American Advertising Awards Entry Information

2021 American Advertising Awards Entry Information

Entries Open NOW

No physical entries needed. That's right. No bags, no printouts, no stickers. Enter the show online and you're done. You're welcome.

2020-2021 professional rules & categories

2020-2021 student rules & categories

Early Entry Fees (by 11:59 pm December 18th)
Professional Member: $55.00
Professional Nonmember: $75.00
Student Member: $25.00
Student Nonmember: $35.00

Final Entry Fees (after 11:59 pm December 18th and by 11:59 pm January 11th):
Professional Member: $70.00
Professional Nonmember: $90.00
Student Member: $30.00
Student Nonmember: $40.00

File Requirements:

  • Accepted file formats: .JPG, .PDF, .3GP, AAC, .MOV*, .WAV, .MP3, AVI, FLV, MP4 and MPEG-2.
  • Maximum file size: 1gb

*.MOV files using proprietary codecs such as Apple Pro-Res, RED, ARRI or Avid will not be transcoded and therefore are not accepted. 

NEW! Local category:

In honor of the late Kansas City location manager and producer, Rick Cowan, KC Film Office is proud to sponsor a new category for a locally-filmed commercial. The “Cowan Award for Best Local Commercial” will be judged on how well it features Kansas City in locations and/or story. The commercial can be produced by any production company whether local or outside of Kansas City, but must have been filmed in the Kansas City/Greater Kansas City area. Please make sure the locations manager and producer(s) are named in the list of notable crew on the project in the submission.

Local rules

  1. Do NOT mount any American Advertising Awards entries.

  2. All entries should be submitted in clear Uline S-1668 bags (13x18) provided by AAF-KC. Contact us [email protected] to schedule a drop off or pick up of bags.

  3. Please submit each entry in its own clear envelope. Campaign entries should be placed together into one clear envelope, if possible.

  4. Adhere an entry label with tape to the top right-hand corner of the back of each piece or entry. If there are multiple pieces in the entry, please write on the entry label, “1 of 4,” “2 of 4,” etc.

  5. Please include two entry form printouts in each envelope.

  6. All interactive entries will need to have a 0:30 showcase .mov file of the website, mobile or online presence uploaded to the website along with the original length entry.

  7. Agencies/companies submitting more than 10 entries must provide a knowledgeable employee to assist with checking in your company’s entries at the entry drop off.

  8. All entries that are accepted into the awards show, meaning they won Gold, Silver or a Judge’s Citation, will be assessed a gallery fee ($30/entry for members, $40/entry for non members). Students do not have gallery fees.

    • Winning entries will be displayed on a virtual platform available during and after the show.