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November, 2020 Virtual Gala

Awards Overview

The HPA Awards are the standard bearer for excellence and innovation in an industry embracing an expanding array of groundbreaking technologies and creativity. Bestowed at a gala celebration each November, the Awards honor creative achievement, outstanding artistry, lifetime achievement, and engineering excellence.

Out of respect for the challenges facing the industry in the wake of COVID-19, HPA has instituted a number of important changes for the 2020 HPA Awards with the goal of making them accessible to the greatest number of members in the community while supporting HPA’s mission of honoring the individuals and companies that serve the industry in indispensable ways. Those changes include an easier submission process, amended eligibility guidelines, an extended entry period, and reduced entry fees.

Additionally, the virtual HPA gala will be open to all who are interested to attend, at no cost.

 

2020 Awards Schedule

  • Sept. 4, 2019 – Sept. 9, 2020 Period of Eligibility for Entries
  • June 22, 2020 – Aug. 10, 2020 Submission Period – Engineering Excellence
  • July 6, 2020 – Aug. 21, 2020 Submission Period – Creative Categories
  • July 29, 2020 Intent to Enter Petition for Deadline
  • August, 2020 Engineering Excellence Judging
  • September, 2020 Creative Judging Panels
  • Mid-Oct., 2020 Nominations Announced
  • November, 2020 Virtual Awards Gala

Awards Given

Creative Categories include Color Grading, Editing, Sound and Visual Effects in Film, Television and Commercials. Special Awards may also be presented, including Engineering Excellence, the HPA Judges Award for Creativity & Innovation, Charles S. Swartz Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.


About the Trophy

The HPA Award symbolizes freedom of expression, mastery of an artist’s craft, and groundbreaking creative and technological achievement. The award trophy, designed by the superlative design team at Autodesk, physically embodies these qualities, portraying the limitless possibilities of imagination, collaboration and technical ingenuity that break out of constraints to realize today’s most challenging visions.


Entry Rules, Fees and Upload

Engineering Excellence Call for Entries

Submission Period (Extended)
June 22, 2020 – August 10, 2020

Creative Categories
Call for Entries

Submission Period
July 6, 2020 – August 21, 2020

Submission Fees

Creative Entry Submissions
  • $95 per submission for HPA/SMPTE members
  • $125 per submission for non-members
  • HPA/SMPTE Corporate member companies may submit all entries from that company under the membership rate.
  • Individual members may use the member rate for entries where that individual is the entrant.
Engineering Excellence Award Submission
  • HPA/SMPTE Corporate Members – $300 per submission
  • Non-Members – $595 per submission
Payment Information
  • Payment may be made via credit card during the submission process, or by mailing in a check, or by ACH/EFT.
  • Payments made by check must be in US Funds only. Make check payable to: Hollywood Professional Association
  • In the case of EFT or ACH payments, HPA must receive the full amount of the entry fee in US Dollars. All transfer or  bank fees are the sender’s responsibility category.

Media Prep & Guidelines

Materials

See sections B and C of the Awards Entry Rules for full details (PDF)

Pro Res HQ File Media Guidelines: For all categories other than Outstanding Color Grading – Theatrical Feature

  • Codec – Pro Res 422 HQ
  • Color Space – Rec 709, gamma 2.4
  • Resolution – 1920 x 1080
  • 23.98 fps
  • Viewing materials can be uploaded as part of the entry submission process at hpa.awardcore.com. See section D (page 21) for a complete walk through of the entry submission process.

H.264 File Media Guidelines – Editing for Episode or Non-Theatrical Feature category ONLY:

  • 920 x 1080P
  • H.264 High Profile
  • Chroma 4:2:0 or 4:2:2
  • BitRate 8 Mbs

Sound submission guidelines

  • Submissions should be submitted on a Pro Res HQ file. The viewing material should include both the completed sound mix for judging and matching video.
  • Codec – Pro Res 422 HQ
  • Audio – PCM
    1. 5.1 Sound – with the following track assignments.
      • Track 1 – Left
      • Track 2 – Right
      • Track 3 – Center
      • Track 4 – LFE
      • Track 5 – LS
      • Track 6 – RS
    2. Stereo
      • Track 1 – Left
      • Track 2 – Right
    3. Note: Stereo tracks should only be submitted when the original project was released in Stereo.

Awards Press Kit

Mission

To promote creative artistry in the field of post production, and recognize the achievement of talent, innovation and engineering excellence in the larger professional media content industry.


Awards Given

Creative Categories include Color Grading, Editing, Sound and Visual Effects in Film, Television and Commercials. Special awards may also be presented, including Engineering Excellence, the HPA Judges Award for Creativity & Innovation, Charles S. Swartz Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.


Attendees

The show attracts about 500 people and consistently sells out. Attendees are a broad mix of individuals in post production and the entertainment industry. This includes heads of the studios as well as executives, the top creative talent in post production, executives and management from post facilities, manufacturers of hardware and software, post supervisors, directors of photography, editors and representatives of the industry guilds, unions and professional associations, as well as individuals from the businesses that support post production.


About The Trophy

The HPA Award symbolizes freedom of expression, mastery of an artist’s craft, and groundbreaking creative and technological achievement. The award trophy, designed by the superlative design team at Autodesk, physically embodies these qualities, portraying the limitless possibilities of imagination, collaboration and technical ingenuity that break out of constraints to realize today’s most challenging visions.

Show Date

November, 2020

Press Contact

Chris Purse
chris@ignite.bz
818-980-3473

HPA Contact

Alicia Rock, Event and Program Manager
awards@hpaonline.com
818-273-1508


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