a welcome letter from

Sabrina Dridje

I’m thrilled to welcome you to the 41st Annual Telly Awards!

Last season saw us celebrate 40 years of honoring video and television across all screens and introduced new initiatives to ensure that we embraced the way work is being made now, today and in the near future. This year, we are continuing to highlight this along with the people, animators, editors, and the directors that tell great stories. For the past 41 years, Telly Winners have told great stories from across the world, from documentaries produced in London, to Branded Content created in Australia, VR series conceived in Paris, to television shows developed in LA. The 41st Annual Telly Awards will be no different. With this, we are excited to announce our theme for the year which encapsulates our core mission: Telly Award Winners Tell Great Stories.

With a continued commitment to honor work from all screens; from documentaries to branded content, television shows to digital series, we are excited to announce a new section: Immersive & Mixed Reality. Alongside our existing categories honoring VR, 360, and Interactive Video, new categories for AR and Volumetric Capture can also now be found. In addition to these new honors, we are also excited to welcome new categories across Diversity & Inclusion and Social Impact to recognize the amazing work that is supporting and highlighting themes that connect and affect us from across the globe.

Be sure to also take a look at the new members of the Telly Awards Judging Council, which this season includes leaders from Complex Networks, Division Sydney, Fortune, and Autodesk.

This season, we are once again bringing our hugely popular Film & Video Night to 7 cities around the world, showcasing work made for small screens on the big screen. Keep an eye out on social media and subscribe to our newsletter to receive an exclusive invite and discover Telly Award-winning work and meet with fellow video and television industry.

Last but not least! We will again be bestowing a Telly Company of the Year Award to the organization that will have had the most success across the competition. CBS Interactive took home the inaugural award. Will it be you this season?

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 two key dates for your diary!

    Entries open: October 20th 2020

    Winners announced: May 2021

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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

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.

VidCon is the world’s largest event for fans, creators, executives, and brands who are passionate about online video and building diverse communities. Our flagship show, VidCon US, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, welcoming 75,000 attendees and over 120 brand exhibitors. VidCon continued its global expansion in 2019, announcing the first-ever VidCon Asia Summit, which is set for December 2019, and VidCon Mexico, coming in 2020, adding to its roster of international events in Australia and London.