About the Zedman Awards for Video

The Zedman Award for Video is given out each year to producers and other creatives behind online, broadcast, and direct presentation video. This includes branded content, public service messages, event material, and location-specific presentations. We honor exemplary work in production, direction, cinematography, graphics, writing, and editing. The Zedman Awards honor creative content made by professionals in their fields. The video awards are specifically for motion content presented online as well as directly at events or distributed via television and other means. It provides tangible recognition of imaginative work.

Overseen by the Society for Creative Professionals, each entry is judged on its own merit based on the standards set by the awards committee each year. There are multiple categories of entry grouped by the style, subject matter, or production element.

Judges are professionals in the field of video and include award-winning advertising agency producers or copywriters; marketing managers; commercial, television, or film directors and producers; and website creatives.

Awards

There are gold, silver, and copper awards in each category. Gold and silver recipients are eligible to purchase a trophy, or plaque. Copper winners may get a plaque.

All recipients receive a certificate.

Additionally, you can use graphics to promote your recognition on your website or in other media or publications.

Charitable Giving

A share of the proceeds from each round of awards is given to selected 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organizations.

 

Entry Categories

A group and category must be chosen for each entry. The same video can be entered more than once into different categories.

There are three primary groupings of awards:

Genre / Style Role / Element Subject / Client

Genre / Style

Animated
Comedic / Humorous
Dramatic
Educational / Informative
Emotional
Inspirational / Motivational
Musical
Original / Creative
Storytelling

Role / Element

3-D
Acting
Cinematography
Design
Directing
Editing
Food Styling
Lighting
Music
Producing
Product Image
Sound Design
Virtual Reality
Visual Effects
Writing

Subject / Client

Activism
Business Overview
Culture
Educational Institution
Event
Government
Health / Medical
Institution
Non-Profit
Other
Political
Product Marketing
Professional Services
First Responder
Public Service
Religious
Restaurant
Retail Sales
Small & Service Business
Sports
Technology
Travel / Vacation
 
 
 

Zedman Awards Entry Info

Criteria

Videos must be eight minutes long or less. If the language used is important, it must be in English.

Videos must have been released in the current or prior year of the round being entered.

All entries must available for review online. This protects your content, as we never have possession of your video files if you so choose. They can be password protected. You simply send us a link and password if one is required. The video must be kept available for the duration of the award period. You can use sites such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Vimeo, and YouTube.

Each entry in each category is $85.

Rules

Full rules are available at Shop.ZedmanAward.com. By entering you acknowledge you are abiding by them. To enter, you must register with the program and complete your submission online at Shop.ZedmanAward.com.

Judging

Judges experienced in the range of content creation skills review entries. Each video is rated on its own merits and not in comparison to others. This means there are no fixed number of winners in any category. In some rounds, no one may secure Gold or Silver in a category while in another group, more than one video may receive the same recognition level.

Consideration is given to the resources available to a production. Funny is funny, emotional is emotional. A video made with a modest budget and local talent can be as effective as an expensive prime-time network spot. We aim to honor excellence at every level and appreciate that regional content may not have the same means as a national company -- from internally produced media up to major agency campaigns.

DEADLINES

Each award season has its own deadline. The round you enter will be determined by the date on which your entry is received.

Zedman 2019~2020 Award

Round 1 Deadline

November 30, 2019

Round 2 Deadline

February 28, 2020

 

Candidates

Awards are given to both individuals and organizations to recognize the contribution to the final product. You can enter yourself as the filmmaker or on behalf of your company that had the video made.

Creative Professionals

3-D Supervisor / Producer

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Actor / Actress

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Animator

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Art Director

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Audio Mixer

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Camera Operator

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Cinematographer

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Composer

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Copywriter

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Costume Designer

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Director

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Director of Photography (DP)

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Executive Producer

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Field Producer

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Food Stylist

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Gaffer / Chief Lighting Technician

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Independent Filmmaker

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Line Producer

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Location Manager

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Music Editor

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Picture Editor

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Product Stylist

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Scriptwriter

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Segment Producer

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Set Decorator

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Sound Designer

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Sound Editor

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Videographer

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Virtual Reality Producer

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Visual Effects Producer

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Voice-Over Talent

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Writer

Organizations

Advertising Agency

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Corporate Marketing Department

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Educational Institution

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Freelance Professional

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Governmental Entity

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Music Video Artists

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Non-Profit Organization

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Political Committee

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Production Company

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Professional Organization

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Public Relations Firm

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Travel & Lodging Businesses

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Church

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College / University

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Cultural Organization

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Hotel / Motel / B&B

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Law Office

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Local Government

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Medical Office

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Municipality

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Museum

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Nursing Home

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Realtor

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Sports Team

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Synagogue

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Trade Organization

Previous Recipients

 
 
 

The Award

A personalized certificate is issued to each recipient. In addition, graphic elements are provided for use on sites and printed matter. Zedman recipients can also purchase trophies and plaques depending on their level of recognition.

The awards are custom designed and manufactured in America. They feature a contemporary, industrial design of solid metal with large engraved elements and clean finishes.

Trophies

The trophy stands almost one foot high and weighs nearly two pounds. It features a brushed stainless-steel base and a medal at the top reflecting your level of achievement (gold or silver color).

Plaques

The plaque is machined aluminum and available to gold, silver, and copper honorees.

Both are bold designs unlike other awards out there that dramatically express your achievement.

Each award is personalized to your specifications, so they can reflect your accomplishment or be customized for a client to let them know their messaging has been recognized.

Additional personalized certificates is issued to each recipient and additional ones may be ordered.

   

News / Specials

Early Entry Discount

It's a new season of Zedman Awards. From now until September 15, 2019, each entry in any category is only $60.

 

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