14th Annual GTAs Submission FAQs

(Frequently Asked Questions)

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Q: When will applications for GTA 14 be available online?

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Q: What is the DEADLINE for Entry?
A: Regular Deadline for entry is March 1st, 2013

Q: Need help with entering?
A: Email the help desk at: gta-acclaim@mediagility.com

Q: The person who did this last year and is no longer with the company and no one knows their login, what should I do?
A: Register as if you are registering for the first time.

Q: What are the Early and Late deadlines for entry?
A: Here are all the deadlines for entry....
EARLY Entry Dates: Dec. 16th, 2012 to January 18th, 2013
REGULAR Entry Dates: January 19th, 2013 to March 1st, 2013**
LATE Entry Dates: March 2nd, 2013 to March 8th, 2013
**Please note: The earlier you enter, the more money you can save!

Q: What are the prices for entry?
A: Click on this link to the pricing information page (a link is also located at the bottom of each page)... GTA14 Entry Fees

Q: What are the rules for entry?
A: Click on this link to the rules for entry (a link is also located at the bottom of each page) ... GTA14 RULES for ENTRY

Q: Is there a list of all the categories?
A: There sure is, click here for the lis ... GTA14 CATEGORY LIST

Q: Do I have to do all my applications all at once?
A: 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!

Q: How many trailers/posters/tv spots can I enter?
A: There is no limit to the amount you can submit.

Q: Can a single title enter more than one category?
A: Yes. Each entry can be entered in up to two additional categories for a total of 3 (each additional category has an additional fee for each additional category selected) (Click here for Complete Category List 2012). For Example: Fast and Furious can enter Best Action (1st category) and Best Music (2nd category) and Best Sound Editing (3rd category).

Q: What is the difference between a Trailer Entry and a TV Spot entry?
A: Trailers are historically the movie previews released in the theater and TV Spots are the previews that are made for television size spots usually :30 or :60 seconds.

Q: What is the entry deadline for Trailer submissions?
A: The EARLY entry deadline for submissions (POSTERS, VIDEO GAMES, TV SPOTS and TRAILERS) is Friday January 18th, 2013 at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time. REGULAR Entry deadline is March 1st, 2013 and The LATE and final final FINAL deadline is March 8th, 2013 at 11:59 Pacific Standard Time.

Q: What category gets the most trailer entries?
A:The most entries are received for the categories:
Best Drama
Best Comedy and
Best Independent.

Q: Do you have any advice for a first time entrant?
A: 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.

Q: Can you explain the Golden Fleece Award?
A: 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!

Q: What is the Trashiest Trailer?
A: 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”.

Q: What is “Best Trailer – No Movie” and what does it mean?
A: 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 a trailer in order to raise funds for the production of that film.

Q: Why are there special categories and prices for low budget entries?
A: We believe that “talent is king” and independent trailers can compete with the studio trailers, but we also want to have a place where they can shine on their own. That is why some categories are strictly reserved for independents.

Q: What about trailers for home video release … like trailers that say “now on DVD …” are those accepted?
A: Yes, we do accept trailers for home video/DVD releases.

Q: What qualifies a foreign trailer as a foreign trailer?
A: In order for a trailer to qualify as a foreign trailer, over 50% of the FUNDING for The Film should come from outside the United States as well as having over 50% of the shooting done outside the United States.

Q: Why is there a time limit of the length of trailers?
A: 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.

Q: Once I upload my entries and pay for them on-line is there anything I need to send in to the Golden Trailer Awards?
A: No, once you upload your entries and pay for them on-line that is all you need to do.

Q: What if I am nominated?
A: If you are nominated in one of the “show categories”, you will be asked to send an HD 1080i tape to GTA headquarters in order to be edited for the presentation on May 3rd, 2013. ALL NOMINEES will be asked to provide a list of credits and client names that need to be credited in the program book. You will also recieve one ticket per nominated entry (be it Trailer, Poster, TV spots et al) to the show on May 3rd, 2013. A representative from GTA HQ will contact you and coordinate this for the show.

Q: When will the nominations be announced?
A: April 5th, 2013.

Q: IF I choose to pay by check, to whom do I make out the check?
A: 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
127 West 26th Street: Suite 1207
New York, NY 10001

Q: Credits: I don't have to enter credits until nominations? this is new.
A: 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! Yes, the collective cheer can be heard around the world!!

Q: When we do send in the credits for our nominated spots, how many people can I credit in “Production” credits?
A: You can credit as many people as you like. As a reference, they will appear this way in the program book which is distributed AT THE show and sent industry wide AFTER the show. Click here to see last year's program.

Fast and Furious
Universal Pictures
AV Squad
Client: Frank Chiocchi
Creative Director: Seth Gaven
Editor: Chad Miller
Graphics Designer: Brett Pedigo
Assisant Editor: Jessie Parker

Q: This is my first year entering, do you have a sample of a trophy inscription?
A: Yes, see below - don't worry about the top 3 lines - that information is set: the year, the category and the title of the winning entry. You are responsible for the next 4 lines (see sample of how the bottom of trophy will read below).
Please Note: You have 70 spaces per line (blanks spaces are included in that). This year the winner will be given a winner's code in order to process their inscriptions themselves. This will speed up the process of winners receiving their winning trophy!

Fast and Furious

Q: What constitutes an independent film?
A: An independent film is one financed outside of the studio system (outside the Majors).

Q: Are films made by the “Mini-majors” considered independents?
A: Yes, they are considered independents and are eligible to enter as independent films.

Q: What do I put in the Subtitle field?
A: When there are several versions of a trailer or TV spot, this is where you put the trailer’s subtitle. For example: Film Title: Meet The Parents Entry Material Subtitle: Trailer B

Q: What file types are accepted for trailers?
A: .mp4, .mov

Q: What is the maximum size files for trailers?
A: 40 MB maximum

Q: Should there be “company slates” or “bars and tone” on the trailers?
A: 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.

Q: What files do you accept for posters?
A: .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .png

Q: What is the maximum size for posters?
A: 10 MB maximum and (800 pixels wide x scaleable height)

Q: My computer is taking a while to upload my entry?
A: 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.

Q: Do I have to pay by credit card?
A: 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
127 West 26th Street: Suite 1207
New York, NY 10001

Q: I am entering non-English speaking foreign trailers, should they be subtitled?
A: Yes, it is not mandatory, but it is HIGHLY recommended.

Q: I am entering a Video Game Trailer how do I classify myself - studio or independent?
A: 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".

Q: What is the difference between “show categories” and “non-show categories”?
A: “Show categories” mean they will be included in the GTA2013 presentation at the show on May 3rd, 2013. “Non-show categories” mean that the winners will be announced the night of the party in a pre-show slideshow.

Q: What if my question is not answered here?
A: You can email us with your question at info@goldentrailer.com or if you need to speak to a person please call us at 212.206.1041. We are here to help you!

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