Frequently Asked Questions

18th Annual GTAs Submission FAQs

The entry application for the 19th Annual Golden Trailer Awards will be online December 1st, 2017.

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!

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There are no specific categories dedicated to home entertainment; but they are eligible in the competition in any relevant category.

You have to put the full credits for the PR release …

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so it looks like this …

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If you need to, you can always go back into your account and update/change this information.

As a company outside the US with a feature length movie you can submit your trailer in any category appropriate to your genre.

Certain categories are designated ‘Show Categories’ which are featured in our annual award show which will takes place in LA in June 2017. The nominees for print and the ‘non show’ and ‘foreign’ categories are shown on large TV screens throughout the venue at the Pre Party. And then the winners of all non show are featured on the large TV screens though-out the venue at the Post Party.

All nominated trailers (show, nonshow and foreign) and posters are featured in our annual (keepsake) program book. All our program books live in perpetuity on line as well for quick user reference, and your nominated films click directly through to your company’s website.

As a foreign entry all categories are open to you. Films from the United States are only allowed to compete in the domestic categories. In order for a US film to qualify for a foreign category, 50% of the film would need to have been shot outside the US and 50% of the financing would need to be from outside the United States. Thus, one factor to consider, is less competition in the Foreign Categories. Same applies to Posters/Print.

If it is a Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or Starz spot for a TV/Streaming series, enter it under TV Spot > TVStreaming and then the appropriate category.

If it is for a Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or Starz spot for a Feature Film, then enter it under Trailer > Studio and then the appropriate category.

Enter it and give credit where credit is due! This subject comes up most often with graphics houses and music houses. Since we don’t require credit information until nomination, we do ask for PR information so be sure to credit the main editing company too when you list your name. For example:

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This is so when the initial Press release goes out, no one is upset or has to call with changes and updates. If you need clarification here, please email us at or call 212-206-1041

If You would like to be listed on Golden Trailer’s directory, (it is free!) please send you company info including name of contact person, phone, high res logo and URL for link to company website,  and specifically request that you would like your company listed under: Trailer House, Print/Posters and Graphics (if you company does Title Graphics for films or TV promos). Please send to and write ‘GTA Directory Listing’ in the subject line.

There are no specific lengths for Teasers. Teasers tend to be any where from :30 to sometimes even :90 in length.

Yes, if you think the trailer has got what it takes but wasn’t the final selection made by the client, you may still submit it.

Best of Show is not a category one can enter. Best of Show is determined by  aggregate of the VIP jury’s tabulations cross all genres of the trailers from GTA Show Categories.

Yes, Video Game Trailers are eligible to compete in the “Best Music” show category.

There is no requirement that the spots need to air on television or online. If the TV spot was cut and killed, but your company feels this particular trailer/spot is superior to one that may have been given the green light, then the unaired trailer is still eligible.  The Golden Trailers has always maintained, ‘talent is king’.

Yes, the category most innovative could either be one asset or multiple components. Our entry system allows you to enter up to six.

Campaign in this category could be one asset up to multiple assets, and may include as many supporting documents as you feel the campaign requires to fully convey the effectiveness or the experience.  The entry is just the one entry cost, whether it is one asset or multiple assets.  Supporting examples: Last year ‘Zombie Stippers’ was one viral video. The effectiveness of this was self-evident and no further explanation was needed. ‘Mission Imposible’ experiential consisted of video with users participating in the experiential event and the submission also included photos of collateral and a write up of spelling out the overall effectiveness of the event

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.

To get to the TrailerByte category for your Instas/Vines/Gifs/Bytes or Blinks, please select Innovative Advertising (see screenshot below)

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The only specification for entry is that it come in under the 200MB (for trailers) and the 20MB (for posters).

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‘.

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 or Vines (from last years), gifs, blinks, bytes – in this one category.

There are only 2 subcategories for these super short forms …

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

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

Early Deadline for Entry is FRIDAY February 2nd, 2018 (11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time)

Regular Deadline for entry is March 9th, 2018 (11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time)

Late and Final Deadline is to March 16th, 2018 (11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time)

There are no new categories for GTA19!

Email the help desk at: if it is a technical question with the entry system.
Any and all other questions you can email Golden Trailer Support at or call 212.206.1041

Click on this link to the pricing information page (a link is also located at the bottom of each page)… GTA18 Entry Fees

Click on this link to the rules for entry (a link is also located at the bottom of each page) … GTA18 RULES for ENTRY

There sure is, click here for the list … GTA18 CATEGORY LIST

Yes, a Foreign trailer may enter the “Show Categories”.

No. As a matter of fact you can enter some by the early deadline and pay for them. Then as you finish up others, enter them and pay as you go along to get the MAXIMUM savings!

There is no limit to the amount you can submit.

Yes. Each submission may be entered into multiple categories. Once you pay the base entry fee to enter the first category, you can enter as many other categories as you wish for a reduced fee. Here are some helpful links: Click Here for GTA18 Entry Fees  and  Click here for Complete Category List for GTA18)

There is NOT a limit on the number of additional categories you may enter. Think about different aspects of your entry and enter wherever you think it is applicable. Diversification is a great strategy!

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 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 new categories under this heading.

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


Trailers are movie previews (originally) for a theatrical audience, but now include online trailers as well. Duration of theatrical trailers is usually 2 to 2 1/2 minutes in length. TV spots are previews that tend to be :30 or :60 seconds and were created for a television audience.

This can change year to year, but historically the GTA’s has received the most submissions in the following categories:
Best Drama
Best Action
Best Comedy  
Best Independent


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.

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.

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!

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”.

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. Yet 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 2017) 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.

The 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

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

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

The Best Independent category has proved so popular (and so excellent) that new for 2017 we have 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.

The 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.

In order for a trailer to qualify as a foreign trailer, 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. 

The “Best Trailer – No Movie” category is for fundraising trailers, where the filmmaker’s intent is to make his or her feature film, and has shot/cut a trailer in order to raise funds for the production of that film. Please note, its not uncommon for a filmmaker to ‘borrow’ footage to convey the idea of his/her film if they have not raised enough money to actually shoot the film. This will not disqualify your trailer from getting nominated OR from winning if it is the best trailer in the category. However, if you don’t own the footage used and therefore cannot sign the GTA license agreement allowing us to show your trailer, we simply won’t be able to show your trailer on our website along with the nominated entries, but you are still eligible to be nominated or win ‘Best Trailer- No Movie’.

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.

No, we’ve kept the process straight forward and simple and that is all there is to it. Once you upload and pay for your entries on the system, including  adding the required PR information (Trailer Title, Studio and Trailer House) – that is all you need to do.

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 into the presentation in Los Angeles in June 2017. A link will be sent to you along with instructions upon 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 GTA18 program book. 

*Nominees receive one complimentary ticket per nominated entry (be it Trailer, Poster, TV spots et al) to the June 2017 ceremony and party. A rep from the GTA’s will be in contact and coordinate getting you or your company’s tickets to you.

Notifications and a press release will go out around the second week of May 2017.

That is correct! In an effort to save you all TIME and HEADACHE, we will collect the credits for the nominated trailers/posters/video games/tv spots when the nominations are announced!

Please note: You still must fill out the PR information: Trailer Title, Studio, Trailer House – this is how the press release goes out and is of the utmost importance for that initial press release!! YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SKIP OVER THIS STEP!!

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.

If there is more than one version of a trailer or TV spot, you will need to include the trailers’ subtitle.  For example: Film Title: Meet The Parents Entry Material Subtitle: Trailer B.

Please note that if this a show category, this subtitle will not appear in the lower thirds on the screen.

This year we have increased the limit 200 MB maximum.

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.

.gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .png and for motion posters (.mov and .mp4)

It depends on your connection. If you have a slow connection it could take a few minutes. Be patient and allow yourself enough time to get all your entries in by the deadline.

Make checks payable to “The Golden Trailer Awards” and enclose a copy of your invoice and mail to:
The Golden Trailer Awards
Attn: Accounts Receivable
110 West End Ave Suite #400
New York, NY 10023

No, “CLICK” on the “Invoice Only” and an invoice will be sent to your email address. Print it and make your check payable to the Golden Trailer Awards and mail it to:

The Golden Trailer Awards
Attn: Accounts Receivable
110 West End Ave Suite #4F
New York, NY 10023

Yes, it is not mandatory, but it is HIGHLY recommended.

If you are an independent video game company, then classify yourselves as “independent”. If you are one of the large gaming companies (ie. EA (Electronic Arts), Activision, Sony, Universal et al.) then classify yourself as a “studio”.

‘Show categories’ mean that a clip of the all the nominated trailers in those categories will be shown during the GTA18 presentation in June 2017 in Los Angeles. Nominated “Non-show categories” will be shown during the pre-party for GTA18 and THEN the winners of those categories will be announced on screens around the venue at the GTA18 post party via the post-show slideshow.

Please note that 1 previous non-show categories, has moved back to being a show category: Best Teaser.

Anyone can enter: Producers, Directors, Filmmakers, Trailer Houses, Music Houses, Graphics Houses, Ad Agencies, Companies, and Individuals alike, foreign or domestic. If you have a great trailer or poster or viral campaign – ENTER IT! It is not restrictive! We even have a category for the emerging filmmaker/trailer editor called “Best Trailer No Movie”.

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 and show an example of them in their environment – the way they were meant to be seen.

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