PRESS: Golden Drum Competition & Two-Year Eligibility Period


Press release
27th Golden Drum
22 January, 2021


Golden Drum Competition & Two-Year Eligibility Period

RE:newed Competition and Awards


New sections and groups

The year 2020 left a major mark on our lives. We've overcome many challenges and, as always, adapted to new ways of thinking and acting. Having been forced to cancel the festival in 2020, the Golden Drum team is now pressing a Re:Start button, and with the assistance of international experts making fundamental changes to its competition. Pursuing ever-greater clarity and relevance, the Golden Drum competition is introducing new sections, groups and awards; and a revamped awards point system.

Extensive changes were made to the core of the competition, with additional emphasis given to works showcasing digital, craft, and business excellence. The sections WHAT and WHY are being replaced with four brand new sections: Creative Business Excellence Drum, Craft Drum, One-Channel Drum, and Omni-Channel Drum. A special All Juries section featuring groups focused on local spirit, social good causes, and works created in response to the Covid pandemic will be judged somewhat differently now, and will not have its own jury. Works submitted in this section will be rated by all jury members instead, and awarded by the four juries' presidents.

Step into the Golden game.


Creative Business Excellence Drum (NEW)

The Creative Business Excellence section celebrates the creative business solutions that have made an impact on brands, projects, or customer experiences. This group is intended to show business excellence in a creative way, and to award the works that demonstrate exceptional solutions that have reshaped the business industry.
This section has the following groups:
1. Brand Building:
This group was previously part of the WHY section, with the following categories: Brand Introduction, Brand Reinvention, Brand Vitality. A new category, Brand Strategy and Experience (NEW), has been added this year to showcase strategic innovative solutions to specific brand problems and challenges.
2. Creative Effectiveness (NEW):
This group is new to the Golden Drum festival and measures the impact of creativity. Entries should demonstrate how their work drove tangible business results, and how integral it was for the achievement of a brand’s overall purpose. The jury will be judging works based on the creative idea, strategy, results, and impact criteria. Works presented in this group may have been active from the year 2017 to the present year, providing that the work has not been submitted to the Golden Drum Festival Competition previously. The categories in this group are: Single-country/region PROFIT, Single-country/region NON-PROFIT, Multi-country/region PROFIT, and Multi-country/region NON-PROFIT.
3. e/mCommerce, Community & Use of Experience (NEW):
This is a special new group inside the Creative Business Excellence Section, intended for entries that demonstrate the best use of e/mCommerce, community, and/or experience to reach improved business engagement with brand users. This group was previously part of the Digital & Mobile group in the section WHAT. The group has the following categories: eCommerce&mCommerce, Community Management, and Use of Experience (UX / UI).
4. Sustainable Business Solutions (NEW):
This is a new group introduced by the festival this year to support the development of Sustainable Solutions and Initiatives, and their positive impact on the planet. This group welcomes solutions created by brands and businesses that focus on the sustainability of the environment, of social groups, businesses, partners… Works can be presented in the following categories: Corporate sustainability (Data, Social, Environmental…), Product & Services, and Other.
5. Activation:
Entrants are familiar with this group from the previous WHY section, but this year new categories dividing activation across different platforms have been added: Technology-led Activation (NEW), Social Media Engagement (NEW), Mobile Activation (NEW), Website Activation (NEW) and Cross-Platform Activation (NEW).
6. Content:
Another former feature of the WHY section, with some changes to the festival categories to make them clearer and more specific: Targeted Storytelling & Experience (NEW), Cross-Platform Storytelling (NEW), Real-Time Action Content (NEW), and User Generated Content (NEW)
7. Innovation:
This group was previously part of the WHY section with no individual categories. This year, the group introduces the following categories: Communication and Media Innovation (NEW), Product or Service Innovation (NEW), and Use of Technology (NEW)

Craft Drum (NEW)

The CRAFT section recognizes creative excellence and brilliant execution in certain key segments of the advertising and communication production process. Awards in this group promote best practices that have helped raise the bar of the industry's craft standards. Craft was previously a part of the WHAT section. With a recorded growth of interest in Craft, the festival has elevated this subject and dedicated its own section with expanded groups and categories to the topic:
1. Industry Craft:
This group celebrates works showing exceptional practices in Brand Communication & Design, Outdoor Advertising, Print& Publishing, and Package Design. Works can be presented in the categories of Art Direction, Illustration, Photography, Typography, and Copywriting (NEW).
2. Motion Craft:
This group rewards best practices in the motion craft industry and is divided in the following categories: Direction, Casting (NEW), Cinematography, Production, Design/Art Direction (NEW), Original Music, Sound, Design & Adapted Music, Editing, Animation (NEW), and Special / Visual Effects (NEW).
3. Digital Craft:
This group identifies and presents exceptional design, execution and user experience created for all digital environments. Entries can be submitted in the following categories: Digital Illustration & Design (NEW), Motion Graphics Design & Animation (NEW), Music / Sound Design (NEW), Storytelling, Use of Technology, Use of Creative Data & AI (NEW), Use of Experience (UX / UI), and Use of AR / VR (NEW).
4. Innovation Craft (NEW):
This group is designed to discover groundbreaking forms and cutting edge ideas in terms of craft. This group has no sub-categories.

One-Channel Drum (NEW)

The ONE-CHANNEL section focuses on individual works that are using a single channel of communicating the message to the market. Entries in this section should demonstrate the creative use of one-channel communication, its benefits and efficiency. In relation to the Omni-Channel Drum, this section recognises individual works delivered through one communication channel exclusively.
This section has six groups, each with multiple categories: 
1. Film
2. Print
3. Out of home
4. Audio
5. Digital, Mobile & Technology
6. Design
The biggest change was made in the Digital, Mobile & Technology category, which has been further elaborated. The Social Good group was moved from each of these categories to its own group, where entries presenting socially beneficial actions can be submitted.

Omni-Channel Drum (NEW)

The Omni-Channel section recognizes campaigns that were presented through multiple communication channels. Entries should demonstrate the creative use of multiple channels, their integration, and the efficiency of implementation of the communication solutions. 
In relation to the One-Channel Drum, this section focuses on campaigns presented through multiple communication channels. The first three groups were previously part of the WHY section, and have now been expanded with more categories and three additional groups.
This section includes the following groups:
1. Integrated:
This group is intended for the registration of the most complex and comprehensive communication campaigns with the broadest range of means and venues of reaching the audience. In contrast with recent years, the group has been further divided into categories: Food & Drinks (NEW), Home & Electronics (NEW), Health, Beauty & Wellness (NEW), Sport & Fashion (NEW), Transport, Travel & Tourism (NEW), Media, Culture & Entertainment (NEW), Retail & Public Services (NEW), Business & Finance (NEW), Corporate Advertising (NEW), and Social Networking Solutions & Community Sites (NEW).
2. Content:
Includes campaigns or communication impulses that integrate naturally into existing original content for the promotion of products, services or brands. Entrants may choose from the following categories: Long Films (NEW), Short Films (NEW), Online & Mobile, Live Experience, Native Advertising, Brand Integration, Sponsorships & Co-Promotions, Games, Influencer Marketing, and PR (NEW).
3. Engagement:
This group is suitable for works that demonstrate how a campaign was driven by the creative use of data or technology to offer customers a better experience and achieve quantifiable business results. The group is further divided into categories: Direct, Creative use of Data, Public & Community Relations, Creative use of Media, and Real-time Engagement (NEW).
4. Digital, Mobile & Technology (NEW):
This is a new group that includes the creative application of digital technology to enrich a brand, product or service, and enhance the user experience. The group is divided into two categories: AR / VR / Voice-activation, Connected Devices, Data / Insight ; and Digital & Mobile Creativity.
5. Health & Wellness (NEW):
This is a new group intended for exceptionally engaging work promoting non-prescription health products and services, educating the public on self-diagnosis, or facilitating proactive personal care. Entrants may choose between the following categories: Consumer Products, Branded & Unbranded Health Awareness, Non-profit Health Awareness, Health Services, and Health & Wellness Tech.
6. Sports, Pop Culture & Art (NEW):
Sports, influencers, celebrities and arts are becoming more frequently used in advertising to promote brands, connect with fans and build communities. This group was added for judging the communicating and creative/original use of the aforementioned elements. The group has been divided into four categories: Sport, Influencers, Entertainment, and Art.


Additional Section: ALL JURIES (NEW)

This additional section was divided from the rest of the competition to focus on special themed groups showcasing local spirit, social good causes, and works created in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Due to these subjects' distinct nature, entries here will be shortlisted by all the juries and judged for awards by the four-jury presidents.
This section includes the following groups:
This group has already been part of the Golden Drum Festival competition and is designed to celebrate local works that present their distinctive local spirit. 
Another group previously part of the WHY section, comprising various executions of the social good initiative (such as film, radio, press, OOH, digital, mobile, direct) as well as events, social activations and integrated campaigns. As an independent group, it is divided into two categories: Non-profit Social Good, and Profit Social Good.
3. COVID-19 (NEW):
This group is specific to the 2021 Golden Drum festival edition, and is designed for entries that deal with the public information and participation activities surrounding the COVID-19 debate and build Covid-related public health awareness.

New Awards and award points


The Bronze Drum Award and Best of Covid-19 Award have been added to the list of awards. Find out more.


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