The Golden Drum Competition is the official competition of the festival. The Competition and Awards are open to all agencies, advertisers, clients, design or production houses, media companies and others involved in the creation or production of marketing communications, registered in the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The Golden Drum competition is divided into two main sections WHAT and WHY. Each section is subdivided into groups and categories that reflect the latest trends in the advertising and creative industry. Both sections are judged by International Juries, featuring top industry professionals.


The key question that the jury will be asking is WHAT is outstanding about communication solution in the chosen form and WHAT is the added value of its’ execution.

In the world of countless messages reaching us through various new media in always new forms, it is more important than ever for traditional media solutions to be great in order to be seen and recognized. The most important question is ‘What?’ Is it a brilliant, never seen before idea? Is it an insightful new angle on a difficult subject? Is it a ground-braking execution and production value? Your entries will be judged following the criteria of the best solution and its most efficient implementation.

The WHAT section primarily focuses on individual works that are moving frontiers in the traditional groups Film, Print, Out of Home, Audio, Digital & Mobile, Design, Innovation and Craft.


The key question that the jury will be asking is a reason WHY does this work exist?

In today’s world where we are facing thousands of different messages, having access to so many products and services, we as a consumers ask ourselves why one would choose one product or service over others. The most important question is Why. Is there a unique reason for product or service invention or introduction, a really brilliant insight, relevant meaning or purpose, the most important driver which helped creative teams to think of a brilliant piece of communication?

The jury will observe the communication as a whole from that perspective so even beautifully crafted communication but without a brilliant answer to Why, won’t count in this category.

The section questions the end goal of any intervention in the communication landscape by dividing them in the groups Integrated, Activation, Brand Building, Functional Efficiency, Content, Engagement, Genius Loci / Local spirit and Social Good.