Eligibility Rules & Conditions

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Eligibility rules and conditions are applicable to all entries submitted in the competition.

General Conditions

  1. The Golden Drum competition is open to all agencies, advertisers, clients, design or production houses, media and other parties involved in the creation or production of marketing communications registered in the following countries: Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
  2. All entries must have been aired/published/implemented for the first time between 1 January 2017 and 13 August 2018 3 September 2018. Entries must not have been entered in the Golden Drum competition in previous years.
  3. Entry deadline: 13 August 2018 3 September 2018. Entries cannot be cancelled or withdrawn from the festival for any reason after 10 September 2018.
  4. Entries cannot be submitted without the prior consent of the advertiser/owner of the copyrights of the advertisement.
  5. The quality of entries submitted and ownership of entry copyrights are the sole responsibility of each entrant. Entrants release the Festival organizer of any responsibilities to any and all third parties.


Competition Eligibility

  1. Each advertisement, event or campaign constitutes one entry. An individual entry may only be registered once in the same group, EXCEPT in groups F. Reach and H. Craft where you can enter the same entry into multiple categories within them.
  2. If the same entry is submitted into two or more groups, the relevance of individual submission and the clarity of its presentation regarding the selected group are the sole responsibility of each entrant.
  3. If there are several agencies associated with the same entry, the latter is considered a joint entry. If the entry is submitted as such, the associated agencies shall be allotted points proportionately (i.e. if a work with two agencies receives 10 points, each agency shall receive half or 5 points).
  4. If an entry has been created with a contribution from other companies or agencies and this contribution is deemed smaller, these other companies or agencies may be registered in countries other than those listed in Point 1 of the Eligibility Rules & Conditions. Other companies or agencies may be credited for their contribution on the entry submission form under “additional company credits”. No points shall be collected by these additional company credits for overall Festival’s awards.
  5. Ads forming a series shall be entered and paid for separately (for a single entry), and each single entry judged separately. If you want a series to be judged as such (as one entry) and shown consecutively, you must tick the appropriate box in the entry form. A minimum of two advertisements in the same category are needed to form a series. A series or a single entry may receive an award.
  6. All entries must be submitted exactly as they were aired/published/implemented, and must not be modified for entry. If an entry is not in English language, it must be translated/subtitled. The translation must be faithful to the original version.
  7. It is the entrant’s responsibility to check and enter all the correct credits for an entry. All credits in all Golden Drum publications will appear as stated in the entry. The Festival organizer reserves the right to correct obviously misplaced credits, spelling mistakes or inappropriate use of language, if necessary. Failure to enter the correct details, however, is the sole responsibility of the entrant.
  8. All data regarding the authors of an individual entry shall be stated in the catalogue on the website goldendrum.com. The Festival’s organizer reserves the right to limit the number of authors to between 6 and 8, and to omit suffixes such as GmbH, Inc. and SA in the entrant’s name for other announcements of competition results.
  9. The agency name from the entry form shall be the name under which all their entries are listed and will appear on certificates and trophies if the entry is shortlisted or awarded. Please do not include suffixes e.g. GmbH, Inc., SA etc. Please also note that the agency name, agency network name, brand name and campaign name from the entry form shall be taken into account in the calculation of awards presented on the basis of the Festival’s points system.
  10. The Festival organizer reserves the right to change the groups and categories selected by the entrants if they deem that the group or category chosen by the entrant is incorrect, and may move the entry into a more suitable group or category. Changes to groups and categories are only made inside an individual section.
  11. All entries must have been created within the context of a normal paying contract with a client, except in the “Social Good” group. The client must have paid for all the media costs or at least their majority.
  12. Any entry that has been deemed in breach of any of the voluntary or regulatory codes of practice valid in the country of its origin by the relevant self-regulatory or regulatory body until the final date of judging shall be considered ineligible. It is the entrant’s responsibility to withdraw an entry if a breach arises prior to judging and voting as well as the Golden Drum awards ceremony.
  13. The Festival organizer may refuse entries that offend national or religious sentiments or public taste.


Judging & Awards

  1. All registered entries shall be reviewed and judged by one of two international Juries, comprised especially for the What and the Why section. The Juries may present a Grand Prix award in each of the 15 groups of entries (except Social Good group), but they reserve the right to withhold one Grand Prix in each of the two sections. In the exceptional case of a major deviation in the quality of entries judged in more than one group, and with the consent of the Competition Director of the Golden Drum Festival, each Jury reserves the right to withhold the Grand Prix award in two groups from each section. The juries may also present Golden Drum and Silver Drum awards to the best entries in a category, but are not obliged to do so.
  2. The best of What will be chosen by the What jury among Grand Prix winners in Section What and The best of Why will be chosen by the Why jury among Grand Prix winners in Section Why. Those two awards have to be awarded.
  3. Entries submitted to the Social Good group, or deemed by their content to be social and charity-related entries, may not receive the Grand Prix award. However, all social and charity-related entries grouped in the Social Good group will be judged by the Why jury and the winner will receive The best of Good The recipient of this award receives 18 points. The Juries reserve the right to withhold this award. The rule does not apply to Social commercial advertising (socially responsible promotion of products, services and brands) which is eligible for Grand Prix.
  4. Entries included on the shortlist and Silver Drum, Golden Drum and Grand Prix award recipients shall receive points as follows:
Finalist1 point
Silver Drum5 points
Golden Drum9 points
Grand Prix15 points
The Best of Good18 points
The Best of What, The Best of Why20 points

Only the points for the highest-ranking award shall be taken into account.

The agency name shall be taken into account in the calculation of awards presented on the basis of the Festival’s points system.

  1. The following awards shall be presented on the basis of the aforementioned points system: the Golden Rose for the agency that collects the most points; the Golden Net for the most successful advertising network on the basis of the points of all agencies that comprise the network in question; the Golden Dragon Award for the most successful independent advertising agency that collects the most points; the Brand Grand Prix for the advertised brand that collects the most points; and the Golden Watch awarded to the Creative Director of the Campaign of the Year that collects the most points for the campaign and the individual entries of the same campaign in all categories..
  2. Special Golden Drum Adriatic, Silver Drum Adriatic and Bronze Drum Adriatic awards shall be presented on the basis of the Festival’s points system for the most successful entries from the following Adriatic Region countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. On the basis of the collected points from both the What section and the Why section, ten finalists and the three aforementioned awards shall be presented. The Festival reserves the right to present three awards only and not to explicate the collected points.
  3. Festival winners have the right to use received awards for promotional purposes, with a proper description of the Festival or the award.


Other Rules

  1. Any materials submitted as an entry in the competition become the property of the Festival organizer and will not be returned.
  2. The entrant authorises the Festival organizer to present the entries at the Festival (exhibitions and projections) and on the Festival website www.goldendrum.com in the catalogue of entries. The entrant also authorises the Festival organizer to screen or publish the entries without prior consent of the entrant and without charge for the purpose of promoting the Festival. The aforementioned authorisation is given for the duration of the copyright, and may be used worldwide for the sole purpose of promoting the Golden Drum Festival.
  3. The Festival reserves the right to request a full media schedule from each entrant company to verify the authenticity of the ad(s) in the event that the entry is shortlisted or a winner.
  4. The Festival organizer may need to contact the client with relation to any entry at the request of the jury at any time during the voting process, should any questions about the implementation or presentation of the work arise. In such cases, wherever possible, the entrant will be advised before this is done.
  5. In the event of a complaint against any winning or shortlisted entry, the Festival organizer reserves the right to request detailed documentation from all parties concerned, including the complainant, the entrants and the client.
  6. The Festival organizer shall not hesitate to withdraw an award in case a complaint is upheld.
  7. A registered entry will not be considered complete until it has been paid for and the corresponding material arrives at the Festival office or is uploaded through Golden Drum on-line registration system. The Golden Drum does not accept responsibility for late entries.
  8. Entry conditions must be strictly observed by all entrants. The completion and signature of the entry form implies the entrant’s full acceptance of the Festival rules. Non-compliance with any of the competition rules results in an entry’s automatic disqualification.
  9. Any decision made by the Festival organizers in any matter relating to the Golden Drum Festival is considered final and binding.

See also Judging rules & Regulations.