a welcome letter from

Sabrina Dridje

Last season, The Telly Awards celebrated the defiance of our industry to tell great stories, despite the societal, geographical and technological limitations that defined 2020. For the 43rd Annual Telly Awards, we are celebrating the reemergence of our industry that has resurfaced to a transformed world, equipped with new tools and A New POV.

As many of us return to set, our view of the world is different. Companies now have refreshed workflows and offerings, direct results from needing to pivot during a global pandemic. Creators have retooled and strengthened their skills, and are now working with a refreshed skillset and sense of creativity to tell innovative stories across platforms. More diverse voices have been tapped to lead behind the camera and below-the-line. Today, the quality of video work is measured using a new set of values that consider impact on a global scale. As our community continues the important work of storytelling, it returns with a new perspective rooted in values innovation, agility, equity, and tenacious creativity. 

During our numerous conversations with you and our wider community, we were energized to hear that despite this time of adversity, new and different clients are engaged, new skills have surfaced and the pipeline is busier than ever. This season’s theme, A New POV, is a celebration of these changes and will come to life through:

  • As we return to a transformed world, new areas of our industry (and lives) have taken a critical place center stage. Whether it’s the sharing of a strong Workplace Culture that places flexible working, purpose and community at its core, hosting Hybrid Events that convene us online and offline, or figuring out new ways of Education & Learning, our industry is using video and the moving image to share these stories. Take a look at our website for a full description of these categories alongside new categories across Immersive & Mixed Reality, Sustainability, D&I and Social Impact!


  • The launch of our new Telly Awards podcast, during which we invite two guests who have similar expertise, but work in different disciplines to share their craft, debate their differences and find common ground in their forms of storytelling. Ultimately, both guests walk away with new perspectives on their peers and craft.


  • The expansion of the Telly Awards Judging Council as we continue to invite a diverse selection of industry leaders to the Telly Awards Judging Council which this season includes experts from A24, Weta Digital and Electronic Arts


  • A return of our popular in-person screening events! They may feel a little different but the inspiring curation of work and guests will continue!


From all of us here at The Telly Awards, the very best of luck—and as always, do not hesitate to contact me directly at sabrina@tellyawards.com.


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    key dates

    The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens.

    We are currently reviewing categories, expanding the Telly Awards Judging Council and programming a number of partner events throughout the year. Check back soon for updates on this but here are key dates for your diary!

    Entries open: October 19th 2021

    Early Deadline: December 10th 2021

    Final Deadline: February 25th 2022

    Winners announced: May 2022

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    what we honor/our history

    The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. With the recent evolution and rise of digital video (web series, VR, 360 and beyond), the Telly Awards today also reflects and celebrates this exciting new era of the moving image on and offline.

    The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. The Telly Awards recognizes work that has been created on the behalf of a client, for a specific brand and/or company (including your own) or self-directed as a creative endeavor.

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    The Telly Awards are judged by members of the Telly Awards Judging Council, a group of over 200+ working industry who have previously won the Telly Awards highest accolade and as such, have demonstrable expertise in the categories they review.

    All members of the Telly Awards Judging Council must apply and be accepted after their credentials are verified. To see our judges, find out more and to apply, click here.

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    Telly Award Winners

    We are very proud to include the following amongst previous Telly Award Winners:

    AOL Studios, BET Networks, Bloomberg, CBS Interactive, Comcast, Conde Nast, DigiDojo, Discovery Communications, ESPN, FleishmanHillard, Fox, HBO, Hearst, HOBO, HuffPost, Indigo Films, IW Group, Microsoft, MLB, NBC, Ogilvy and Mather, Refinery29, SapientNitro, Story House, Team Coco Digital, The Guardian, The History Channel, Time Warner, Tiny Hero, Trailer Park, Viacom, VML, WSJ

    See our winners gallery.

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official partners

The Video Consortium

The Video Consortium is a nonprofit global network that supports, connects, and develops the next generation’s visual journalists and nonfiction filmmakers. Uniting thousands of nonfiction storytellers from over a hundred cities across the globe, we’re a grassroots organization working to level the industry playing field through community events, authentic relationship-building, supportive mentorship, shared industry resources, and professional development. We actively champion compassionate storytelling and diverse voices to promote a more inclusive, kind, and just world.

Stash. Work smarter and stay inspired with instant and unlimited access to the largest online library of Animation, VFX and Motion Design. Stream, search and build your own playlists from thousands of exceptional TV and cinema spots, music videos, virals, broadcast and title designs, game cinematics, and short films complete with production notes, credits, toolkits and links for every project. Each monthly issue also includes advanced training courses from Digital Tutors and free MP3 music tracks.

Ghetto Film School is an award-winning non-profit film school who educates, develops and celebrates the next generation of storytellers. 2020 sees its 20th anniversary, and it has expanded from the original South Bronx, NY, location to LA (2014) and London (2020).

The NAB Show is the world’s largest broadcast, audio & video event and your most comprehensive resource for next- generation training and tools. From conception to consumption, the NAB Show has proudly served for more than 80 years as the incubator for excellence – helping to breathe life into content everywhere.

A media production marketplace, Storyhunter connects the world’s leading brands and media companies with over 20,000 freelance video creators across 180 countries. The Storyhunter platform allows companies to manage their freelance networks, post assignments and receive story ideas, hire creators, and message freelancers anywhere in the world at any time. With this technology and extensive community, clients can assemble an international production crew or newsroom in a matter of minutes.

ProductionHUB is a global network of local crew and vendors that serves the film and video production industry. Find and hire anything you need, whether it’s a cameraman for one day, a video editor for one month or a full-time producer.

A media production marketplace, The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. IFP fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community, represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 new feature and documentary works each year. During its 40-year history, IFP has supported over 10,000 projects and offered resources to more than 30,000 filmmakers, including Debra Granik, Miranda July, Michael Moore, Dee Rees, and Benh Zeitlin.

Social Media Week (SMW) is one of the world’s premier conferences and industry news platforms for professionals in media, marketing and technology. The mission is to give professionals at the intersection of media, marketing and technology the insights, ideas and opportunities they need to advance themselves and their organizations in a globally connected world.

We Are Parable are an award winning film exhibition company that provide audiences with opportunities to experience Black Cinema in culturally relevant, memorable and unique ways. Formed in 2013 by husband and wife team Anthony and Teanne Andrews, they have worked with Disney, the British Film Institute, StudioCanal, Altitude, as well as filmmakers such as Ryan Coogler, Idris Elba, Amma Asante and Academy Award winner Spike Lee.

In July 2020, they were the first company to deliver an online takeover of the British Film Institute which celebrated Black British Film. Called “Who We Are”, the week long project featured curated film collections, conversations with established and emerging Black directors and a competition to find the next generation of Black storytellers in the UK.

Future of Film brings together the pioneers, trailblazers and troublemakers who are transforming storytelling and shaping the industry’s future through multiple channels and initiatives. Through a global network of creators, storytellers and engineers of moving image, they seek to INFORM, INSPIRE and EMPOWER the Future of Film.