How To Enter

Rules & Procedures

To reach nomination level at the first round, your work will be viewed and voted upon by past nominees and winners for each particular category and craft. This first round of voting decides the nominees for all given categories and crafts. After nominee announcement, the works participate in a second round of voting joined by judges in West Michigan, Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia. These judges in other cities are industry professionals invited by the Eclipse Board of Governors to join industry professionals in West Michigan who are past nominees and winners and together decide by the tally of votes which work receives an Eclipse Award.


Please note that entry is not a guarantee of a nomination or a win.

In Categories, the nomination and final award will be based on the overall excellence of the work submitted, not merely the technical excellence, but also the treatment of the content. In Categories, only the Producer(s) receive the nomination and award.

In the crafts, the nomination and final award is based on the technical excellence achieved in the craft. For the Crafts, (Writing, Sound, Cinematography, Acting, etc.) the Artist receives the nomination and award.


After Nominations, voting then proceeds onto the second round. It is in this second round that the nominees in each category are selected for the final award. The results of the tabulation of votes are kept secret until the night of the awards ceremony.

There is no student category or craft consideration. Higher learning students are encouraged to compete, however.

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Important Dates

NOV 21st, 2016

- Call for Entries Window Opens

MAR 27th, 2017 5pm

- Entry Window Closes
- 1st Round of Voting Begins


APR 17th, 2017

- Nominees Announced via Comcast Cable 24 & Live Stream via website
- 2nd Round of voting begins

Nominee Announcement


MAY 1st, 2017

- 2nd Round of Voting Ends
- Totals kept secret until formal awards ceremony

MAY 15th, 2017

- The Eclipse Lounge Nominees Gathering

MAY 18th, 2017 6:30 pm

- The 6th Annual Eclipse Awards
- Afterglow immediately following

The Crafts

For the Crafts, the Artist receives the nomination and award.

Directing Award


Writing Award

in produced content

Cinematography and Videography Award

and Videography

Editing Award


Visual Effects Award

Visual Effects
Both CGI and Makeup

Original Scoring Award

Original Scoring
Applies to original music written for narrative or documentary storytelling.

Animation Award


Sound Design Award

Sound Design

Acting Award

in Lead Role

Acting Award

in Supporting Role

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Primary Categories

For the Primary Categories, the Producer receives the nomination and award.

Film & Digital Film & Digital Award Film & Digital Award Film & Digital Award Film & Digital Award Film & Digital Award

a.) Narrative Feature length (50+ minutes)
b.) Narrative Short
c.) Cinema Trailer
d.) Documentary (less than 20 minutes)
d.) Documentary (feature length)

Television (Broadcast & Cable) Television Award Television Award Television Award

a.) Local TV & Cable (one hour time slot)
b.) Local TV & Cable (30 minute time slot)
c.) Local & Regional Segments & Promotional Pieces (under 20 minutes)*

*Please note, Promotional Pieces no longer includes any branded content promoting products or services, except in the case of non-profits.

Music Video Original Performance Music Video Award

Original Performances only. For Original Score, see Craft categories.

On-line Online Award

On-line programs, Segments or Promotional Pieces

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