Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The Aurora Awards is not a film festival or a pumped-up award that has expensive ceremonies which demand travel. Our focus is on giving you the best review of your work and providing feedback from your award-winning peers in specifically-matched areas of filmmaking. We represent only filmmaking in its many forms -- corporate, educational, entertainment, broadcast, instructional, interactive, etc. Our judges are not media specialists that know film but are actual film and video creators.
The entry fee is $90 for each category entered. You may decide to enter one or more categories for each film/video. Students may enter their work in the Student Film categories for $60. You ultimately determine what you wish to order after you win. There is no commitment to spend now as awards may be ordered for previous years.
ELIGIBILITY: 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. 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).
We do not select the best per category because for each competition the quality of entries in each category vary. Sometimes we see many great entries to each category and by choosing only one would not reward even the best work. Many may win or none may win -- it is dependent on the quality of film or video entered.
The CATEGORIES have been designed to be broad, so there are several categories your entry could fit in. Start by looking at the category headings. What is your application? Is it a commercial, documentary, or something else? Or would you like the judging focus to be on individual/creative achievement? Once you’ve picked the category, go through the sub-categories and find one that matches your entry. Many people choose to enter their work in a few different categories so different judges will focus on different things. For example: Your entry may win an award for both directing AND for its effectiveness in external fund raising! Note that the entry fee will be charged for each category entered.
Most major credit cards are accepted (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JBC, Discover). We help you create a request for payment if you reed to request checks from your purchasing department or administrator. And upon special request, we accept PayPal.
Our competitions are twice a year. We send out special email invitations prior to our deadlines. You may sign in to our website and after including your information you may choose CONNECT on your member dashboard. Our deadlines are listed on the NEWS tab of our website.
Our judges are especially selected from our previous Aurora winners and a limited few are chosen from special invitation and special requests. If you feel that you have the experience but have never have heard of The Aurora Awards, you must create a login and then REQUEST TO JUDGE. Our judging team will review your application and check your references.