New York Festivals Announces Restructuring of International Film and Video Awards and Call for Entries for the 2009 Competition

July 25, 2008:

On the heels of an overall restructuring, the New York Festivals announced its call for entries for the 2009 International Film and Video Awards. Now entering its 52nd year, the award honors "The World's Best WorkTM". The competition recognizes work on a global scale in feature-length, short and documentary films; informational, educational and industrial film productions; and corporate and home video.

The overall changes in the competition include a category revamping, a restructuring of the judging process, and changes in pricing. Existing category designations have been simplified for maximum efficiency for entrants and jurors. New technical/craft categories have been added for features and short films, encompassing such areas as direction, cinematography, animation, visual effects, music, sound design, art direction and production design.

This year's entry pricing has been significantly modified, from a detailed per-category system to a more efficient system of three basic price points. Entries in USD are as follows: Single entry $200, Single (Technical/Craft) $250, Series $300. There is also a special student rate of $100.

The competition's judging will be conducted by an international jury, both online and in live sessions, to maximize the advantage of both formats. Executive Director, Joel Goodman commented that, "this will give us the opportunity to further internationalize our juries, and the ability to execute individual as well as group sessions."

According to Mr. Goodman, "The overall streamlining of the competition, from categories to pricing to the combination of live and online judging capabilities allow for the dual advantages of an easier submission process and most importantly, effective, comprehensive judging. Our mission remains the same: to recognize and award the best work of the past year."

Recent winners for "The World's Best Work"TM include: HBO, MTV, NBC, TBS, National Geographic, Sesame Films, Stark Films and The Edge Picture Company from the Production community. Advertising Agency winners in the spotlight included: DDB, JWT, TAG Creative, Y & R and Scholz & Friends. In the Corporate arena the honors went to Cisco Systems, Honeywell, Lockheed-Martin, Con Edison, UPS, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Members of the NYF's international jury honored the Grand Award winners, choosing recipients from among the highest scoring Gold Medalists in the competition. The 2008 International Film and Video Grand Award winners include: Straker Films, London; The Edge Picture Company Limited, London; C.3 GmbH of Frankfurt; and Korea Tourism Organization, Seoul.

All winning entries of the International Film and Video Awards Competition are featured in our Showcase section of our website www.newyorkfestivals.com, and our network of representatives promote the winners of the NYF internationally in 62 countries around the world.

All press inquiries are welcome and should be directed to Gayle Mandel: gmandel@newyorkfestivals.com Ph: 1 212 643 4800

About the New York Festivals:
The New York Festivals (NYF) oversees six international awards competitions: Television and Radio Advertising; Design, Print and Outdoor Advertising; Film & Video; Television Broadcasting; Radio Broadcasting; and now Interactive & Alternative Media. Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. In addition, NYF also oversees three stand-alone international competitions: The Midas Awards for financial services communications, the Global Awards for healthcare communications and the AME Awards for advertising and marketing effectiveness. Founded in 1957, NYF now has representation in 62 countries. For more information, go to www.newyorkfestivals.com.



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