About the Zedman Awards for Video

The Zedman Awards provides tangible recognition of merit in video creation.

It is available to the people and companies creatives behind online, bespoke, event, installation, commercial, and corporate video. This includes advertising, marketing, branded content, public service messages, business messaging, news and information, event material, and site-specific presentations. The Zedman Award honors creative content made by professionals in a range of fields including production, direction, cinematography, graphics, writing, and editing.

Overseen by the Society for Creative Professionals, each entry is judged on its own 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. Promotional graphics are also available to publicize your recognition on your website, social media, and other platforms.

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

Many categories are available for submitting video. And one video can be entered into more than classification.

There are three primary groupings of awards:

Genre / Style Role / Element Subject / Client

Genre / Style

Genre / Style


Animated
Comedy / Humor
Documentary
Drama
Educational / Instructional / Training
Emotion
Holiday
Inspiration / Motivation
Musical
Originality / Creativity
Story

Role / Element

Role / Element


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

Subject / Client

Subject / Client


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

Zedman Awards Entry Info

Format

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

Distribution

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

Access

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.

Fee

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 from a range background experience review entries. Each video is evaluated on its own merits and not in comparison to others. This means there are no set 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, informative is informative. A video made with a modest budget and local talent can be as effective as an expensive national spot. We honor excellence at every level and appreciate that regional content may not have the same means as a international company.

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 2021 Award

Round 1 Deadline

May 31, 2021

Round 2 Deadline

August 31, 2021

 

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

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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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Producer

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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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Educational Institution

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Freelance Professional

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Governmental Entity

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Marketing & Communications Dept.

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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 available 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 manufactured in America. They feature a contemporary, industrial design of solid metal with engraved elements and clean finishes.

Trophies

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

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 may 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

Featured Categories

Animated & Musical

Submit entries in the Animated and Musical categories for only $45 each until the end of the month.

Contact Info

The Zedman Awards are administered by the Society for Creative Professionals.
12439 Magnolia Blvd
Los Angeles CA 91607
626 977 2933
info2021@zedmanaward.com

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