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COVID-19 Adjustments

  • What is up with 2020 and GTA21?

    With the devastating effects of the ongoing pandemic, we made the call to push the show back AGAIN as we continue to face FAR too much headwind. After much consideration and weighing the majority input, the best way for us ALL to get through this is to combine 2 years worth of work into one show and celebration in May of 2021.

    Other awards shows attempted virtual shows, with less than spectacular results. Thus the best way forward has to be to push the date a few months, combine the show years to a time when all can participate.

  • Best Trailer No Movie is back and it is a complimentary category?

    Yes, because of the pandemic, lots of folks have expressed an interest in bringing this category back. People have been working on projects they have put off and finally found some time for, others are looking for work and are applying their craft by cutting together footage from various sources. So, we brought it back. And it is a free category!!
    Enter it under “Labor of Love” and you will see it is the only category that comes up.
    HAVE FUN! Be yourself! Be creative!

    Ideas:
    Put together a trailer to raise funds for the film you always wanted to shoot
    Cut together a trailer from an old movie in a new way (think of that Shining as a comedy for example)
    Cut together a trailer from an old film that needs a fresh look (think Serpico)

  • What about Summer 2020 Blockbuster, what happens with those trailers?

    If you submitted for Summer 2020 Blockbuster category, you will have the option to place that entry in any category you feel is most suitable.

Deadlines for Entry

Category List

  • Download a complete list of Categories here

  • Trailer Categories (Feature Film: Show Categories) (14)

    * Best Action
    * Best Animation/Family
    * Best Comedy
    * Best Documentary
    * Best Drama
    * Best Fantasy/Adventure
    * Best Horror
    * Best Independent Trailer
    * Best Music
    * Best Thriller
    * Golden Fleece
    * Most Original Trailer
    * Summer 2021* Blockbuster Trailer
    * Best Teaser

  • Trailer Categories (Feature Film: Non-Show) (10)

    * Trashiest Trailer
    * Best Independent Trailer (for film budget shot under 1.5 million)
    * Best Trailer No Movie (no entry fee) **Back by popular demand
    * Best Original Score
    * Best Romance
    * Best Video Game Trailer
    * The Don LaFontane Award for Best Voice Over
    * Best Motion/Title Graphics
    * Best Sound Editing
    * Best Faith Based Trailer

  • Foreign Categories (Feature Film) (10)

    * Best Foreign Action Trailer
    * Best Foreign Comedy Trailer
    * Best Foreign Documentary Trailer
    * Best Foreign Drama Trailer
    * Best Foreign Horror Trailer
    * Best Foreign Independent Trailer
    * Best Foreign Music Trailer
    * Best Foreign Thriller Trailer
    * Best Foreign Teaser
    * Most Original Foreign Trailer

  • TV Spots (for a Feature Film) (20)

    * Best Action TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Animation/Family TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Comedy TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Drama TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Documentary TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Fantasy Adventure TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Foreign TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Graphics in a TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Horror TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Independent TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Music TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Original Score TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Romance TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Sound Editing in a TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Summer Blockbuster 2021* TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Thriller TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Video Game TV Spot (for a Video Game)
    * Best Voice Over TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Golden Fleece TV Spot (for a Feature Film)
    * Most Original TV Spot (for a Feature Film)

  • Trailers/TV Spots/Teasers (for Streaming Series) (15)

    * Best Action for a TV/Streaming Series (TV Spot/Trailer/Teaser)
    * Best Animation/Family for a TV/Streaming Series (TV Spot/Trailer/Teaser)
    * Best Comedy for a TV/Streaming Series (TV Spot/Trailer/Teaser)
    * Best Drama for a TV/Streaming Series (TV Spot/Trailer/Teaser)
    * Best Documentary for a TV/Streaming Series (TV Spot/Trailer/Teaser)
    * Best Fantasy Adventure for a TV/Streaming Series (TV Spot/Trailer/Teaser)
    * Best Foreign TV Spot/Trailer/Teaser for a TV/Streaming Series
    * Best Graphics for a TV/Streaming Series (Trailer/Teaser/TV Spot)
    * Best Horror/Thriller for a TV/Streaming Series (Trailer/Teaser/TV Spot)
    * Best Music for a TV/Streaming Series (Trailer/Teaser/TV Spot)
    * Best Original Score for a TV/Streaming Series (Trailer/Teaser/TV Spot)
    * Best Sound Editing for a TV/Streaming Series (Trailer/Teaser/TV Spot)
    * Best Voice Over for a TV/Streaming Series (Trailer/Teaser/TV Spot)
    * Most Original TV Spot/Trailer/Teaser for a Series
    * Best Promo for a OTO or Special (i.e. Oscars, SuperBowl, VMA’s, etc.)
    * Best Promo for a TV Network

  • Home Entertainment Categories (6)

    * Best Home Ent Animation/Family
    * Best Home Ent Action
    * Best Home Ent Comedy
    * Best Home Ent Drama
    * Best Home Ent Fantasy Adventure
    * Best Home Ent Horror/Thriller

  • Posters (for a Feature Films) (18)

    * Best Action Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Animation/Family Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Billboard (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Comedy Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Documentary Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Drama Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Fantasy/Adventure Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Foreign Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Horror Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Independent Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best International Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Summer 2021* Blockbuster Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Teaser Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Thriller Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Video Game Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Wildposts (Teaser Campaign) (for a Feature Film)
    * Most Original Poster (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Motion Poster (for a Feature Film)

  • Posters (Streaming Series) (6)

    * Best Animation/Family Poster (for a TV/streaming series)
    * Best Comedy Poster (for a TV/streaming series)
    * Best Documentary/Reality Poster (for a TV/streaming series)
    * Best Drama/Action Poster (for a TV/streaming series)
    * Best Horror/Thriller Poster (for a TV/streaming series)
    * Best Wildposts (for a TV/streaming series)

  • Digital & Innovative Advertising Categories (Feature Films) (8)

    * Most Innovative Advertising (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Action/Thriller TrailerByte (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Animation TrailerByte (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Comedy/Drama TrailerByte (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Horror/Thriller TrailerByte (for a Feature Film)
    * Best Viral Campaign (for a Feature Film)
    * Best BTS/EPK for a Feature Film (Under 2minutes)
    * Best BTS/EPK for a Feature Film (Over 2minutes)

  • Digital & Innovative Advertising Categories (Streaming Series) (6)

    * Most Innovative Advertising (for a TV/Streaming series)
    * Best Action/Thriller TrailerByte f(for a TV/Streaming series)
    * Best Animation TrailerByte (for a TV/Streaming series)
    * Best Comedy/Drama TrailerByte (for a TV/Streaming series)
    * Best Horror/Thriller TrailerByte (for a TV/Streaming series)
    * Best Viral Campaign (for a TV/Streaming series)
    * Best BTS/EPK for a TV/Streaming Series (Under 2minutes)
    * Best BTS/EPK for a TV/Streaming Series (Over 2minutes)

  • Video Game Categories (3)

    * Best Video Game Trailer
    * Best Video Game TV Spot
    * Best Video Game Poster

  • Title Sequences Categories (2)

    *Best Title/Credit Sequence (for a Feature Film)
    *Best Title/Credit Sequence (for a TV/streaming series)

  • Radio Spot (1)

    * Best Radio Audio Spot

Rules for Entry

  • Rules for Trailer/TV Spot/Video Game Entries

    1. Trailers must be under 4 minutes and 30 seconds long (no exceptions).

    2. Creation dates for Trailers/Teasers/TV spots/Video Game Trailers: In order to be eligible, the above mentioned must be created between April 12th, 2019 through April 2nd, 2021. That is the creation date of the trailer NOT the film (TV Series or video game). It is the creation date of the asset.

    3. In order to be eligible for SUMMER 2021 BLOCKBUSTER which is for a Film RELEASE date for the 2021 Summer Blockbuster Season (which for 2021 is April 30th, 2021 – Sept 6th 2021). The trailer must be made for a film released during this Blockbuster Season 2021.

    4. Maximum up-loadable size for trailers is 200MB (please note, the larger the file, the longer the upload for larger files, please be patient if you have a slow connection)

    5. Please NO “bars and tone”, NOR “Company Slates” on the front of the trailer. The trailer should begin just after you hit play.

    6. Entry Fees are NON-refundable.

  • Rules for Poster Entries

    1. The creation date for posters is between April 12th, 2019 through April 2nd, 2021.

    2. Except for the BLOCKBUSTER Poster which is for a poster for a Film RELEASE date for the 2021 Summer Blockbuster Season (which for 2021 is April 30th, 2021 – Sept 6th 2021). The trailer must be made for a film released during this Blockbuster Season 2021.

    3. Maximum up-loadable size for posters is 35MB (and 200 MB for motion posters)

    4. Entry Fees are NON-refundable.

  • Rules for Foreign Entries

    1. In addition to the rules stated above, in order to qualify as a Foreign film, over 50% of the principal photography must have been shot outside the United States, and additionally a minimum of 50% of the funding must come from outside the United States.

  • Is that really all the rules?

    Yes.
    But check out the FAQs for questions!

  • What if I entered Summer Blockbuster 2020 - what will happen to those entries?

    If you submitted for Summer 2020 Blockbuster category, you will have the option to place that entry in any category you feel is most suitable.

General FAQs

  • I forgot my password?

    For forgotten passwords, on the welcome page click the button “Login Help” which is to the left of the “Login” button and follow the instructions!

  • What are the NEW categories for GTA21?

    There are 12 new categories for GTA21!
    6 New Categories in Digital and Innovative for Feature Films:
    *Best Action/Thriller TrailerByte for a Feature Film
    *Best Animation TrailerByte for a Feature Film
    *Best Comedy/Drama TrailerByte for a Feature Film
    *Best Horror/Thriller TrailerByte for a Feature Film
    (a TrailerByte is super short form digital content ie: Instas, Grams, Gif, Bytes, Blinks)
    *Best BTS/EPK for a feature film (Under 2minutes)
    *Best BTS/EPK for a feature film (Over 2minutes)

    6 New Categories in Digital and Innovative for TV/Streaming Series:
    *Best Action/Thriller TrailerByte for a TV/Streaming Series
    *Best Animation TrailerByte for a TV/Streaming Series
    *Best Comedy/Drama TrailerByte for a TV/Streaming Series
    *Best Horror/Thriller TrailerByte for a TV/Streaming Series
    (a TrailerByte is super short form digital content ie: Instas, Grams, Gif, Bytes, Blinks)
    *Best BTS/EPK for a TV/Streaming Series (Under 2minutes)
    *Best BTS/EPK for a TV/Streaming Series (Over 2minutes)

    In Entry Form:
    Select: Studio or Independent or Foreign
    Then: Digital & Innovative Advertising to see to these categories

    And as a reminder from last year, due to overwhelming industry requests, Home Entertainment will now have its own classification with six brand new categories dedicated exclusively to Home Ent and Digital Trailers.

    Also we brought back BEST TRAILER NO MOVIE which is for a fund raising trailer or something you were working on as a pet project. THERE IS NO CHARGE TO ENTERING THIS CATEGORY AS IT IS A GREAT PLACE TO SHOWCASE YOUR TALENTS DURING THESE TIMES! Please note, this will be the only category that trailer can enter!

  • What category gets the most trailer entries?

    This changes from year to year, but historically the GTA’s has received the most submissions in the following categories:
    Show Categories:
    Best Music
    Best Teaser
    Best Drama
    Best Independent

    Non-Show Categories:
    Best Action TV Spot for a Feature Film
    Best Drama TV Spot for a TV Show/Series
    Most Original TV Spot for a Feature Film
    Best Animation/Family TV Spot for a Feature Film

  • There are some categories I no longer see for GTA21?

    Yes, the following is a list of categories that were removed from the competition in 2019:
    *Best Foreign Animation Family Trailer
    *Best Foreign Romance Trailer
    *Best Pre-Show Theatrical Advertising for a Brand
    *Most Innovative Advertising for a Video Game
    *Most Innovative Advertising for a Brand/Product
    *Best Film Festival Poster
    *Best Film Festival Trailer
    *Best Trailer for a book or novel

  • What is the difference between the Best Music and the Best Original Score categories?

    The “Best Music” category refers to the use of a pre-existing song or songs in a trailer (i.e. Lorde’s cover of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” used in the “Dracula Untold “Rule” trailer”), whereas “Best Original Score” refers to a song created specifically for the trailer or from the score for the film.

  • Do you have any advice for a first time entrant?

    Whether you are a first time entrant or a GTA veteran … diversify! If you think your trailer has got what it takes … you should diversify and enter the more specialized categories.

  • Can you explain the Golden Fleece Award?

    The Golden Fleece award is a highly prized award. It honors a GREAT trailer for a not so great film. Historically it is one of the categories that receives the most press and is a favorite of trailer creators and fans alike!

  • What is the Trashiest Trailer?

    Another favorite of the press and fans, the Trashiest Trailer is for the trailer that uses an overt amount of gore or sex to sell a film, often becoming “campy”.
    Please note that in 2018, Trashiest Trailer, moved to a non-show category.

  • What constitutes an independent film?

    An independent film is one financed outside of the studio system (outside the Majors) ie: A24, Annapurna, Neon

  • Are films made by the “Mini-majors” considered independents?

    Yes, they are considered independents and are eligible to enter as independent films.

  • Can you explain why there is a Best Independent and a Best Independent (under $1.5Million)?

    The Best Independent category has proved so popular (and so excellent) that it split in two.
    Best Independent is now … Best Independent and Best Independent (under $1.5Million) to shine a special spotlight on those lower budget gems.
    Please note: Best Independent is a Show Category whilst Best Independent (under $1.5Million) is a non-show category.
    The (Under $1.5Million) refers to the shooting budget of the film NOT including P&A.
    And Best Independent (under $1.5Million) contenders can still enter any and all other categories including Best Independent.

  • The person who did this last year and is no longer with the company and no one knows his/her login, what should I do?

    Register as if you are registering for the first time
    Activate the account

    Then give us a call [(212) 206-1041] to combine the accounts.
    Please note, do not do this at the last minute – with permissions et al. it could take 24-48 hours to combine things so allow time!

  • What qualifies as a "Foreign" trailer/TV Spot/Poster (asset)?

    In order for a trailer/TV Spot/Poster (asset et al) to qualify as “foreign”, over 50% of the FUNDING for The Film must come from outside the United States as well as having over 50% of the principal photography shot outside the United States.

  • What if I am nominated?

    If you are nominated in one of the show categories, you will need to upload an HD version to GTA Credit site in order for it to be edited for the show in May 2021. A link will be sent to you along with instructions upon the nominee announcement.

    ALL NOMINEES will be asked to provide a still from the film, list of credits, and client names that need to be credited in the GTA21 program book.

  • When will the GTA21 nominations be announced?

    Notifications and a press release will go out around May 11th, 2021.

  • When we do send in the credits for our nominated spots, how many people can I credit in “Production” credits?

    You can credit as many people as you like. As a reference, they will appear this way in the program book. Click here to see last year’s program book for ideas!

  • I have a series of Character Billboards and/or Motion Billboards?

    If you have character billboards and or motion billboards, you should follow 2 rules of thumb:
    1. Put them together as one entry and do not enter them individually
    2. Show an example of them in their environment – the way they were meant to be seen

  • Are there categories dedicated to the “Home Entertainment” Market?

    Why yes! We are glad you asked. As a matter of fact their are six new categories as of 2019 to serve this ever growing Market for Home Entertainment and Digital Distribution platform releases.

    Best Home Ent – Family /Animation
    Best Home Ent – Action
    Best Home Ent – Comedy
    Best Home Ent – Drama
    Best Home Ent – Fantasy /Adventure
    Best Home Ent – Horror /Thriller

  • How do I get listed in the Trailer directory? Or how do I change/update my information?

    Listing in the GTA directory on the site is and has always been free! If you or your company would like to be listed in the directory, please send your company information including: name of contact person, company phone number, your company URL, and specify which grouping you would like your company listed under: Trailer House, Print/Posters and Graphics (if your company does Title Graphics for films or TV promos). Please contact us and write ‘GTA Directory Listing’ in the subject line.

  • Are entry fees refundable?

    Entry fees are NON-refundable.
    If an entry does not meet submission criteria for the specific category into which it was entered, it will be moved to the category for which it is best suited.
    If the submission does not meet the criteria for any category, the entry will be disqualified, and no refund will be given.
    If an entry is withdrawn by the submitting agency, the submitting company will receive a credit that can be used for future submissions.
    **We ask that you please consider carefully, before making your submissions.

  • What if my question is not answered here?

    You can email us with your question at contact us or call us at 212.206.1041. We are here to help you!

    Please Note:

    If you call and get the voice mail – please leave a detailed message – the phone system will send an email to us with this information and we will get back to you as soon as we can within 24-48 hours!

Entry FAQs

Asset FAQs

  • We are a boutique agency but we cut for the big studios how do we classify ourselves?

    You classify your entry based on the entry, not the agency. So if for example you cut a TV spot for ABC, that is a studio and you would click “Studio” and then “TV Spot”. That would NOT be an ‘independent’ entry.

  • Are films made by the “Mini-majors” considered independents?

    Yes, they are considered independents and are eligible to enter as independent films.

  • Why are there special categories and prices for low budget entries?

    We believe that “talent is king” and independent trailers can compete with the studio trailers, just as independent movies compete with studio movies for box office dollars and eyeballs. But we also want to have a category where the best independents can compete and shine on their own. That is why some categories are strictly reserved for independents yet all categories (with the exception of Summer Blockbuster) are open to independent movie trailers.
    The Best Independent category has proved so popular (and so excellent) that in 2016, we split the category in two. Best Independent is now … Best Independent and Best Independent (under $1million) to shine a special spotlight on those lower budget gems.

    Please note: Best Independent is a Show Category whilst Best Independent (under $1Million) is a non-show category. Under $1Million refers to the shooting budget of the film NOT including P&A.
    And Best Independent (under $1Million) can still enter any and all other categories including Best Independent.

  • Are Netflix, Amazons, Hulu and HBO considered Studio or Indie?

    Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Apple, Showtime, and HBO are considered ‘Studio’.

  • What about trailers cut for feature length films, made by the streaming services like HBO/Starz/Amazon/Showtime/Netflix/Hulu/Apple but aren’t distributed theatrically?

    Trailers/TV spots for Feature Length Films produced by digital distributors HBO/Amazon/Netflix/Hulu/Apple are eligible to compete in Theatrical ‘Trailer-Film’ categories as well as their TV Spots (Feature Film).

  • What length do TV spots have to be?

    In the new era of digital, there is no specific length. Historically TV spots have been :30 and :60 seconds (sometimes :90, sometimes :15) but now, there is no set length, minimum or maximum.

  • What qualifies as a TV spot?

    TV Spots are traditionally :30 or :60 seconds. TV Trailers can also include :90 spots. The length of time can vary so the suggested lengths should not be considered a hard rule but should moreover serve as a guideline. Nor is there a requirement for the spot to have aired on traditional network television, to be eligible to submit under TV Spot for Feature Film, as many spots were created to air exclusively online or social media.

    There are two main category groupings for TV spots. These fall into categories for  ‘TV Spots for Feature Films‘ and ‘TV Spots for TV series, streaming series, limited series, web series & mini-series‘.

  • What are “TrailerBytes”?

    In order to encompass ALL the many forms of super short form content and social media for tv series and feature films, ’TV TrailerBytes’  and ‘TrailerBytes’, respectively were created to incorporate ALL of them – so you can enter your Insta, GIFs, blinks, bytes – in this one category.

    There are only 2 subcategories for these super short forms …

    1. Best TV TrailerByte (Insta / GIF / bytes / blinks)
    2. Best TrailerByte for a feature length film (Insta / GIF / bytes / blinks)

    If you did an insta for a TV series, put it in the first one, if you did a Insta for a feature length film, put it in the second category.

    New in GTA21, these categories are further divide into genre under each:
    TrailerByte for Feature Films:
    *Best Action/Thriller TrailerByte for a Feature Film
    *Best Animation TrailerByte for a Feature Film
    *Best Comedy/Drama TrailerByte for a Feature Film
    *Best Horror/Thriller TrailerByte for a Feature Film

    TrailerByte for Streaming Series:
    *Best Action/Thriller TrailerByte for a Streaming Series
    *Best Animation TrailerByte for a Streaming Series
    *Best Comedy/Drama TrailerByte for a Streaming Series
    *Best Horror/Thriller TrailerByte for a Streaming Series

    And to get to those categories, you will need to select> Innovative Advertising

  • For ‘Show Categories’ & ‘TV Spots for Feature Films’ – are these only limited to theatrical releases?

    In previous years “Show Categories” were dedicated to theatrical releases; however, in this new, evolving distribution environment, where Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc.  create or acquire feature film movies for distribution, those trailers are also eligible to submit as “Show Categories”.

    “TV Spots for Feature Films” are also for all feature length films as well.

    Due to the ever increasing and expanding distribution and viewing platforms, the Golden Trailer Awards expanded TV series category into multiple specific and relevant categories for TV series/Miniseries/Web Series/Limited Series, and/or Streaming Series,please check out all the categories under this heading.

    Please feel free to contact us if you need clarification on this expansion at 212.206.1041 or contact us.

  • Why is there a time limit of the length of trailers?

    Four minutes and 30 seconds is the maximum industry length for motion picture previews. Although that is the maximum limit imposed by the MPAA, the average length of previews is 2 minutes and 30 seconds (or less). Your trailer can be any length, as long as it does not exceed 4 minutes and 30 seconds.

  • Should there be “company slates” or “bars and tone” on the trailers?

    No. The trailer should begin after you hit play. You can have the MPAA “Green”bands or “Red” bands in front of the trailers – those are fine.