Generally we have a soft deadline and usually a few weeks later a hard deadline. Rarely do we extend beyond our final deadline as we wish for you to receive feedback to apply to your work.REMEMBER DEADLINES AND REACT
Selecting categories is an important part of getting the right kind of judge to review your work. Our goal is to get you more directed and appropriate feedback.DECIDE ON CATEGORIES YOU WISH TO ENTER
Please review to be sure your entries meet our requirements and values. We wish to uphold quality standards and will return entries and refund monies for all that do not adhere. Please do this simple request so we are not delayed.REVIEW REQUIREMENTS AND VALUES
Because your time is valuable we have created a simple form where you may click to select the categories and add a password protected link for each entry. You will be able to review and confirm all your information and we will provide you an itemized receipt after payment.ONLINE ENTRY, REVIEW AND CONFIRM
We are conscious about our own personal information and we are sure you’d like to be taken care of when you provide personal and payment information too. We offer you a couple of ways to send us your entry fees as not all companies authorize payment the same.SECURELY PAY ONLINE OR MAIL-IN PAYMENT
ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS
ELIGIBLE TIME: Videos, film or motion media must have been completed, aired or released within two years before the competition year entered. There is no restriction on play length.
RELEASE: Works must not have aired on all 5 national TV networks. Internet releases are accepted. We also accept corporate, cable, PBS, and theatrical releases. See categories for full list.
LANGUAGE: Productions can be in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese. All other languages must have English subtitles or be judged AS IS.
FEE: Entry fee is $90 for each category selected. For currently enrolled students, the entry fee is $60 for each of the student film categories. Judging will not proceed unless payment has been received.
FORMAT: All entries must have an online URL (browser address). You may post your work any place of your choosing (own site, Vimeo, YouTube, GDrive, Dropbox, etc.) Work must be playable in a standard digital format (AVI, WMV, MOV, MPG, MPEG or Quicktime). The URL must remain online for 10 weeks following the final deadline and provide any user names and passwords. Please check your links prior to entry.
If you are unable to include a link, please contact our office at least 10 working days before the final deadline and we will assist you.
The Aurora Awards recognizes excellence in film, video and motion media, and one quality we strongly believe that it must be met to attain an Aurora Award -- it exemplifies good moral values. We believe this value recognition should be widely withheld in this industry because film and video regularly influences so many. If we expect our communities and citizens to act and behave responsibly and in unity we must be the ones who instill respect, unity and good values. We are the creators of influence.
What is defined as good values?
Film and video can be an amazing tool that, if used for good, can build, teach and rapidly accelerate forward movement and growth. Creations that best portray good values in film and video are inspiring, encouraging, show respect and good morals in content, language and appearance. They inform and teach, entertain to enlighten, and leave one with a greater knowledge, appreciation or love for others. Films and videos that are viewable by general audiences frequently unite people and encourage positive emotion and action.
What is declined?
We decline works which are offensive in content. This is further defined as inappropriate, illegal or designed to promote illegal acts, extreme violence, gore, evil motivations, pornography, sexual nudity, sexual seduction, themes of rude demeanor, frequent offensive language (anger), derogatory material, information with great bias or misleading nature, negativity, intent to social harm or demean, substance abuse made to appear as favorable and what would be considered MPAA R-Rating.
If any of the above are used as examples of harm and is used in teaching positive behavior and values, it will be accepted. Our judges have specific instructions to inform us if any media material they are asked to review violates our values.
The Aurora Awards reserves the right to return entries and refund entry fees of programs it deems contrary to its mission, which is to promote good values in production and content.