NEW YORK CITY — The Telly Awards, which honor excellence in video and television across all screens, has launched a call for entries via its “Break Through the Static” campaign. To enter work in the 44th Annual Telly Awards, visit the organization’s website (www.TellyAwards.com). The deadline for early entries is December 9th, and the final deadline is February 24th. Winners will be announced May 23rd.
“This year’s theme signifies the industry’s evolution by highlighting the great work emerging from the adoption of new skills, tools and workflows, as well as new ways of thinking,” explains Sabrina Dridje, executive director of The Telly Awards. “While this has certainly led to exciting developments, it’s also created challenges in distinguishing oneself amidst the surge of output. With this year’s Telly Awards, we want to celebrate creatives who do things their own way and stand out — not blend in.”
Expanding on its mission to highlight and honor the efforts of video and television creators who amplify important social issues within the community, The Telly Awards is rolling out more relevant categories, including Corporate Social Responsibility and Pro Bono. The Telly Awards is also recognizing those who have flourished in the ever-changing environment of virtual production by unveiling more specific craft categories, such as Virtual Art Direction, Use of Motion Capture and Digital Environments. Documentary and Animation categories will be broken into Long Form, Short Form and Series to recognize the different approaches these formats require.
To further showcase breakthrough creativity, The Telly Awards has expanded its live in-person screening events, which will take place in New York, San Francisco, London and Atlanta. The Awards also aligned with Green the Bid (GTB), a non-profit grassroots organization that has played an incremental role in helping agencies, brands, production and post companies, as well as independent creatives, increase their levels of sustainability by shifting to zero-waste and carbon-neutral practices. GTB will be collaborating with The Telly Awards on various programming, including a curated panel at SoHo House NYC in November.
Additional partners include SeriesFest, a non-profit organization that champions and empowers artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling. SeriesFest will join forces with The Telly Awards on several programming initiatives, including on The Telly Awards Podcast, as well as host networking and pitching workshops to engage UK creators, and an event at its flagship festival in Colorado.