The Australian Screen Editors Guild is dedicated to the pursuit and recognition of excellence
in screen editing and all forms of motion picture post production.
ASE AWARDS 2021 GUIDELINES
Editors entering the ASE Awards must be Full Financial Members of the Australian Screen Editors Guild. Student and Associate Members may not enter.
You can join the ASE at www.screeneditors.com.au/join-the-ase/
All entries must have had their first theatrical, television, DVD, VOD, or online release between 1st August 2020 and 31st July 2021. Please note: Despite the change of dates as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, films selected for Sydney Film Festival 2021 will be eligible for entry in this year’s awards.
If theatrical release was not possible due to COVID-19, give details of alternate release, eg. date of release on particular streaming service.
A stand-alone dramatised production of at least 70 minutes in duration. This category includes animated features. Must have had theatrical release or alternate distribution.
A dramatised production, between 20 minutes and 70 minutes in duration, which may be a telemovie, or a single episode from a series or mini-series.
A stand-alone dramatised production of under 20 minutes duration. This category includes animated programs.
A scripted situation or sketch comedy, between 15 and 60 minutes in duration, which may be a single episode from a series or mini-series.
Note, when choosing to enter your production, you will need to consider the most appropriate category as there is some crossover of interpretation between Documentary and Factual. Judges will re-allocate productions if they are deemed to be in the wrong category to ensure a fair outcome.
A non-fiction production providing a creative, in depth analysis or interpretation of a specific subject, theme or point of view, supported by evidence and or informed commentary. A production of at least 60 minutes in duration.
Documentary & Documentary Series
A non-fiction production providing a creative, in depth analysis or interpretation of a specific subject, theme, point of view or story, supported by evidence and or informed commentary.
The subjects and/or story must demonstrate unique thought and expression.
Entries must be over 20 minutes in duration, and can either be a stand-alone non-feature length documentary, or a single episode from a documentary series. They must however be unique in existence and not a modified version of a feature length documentary.
Examples include: 'First Australians', 'Revelation', 'Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane', 'A Sense of Self', 'Hawke: The Larrikin and the Leader'.
A work is considered to be Factual Entertainment where the main intent and purpose of the production is to inform and entertain.
Typically a constructed format, sometimes with a presenter, factual entertainment depicts actual events, people or places.
Full episodes only, segments cannot be entered.
This category includes lifestyle and informative programs, (food, travel, science, home renovation) and other light documentary programs.
Examples include – 'Border Security', 'Bondi Rescue', 'Food Safari', 'Catalyst', 'Who Do You Think You Are?', 'Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery', 'You Can’t Ask That', 'Love on the Spectrum'.
A substantially non-scripted, formatted production that documents participants interacting in a particular environment as devised by the producer. There is generally an element of competition to the program, often involving games/challenges or matchmaking.
Full episodes only, segments cannot be entered.
Examples include - 'MasterChef', 'The Voice', 'The Bachelor', 'Survivor', 'Married at First Sight'.
A program or segment broadcast as part of a regular current affairs series, which employs a journalistic approach to social, political or economic issues. These programs aim to provide revelation, fresh insight, analysis and debate.
Entries must be at least 5 minutes in duration.
Examples include - '7:30', 'A Current Affair', 'Four Corners', 'Dateline', '60 Minutes', 'Foreign Correspondent', 'The Drum', 'Landline'.
Advertising or promotional production. May have screened on TV or cinema, online via YouTube, Vimeo, social media or company website. Must be under 90 seconds.
Corporate and Branded
Promotional production including company name or logo. May have screened on TV or cinema, online via YouTube, Vimeo, social media or company website. May also have screened at an internal event or presentation. Must be between 90 seconds and 30 minutes.
Music Clip consisting of a single track or song.
For content that is not covered in the other categories. We are looking for high quality story-telling and editing no matter what the genre. This may be additional online content, short documentaries, animation, trailers, title sequences or perhaps a genre we haven’t seen yet. Must be under 20 minutes.
No production can be entered in more than one category.
Co-Editors may submit. All credited Co-Editors must be Full Financial Members of the Australian Screen Editors Guild. In the case that a winning entry has more than one Editor, only one trophy will be awarded to that entry. Additional trophies may be purchased through the ASE.
You may only submit one entry per category unless you are part of a Co-Entry in which case you may enter that category a maximum of twice.
Entries will only be accepted from the principal Editor or Editors, that is, the person or persons whom the Producer has accorded the official, primary credit of ‘Editor.’
In the event that an entry contains no on-screen credits, written verification from the Producer / Production Company / Client MUST be attached to the application.
The judging panels’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. The ASE reserves the right to cancel a category and refund entrants if there are not enough entries in any category.
Entries are to be submitted ONLINE at:
You will be required to upload your video online for judging as we use a web-based submissions process.
For ease of use and widest compatibility across devices, the ASE highly recommends Vimeo as the best site to upload and stream your video.
YouTube is also acceptable - but please don’t use any other services (Dropbox, Hightail, OneDrive, Digital Pigeon, GoogleDrive, WeTransfer, etc.)
We need to make sure the judges can readily stream your video easily and at the highest quality.
ENCODING YOUR VIDEO
Vimeo provides a detailed explanation of the settings that work best for their platform. Follow the link to learn more.
UPLOADING YOUR VIDEO
Vimeo offers various privacy settings, including the option to set a password.
To find out what’s best for you, see here:
It is the responsibility of the entrant to provide a web link to their production, and to ensure that it works. The link must remain online until judging is finished on Sunday 10th October 2021. (See specs links with application form)
EARLY BIRD ENTRIES - Must be received by midnight Sunday 4th July 2021.
OTHER ENTRIES – Must be received by midnight Sunday 15th August 2021.
Completed submissions must contain:
- All submission fields complete.
- Letter from Producer / Production Company if no on-screen credit.
- Vimeo or YouTube link to the production, with password if applicable.
- Paid Entry fee of $55 (includes GST) for Early Bird entries.
- Paid Entry fee of $66 (includes GST) for all other entries.