Please find the entry form below. Descriptions of categories are offered at the bottom of this page.
You may select more than one category for a title on each form. For a new title, please submit the form and fill out a new entry. You may submit multiple titles through one entry form by selecting the Multiple Submission option and either uploading a document to the page or emailing a document listing submissions to email@example.com.
The deadline for submitting entry forms is Friday, February 9, 2024.
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The Home Entertainment Media Play Awards presented by Media Play News honor the best movies, series and other content aimed at home audiences released during the previous year, as judged by a blue-ribbon panel of industry experts as well as consumers.
The announcement of winners is slated for our April issue. Winners receive an award trophy and are prominently featured in Media Play News, both in print and on our website, and are also publicized through consumer press outreach.
For questions on the submission process or eligibility of titles, contact John Latchem at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission Guidelines and Deadlines
Eligible titles for submission will have been released on a streaming service, disc or transactional VOD between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the recently concluded year. For categories in which the submission would be the name of a streaming service the service must have operated at some point during the eligibility year, regardless of when it originally debuted (thus, a service that runs for multiple years and was nominated before would continue to be eligible). Similarly, nominees in the binge series category would have to be available during the eligibility year, and continued availability makes them eligible for future years as well.
A panel of judges will choose winners in each category based on the entire presentation of the work — transfer quality, sound and picture, menu design, ease of use, navigation, packaging and other elements relevant to the title and category.
For discs submitted to multiple categories, the highest-grade disc format should be submitted. For example, Blu-ray can be used to meet requirements for any category, but the UHD category requires a 4K disc. If that 4K disc is a combo pack also containing Blu-ray, then it can be used to meet requirements for other categories as well.
The entry fee is $250 per title, per category (i.e., one title in two categories = $500). At $10,000 studios will be granted unlimited entries. An additional 2% processing fee will be accessed on all invoices. Your invoice will provide the option to pay via credit card or check.
For disc submissions, you may be asked for up to 5 copies of the finished product. Please indicate availability of the judging copies on the form. Please do not send copies of the product until requested.
The deadline for submitting entry forms is Friday, February 9, 2024.
Product submissions will be arranged through follow-up correspondence and do not strictly need to be in hand by the paperwork deadline.
Do not send judging copies via messenger. A standard method of shipping through Fed-Ex, UPS, USPS, etc., will be sufficient.
You may submit a title to more than one category on this entry form. Please select the categories you wish to enter the titles into. If later you wish to submit the title to an additional category, or would like to submit a different title to one or more categories, please use a new entry form.
You may also submit multiple titles using one form by selecting the multiple option and emailing or uploading a document as instructed.
Please read this form carefully. Not all fields are required to be filled out.
Titles will be judged by a blue-ribbon panel and nominees will be offered for a consumer vote in March and April. A selection of winners will be picked by the judges directly, with the consumer vote constituting a portion of the final judges’ tally.
If enough entries are received for each grouping, several “best of show” winners will be selected by the judges from among all eligible submissions, for Packaged-Media Title of the Year, TV Disc Release of the Year, Best Blu-ray Disc and Top Streaming Original. A “Fan-Favorite” trophy also will be awarded for the single title receiving the most consumer votes. These are not separate categories for submission. Judges may also present awards based on special merit.
If there is not sufficient interest in sponsorships for an awards event, results will be printed in Media Play News, which will constitute the official announcement of the winners. Trophies will be shipped to the winners provided all entry fees have been paid.
Awards organizers reserve the right to adjust entries based on appropriateness, nominate submitted titles to additional categories, or to create additional categories or cancel categories due to interest level.
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Description of Categories:
Disc and Digital Categories:
Best New Movie: A movie that played in theaters within the past two years and released for the first time on disc in the eligibility year, or a direct-to-video movie.
Best Marketing Initiative: This category is for programs to market and create awareness of films or TV shows, or for creative tie-ins.
Best Restoration: This category concerns the improvement of picture and sound quality of a film from an earlier version, or repair work done to a film.
Best International Release: This category is reserved for movies and TV shows that are not American productions, or content primarily not presented in English.
Best Extended Edition/Alternate Cut: A presentation of a new version of older content, such as a re-edited or director’s cut not previously seen.
Best Catalog Movie: An older movie released on home video for the first time or being re-released in a new edition (DVD and Blu-ray versions available). This category is generally not for TV titles or collections of more than one film. If you have a Blu-ray only release of a catalog title, please submit it to the Upgrade category.
Best Recent Season: A season set of a TV or streaming series with episodes that are from the season concurrent with the contest year, with those episodes making their disc debut in this set. This category is for single-season sets or equivalent volumes (single-disc or complete series of shows that ran only one season or possibly two seasons, and not repackaged from earlier separate season sets). This is a category for shows that are currently on the air or recently ended their run.
Best Vintage Series: A season set of a TV or streaming series with episodes that aired before the eligibility year. This category is for single-season sets or equivalent volumes (single-disc or complete series of shows that ran only one season or possibly two seasons, and not repackaged from earlier separate season sets). Please note, if you are submitting a DVD/BD set for a show that is currently on the air, but the episodes are from several seasons ago, it likely belongs in this category.
Best Boxed Set: This category is for collections of films, either a collector’s edition of a single film, a franchise set, or an anthology of films, or a boxed set of multiple television seasons, or a complete-TV series set. Or a combination of TV episodes and movies.
Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc: This category is for films and TV shows released on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format.
Best Extras/Bonus Material: This category focuses on the bells and whistles of a home video release, and not the movie or TV show at the center of it.
Best Packaging: This category is for products that display some sort of innovative box design. This is not a category for regular DVD/BD cases that contain nice box art, but for DVD/Blu-ray cases that are unique to the product being sold. Standalone Steelbook cases are now considered common enough forms of packaging that such cases of individual titles will not be considered unique enough to qualify for this category (though Steelbook box art is encouraged to be submitted for Best Box Art, and cases of multiple Steelbooks may still qualify. There is also a separate category for Steelbook releases). Packaging may also include collectibles within the box.
Best Box Art: This refers to the artwork on the DVD/BD case, in most cases the front cover of a regular DVD/BD case, including lenticular covers.
Best Steelbook: A release in a Steelbook or equivalent case, either a wide release or an exclusive.
Best Audio/Visual Quality: How a movie looks and sounds on its disc presentation.
Best Indie Studio Disc Release: This category is intended for independent distributors whose films are not as widely known as major studio fare.
Best Disc Upgrade: A re-release intended to replace an earlier release, such as a special edition with new content, a Blu-ray version of a previously released DVD, or a boxed set of films that had been released one at a time. The idea is that the Blu-ray or DVD special edition is an upgrade from the earlier disc, usually through a restoration process or new extras. Thus, it is a good incentive for those who already own that disc to upgrade to this new one.
Best Retailer Exclusive: This category is for discs created specifically for a retailer promotion, such as packaging variants sold at one retailer in addition to the wide-release options. If a title has exclusives from multiple retailers, each different version would count as a separate entry, so which retailer version should be specified.
Best DVD-only Release: A title released on disc just on the DVD format, not Blu-ray.
Best New Movie: A movie released on and making its original debut on a streaming service (ie a streaming original) within the eligibility year.
Best Scripted Series: A new season of an ongoing show or a limited series released in the eligibility year on a streaming service (ie a streaming original).
Best Nonfiction Movie or Series: A new documentary movie, or a limited documentary or reality TV series or season that originally debuts in the eligibility year on a streaming service (ie a streaming original).
Best Binge Series: A current series with new season or a classic series available on a streaming service, suitable for viewing multiple episodes at once.
Best Stand-Up/Sketch Comedy: A new stand-up comedy special, or a sketch comedy special or series, or variety show special or series, released exclusively through a streaming service.
Best Niche Channel, Overall: A channel to appeal to a specific audience. There are also a wide variety of genre channel categories available.
Best FAST Channel: A Free Ad-Supported Television service.
Best AVOD Channel: An ad-supported streaming service.
Best SVOD Channel: A subscription streaming service.
Best Digital Sellthrough Release: A title released for electronic sellthrough (ie download). To be eligible for these categories, titles must have been released only via digital delivery during the eligibility period. This is for final consumer versions of the content, not screeners.
Best Premium Video on Demand Release: A title released for a short-term viewing period exclusively before its traditional disc/digital sellthrough release.
Genre categories will include titles from streaming, disc and digital.
Best Animated: A home release of an animated movie, TV program or special, regardless of intended audience.
Best Kidvid Release: This category is for releases aimed at younger viewers, be it an animated movie, cartoon or sitcom for kids, or an educational video.
Best Comedy Release: This category is for films or TV shows in the comedy genre. Stand-up comedy specials and variety shows with comedic content are eligible.
Best Drama Release: This category is for films or television shows presenting a dramatic storyline that might not otherwise fit a genre category.
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Release: This category is for films or TV shows in the science-fiction or fantasy genres.
Best Action/Adventure Release: This category is for films or TV shows in the action and/or adventure genres.
Best Horror/Thriller Release: This category is for films and TV shows of scary, psychological or darker content.
Best Faith-Based Content Release: This category is for faith-based or religious themed content, fictional or nonfictional in nature (aka dramatic narratives or documentaries).
Best Home Release of a Western: This category is for films and TV shows of Westerns.
Best Home Release of a Musical: This category is for films and TV shows of musicals — typically filmed narratives containing key scenes that substitute dialogue for song.
Best Music/Performance Home Release: This category is for live performances, stand-up comedy, variety shows or stage plays, or similar content, such as concert films or collections of music videos.
Best Sports Release: This category is for releases that contain sports content, such as event broadcasts, highlight videos, athletic exhibitions, etc. of live sporting events. It is not for fictional sports movies (unless the extras contain significant live sports content, such as a game broadcast).
Best Fitness Release: This category is for content in the workout/fitness genre.
Best Documentary: Content that is not fictional in nature.
Best Reality TV Series: This category is for nonfiction TV series that is more sensationalistic than informative in nature.
Title of the Year Categories:
These categories will be chosen by judges from among all eligible submissions. THESE ARE NOT CATEGORIES TITLES CAN BE SUBMITTED FOR — TITLES WILL BE ELIGIBLE AUTOMATICALLY IF ENTERED IN ONE OF THE REGULAR SUBMISSION CATEGORIES. Best of Show categories will be active if there are 10 or more eligible submissions for the grouping.
Packaged-Media Title of the Year: This award will be chosen from among all submissions.
TV Disc Release of the Year: This award will be chosen from among all submissions that are TV content, whether they are submitted into the specific TV categories or in a general category.
Best Blu-ray Disc: This award will be chosen from among all titles for which a Blu-ray version was submitted, whether they are submitted into the specific high-def categories or in a general category. Titles for which a Blu-ray version exist, but for which only DVD copies were sent for judging, will not be considered.
Top Streaming Original: The top content from a streaming service.