Submission Guideline 2021 Rules & Regulation

Award Ceremony

The 3rd Asia Contents Awards
Date: During Busan International Film Festival Event in October (TBA)


July 15th, 2021 23:59 (KST)


  • Completed Contents, produced and released in Asia
  • On-going or on-aired series between Jan 1st, 2020 and Jun. 30th, 2021
  • Programs have been aired or released between the dates of 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2021 in Asia
  • Aired on any TV channels or online, mobile & OTT platforms
  • The entering organization or individual holds copyright ownership

※ ACA committee is the final arbiter of all eligibility issues including any matters not explicitly addressed in the “Submission Guide 2021”

Submission Category

TV Series, OTT Original, Animation, Short-form/Web Drama

Awards Category

Open Competition Program Best Creative
Best Asian TV Series
Best OTT Original
Best Asian Animation
Best Short-form/Web Drama
Technical Achievement Award
Individual Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Writer
ACA Invitation Lifetime Achievement Award
ACA Excellence Award
ACA Jury’s Special Awards
Creative Beyond Border

Requirements for Submission

  • 1. Online Submission
  • 2. Video Materials:
    • Trailer or 2-3 min summary video of the program (Common)
    • Screener: The first episode and one or two more additional episode
    • All videos should be subtitled in English
    • File format: MP4, MOV
    • Resolution: 1,920x1,080 progressive
    • Video codec: H.264
    • Audio codec: AAC, Stereo
  • 3. Photo Materials: JPEG file with 300dpi
    • Official poster
    • Headshot of the talents (main actor and actress one for each)
      Headshot of the screenwriters, directors, and executive producer
  • 4. References
    • Synopsis in English (Mandatory)
    • Synopsis of episodes that are submitted (Mandatory)
    • Brochure or other materials to be noted

How to Submit

  • Complete and submit online submission form

    The selection of works may be revoked if the details stated in the submitted application are not true

  • Video Submission
    * Uploading Screener
    • After submitting online application form, a submission completion email will be sent to the entrant’s email. The link for uploading the files will be provided via that email
    • Trailer and screener files must be uploaded by 23:59 (KST) on the deadline date
    • The maximum file size is 4GB
    • All the videos should include English subtitles
  • 3. Further information
    • Contents under production may also be submitted if they correspond to eligibilities stated in the Rules and Regulation of ACA


No Entry fee is required

Judging Procedures & Announcement

  • Preliminary Session
    • for recommending Nominees of all categories
    • Screening & Judging: 11 domestic jury members
    • Nominations will be announced in Sep. (TBA)
  • Final Round:
    • Screening & Judging: 9 international jury members
    • Winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony in Oct. (TBA)

Usage of Entries

Submission to this event shall be deemed for applicants to agree on using all the submitted materials by ACA for the judging process and promotion activities. Accordingly, upon applicants’ agreement, the ACA reserves the rights to use all submitted materials as defined below:

  • Screening for preliminary and the final judging process
  • Live broadcast of ACA event through TV, Online, Mobile, and OTT platforms
  • Promotional usage by ACA through TV and digital platforms including but not limited to YouTube and other online and mobile services


  • Submitted materials will not be returned.
  • ACA committee may request additional materials for the judging process and awards ceremony. In particular, the nominees must faithfully support the additional requests.
  • If nominated for any award categories, the candidates should make every effort to attend the awards ceremony.