Call for Entries

Programming Entries may only be entered in ONE programming category. No entrant may submit more than three single entries or one composite entry in a category. If more than one person is listed on the entry form as producer of a program or spot announcement or as a craftsperson, a separate fee is required for each person listed, according to the schedule of fees. In order to qualify for the members’ discounted entry fees, each entrant must be a member of the Television Academy. It is HIGHLY recommended that you renew your membership or join NATAS as a new member BEFORE submitting an entry. Members that need to renew their memberships or non-members who want to qualify for the members’ discounts will need to go to the Member Login page to renew and/or become a NATAS member. Persons in doubt about their membership status may email the Chapter Office at to verify their status.

Submission of Entries
Submitting an entry constitutes permission for the Pacific Southwest Chapter to telecast, webcast or screen the entry, or portions of it, as part of the annual Emmy® Awards promotion and program. The submission of an entry constitutes an agreement that any promotion or advertising incorporating any award that may be received shall be subject to the Rules and Regulations of The National Television Academy and subject to the prior approval of the Board of Governors of the Pacific Southwest Chapter.


Online Entry
All Entries will be submitted on the EMMY® Express Online Video System. You will be required to upload your video entry, no web links are allowed. If you do not want to join NATAS, you must become a Registered User to use the online system. You will not be charged a fee, but you will be able to login with your email address and password to access EMMY® Express. Entrants may include a short explanation in the space provided in the description field stating why the submitter believes the entry should be judged award worthy. Titles, original airdates, and length of each item in a composite entry must be in the description field and in the order each appears on the entry. Check your entry carefully – the Pacific Southwest Chapter will permit no changes in the listing of entrants after the announcement of Emmy® nominees.


Entry Upload Format
Here is a list of video formats we do support:
MOV (Sorenson Video 3, H263, H264, animation) (Certain MOV files have audio encoded such that they cannot be transcoded without loss of sync with the video)
MPEG4 (mp4, 3ivx, DivX, Xvid, H264)
FLV (VP6 and Sorenson Spark)
DV and DVCPro
3GP (mobile phones)
AVI (Indeo, Cinepak, Motion JPEG, MPEG)
F4V (H264)
Since we use the FFMPEG framework for transcoding videos, all other formats supported by FFMPEG can be uploaded too.


A few formats we occasionally encounter, but are NOT supported:
Quicktime (MOV) files that use the Apple ProRes codec (part of Final Cut). This codec also produces extremely large files. We advise to do a rough export from Final Cut Pro.
Quicktime (MOV) files that actually only contain a raw DV stream (some DV cameras export these). Export these files using either raw DV or H264/AAC Quicktime.
Quicktime (MOV) files with 24-bit audio.
DRM protected files from Microsoft (WMV) or the iTunes Store (M4V, MOV).
CSS encrypted DVD images (VOB).
WMV videos using the MSS2 video codec (for screencasting)

Review recommended specifications during the online entry process for detailed information regarding preparation of your video for upload.

EMMY® Awards 2021
Schedule of Fees:

Newscast (categories 1-3)
Each NATAS Member*
Each NATAS Member ……………..$100
Each Non Member…………………$250

Journalistic Enterprise (category 4)
Each NATAS Member……………. $100
Each Non Member…………………$200

Overall Excellence (category 5)
Each NATAS Member…………….$300
Each Non Member…………………$400

Programming (categories 6-39)
Each NATAS Member…………….$75
Each Non Member…………………$200

Spot Announcement Entry (categories 40-42)
Each NATAS Member……………….$75
Each Non Member…………………$200

Individual Craft Entry (categories 47-62)
Each NATAS Member………………..$45
Each Non Member…………………$145

Student Production Entry (category 64)
Processing Fee (Flat Rate Per Entry) $50

Call for entries closes Thursday, January 21, 2021

Late Entry Fees for Entries Submitted January 22, 2021 – January 28, 2021 is a $25 processing fee per entrant.

*In the Content categories ONLY (1-42) the first twelve member entrants pay the member rate ($100 Newscast, $75 programming) and non-members pay $250 each. IMPORTANT: Any entry where there are more than 12 entrants, the first named entrant must petition the Board of Governors to add entrants 13+. Entrant 13 and above are at the non-member rate ($250 Newscast, $200 programming).

If the entry is honored with an EMMY® Award, ONLY the entrants who paid the entry fee will receive EMMY® Statuettes. Participating staff members not listed on the entry will be considered for production certificates or plaques ONLY.

Credit card payment or checks are accepted. Make checks payable to NATAS Pacific Southwest. Or you may charge your entry fees to Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Multiple entries from an individual or organization may be accompanied by a single payment if an itemized list, including category numbers, entry titles, entrants’ names, and the correct fee for each entrant, is attached.


Nomination Certificates will be presented to all nominees.

Production Certificates may be purchased to honor individuals who provided significant contributions to the award worthiness of an entry honored with an Emmy® Award.

Entry forms must be submitted online no later than 6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 21, 2021. (PLEASE NOTE: A $25/per entrant late fee will be accepted with late entries being entered from January 22, 2021 through January 28, 2021. No entry forms can be submitted after January 28, 2021.Videos must be uploaded by Thursday, February 4, 2021. Deadline to pay entries is Friday, February 5, 2021.


Awards Presentation
Awards will be presented at the 48th Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy® Awards 


If you have questions about the Emmy® Awards or the entry process, call the Chapter Office at 760-607-8008, or contact us by e-mail: