2nd Annual NWT Film & Media Awards

The Northwest Territories Professional Media Association (NWTPMA) is excited to announce that the NWTPMA Awards have returned for a second year, with even more categories!

The 2nd Annual NWT Film & Media Awards!

These awards recognize excellence in NWT Film and Media. Nine awards will be presented on Saturday, November 9, 2019 during the Film Gala night at the 2019 Yellowknife International Film Festival:

    • Best Narrative Short
    • Best Documentary Short
    • Best Commercial Piece – Government
    • Best Commercial Piece – Non-Government
    • Best Published Photo of the Year
    • Best Published Word
    • Best Piece – Radio/Podcast
    • Best Piece – VR/360/Interactive
    • Industry Impact Award

Entry Fee: $10 for NWTPMA members, $25 for non-members (per entry)

Submissions now CLOSED. 

Deadline for Submissions: October 20, 2019  EXTENDED to October 25, 2019

Categories

Best Narrative Short:

This category will recognize the best fictional or fictionalized narrative film.  Elements that will be factored into judging will be: script, lighting, cinematography, editing, sound, and score.  Entries must be under 45 minutes in length. Short film must have premiered after October 2018.

Best Documentary Short:

This category will be awarded to the best non-fiction piece.  Elements that will be factored into judging will be: lighting, cinematography, editing, sound, score, and the representation of the subject matter.  Entries must be under 45 minutes in length. Documentary must have premiered after October 2018.

Best Commercial Piece – Government

This category will be awarded to a video/film project dedicated towards advertising and promotion for Government departments or agency; including commercials, promotional videos, and videos to complement a social media campaign, among others.  Elements that will be factored into judging will be: ability to represent and promote the client’s interest using the elements of lighting, cinematography, editing, and sound for effect. Project must have been released after October 2018.

Best Commercial Piece – Private Sector

This category will be awarded to a video/film project dedicated towards advertising and promotion for the private sector, non-profit, charity, or independent film maker; including commercials, promotional videos, and videos to complement a social media campaign, among others.  Elements that will be factored into judging will be: ability to represent and promote the client’s interest using the elements of lighting, cinematography, editing, and sound for effect. Project must have been released after October 2018.

Best Published Photo of the Year

This category will be awarded to a photography project dedicated towards the professional arts, advertising, promotion, including printed advertisements, public service announcements, and photos to complement a social media campaign, among others. Elements that will be factored into judging will be: ability to represent and promote the published series theme/the client’s interest, using the elements of composition, content/originality, technical quality, and visual impact. Photos must have been published since October 2018, in either a gallery exhibition, magazine/journal, newspaper, online news source, professional website.

Best Piece – Radio/Podcast

This category will be awarded to a radio/podcast project dedicated towards storytelling, news reporting, professional arts, advertising, promotion, including documentaries, commercials, public service announcements, and advertisements/podcasts to complement a social media campaign, among others.  Elements that will be factored into judging will be: ability to represent and promote the podcast/the client’s interest, using the elements of writing, content research, voice over, sound design, editing, and engagement. Radio/Podcast project must have been released after October 2018.  Podcasts must have had a least 5 episodes air in that time period.

Best Published Word

This category will be awarded to a written project of non-fiction, including published editorials, journals, and news reporting.  Elements that will be factored into judging will be: quality of writing, originality and concision, clearness of style, editing, moral purpose, and the potential power to influence what the writer conceives to be the right direction, using any available journalistic tool. Works must have been published since October 2018.

Best VR/360/Interactive Piece

This category will be awarded to a VR/360/Interactive piece dedicated to the professional arts, advertising, promotion, including printed advertisements, public service announcements, among others. Elements that will be factored into judging will be: ability to provide an experience for the user, planning put into the experience, quality, sound design, score, lighting, cinematography, editing, and overall use of technology.  Project must have been released after October 2018.

Industry Impact Award

A special award for an individual for their contribution to the media industry in the Northwest Territories. Nominations submitted by letter of reference.

Prizes

In addition to the recognition of the awards, each category will be awarded a custom-made plaque. If you would like to sponsor a specific award, please contact NWTPMA to discuss.  Additional prizes for categories will be announced during the awards presentation.

Note: Monetary prizes will not be awarded in the Government category.

Eligibility

  • Entries must be original pieces released/premiered between September 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.
  • A minimum of 75% of the production team must be residents of the NWT.
  • At least 50% of the production team must be members of the NWTPMA in order to be eligible to win.