How do I enter the Awards?
Register here. The entire process is done online. Once you’ve registered, the system will guide you through the steps. You can pause at any point and save a draft and resume your entry at your convenience. You can also edit your entry after you have submitted it right up until the entry platform closes on 11 June. Meanwhile, we’re right here to answer any questions.
Some important dates to put on your calendar:
11 June 2021: Awards entries close. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems uploading or need advice/tech support
23 July 2021: Judging round closes.
6 August 2021: Nominees announced
Friday, 27 August 2021: ContentAsia Awards Ceremony
What are the broadcast dates for eligible programmes?
Programmes submitted for consideration have to have been made in Asia and on air/streamed for the first time on a channel or platform in Asia between 1 July 2020 and 11 June 2021. If your series starts before the deadline and runs after 11 June, please only submit episodes that have aired/streamed between those dates.
Who is eligible to enter?
Broadcasters/platforms/producers/production houses from 18 countries/territories: Cambodia, China, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Why isn’t Australia included?
It will be – maybe next year. For this year’s Awards, we are keeping the footprint focused specifically on Asia, rather than on Asia Pacific.
Can I submit a programme if I don’t own 100% of the IP?
Sure. All we ask is that if you don’t own the IP, you get permission from whoever does to submit your entry, and that they are fully aware of what you are doing. Apart from being polite, you don’t want to get into any trouble and neither do we.
Will you accept joint-entries?
Yes. If you are the rights holder of, for instance, a format and you would like to submit versions made in Asia, you are more than welcome to enter it by yourself or with your production partner or broadcaster on the ground in Asia. Same goes for producers/creators of drama or other content.
Can I submit the same episode in multiple categories?
Yes you can.
How much does it cost to enter?
Entry fees range from US$160 to US$200, depending on how many entries you submit. Single entries cost US$200 each. There is a 5% total discount for two entries; 10% total discount for up to five entries (including entry #5); 15% total discount for up to 10 entries; (including entry #10) and 20% discount for 11 or more entries).
What video formats does your entry platform accept?
The platform accepts m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpeg4, mpg and wmv. Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to submit in any other format.
Do my entries have to be in English? What if the judges don’t speak my language?
The language of great content is universal, as shown by the spectacular attention around Parasite (Korea), The Money Heist (Spain), The Story of Yanxi Palace (China), Love Destiny (Thailand), My Husband’s Lover (Philippines) and many other TV series being watched by audiences in Asia and around the world. For convenience, the language of the 2021 Awards is English. Many of the judges will speak your language. For the judges who don’t, we ask you to please make sure your entries are subtitled in English. We could ask you to submit English-language scripts and not bother with subtitles, but that would be unfair because we want judges to watch your entry, not be reading and trying to watch at the same time.
Will there be a live in-person event on the ground to announce the Awards?
We would love to have a full-on glittery live Awards event on Friday, 27 August 2021, to announce the winners. Right now, we think it’s unlikely… but you never know. For the moment, we are planning to do as we did last year – stream the announcements live on Facebook. If a party is possible, hell yeah…. we will keep you posted.
Will we know who the judges are and when?
Judges are listed on the Judges page and are being updated constantly. We want you to know asap exactly who you’re in front of.
Will judges be judging their own content?
Simple answer. No. Not that we think they won’t be able to be objective. But even the slightest possibility that that results could be seen to be compromised means people will not be judging their own content or any production in which they have been involved.
Will the ContentAsia Awards be sponsored?
Another easy one. Absolutely not. At least not by anyone/company who submits an entry. Again, we don’t believe for a second that our judges will be swayed one way or another from their responsibilities. But even the possibility of the smallest, slightest implication that we may have been influenced has to be eliminated. We feel strongly that accepting sponsorship from companies that might go on to win (and throw the results into question) is not part of the universe we have built for the past 15 years around ContentAsia. Sure, it’s tough turning down potential funding for something that may – or may not – happen. Principles can be a bitch, right. What we are doing is giving companies a choice: You can sponsor, but then you can’t enter. We prefer you to enter, but it’s entirely up to you. No pressure. For companies who have no content to enter – all those tech, equipment, other vendors – we look forward to welcoming you to our Awards world.
Are the ContentAsia Awards part of the ContentAsia Summit?
The two events are being held at the same time because that makes sense on multiple levels. But the two are being run separately and independently.
What about sponsorship and advertising around the ContentAsia Summit?
ContentAsia and the ContentAsia Summit, which has been held every year for the past 14 years, have always been grateful for strong support from the industry. Hopefully that will continue. These sponsorships and relationships are kept totally separate from the ContentAsia Awards.