Judging Rules and Regulations
Golden Drum Jury1. All entries registered with the Golden Drum Festival shall be judged by one of two international juries appointed by the Slovenian Advertising Chamber (hereinafter: the Festival organiser).
2. The Festival's competition programme shall be divided into two sections: Single Channel and Multi Channel. Accordingly, the Festival shall have two juries: the Single Channel Jury and the Multi Channel Jury.
3. Each jury shall comprise 11 members. The work of an individual jury shall be headed by the jury president, who shall be appointed by the Festival organiser.
4. The jury president shall be responsible for the fair judging of entries. The jury president shall brief jury members on judging criteria, before the judging of entries begins.
5. All members and the president of the jury shall have equal voting rights, and participate in the judging of registered entries. Each jury member shall make decisions independently and autonomously on the basis of his or her expertise, reputation and authority. Moreover, each jury member shall have the right to make objections and raise questions, and shall be obliged to clarify his or her assessment when judging entries that will receive the main awards, or when so requested by the president of the jury.
6. Jury members shall not judge entries:
a. that were registered by his or her employer,
b. that were registered by an entrant from the same agency network as the jury member, or
c. that he or she co-authored.
7. The work of each jury shall be planned and monitored by a representative of the Golden Drum Competition Council (GDCC) or by a person appointed by the GDCC. The president and members of the jury shall be provided assistance in interpreting the Festival rules. The representative appointed by the GDCC shall be responsible for the timely judging of entries and the accuracy of all results.
8. The work of the juries shall be supported by the appropriate software. The juries shall also receive administrative support from the secretary of the jury.
9. All communication within the juries shall be in English.
Voting Process10. The first round of judging shall be done remotely online prior to the start of the Festival. Each jury member shall receive a list of entries and precise instructions prior to judging. Jury members shall examine all registered entries, and mark each with a vote of YES or NO for inclusion on the shortlist. The shortlist shall include the optimal approximation to 20% of top-ranked entries in a group determined by the president of the jury.
11. The president of the jury shall have the right to include a maximum of one additional entry per group on the shortlist. The president of the jury may not select an entry:
a. that was registered by his or her employer,
b. that was registered by an entrant from the same agency network as the president, or
c. that he or she co-authored.
12. The second round of judging shall be held at the Festival itself. Entries included on the shortlist shall be judged by category. In groups without categories, all entries shall be judged simultaneously.
13. Each jury member with the right to vote shall judge entries on a scale of 6 to 10. Jury members shall discuss award recipients on the basis of these results. The jury shall present awards on the basis of the consensus between jury members.
14. If a member of the jury is excluded from voting and the result is a tie, the president of the jury shall cast the deciding vote. If the president of the jury is excluded from voting, the jury member selected by the president of the jury prior to the start of judging shall cast the deciding vote. This rule shall apply in all rounds of judging.
Awards15. The best entry in an individual category shall receive a Golden Drum award. The jury may present several Golden Drum awards in an individual category and is not obliged to present an award in every category. In groups without categories, the jury may present an arbitrary number of Golden Drum awards.
16. The second-best entry in an individual category may receive a Silver Drum award. The jury may present several Silver Drum awards in an individual category. An arbitrary number of such awards may be presented in groups without categories. The jury may decide not to present an award.
17. The best entry in an individual group shall receive a Grand Prix award. Each of the juries shall be given an option to withhold a Grand Prix in one of the groups in each section (i.e. one group in Single Channel and one group in Multi Channel) in case the jury finds the quality of the entered works in a particular group below the benchmark achieved in other groups. The jury shall be asked to argument such a decision.
18. Entries included on the shortlist and individual award recipients shall receive points as follows:
15 points for a Grand Prix
9 points for a Golden Drum
5 points for a Silver Drum
1 point for a finalist
18 points for a Grand Prix in group Q
11 points for a Golden Drum in group Q
6 points for a Silver Drum in group Q
2 points for a finalist in group Q
Only the points for the highest-ranking award shall be taken into account.
19. The following awards shall be presented on the basis of the aforementioned points system: the Golden Rose for the entrant that collects the most points; the Golden Net for the most successful advertising network on the basis of the points of all entrants that comprise the network in question; the Tartini Award for the most successful independent advertising agency that collects the most points; the Brand Grand Prix for the advertised brand that collects the most points; and the Golden Watch awarded to the Creative Director of the Campaign of the Year that collects the most points. In the event of a tie, the entry that has received a higher number of more prestigious awards shall be the winner.
20. From entries included on the Single Channel shortlist, the Single Channel jury shall present the following special Virtuoso Awards: for Best Illustration, Best Photography and Best Cinematography. Virtuoso Awards do not receive points.
Other Rules21. In the event of doubt regarding compliance with the Festival rules, the president of the jury may request that the Festival organiser verify the veracity of statements given in the registration form for an individual entry.
22. The president of the jury shall reserve the right to exclude from judging any entries that are proved to be "ghost ads" (unpublished or published without the client’s consent).
23. The decisions of the jury shall be final. The record regarding the judging of entries and awards presented shall be signed by the president of the jury and a representative of the Golden Drum Competition Council.
24. Members of the jury shall be sworn to silence concerning their work as a juror and shall be prohibited from discussing the results with anyone prior to the official award ceremony.
25. Upon accepting membership on the jury, each juror shall agree to abide by the above rules.