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IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards
Frequently Asked Questions

We hope the below list of Frequently Asked Questions can help any question you may have on the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact Nia Hovde, CFEE at
nia@ifea.com

PINNACLES GOING VIRTUAL:

Q1: Why did the Pinnacles make the switch to have everything submitted virtually?


Q2: We really don’t have to send any hard copies of our entries for judging?


Q3: Can I still send hard copies of my entries?


Q4: How do I submit my entries now?


Q5. Will my entries stay in my cart until I check out? So I can enter a few entries at a time - then hit submit to enter them all at once?

FORMATTING YOUR ENTRIES:

Q1: Why do you request the file names to be listed in a specific way for our entries?


Q2: What is the largest file that can be uploaded in the Online Entry Form?


Q3: What file formats are accepted?


Q4: How do we submit merchandise items?


Q5. Do you have any recommendations for getting the best photo of my merchandise items?

SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRIES:

Q1: Can I just email my entries to you?


Q2: If I send all my entries on a USB Thumbdrive, can I just send a list of the entries I’m entering with them instead of completing the online entry form.


Q3: If I’d like to send ALL my entries on a USB Thumbdrive, instead of uploading them online, can I do that?


Q4: I have my own online storage location, can I put all of my entries there and then just share a link to the master storage folder for you to find all my entries?


Q5: If I upload all my entries to an online storage location, can I just email you a list of what I’m entering?


Q6: I have a number of different files for each entry. Is that okay?


Q7: If I provide a specific link for each entry to either an online storage location, a website, social media site etc., how long should the links remain active?

ENTERING MULTIPLE ENTRIES:

Q1: If I want to enter multiple entries into the same category, how do I do that?


Q2: If I have a lot of Pinnacle entries to enter, can I enter a few at a time instead of entering them ALL at once?

PAYING FOR YOUR ENTRIES

Q1: I’d like to pay by check or be invoiced to pay for my Pinnacle entries, how do I do that?


Q2: I’d like to send ALL my entries on a USB Thumbdrive AND pay by check or be invoiced to pay for my Pinnacle entries, how do I do that?

DEADLINES & ELIGIBILITY:

Q1: Why do you have 3 deadlines now?


Q2: Why is the eligibility period from 2019 to 2022?


Q3: My event was cancelled, can I still enter?


Q4: If I had my event in 2019, 2020 and 2021 and they all fall within the eligibility period, can I really enter them all?


Q5: Are we able to enter the same event into multiple categories?


Q6: I’m not a member of the IFEA, am I still able to enter?


Q7: Why are categories split into different budget categories, and what are those categories?


Q8: How do I know what budget level to enter my festival/event?


A9: Will entries from 2019 be judged according to the era in which the event was held, and not against current expectations in 2022?


Q10: How do we address the adaptions and modifications we have made to our events due to the Pandemic?


Q11: Are we able to submit two years together in the same entry? We did not have enough programming over 2020 and 2021 to make for a solid entry for each year, but would be able to provide a good representation of what we coordinated if we could combine the years.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT EXPLANATIONS:

Q1: On the entry form, what do I put in the field “Name of Specific Program at Your Event / Program Sponsor / Vendor?


Q2: For Categories 1 and 38-73, do I have to provide information for all of the criteria and requirements listed under the specific category?


Q3: For Categories 1 and 38-73, what if something in a specific category that is required, either does not apply to our event, or we are unable to provide the information required?


Q4: Referring to Categories 1 and 38-73, what order should I put my entry together?


Q5: Certain entries ask for our event budget or sponsor dollar information; however, we aren’t able to reveal certain elements of that information as it is not public knowledge. How can I answer the required information if I’m not able to provide it?

PRIVACY:

Q1: For category “Best Emergency Preparedness & Risk Management Plan” we want to enter the category, but we don’t want this information to be public knowledge. What do we do?

DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS

Q1: On certain entries, it says we can only provide 5 examples of supporting materials . . . how can I possibly only provide 5 examples!?


Q2: Why are there notes everywhere to “Please Proof” our entry forms?


Q3: Why do you ask for additional contacts on the entry form?

JUDGING:

Q1: How are the Pinnacle Award Entries Judged?


Q2: How will the judges be able to judge all of the Pinnacle entries now that they’re all in digital format?


Q3: Why do you not publish the points awarded for each entry in the list of winning entries?


Q4: Who judges the Pinnacle Entries?


Q5: Why aren’t we able to know the names of the judges?


Q 6: Will entries from July 2019 to June 2022 really all be competing against each other?

SHIPPING OPTIONS:

Q1: On the entry form, you list shipping options for sending the awards, what is that all about?

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