What's New

New Categories

  • Virtual Reality — We’ve introduced categories for scripted and unscripted Virtual Reality/360 productions. Reviewers and jurors will use VR headsets to experience each production in its intended setting.
  • Interview — A new category for live or pre-taped interviews.

See a complete list of categories

Full Transparency

We’re proud to provide all entrants with the feedback from their review panels — and now, each reviewer’s feedback will be accompanied by a brief background on their professional experience, including their expertise and longevity within the industry.

We’re committed to transparency in our selection process, ensuring that every entrant knows who’s evaluating their work and how our Golden Eagle Awards are selected.

Read more about our judging process

ELIGIBILITY

The CINE Golden Eagle Awards for Professional Media consider films, series, specials, segments, campaigns and ads across every distribution platform.

To be eligible for the CINE Golden Eagle Awards, a production must meet the following criteria:

  1. Work was created or originally distributed between January 1, 2016 and December 30, 2016.
  2. Work was distributed commercially in the United States via theatrical, broadcast/cable, digital, or institutional use.
  3. Any series of three or more episodes (excluding ad campaigns) must be submitted into the appropriate series/mini-series category. Advertising campaigns should be submitted into the appropriate advertising/marketing category.
  4. Work was produced or commissioned:
    By a professional entity (production company, client or distributor)
    OR
    Independently by a director or production team that has secured commercial distribution (theatrical, broadcast, or digital) for the work.

 

Deadlines

Submissions Open:
September 15, 2016
Early Deadline:
October 28, 2016
Regular Deadline:
December 16, 2016
Final Deadline:
January 20, 2017
Recipients and Finalists Announced:
April 27, 2017

Fees

 
Enter by
October 28, 2016
Enter by
January 20, 2017
Series/Mini-Series — Episodes of 30:01 minutes or longer
Narrative, Nonfiction, Variety/Talk
$350 by October 28, 2016
$450 by January 20, 2017
Series/Mini-Series — Episodes of 15:01 to 30:00 minutes
Narrative, Nonfiction, Variety/Talk
$300 by October 28, 2016
$400 by January 20, 2017
Series/Mini-Series — Episodes of 15:00 minutes or less
Narrative, Nonfiction, Variety/Talk
$250 by October 28, 2016
$350 by January 20, 2017
Series/Mini-Series — Animation/Children's Programming (any length)
Children's Programming, Animated Content
$300 by October 28, 2016
$400 by January 20, 2017
Feature — Single Film/Program of 40:01 minutes or longer
Narrative, Nonfiction, Children’s Programming, Animated Content
$250 by October 28, 2016
$350 by January 20, 2017
Short — Single Film/Program 40:00 minutes or less
Narrative, Nonfiction, Children’s Programming, Animated Content
$150 by October 28, 2016
$200 by January 20, 2017
News Program or Interview (any length)
Nonfiction, Variety/Talk
$150 by October 28, 2016
$200 by January 20, 2017
Special or Live Event (any length)
Variety/Talk
$250 by October 28, 2016
$350 by January 20, 2017
Advertising and Institutional (any length)
Complementary Productions, PSAs/Ads/Viral Marketing, Education/Training
$125 by October 28, 2016
$175 by January 20, 2017
Virtual Reality (any length)
Narrative, Animation and Nonfiction
$125 by October 28, 2016
$175 by January 20, 2017

Categories

Please select the genre and category that best represents your production, noting the following:

A SERIES or MINI-SERIES is defined as a production of three (3) or more episodes. When submitting, please select 2-3 episodes for submission to represent the series. News segments should be combined into a single entry for News Program or Continuing Coverage.

A FEATURE is defined as any film or single program of 40:01 minutes or longer.

A SHORT is defined as any film or single program of  40:00 minutes or less.

Running times exclude commercial breaks and “bumpers.”

SCRIPTED CONTENT

Scripted live action comedy/drama short films, feature films or series

  • Series/Mini-Series — Episodes of 30:01 Minutes or Longer
  • Series/Mini-Series — Episodes of 15:01 to 30:00 Minutes
  • Series/Mini-Series — Episodes of 15:00 Minutes or Less
  • Feature — Live Action
  • Short — Live Action
NonFiction Content

Short and feature-length documentary films and series, news segments or programs, and verite reality series or specials

  • Series/Mini-Series — Episodes of 30:01 Minutes or Longer
  • Series/Mini-Series — Episodes of 15:01 to 30:00 Minutes
  • Series/Mini-Series — Episodes of 15:00 Minutes or Less
  • Feature — Current Affairs or Investigations
  • Feature — Environment and Science
  • Feature — Historical Events and Biographies
  • Short — Documentary
  • News Program or Continuing Coverage (any length)
Animated Content

Animated short films, feature films or series

  • Series/Mini-Series (any length)
  • Feature
  • Short
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING

Live action, nonfiction, animated and educational short films, feature films and series for children

  • Series/Mini-Series (any length)
  • Feature
  • Short
VARIETY, TALK SHOWS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Variety, sketch, reality competition or talk series or specials, or performance events such as concerts, awards ceremonies, filmed theatrical performances or sporting events

  • Series/Mini-Series — Episodes of 30:01 Minutes or Longer
  • Series/Mini-Series — Episodes of 15:01 to 30:00 Minutes
  • Series/Mini-Series — Episodes of 15:00 Minutes or Less
  • Special or Live Event (any length)
  • Interview (any length)
ADVERTISING, MARKETING AND INSTITUTIONAL PRODUCTIONS

Programming for use in marketing/promotion, training, fundraising or in conjunction with exhibits, events or to augment other media productions

  • Complementary Productions (any length)
    Museums or Exhibits; “Making Of” or Special Features; Upfronts, Meetings or Conferences
  • Public Service Announcements and Non-Profit Promotion (any length)
  • Advertising and Corporate Branding (any length)
  • Employee or Consumer Training and Education (any length)
  • Viral or Social Marketing (any length)
VIRTUAL REALITY

Media presented in a 3D virtual/360 environment for direct viewer interaction.

  • Scripted Content (any length)
    Scripted live action or animated content
  • Nonfiction Content (any length)
    Documentary or news content
  • Live Experience (any length)
    Music, sports or performance content

HOW WE SELECT

Our evaluation system is built on transparency and accountability. Every submission is judged by members of the media industry whose professional credentials are available to view —along with their feedback — at the conclusion of the process.

Reviewers score each production using designated criteria and select whether or not they recommend the production for a Golden Eagle Award, providing notes on the strengths of each production, its weaknesses, and why they made their recommendations.

Productions with top recommendations and the highest numerical scores in each category are submitted to the distinguished jury, who evaluate using the same criteria. Their scores and recommendations are used to identify a Golden Eagle Award recipient and up to 5 Finalists in the category, with jurors given ultimate discretion over the final selections and number of Finalists.

CINE is committed to complete transparency in our awards selection process. No reviewer or juror will evaluate material or select finalists and award recipients in any categories in which he or she, or his or her employer, has eligible content.

Apply to Review

If you’re interested in reviewing for the CINE Golden Eagle Awards, please apply here.

Distinguished Jurors

Our Distinguished Jury is an accomplished group of industry executives, academics and filmmakers who have produced and curated exceptional content recognized throughout the industry. We are grateful to them for sharing their time and expertise, and for their commitment to helping us honor great media.

The Distinguished Jury for the 60th CINE Golden Eagle Awards will be announced in November of 2016.

Review Criteria

What truly sets the CINE Golden Eagle Awards apart is our focus on originality and storytelling. What is the unique vision that your production offers? Do you present your story in an innovative way?

30%
Story

The entry presents its information or plot clearly and in an engaging way, with concise, original dialogue or narration.

30%
Originality

The entry shows creativity or innovation that makes it stand above similar productions in its genre.

10%
Purpose/Audience

The entry fulfills its stated or implied purpose, and the stated audience is clearly communicated to through story, script and technique.

20%
Production Technique

Production values— including cinematography, graphics, score, acting and sound design — serve the story.

10%
Pacing

The production is edited at a pace that engages the audience. The entry’s length is appropriate for the content or story.

PAST WINNERS

The CINE Golden Eagle Award isn’t just a trophy — it’s what comes with it.

For 60 years, CINE has proudly championed bold, innovative storytellers. When your project wins a CINE Golden Eagle Award, you join a historic network of award-winning media makers throughout the industry.

CINE honors and connects our distinguished alumni and annual Golden Eagle Award recipients and finalists at CINE Celebrates receptions, held each fall in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

We also create opportunities for media makers. CINE alumni are given discounts and access to CINE programs and partner events. Award winners will be invited to mentor emerging media makers through our upcoming CINE Connects program.

View the 59th CINE Golden Eagle Award recipients and Finalists