TIVA Peer Awards FAQ

TIVA Peer Awards 2015What are the DC Peer Awards?

The Peer Awards began in 1997 as part of the former Washington Film and Video Council (WFVC) and later merged with the existing, popular “TIVA-DC Video Festival.” Today, the DC Peer Awards continue to celebrate local excellence in media and offer one of the most sought-after awards in our community.

What is the Value of the Peer Awards to Me?

The Peer Awards are an opportunity to show and be recognized by the Production Community for your incredible work! But don't take just our word for it - Listen to what some of Washingtonian's most renowned producers have to say:

When/where is the Peer Awards ceremony?

The Peer Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday evening, November 11, 2017 at the French Embassy. The address is 4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007. The event begins with networking reception at 6:30. The Embassy's talented French Chef will provide a gourmet dinner, bien sur. The ceremony begins at 7:30 and wraps up around 10:00 followed by dessert.

What do I wear?

The dress this year is Creative Black Tie. For the men, this means that a tux is encouraged, but with a bit a creativity allowed. If you don't have a tux, a dark suit is acceptable, but feel free to express your creativity with a splash of color, or your special dress shirt. For the women, what can I say? You gals have a lot more room for creativity. This is a dress-up affair and we want to look our best. But we are creative people after all, so let's show it with some style.

Where do I park?

There is plenty of street parking on Reservoir Road. After 6:30 p.m., street parking is free. Georgetown University Hospital across the street has paid visitor parking, but you probably will find street parking. The Embassy has events all the time and parking is not a problem.

How do I buy a ticket to the Awards ceremony?

You can buy tickets here.

Where do I submit my entry?

You can sumbit via our Peer Awards portal right here. Note that the entry submission period for 2015 has now expired.

How many times may I enter?

You may submit as many entries as you wish under any of the production/skills categories.

I want to submit the same work under multiple categories. Do I have to create one entry for each category?

Yes. However, there is a shortcut to streamline the process. Under the View Entries tab there is Copy feature. This will copy everything from a previously submitted entry. You may then change the category and save the entry. Any uploaded video/audio will also be copied.

Can I submit an entry that was submitted in a previous year?

Yes, but you may not enter it into a category for which it previously won an award. Additionally, the entry must meet all current eligibility requirements.

How do I pay for my entries?

Click on the Pay Now button and follow the instructions. Payments are processed through a secure TIVA-DC PayPal account. You may pay with your own PayPal account or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).

I want to make sure my video is presented in the highest quality possible. How do I do that?

The Entry Upload tab under Add Entry/Tickets will create a Flash version of your video. The quality is quite good, but not high resolution. The best approach for the highest quality is to provide a URL for your video using the Entry URL tab. This should be a link to an HD version of the video through sites such as Vimeo or YouTube. To retain anonymity, it is recommended that these not be links to a “channel.”

I want to take advantage of the member rates. How do I join TIVA?

You can join here. Once you sign up as a member, you will be eligible for member rates.

Why do you require the details of my entry such as the description, running time, date completed, and budget?

These help our judges better understand your work. What was the purpose/goal? Who was the intended audience? Were there constraints under which the work was produced? The details also help us verify the entry was properly categorized (e.g., a $25K video should not be included in the under $10K category).

Why do you ask for a suggested 30-second clip of my entry?

Each Gold winner will have 30 seconds of their entry presented at the Peer Awards Ceremony as the winner comes to the stage. Also, we will prepare a sample reel to be shown during the dinner portion of the ceremony for attendees to enjoy. We want to ensure the clip best represents your entry.

Can I make changes to my entry after it has been submitted?

Yes, but you will not be able to update a submitted entry yourself. Contact PeerEntries@TIVADC.org to request changes to a submitted entry.

Will I be competing against other entries?

The TIVA-DC Peer Awards is a merit-based award judged solely on the individual merits of the entry. This is not a competition, rather an acknowledgment and celebration of exceptional quality work created by professionals and non-professionals in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania or Delaware region. This may result in categories receiving multiple awards of the same level as well as some categories without awards.

I want to submit in skills categories as a student. How can I do this?

Student submissions (High School/Peer Promise and College) are only in the production category. There are no skill categories for students.

Who judges my entry?

A panel of judges are selected on a volunteer basis from industry professionals in the MD, DC and VA region.

On what criteria will my entry be judged?

Production categories will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Objectives met;
  • Audience reached;
  • Design and organization;
  • Treatment;
  • Techniques;
  • Writing;
  • Directing;
  • Editing;
  • Artistic use of medium; and
  • Creativity.

Skills categories will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall quality;
  • Originality/imagination/innovation;
  • Effectiveness of skill to project; and
  • Best use of skill.

It is crucial that all fields on the entry form be completed as specifically as possible to aid the judges in their review.

Will I need to purchase a trophy/certificate if my entry is selected for an award?

There is no additional fee for awards/certificates presented the night of the Peer Awards ceremony. All Gold Award recipients will receive a TIVA-DC Peer Award trophy the night of the ceremony. Silver and Bronze recipients will receive an embossed certificate suitable for framing. Additional Gold trophies as well as Silver and Bronze trophies and/or certificates may be ordered for a nominal fee after the ceremony. A special discount period will be offered for trophy/certificate orders immediately following the ceremony.

Who do I contact with questions that are not addressed in the FAQs?

For technical questions, send an email to PeerEntries@TIVADC.org. For general questions, send an email to PeerAwards@TIVADC.org.

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