NMM Best in Show Award

Submissions for Best in Show 2017 are now closed. Thanks to all who submitted!

After a brief hiatus in 2016, the National Media Market is excited to reintroduce its Best in Show award at this year’s conference in Portland. All exhibitors participating in the 39th National Media Market & Conference in 2017 are eligible to submit one (1) film from their 2016/2017 release collection to compete for this prestigious award.

NMM's Best in Show provides special recognition for the winner and a group of up to five finalists through

  • an awards ceremony
  • full-length gala screening at the market for the winner
  • NMM newsletter and website promotional campaigns before, during and after the market
  • press release issued to industry media
  • a social media campaign conducted by NMM's marketing team
  • an ad in Video Librarian Magazine

How Competition is Conducted

Up to five (5) finalists and one winner will be selected from all submissions by a jury of librarians appointed by the NMM Board of Directors. ( Meet the jury members and see the judging criteria.) All genres and subjects are eligible.

Participating exhibitors are required to complete the online entry form on this page, and to provide online access to their film for viewing by jurors only, no later than July 1, 2017 to allow sufficient time for jurors to fully screen and evaluate all submissions. 

Up to five (5) Best in Show finalists will be announced to all participating exhibitors by September 30. Then, to allow for onsite promotion at the conference and through various media, exhibitors whose films are selected as finalists will be required to provide by October 15th:

  • a screening trailer of no more than three (3) minutes in duration 
  • high-resolution promotional JPEG images, including a poster if available
  • a digital file of the finalist film 

The Best in Show winner will be announced at a ceremony on the last full day of the conference, followed by a full-length gala screening at a venue to be announced.

NOTE:  NMM is waiving all fees associated with participation in 2017's Best in Show competition as we work on making this award meaningful AND valuable to exhibitors.  Once we get the formula right, NMM anticipates charging reasonable fees for participation in future Best in Show competitions to offset the costs associated with the award process as well as the ensuing promotional consideration.