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DVD Critics Awards Guidelines



What are the qualifications?
To qualify as an entry, the title must be title released on disc in the 2009 calendar year. Titles must have been released on DVD, or concurrently on DVD or Blu-ray (on both formats within the year), but not exclusively on Blu-ray (except in the Blu-ray category).

Definitions of each category:

  • Best Theatrical Title: Films coming to home video directly after their theatrical runs (within the last two years).
  • Best Classic/Catalog Title: Films coming to disc two or more years after their theatrical bow, or re-released on disc.
  • Best DTV/Non-Theatrical Title: A title released direct to video or otherwise not released in theaters, including TV movies, but excluding TV series.
  • Best TV DVD: A DVD of a program or series whose first run was on television, generally a series or miniseries. TV Movies should be submitted in the non-theatrical category.
  • Best Animation Title: Disc contains an animated movie or program.
  • Best Kidvid Title: A disc designed for viewers 10 years old and younger, including educational videos.
  • Best Extras: Bonus material such as interviews, featurettes, deleted scenes, commentaries, are great, but something innovative or unique always helps.
  • Best Nonfiction Title: A disc of a documentary, music, sporting event, reality programming, game show, etc.
  • Best Collection or Multidisc Set: Three or more discs. Can be a collection of movies or a TV DVD package.
  • Best Packaging: The outside of the box.
  • Best Blu-ray Disc: A title released in the Blu-ray HD format.

For questions about the appropriate category for a title, please contact John Latchem at or 714/338-6755.

Submission Instructions
Please e-mail a list of the titles you want to submit an which categories to . When title eligibility is approved, you will be notified to send product and payment. Please do not submit product or payment until you receive this notification.

The entry fee is $150 per title per category.

Submissions will require 10 finished-product copies of each title per category. 1 category = 10 copies, 2 categories = 20 copies, 3 categories = 30 copies, etc.

For entries exclusively on Blu-ray, please also include at least one copy of the title on standard-DVD.