The Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival & Conference will recognize outstanding work in this emerging space, showcasing fresh and surprising storytelling across platforms. In addition, we will present panels on the state of short form video as well as opportunities to network with creators and buyers of this format.
We define short form video as content that runs from 5 seconds to 10 minutes. Content on any platform is eligible: YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and more.
Branded Content/Content Marketinghonoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a brand-sponsored short-form video series that does not explicitly promote a brand but stimulates interest in a brand’s product or service
honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a brand-sponsored single short-form video that does not explicitly promote a brand but stimulates interest in a brand’s product or service
Honoring an outstanding series of videos used in marketing a product or service
Honoring an outstanding series of videos used in publicizing a product or service
honoring outstanding performance by a male or female actor in a short video
honoring outstanding directing in a short video
honoring an outstanding host of a short video
honoring a single or series of outstanding appearances by an influencer in a short video produced for a client
Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a short video shown in advance of a TV show
The quick & easy entry process is done solely online. First, you will be guided through the registration process, and then the nomination (synopsis + supporting materials) and payment process.
The file cannot exceed 150MB. If you are unable to upload video content due to copyright issues, please provide a link to view it instead (YouTube, company’s website or another video sharing platform).
Prizes will be awarded in each category for
1st, 2nd, 3rd
One video will be selected as
Best in Festival
Finalists will be notified in mid-November 2017
“Why is short-form content so hot now?”
"We’ve finally reached a point where many people have a beautiful movie-viewing machine in their pocket and high-speed bandwidth to match it."
Head of YouTube MCN
"Once technology got good enough that we could walk around with screens (on our phones), it created a demand for a different kind of video content."
Head of Editorial
"Users are continuing to spend more time in social feeds on mobile devices, where they can quickly swipe to a new post if they aren't interested."
Director of Strategy
"With distribution as democratized as it is now, creators no longer have to wait for permission to create. They just create."
Founder and CEO
"Short form is hot because it is instant and concise, thus catering to the mentality of the digital-age consumer."
SVP, Original Programming
"It's the perfect format for modern attention spans and multitasking habits, allowing audiences to watch, read, and listen - simultaneously."
Director of Customer Success
Each entry costs $199 for the first category entered
If you submit the same entry into multiple categories, the additional fee is $99 per category.
Entries submitted after October 20, 2017 will be charged an additional $199 per video.
Payment in full must accompany the entry. All entries are non-refundable.
Not only will the winning videos will be screened at this one-of-a-kind festival, but we will also present thought-provoking and idea-rich panel discussions with producers, directors, actors, marketers, and more. Panels will address topics including:
Whether you go live on social networks such as Facebook, go social on Snapchat or YouTube, or go OTT on AppleTV or Roku, a distribution plan that helps you meet your stated and implicit goals is key. Our experts will lay out the latest in options and consumer adoption as well as how to create a plan that works.
So it’s fun and it looks good – but is it going to generate revenue? That’s the question that keeps most of us up at night, but smart solutions are emerging. Join us as we follow the long-term plan to make money in the short-form video world.
For questions related to award entires or event tickets:
Director of Marketing
If you would like to purchase a sponsorship:
VP, Sales & Marketing