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About The TVAs

Citizine Travel Video Awards

2019 Program

The second annual Travel Video Awards (TVAs) honors innovative and inspiring travel videos released in 2018 by both independent filmmakers and brands from across the globe. The TVAs recognizes distinguished cinematic and cutting-edge digital video content across a variety of categories. Nominees will be invited to Las Vegas, Nevada on April 9, 2019 for the inaugural Travel Video Award ceremony. Winners of the Nomad Award and Independent Audience Award will receive cash prizes, and category winners will receive distinction awards.

Independent Track

The Independent track honors the best videos from independent filmmakers. All category winners will receive a commemorative trophy and a winner’s digital badge. All nominees will receive the nominee’s digital badge. The Nomad and Audience Award winners will receive the above and a cash prize.

Categories:

  • Best Wanderlust – Videos that inspire the viewer to engage with destinations and experiences highlighted in the video.
  • Best Documentary – Videos that document a travel-related subject, phenomena, culture, event, or issue.
  • Best Travel Series – A collection of serialized videos that shares a story, journey, or adventure.
  • Best Hosted Video – Videos that feature a host or hosts as the driving force for the story.

Industry Track

The Industry track honors the best videos from travel industry brands, lifestyle brands, and media companies. All category winners will receive a commemorative trophy and a winner’s digital badge. All nominees will receive the nominee’s digital badge. The Audience Award winner will also receive the above.

Categories:

  • Best Video by a Cruise or Airline – Videos created by the airline or cruise industry that highlight the spirit of exploration.
  • Best Video by a Hospitality Brand – Videos created by a hotel brand or home-sharing brand that highlight the spirit of exploration.
  • Best Video by a Tourism Organization – Videos created by tourism organizations that highlight the spirit of exploration.
  • Best Video by a Media Company – Videos created by media publishers & distributors that highlight the spirit of exploration.
  • Best Video by a Lifestyle Brand – Videos created by lifestyle brands that highlight the spirit of exploration.
  • Best Travel Video Advertisement Videos up to :60 seconds in length created by a brand or agency distributed as an advertisement on TV and/or digital.
Categories & Prizes

Independent Track

The Independent track honors the best videos from independent filmmakers.

The Nomad Award
$2,000

The Nomad Award will be given to an Independent track nominee whose submission exemplifies the highest excellence in travel filmmaking. All Independent track nominees are eligible for The Nomad Award.

Audience Award
$1,000

The Independent Audience Award will be given to the creator of the video that tallies the highest number of votes from the Independent track. All Independent track nominees are eligible for the Audience Award.

Best Video By
Category

The Independent track honors the best videos from independent filmmakers. All category winners will receive a commemorative trophy and a winner’s digital badge. All nominees will receive the nominee’s digital badge.

Categories

  • Best Wanderlust Video
  • Best Hosted Video
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Travel Series

Categories & Prizes FAQ

Industry Track

The Industry track honors the best travel videos from the travel industry, media companies, production companies, creative or media agencies, and lifestyle brands.

Audience Award

The Industry Audience Award is given to the creator of the video that tallies the highest number of votes from the industry track. All Industry track nominees are eligible for the Audience Award.

Best Video By Category

The Industry track honors the best videos from travel industry brands, agencies, and others. All category winners will receive a commemorative trophy and a winner’s digital badge. All nominees will receive the nominee’s digital badge.

Categories:

  • Best Video by a Cruise or Airline
  • Best Video by a Hospitality Brand
  • Best Video by a Tourism Organization
  • Best Video by a Media Company
  • Best Video by a Lifestyle Brand
  • Best Travel Video Advertisement

Categories & Prizes FAQ

How to Enter

Submission Process

Step 1

Verify Eligibility

Independent track or Industry track? Be sure to check our guidelines and read the terms and conditions before applying.

Step 2

Complete The Form

Be sure to correctly fill out all of the information in the submission form before submitting.

Step 3

Submit Before The Deadline

Final deadline to apply is January 13, 2019 at 11:59pm PST. Nominees will be officially announced on February 11, 2019. 

KEY SUBMISSION POINTS
  • Must be 18 years or older to apply
  • Entrant must be video owner, authorized company representative, or agent
  • Video must have been aired or digitally published in 2018
  • Video entries must be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or DailyMotion, and link to video must be submitted
  • Video must be in English or have English subtitles
  • Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law

Questions? See the submission guidelines

SUBMIT VIDEOS NOW

Use the form below to submit. Submissions will process one (1) video per entry. Videos submitted to the Independent Track may be submitted for multiple categories. Videos submitted to the Industry track may be submitted to the one respective industry category, and separately travel video advertisements should be submitted to the Best Travel Video Advertisement category. Be sure to read the FAQs, conditions for eligibility, and official rules for more details.

Submission Form

First Name*

Last Name*

Company/Organization (only required for Industry Track*)

Address*

City*

State*

Zip Code*

Country*

E-mail Address*

Phone Number* (Non-US: please include country code)

YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion Video URL*

Video Title

Who was the producer on this film?

Who was the director on this film?

What was the brand featured in this film? (Industry only)

What was the agency on this film? (Industry only)

Award Track

Independent TrackIndustry Track

Independent Categories

WanderlustDocumentaryTravel SeriesHosted Video

Industry Categories

Cruise or AirlineHospitalityTourism OrganizationMedia CompanyLifestyle BrandTravel Video Advertisement

By clicking this box, I hereby agree to the terms & conditions of the Travel Video Awards (TVAs).

Thank you for your submission.

As a TVAs participant, you have free access to the NAB Shows in NY + Las Vegas.
You will be receiving final registration information in a separate email.

Rules & Eligibility
  • The competition is open to any creator/filmmaker, company, or organization in the travel industry, any media/publishing brand, as well as any non-travel industry/lifestyle brand that has created a travel-related program embodying the goals and spirit of the TVAs.
  • All submitted videos must have been aired or digitally published between January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
  • Only video owners and authorized representatives or agents of the content are able to submit videos for consideration.
  • Only independent creators and filmmakers who own and have financed their own content will be considered for the Independent track. Sponsored content is ineligible for the Independent track.
  • Sponsored content from creators, and company-owned content are only eligible for Industry track categories.
  • All video submissions must be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or Dailymotion to be eligible.
  • All video submissions must be in English or have English subtitles.
  • Independent track entrants may submit a single video in up to four (4) different categories.
  • Industry track entrants may submit a single video in one (1) category best associated with an entrant’s industry, and a single travel video advertisement of a duration no longer than :60 seconds to the Best Travel Video Advertisement category.

Be sure to read the full terms and conditions.

FAQ

Competition

  • What qualifies as a travel video?
    A travel video is a short film that defines a destination, highlights single or multiple locations, shows off local culture and inspires the viewer to travel.
  • But my doc is about turtle racing in Argentina, does that count?
    Videos just about turtle racing wouldn’t count. But if it uses a story about turtles as a lens to view the community and location tied to that sport and in a way that inspires travel, that counts. We can also reassign nominees if the video would be better suited for another category. Please remember that Independent Track videos can be submitted across multiple Independent categories where appropriate.
  • So what category do I submit under?
    If you aren’t sure, contact us at thetravelvideoawards@citizine.tv. One of our staff members will help you.
  • I’m an indie filmmaker.  My film received donations from brands to support our travel, can I still submit as an independent film?
    Mostly no. Our purpose is to support those filmmakers who self-financed their own films for the love of travel and story. Films supported by brands should be submitted under the Industry track under the appropriate brand group. Films with multiple sponsors can be submitted across multiple brand categories. It’s a great way to show your sponsors some love and potentially receive recognition for everyone involved. So if your film is based primarily on a donation you received from a brand, then that film is considered branded, i.e. a travel experience, hotel review, destination review, a tour or a vehicle that is showcased throughout your road trip and is your primary means of travel on the trip. Hence, any donation from a brand or combination of brands with a value in excess of $400 dollars, will categorize it as a branded film. Hey, they believed in your vision, too!
  • We’re a travel brand, can we submit across multiple categories?
    No.  As a brand you can submit a maximum one video to your respective industry category only.  However, you can separately submit a travel advertisement to the Best Travel Video Advertisement.  (see following questions for details) Brand videos, regardless of their format, should be submitted in the category for your brand.  For example, if you are a magazine, submit the video under “Media Company.” If you are a B&B, home sharing brand, cruise line, hotel, etc., submit your video under “Hospitality.”  If you are a restaurant, apparel company, auto brand, spirits brand, sportswear or travel gear company, etc., submit under “Lifestyle Brand,” and so forth. Do not submit Travel Video Advertisements to the Branded Video categories.
  • What qualifies a Travel Video Advertisement?
    The Travel Video Advertisement category is industry agnostic.  Only travel video advertisements up to :60 seconds in length that have appeared on TV or digital platforms during 2018 may be submitted. In the rare case that you have an advertisement, and not a branded video, that’s longer than :60 seconds, please contact thetravelvideoawards@citizine.tv
    with a link to the advertisement, in order to be considered in this category.
  • What’s the difference between a branded travel video and an advertisement?
    Branded travel video formats include influencer supported videos, sponsored videos of various storytelling formats intended to raise brand awareness (i.e. documentaries, profile pieces, narrative fiction stories, etc.), and any other video type available for public consumption intended to inspire exploration and interaction with your brand that’s not an advertisement.
    The TVAs qualify Travel Video Advertisements as short paid videos with a total runtime of :60 seconds or less presented with the intention to engage the audience in the use or purchase of a product from your brand.
  • If I am nominated for a category, can I announce the nomination to my audience?
    Yes. Nominees are encouraged to announce their nomination, as each nominee will have the opportunity to win the Audience Award via the audience voting process. 
  • How will my video(s) be evaluated?
    Videos will be evaluated based on the category criteria by Citizine’s panel of jurors.
  • I submitted a video for consideration, but would like to withdraw from the competition. How can I do this?
    Send an email to thetravelvideoawards@citizine.tv with your name, video URL, and reason why you would like to withdraw.
  • Where can I see the complete details about the competition?
    You can find the official rules here.

Awards

  • Who is eligible to vote for the Audience Awards?
    Individuals who register to vote for the Audience Awards can vote once per video.
  • When is the voting period for the Audience Awards?
    The voting period for the Audience Awards (Independent & Industry) will begin on February 11, 2019, and will close on March 15, 2019. Voter eligibility is open to all.
  • How many films will be selected as winners?
    There is one winner per category. Each nominee will be eligible for an Audience Award (respective of the nominee’s track), and each Independent track nominee will be eligible for the Nomad Award.
  • What are the prizes for the winning films?
    Go to the Prizes section to see all of the prizes.
  • When will I be notified if my film is selected for a nomination?
    Nominees will be notified in early March of their nominations
  • If I am nominated for a category, where will my film be shown?
    Nominees videos will be displayed on the TVAs website, and during the awards ceremony in Las Vegas on April 9. See official terms and conditions for further details.
  • When is the award show?
    The award show will be on April 9, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at a private location.

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