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The Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival & Conference is gearing up. 

Finalists to be announced in December, so stay tuned! Winners will be announced live on-stage at the 2nd Annual Short Form Video Festival, taking place this March in NYC. At the festival, we’ll also offer panels on the state of short form video as well as opportunities to network with creators and buyers. View winning videos from last year’s event.  

Introducing the Second Annual Short From Video Festival

Categories

  • Animals/Pets

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a short video series focused on animals and/or pets.

      Single Entry

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a stand-alone short video focused on animals and/or pets.

  • Animation

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in an animated short video series.

      Single Entry

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in an animated short video series.

  • Branded Content/Content Marketing

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a short video shown in advance of a TV show.

      Single Entry

      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.

  • Comedy

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a comedy video series.

      Single

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a short one-off comedy video.

  • Culinary

      Single

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a one off video focused on food and/or beverage.

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a short video series focused on food and/or beverage.

  • Documentary

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a documentary short video series.

      Single

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a stand–alone documentary short video.

  • Drama

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a dramatic video series.

      Single

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a one–off dramatic video.

  • Esports

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity or engagement in an esports video series.

      Single

      Honoring outstanding creativity or engagement in an esports one–off video.

  • Game/Competition/Quiz

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity or engagement in a short game, competition or quiz–based video series.

      Single

      Honoring outstanding creativity or engagement in a stand–alone short game, competition or quiz–based video.

  • Instructional

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a how–to video series.

      Single

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a how–to one–off video.

  • Live Event

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity or engagement in a short video series focused on a live event.

      Single

      Honoring outstanding creativity or engagement in a stand–alone short video focused on a live event.

  • Marketing Campaign

      Marketing Campaign

      Honoring an outstanding short video series of videos used in marketing a product or service.

  • Music

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a short video series focused on music and/or musicians.

      Single

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a stand–alone short video focused on music and/or musicians.

  • News

      Series

      Honoring a short form news series.

      Single

      Honoring a stand–alone news short. 

  • PR Campaign

      PR Campaign

      Honoring an outstanding short video or series of videos used in publicizing a product or service.

  • People

      Best Actor

      Honoring outstanding performance by a male or female actor in a short video.

      Best Director

      Honoring outstanding directing in a short video.

      Best Host

      Honoring an outstanding host of a short video.

      Best Influencer

      Honoring a single or series of outstanding appearances by an influencer in a short video produced for a client.

  • Preview/Sneak Peak

      Preview/Sneak Peak

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a short video shown in advance of a TV show.

      Spin-off/Complementary

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a short video connected with a TV show.

  • Prosocial

      Prosocial - Single Entry

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a stand-alone short video with a prosocial message.

      Prosocial– Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a short video series with a prosocial message. 

  • Social Media

      Best Short Form Content for Facebook

      Honoring outstanding short programming created explicitly for Facebook.

      Best Short Form Content for Instagram

      Honoring outstanding short programming created explicitly for Instagram.

      Best Short Form Content for Pinterest

      Honoring outstanding short programming created explicitly for Pinterest.

      Best Short Form Content for Snapchat

      Honoring outstanding short programming created explicitly for Snapchat.

      Best Short Form Content for YouTube

      Honoring outstanding short programming created explicitly for YouTube.

  • Sports & Recreation

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a short video series focused on sports and/or recreation.

      Single

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a stand–alone short video focused on sports and/or recreation.

  • Stand–Alone Short from a TV Network or Digital Publisher

      Series

      Honoring a short–form series produced by a TV network or digital publisher that’s not connected to an existing series.

      Single

      Honoring a single short–form video produced by a TV network or digital publisher that’s not connected to an existing series.

  • Travel

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a short video series focused on travel.

      Single

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a stand–alone short video focused on travel.

  • Viral Video From a TV Network or Digital Publisher

      Series

      Honoring a short–form video series that spread rapidly through online sharing.

      Single

      Honoring a single short–form video series that spread rapidly through online sharing.

  • Viral Video from a Brand

      Series

      Honoring a brand–sponsored short–form video series that spread rapidly through online sharing.

      Single

      Honoring a single brand–sponsored short–form video that spread rapidly through online sharing.

  • Virtual Reality

      Series

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a short form VR video series. 

      Single

      Honoring outstanding creativity and engagement in a stand–alone short form VR video series. 

  • Check Out Our Panels!

    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, marketers, and more. Topics will include:

    2019 Jurors

    Paula Kaplan

    EVP, Talent & Development

    Adam Westcott

    Partner

    Randy Abramson

    Head of YouTube MCN

    Tom Caraccioli

    VP, Communications

    Perrin Chiles

    CEO/Co-founder

    Polly Conway

    Senior TV Editor

    Lisa Filipelli

    Partner

    Jeff Grossman

    Senior Vice President of Digital Content

    Christine Lubrano

    SVP, Original Programming

    Bruce Gersh

    Head of Four m Studios and EVP & President of People, Entertainment Weekly + People en Espanol

    Vikki Neil

    GM

    Ajay Kishore

    Founder & CEO

    Zach Schwitzky

    CEO and Co-Founder

    Veronica Zelle

    CCO & Co-Founder

    Howie Kleinberg

    COO

    Andrew Snyder

    Head of Meredith Video

    Evan Shapiro

    Owner, producer

    Chris Vivion

    Executive Producer

    Pricing

    Entry Fee

    $398/ ENTRY

    Each entry costs $398 for the first category entered

    Additional Categories

    $199/ CATEGORY

    If you submit the same entry into multiple categories, the additional fee is $199 per category.

    Early Bird Deadline – 10/10

    $199/ ENTRY

    Regular Deadline – 10/17

    $398/ ENTRY

    Late Deadline – 11/8

    $449/ ENTRY

    Payment in full must accompany the entry. All entries are non-refundable.

    Submit

    Juror Insights

    “Why is short-form content so hot now?”

    Contact

    Questions

    For questions related to award entries or event tickets:

    Cathy Pearson, Marketing Coordinator

    Cathy Pearson
    Marketing Coordinator
    Cynopsis
    cathyp@cynopsis.com
    203.899.8470

    Sponsorship

    If you would like to purchase a sponsorship:

    Mike Farina
    VP, Sales & Marketing
    Cynopsis Media
    mike@cynopsis.com
    203.218.6480

    Program

    For information on programming and speakers:

    Cathy Applefeld Olson
    Awards Producer
    Cynopsis
    cathy@cynopsis.com