • Sound Design
  • Sound Mixing
  • Director of Photography - Fiction
  • Director of Photography - Non-Fiction
  • Production Design
  • Makeup: corrective and/or basic makeup
  • Makeup - Effects: prosthetics, wounds and moulage
  • Practical Effects: any effect created on set, including blood effects, pyrotechnics, etc. (does NOT include digital effects)
  • Costume Design
  • Stunts
  • Aerial Photography: drone, helicopter, plane or other aerial photography
  • Underwater Photography

 

JUDGING/AWARD
  • Final determination of eligibility, and/or whether an award will be bestowed in any category, is at the sole discretion of the judging panel and/or the TIVA-DC Board of Directors.
  • TIVA-DC reserves the right to verify the budget for any entry submitted in a category that is broken into budgetary sub-categories.
  • All Gold Award recipients will receive a TIVA DC Peer Award trophy the night of the ceremony. Silver and Bronze recipients will receive an embossed certificate suitable for framing. Additional Gold trophies as well as Silver and Bronze trophies and/or certificates may be ordered for a nominal fee after the ceremony.  A special discount period will be offered for trophy/certificate orders immediately following the ceremony.

 

SUBMISSION RELEASE AND LICENSE

All entries (hereafter referred to as the “Work”) via this submission system are for consideration of the Work or my artistic and/or technical contribution to the Work for an award in TIVA-DC’s annual Peer Awards.

This Award Submission Release and License is being executed solely for the purpose of granting TIVA-DC, its agents and those it designates, the nonexclusive right to copy the Work or excerpts thereof, in order to perform the Work or excerpts thereof at the TIVADC Peer Awards ceremony and, in TIVA-DC’s sole discretion, to reproduce excerpts from the Work in an audiovisual compilation of Peer Award entries for distribution free of charge to attendees of the TIVA-DC Peer Awards ceremony and/or to members of TIVA-DC regardless of whether or not they attend the TIVA-DC Peer Awards ceremony.

Further, I grant TIVA-DC, its agents and those it designates, the nonexclusive right to use my name and any other names or associated information that I have entered on the instant Peer Awards Entry Form in connection with such audiovisual compilations to enable my contribution to the Work to be identified. I warrant and represent that I have made the contribution to the Work indicated on the Peer Awards Entry Form, and that all information stated on the Peer Awards Entry Form is as it should appear in connection with the Peer Awards ceremony, on any certificate(s) and/or award(s) that may be bestowed on me or the Work in connection with the Peer Awards competition, and on the audiovisual compilation. In the event that my name or any other identifying information regarding the Work are erroneously omitted or misstated at the Peer Awards ceremony, on any certificate(s) or award(s) or in connection with the audiovisual compilation of Peer Awards entries, I hold TIVA-DC, its agents and those it designates harmless and waive any claims against them for such error or omission, and my sole remedy shall be for TIVA-DC to post a correction on the appropriate page of its website, www.tivadc.org. I understand and acknowledge that TIVA-DC may replace a certificate or award bestowed on me or the Work, only if it determines, in its sole discretion, that it, its agents or those it designates, were at fault for the omission or misstatement.

I agree that TIVA-DC is under no obligation to engage in any of the foregoing activities and may, in its sole discretion, refuse to reproduce and/or distribute the Work, may edit excerpts for length, and may exclude any portion of the Work that TIVA-DC reasonably and in good faith believes may subject any person to legal liability.

I warrant and represent that I have the authority and own all rights necessary to grant the licenses set forth in this Award Submission Release and License, and affirm that I either own the copyright(s) in the Work or that I have obtained valid permission from the copyright owner(s) to authorize TIVA-DC to engage in the activities described herein, and that those activities will not violate the rights of any third parties. I agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless TIVA-DC, its agents and/or those it designates against any and all claims, liability, monetary awards and reasonable attorney’s fees arising out of any breach of this warranty.

I agree that upon submission of the Work, that copy becomes the sole property of TIVA-DC, which may, in its sole discretion, maintain the copy, dispose of the copy, or return the copy to me (if provided on CD or DVD).