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Entries Open For BASE Awards 2020

The British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) has today announced that entries to the BASE Awards 2020 are now open, with a refreshed list of awards categories reflective of the ever-evolving nature of the BASE membership and wider home entertainment category.

Marking the Awards’ 40th year and taking the stage at Camden’s iconic Roundhouse for the first time, the BASE Awards anniversary event will see esteemed colleagues from across the industry join together on the 4th June to celebrate the best and brightest across distribution, retail, creative and media over the past year.

Ensuring the BASE Awards remain fresh and relevant, some of last year’s categories have been refreshed to better reflect the eligible content, and encourage a broad range of submissions. Key changes include; renaming Supplier of the Year to External Team of the Year, to promote the integral part that external agencies and suppliers play in home entertainment campaigns, and reframing Campaign of the Year for Non-Theatrical to Campaign of the Year for Non-Traditional Release, widening the category to not only include Direct-to-Video titles, but also any feature released outside of a traditional theatrical window, including day and date, short windows or straight to subscription.

2020 also sees the introduction of two brand new Awards categories, allowing fuller acknowledgement of the industry’s work across original TV releases and the talent that makes it all possible.

Reflecting the huge range of original TV content currently seen in the category, the Campaign of the Year for Original Series award will shine a spotlight on TV shows in their first season. Additionally, we are excited to add an important new category; members are now able to nominate a Category Hero, recognising standout colleagues who have gone above and beyond in championing the category in their own way, whether from a retailer or platform, in-house distribution or at an agency or supplier.

Committed to driving a bold and authentic vision for environmental best practice in the home entertainment category, the 40th BASE Awards will be more sustainable than ever before, with a reduction of printed materials, a commitment to minimising waste, and, most significantly, a new online paperless entry submission process.

Entry forms are now available to download from here along with full updated guidelines on the new online entry process and parameters for each category. Submission templates have been streamlined to ensure the process for entering and judging is more straightforward. The judging criteria has also been clarified following feedback and consultation with members. Intention to enter forms must be submitted to BASE by close of play on Friday, 14th February and the deadline for the full submission is close of play on Friday, 28th February.

Entry fee per submission is charged at £145+VAT for member companies and £175+VAT for non-member companies, apart from the Category Hero award, for which there is no charge to submit your nomination.

Liz Bales, Chief Executive, British Association for Screen Entertainment, said“As the highlight of the industry calendar for the past 39 years, the BASE team and I are excited to invite you to submit your entries to the 2020 BASE Awards, and join us in celebrating the year’s achievements at our 40th Anniversary festivities. The exceptional work produced by our brilliant industry is thanks to the passion and dedication of the individuals who work within it, as well as the consistently stellar content, both of which we are excited to celebrate with our new awards categories. We hope you are all poised to send in your entries – we can’t wait to celebrate with you in style on the 4th of June.”