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Additional Notes

Additional Notes


Entries first appearing in public between January 1, 2022 - September 1, 2023 are eligible for entry into this year's Clio Cannabis Awards. Entries cannot be made without the permission of the client and/or owner of the rights of the work. All entries must have been created for a paying client except pro bono work for charities and non-profit organizations. Spec ads and director's cuts are NOT eligible. Clio retains the right to disqualify entries which offend national, religious, cultural or racial groups.

Judging Process

Each year, Clio appoints top creatives and marketers from around the world to serve on our distinct juries. Clio selects individuals whose own creative work epitomizes the best of their respective fields, ensuring that each juror has an in-depth understanding of the industry's evolving marketplace.

The Clio judging process is known for its diplomatic approach to recognizing creative excellence. All jurors have an equal say in decisions, and the majority vote rules. Judging criteria across all programs is creativity and originality.

Some of the questions jurors are asked to think about include:

  • Is this work creative? Original? Inspiring?
  • Is this work brave? Bold? Innovative?

Juries will review all of the entries submitted within their assigned medium types. They participate in preliminary rounds of judging individually followed by a final round of judging to determine the awards given to each piece - Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Shortlist.

During the judging process there is no minimum or maximum number of statues that need to be awarded. The jury reserves the right to award as many or as few entries as they see fit in a particular medium or category.

Refund Policy

Fees are non-refundable. Withdrawn entries (whether withdrawn by entrant or by the Clio Awards for entrant's failure to comply with the entry rules) will NOT be refunded.

Media Requirements

Below is an overview of the media requirements.

Please remove the following before uploading any media:

  • Agency Credits
  • Individual Credits
  • Agency Logos
  • Slates

Note: if the agency/individual credits were included in the media as it appeared publicly, entrants can submit the media as is without removing them.

Image Upload

NOTE: All medium types require an image to be uploaded to the entry in order to submit payment. The image will be used during judging as your entry thumbnail. Also, in the case that your entry is awarded a statue or shortlisted, the image will be used as a thumbnail on the Winner's Gallery on the Clio website.

Required Spec for Image Uploads:

  • Resolution:
    • 2400 x 3000 pixels (portrait minimum)
    • 3000 x 2400 pixels (landscape minimum)
  • File Type: .jpg
  • Color Mode: RGB
  • File Size: Up to 50 MB

If the work requires multiple images, each image must be uploaded as a separate image.

Video Upload

Required Spec for Video Uploads:

  • Resolution: 640 x 480 (minimum)
  • File Type: mp4
  • Compression: h264
  • Sound: AAC 44khz
  • File Size: Up to 500 MB

All bars, slates and black must be removed from videos. All entries must be submitted as a video upload. Clio will not accept CD's/DVD's.

PDF Upload

Required Spec for PDF Uploads:

  • File Size: Up to 50 MB
  • PDFs can be either single page or multiple pages. We suggest that some entries such as Design may submit a whole brochure to show covers and spreads.

PDFs do not need to be 300dpi resolution. We suggest using Adobe's 'Reduced Size PDF' feature when saving your file for upload. This will provide your PDF with greater quality for judging and will increase your upload speed.

Audio Upload

Required Spec for Audio uploads:

  • File type: .mp3
  • Sampling rate: 44 KHz (44,100 Hz)
  • Bit rate: 196 KB/s (maximum)
  • Sound: Stereo
  • File size: up to 50 MB
URL Requirements
  • Entrants must keep the URL accessible online for judging through September 18, 2023.
  • Please provide any login credentials required to access the URL.
  • Please do not have the case study video within the URL. (note: Entrants are able to upload video footage within our media upload portion.)

URL entered may not contain agency name at any point, including but not limited to website, webpage title or within the URL link.

Entry Translations

For entries not in English please provide an English-Language Translation. For video uploads please provide a subtitled version of the video.

Campaign Fees

First Deadline: $350 // Final Deadline: $425

Campaign Eligible Mediums
  • Brand Design
  • Digital/Mobile
  • Film/Video
  • Film/Video Craft
  • Print & OOH
  • Print & OOH Craft
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