a welcome letter from

Sabrina Dridje



Last season, The Telly Awards celebrated the reemergence of our industry into a transformed world, equipped with new tools and A New POV. As we now open the 44th Annual Telly Awards season, we are excited to be celebrating those who use their creativity and ingenuity to Break Through The Static of the ever-increasing ubiquity of video in our lives.

Emerging out of last year’s new point of view were novel skills, increased diversity, and a greater agility across our industry. With the implementation of these skills and creative approaches comes a difficulty to stand out in the media landscape. This is the mission of the 44th Annual Telly Awards: To showcase creativity on all screens that breaks through the static of homogeneity and perhaps even breaks some molds along the way.

After extensive dialogue with our wider community this summer regarding industry shifts and their deployment into new projects, we are thrilled to share this season’s newest developments:

With new paths being forged via the use of Virtual Production in Branded Content and on the big screen, this intersection of physical and digital worlds is generating breakout work. This season sees the introduction of new categories honoring these projects including Digital Environments and Use of Motion Capture

We have heard your requests and will be expanding the Documentary and Animation categories to distinguish between short-form, long-form and series submissions. Visit tellyawards.com for a full category breakdown alongside our new CSR, Pro Bono, and Video Journalism options!

The expansion of diversity among the Telly Awards Judging Council continues as we invite a new selection of industry leaders to the fold, which this season includes experts from Marvel, TIME, and Vimeo Experts

We are thrilled to announce a partnership with Green The Bid, an organization leading the charge to establish sustainable commercial production as everyday industry practice. Stay tuned for a number of collaborations with them throughout the season -– we are deeply committed to learning and sharing alongside you and our community at large!

As always, we continue to showcase our winners, judges and critical conversations across our myriad live screening & networking events, The Telly Awards Podcast, and our video series Hot Takes—watch out for new episodes beginning this week!

As always, do not hesitate to contact me directly at sabrina@tellyawards.com. From all of us here at The Telly Awards, I wish you the very best of luck!

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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 18th 2022

    Early Deadline: December 9th 2022

    Final Deadline: February 24th 2023

    Winners announced: May 2023

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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.

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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.

SeriesFest, a non-profit organization, champions and empowers artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling by providing year-round opportunities for creators and industry experts to connect, collaborate, and share stories, which inspire and impact global audiences.

Green The Bid , Green The Bid is a grassroots initiative and community created to support the advertising industry in shifting to zero-waste, carbon neutral, sustainable and regenerative practices. It is a volunteer coalition, led by its founding members and the stakeholders of the commercial community (brands, agencies, production companies, post-production facilities, vendors and affiliates) who pledge to come together in this important endeavor.