FOCAL Awards Jury 2021

A special thank you for the hard work and dedication of our international jury who volunteered their time to review and deliberate on all submissions.

The FOCAL Awards Judging process for our production categories operates in two stages.

First Round Viewing

During the first round of judging, groups of FOCAL jurors will review each of the submissions entered into their selected category. Jurors view each submission within the category individually and then discuss the titles collectively with their jury group.

Led by the jury moderator, these discussions can be convened by email, online or in person to eventually agree on the titles to be shortlisted for nomination. The shortlist is arrived at by majority agreement from each jury group with the moderator having a casting vote if needed.

This year, we ask each jury to nominate between THREE to FIVE submissions after discussion with the jury moderator.

Second Round Viewing

The shortlisted titles will go forward as nominations for the respective category. Each set of shortlisted titles are open to a second round of voting by a wider pool of jurors in order to determine the eventual winner. First round jurors are also welcome to participate as second round jurors.

Second round jurors view and vote on each shortlisted title independently so winners are determined by a scoring system and revealed on the night of the FOCAL Awards ceremony.

The Jury Portal

All Jury viewing is done via FOCAL’s dedicated online Jury portal. Each juror will be provided with an individual password-protected account and can use the portal to view and record notes or scores on titles.


Submissions Deadline15th March 2021
First Round Juries Start Viewing23rd March 2021
First Round Juries End Viewing and Submit Shortlists3rd May
Shortlisted Nominations AnnouncedEarly May
Second Round Juries Start Viewing7th May
Second Round Juries End Viewing and Submit Scores 28th May

Please note that FOCAL will try to follow the above schedule as closely as possible but dates may be subject to change.

As a not-for-profit organisation, FOCAL International relies on the skill and efforts of a wide network of volunteer jurors in order to deliver the FOCAL Awards.

Further Information

The 2021 Jury Guidelines will be available in early Spring 2021 before juries begin viewing. To register interest in being a 2021 juror or for more information please get in touch: