RULES FOR THE AMPS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SOUND FOR A FEATURE FILM

1. FILM ELIGIBILITY: 

(a). Any film that is released and exhibited in the UK in a given year will be eligible. The list will be drawn from the published titles that qualify for the year’s BAFTA Feature Film Awards.

(b). The Award shall be in the form of three identical trophies for the same film, with appropriate inscriptions on the base.  

2.PERSONS ELIGIBLE FOR AWARD:  

(a). One Head of Department from each discipline.

  • Production Sound Mixer.
  • Supervising Sound Editor or Sound Designer.
  • Lead Re-recording Mixer.  

(b). On-screen credits are used to determine eligibility. In the event of a dispute about eligibility, The Adjudication Panel may consult the Film’s Producer or Director or other source, in confidence, for clarification.  

3. AWARDS BALLOTS AND TIMETABLE:   

(a).  AMPS Council will annually agree a Secret Electronic Ballot system for all Awards voting.  

(b). AMPS Council will annually agree an Awards Schedule Timetable to fit in with other Awards ceremonies and AMPS events.  

(c). AMPS Council will annually appoint the AMPS Awards Group to organise the awards for the given year.

4. ADJUDICATION PANEL:

(a). An Adjudication Panel will be freshly co-opted annually consisting of no fewer than three AMPS Full Members, on the conditions that:

  1. They are not eligible for an AMPS Sound Award in the current year.
  2. They have made no artistic or creative contribution to the soundtracks of any of the eligible feature films in the current year.
  3. They are not associated in any way with any individual or company that has made an artistic or creative contribution to any of the films on the eligible list for the current year.

(b). This panel will conduct the ballots and associated business in strict confidentiality using the chosen Electronic Ballot system, and, in accordance with the Awards Scheduled Timetable, will also be responsible for: 

  1.  As soon as Nomination ballot is closed – verification of the three HODs for each of the Nominate titles.
  2. As soon as the Final Ballot is closed – verification of the AMPS crew members eligible for Certificates of Merit.

5.NOMINATION SELECTION:

(a). An Awards Committee of no fewer than twenty-one members will be  coopted annually by the AMPS Awards Group, subject to the conditions that they are AMPS Full Members, and also film voting members of BAFTA and/or AMPAS and/or CAS, and are invited to screenings and receive screening copies of eligible films.  

6.NOMINATION BALLOT 

(a). An electronic secret ballot will be conducted among the Awards Committee members, who will have up to 5 votes each listed in 1-5 order. An Instant Run Off Ballot will determine the Nominated Films.

(b). The five film titles that achieve the most votes under the ballot rules will be declared Nominated.

(c). The Adjudication Panel will verify the eligibility of the HODs for the Nominated Films in strict confidence.

(d). Nominated Films will be announced in accordance with the Awards Schedule Timetable.

(e). The Nominated HODs will each receive a Nomination Certificate. 

7.BALLOT FOR AWARD: 

(a). On the date specified in the Awards Schedule Timetable, a secret electronic ballot will open among all those AMPS Members entitled to vote according to the general Constitution Rules current at that time, including the Awards Committee, to choose the winner from the five Nominated Films. Members will have up to 5 votes each listed in 1-5 order. An Instant Run Off Ballot will determine the winner.  

The ballot shall close on a date predetermined in the Awards Timetable.

(b).   In the event of a tie, the film that received the most votes in the Nomination Ballot will be declared the winner.

(c). The winning film will be announced on the date specified in the Awards Schedule Timetable.

8.CERTIFICATES OF MERIT:

(a). Certificates of Merit may be presented to crew members of the winning film who have creatively contributed to the winning soundtrack.  The HODs will be asked to suggest such crew members with a brief submission outlining their contributions.  HODs will also be asked to provide relevant contact details.  The suggested list will be verified by the Adjudication Panel.

(b). These may be in a form such as: 

‘Certificate of Merit in recognition of your contribution to the AMPS Award 20xx winning soundtrack- title….’. 

9.PRESENTATIONS:  

(a). The winners will be presented with their Awards and Certificates at an AMPS event to be determined.  

10.GENERAL:

(a). Awards rules may be changed annually by agreement of the Awards Committee and Council. 

(b). The AMPS Fellow members may be consulted for advise in the event of any disputed

(c). In exception circumstances where more than one head of Department for a particular discipline can be established and verified as having equal creative input, additional supervising crew members may be honoured.

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AMPS is profoundly grateful to Dolby Laboratories for their generous sponsorship of our Film Awards.

Amended Feb ruary 2017

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