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2018 AICE Awards Announces New Categories

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17th annual post production awards competition, the first under the AICP banner, to honour excellence in a wide range of disciplines

2018 AICE Awards Announces New Categories

The Call for Entries for the 2018 AICE Awards for excellence in post production are now open. In addition, the awards competition will inaugurate three new categories, two of which are for music, with this year’s event. While this year marks the 17th annual AICE Awards, it’s the first to take place under the auspices of AICP, whose merger with AICE became official on January 1 of this year. 

The gala AICE Awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, at Unici Casa in Culver City, California. The deadline for entries is Monday, February 5, 2018. To be eligible, entries must have first appeared between February 6, 2017 and February 4, 2018. Full entry requirements and rules can be found at  

The 2018 awards will welcome entries for editorial excellence in 18 categories (see below for a full list), which recognise the contribution and skill of the editor. This includes product categories such as Automotive or Fashion/Beauty; technique categories such as Comedy, Performance, Montage or Storytelling; genre categories such as Music Video or Content Promotion; and media distribution categories such as Digital Content.  

The competition also includes craft categories for original music composition, audio mixing, sound design, colour grading, graphic design and visual effects, and recognises the best work emanating from the seven AICP Chapters around the country with its Best of Chapter awards, presented to the best work emanating from the respective chapters.  

Each presentation culminates with a Best of Show winner, which was presented in 2017 to Editor Daniel Sherwen of Final Cut for his edit of the Under Armour spot “It Comes from Below / Bryce Harper.”  

“The AICE Awards have always been the signature event for the post production community, and this year will be no different,” says Rachelle Madden, AICP VP for Post Production and Digital Production Affairs. “What’s new this year is that the post community is now part of AICP, which means many more companies will be able to participate in the competition. Our merger not only broadens the field for entrants and eligible work, but for possible jurors and Curatorial Committee members, too. We’re excited about the potential for a wider, more inclusive competition, one that recognises and honours the best work being done in post production today.”  

New this year will be an additional category in the Editorial segment for work appearing as part of a Social Media Campaign. This category joins others recognising work in National Campaigns, Regional Campaigns and Online Campaigns.  

Also new in the Editorial segment is a category for Integration of Licensed Music. Winners in this category will be determined by the skill of the editor in making a piece of licensed or pre-existing recorded music to work with the picture in achieving the entry’s communications goal.  

Joining the Craft segment of the show is a corresponding new category for Licensed Music. Entries will be judged on the use of an existing performance of a song, or a licensed composition, with winners determined by how the music supports the picture and concept. 

The full list of AICE Awards categories includes the following: 




Cause Marketing

Content Promotion and Trailers

Dialogue/Monologue/Spoken Word

Digital Content (90 Seconds or Under)

Digital Content (Over 90 Seconds)



Integration of Licensed Music


Music Video

National Campaign

Online Campaign

Regional Campaign

Social Media Campaign


Under $50,000


Audio Mix

Color Grading (90 Seconds and Under)

Color Grading (Music Video)

Color Grading (Over 90 Seconds)

Motion Design & Graphics

Original Music

Licensed Music

Visual Effects

Regional ‘Best of Chapter’ Winners

Best of East (Boston, NY)

Best of Midwest (Chicago, Detroit)

Best of Southeast (Atlanta)

Best of Southwest (Texas)

Best of West (L.A., San Francisco)

Best of Florida

Best of Minnesota (Minneapolis)  

The 2018 presentation will also honour a new inductee to the AICE Hall of Fame and recognise the winners of “The Lev,” the Grand Prizes in the associations’ 2017 International Camp Kuleshov trailer competition for assistants. Members of AICP’s West Chapter are hosting the 2018 event.  

To be eligible for the AICE Awards, entries must have been totally post-produced at AICP General Member companies.  

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AICP, Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:38:33 GMT