13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media and digital channels, campaigns, websites and applications. The early deadline is on December 3rd, 2020.

From the 5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Best Video Series

This award honors the most creative and effective use of a video series such as a digital web series or docu-series to bring awareness to and achieve a social good campaign, initiative, or project.

See previous winners and honorees here.

Finalists

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Justin Bieber: Seasons
The objective of Justin Bieber: Seasons was to invite the audience into an intimate part of Justin’s life where he opens up about his mental health for the first time publicly. As we look back at Justin’s life after cancelling the last leg of his Purpose Tour, we get an in-depth look at the last two years of his life, his history with drugs: when …
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Good People
The objective of the series “Good People” is to meet the inspiring changemakers who have dedicated their lives to creating a positive impact in their communities. We profiled people across the country who are improving their communities through shelter, food, beauty makeovers, health and sanitation and more. 
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Gratitude
We are Olo, the on-demand platform for the restaurant industry, powering digital ordering and delivery programs for over 300 brands, including Wingstop, Subway, Five Guys, Shake Shack & more. Over 15 years ago, we set out to support the restaurant industry through the digital shift and when COVID-19 upended the world into chaos, we realized the op…
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In The Know: Futurists
Futurists follows industry leaders across all different disciplines who are advancing their fields with technology, innovation, and fearlessness. In this 8-episode docuseries, we look at futurists in eight different categories including marine life, agriculture, parenthood, government, wearable and accessible tech, and so much more. In the Know co…
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LinkedIn Changemakers launch video series, by Brands2Life
Social media can be a minefield of negativity, therefore a difficult place to have open and honest conversations about topics that matter. LinkedIn wanted to address this head on and help to drive paradigm shifts in working culture and related conversations, encouraging more transparent, trusted and frank dialogue around topics that are often tabo…
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VH1's Black Girl Beauty
The main objective was to create a YouTube series produced by VH1 featuring a panel of celebrity and social media influencer guests discussing the experiences navigating current beauty standards for women of color. The goal of this six-episode series was to shed light on issues in the beauty industry that are underrepresented and deserve more atte…

Nominees

AARP Purpose Prize 2019-2020
You live. You learn. You give back. No one knows this better than people ages 50 and older, who have spent decades accumulating a wealth of knowledge that only life experience can bring. Armed with this wisdom, they are a powerhouse of innovation tackling some of the greatest societal challenges of our time and inspiring others to do the same. The AARP® …
Brainwashed By Toons
The goal of BRAINWASHED BY TOONS was to educate and inform viewers about how racial bias and sexism have been normalized by cartoons and illustrations. Through the selfless work of many talent people, including Jason Alexander, Wayne Brady and Lea Thompson, we feel we have achieved these goals.  
DBS Sparks Season 2: Everyday Heroes for a Better World
The world is facing complex developmental, social and environmental challenges, not to mention hardships wrought by Covid-19. As a purpose-driven organisation, we believe businesses like DBS have a role to play in helping to find solutions to these challenges.   We sought to go beyond traditional PR and leverage a creative storytelling vehicle to raise a…
Expert Answers from the World Bank Group
“Expert Answers” is the World Bank Group’s flagship video series focused on the latest news and analysis in the international development sector, with a view to enlightening and entertaining a broad, cross-cultural, globally engaged audience. Each episode centers around a big topic in the world of global economics and poverty alleviation, with the aim of…
Girls Room
Young people are deeply impacted by on-screen images; what they see shapes their relationship with their bodies and beauty standards. In fact, young people today report feeling anxious about their appearance more often than about career prospects or money. This results in low body confidence and beauty anxieties that keep them from being their best selves, …
Holiday Heroes
Holiday Heroes celebrates individuals who are making a positive impact on their communities during the holiday season. From Halloween to Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Years, we tell the stories of those who are spreading joy and support to those who need it most. This is the third season that we have produced of the show.
In The Know: Next Gen
The objective of this series is to highlight Gen Z changemakers who are making amazing strides in their chosen fields and having a positive impact on their communities.
Love, Me | Video Series from This Free Life
For many LGBT folks, young adulthood can be tumultuous: hardship, growth, stress, belonging. Many young adults wish they could reach back in time to give their younger selves some love and advice. The Love, Me video series offers a powerful glimpse into the lives of four LGBT community members by sharing encouraging letters to their past selves. About 2 …
Need to Know by MTV News
Award-winning journalists Dometi Pongo and Yoonj Kim are the faces of Need To Know, MTV News’ flagship video franchise providing real-time news stories and analysis. With Dometi and Yoonj’s unique perspectives, Need To Know covers what matters most to our audience, from pop culture to nationwide protests, while providing in-depth analyses.
OUTLOUD: Raising Voices
OUTLOUD: Raising Voices began as a live event concept to give a platform to up-and-coming LGBTQ+ musicians. It was set to launch at SXSW as a PRIDE artist showcase, but when the festival was cancelled, the producers at JJLA pivoted the already-scheduled show to launch as a PRIDE celebration web-series on Facebook, utilizing the existing show line-up as a tw…
Start Here
Al Jazeera Digital’s video explainer series Start Here was created to help people re-engage in important global conversations. Every week we unpack the big issues for people who might be confused, overwhelmed or just feeling out of touch with what’s going on.  When the coronavirus took hold in March, large parts of the world went into lockdown. We went i…
Taking Refuge
The Olympic Channel's 2020 original series and social media campaign for Taking Refuge features the story of three-time Olympic gold medallist Niccolo Campriani mentoring three refugees on a brave journey to qualify for the next Olympic Games in the Air Rifle event. Back in 2018, Niccolo expressed the idea of his project with the Olympic Channel, and six mo…
VH1's RuPaul’s Drag Race Out of the Closet S3
With the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Out of the Closet, the objective was to build on the momentum of the Emmy-nominated second season, and continue to document the dynamic lives and fashion of the LGBTQ icons Drag Race audiences have come to know and love. With this season, a major goal was to dive deeper into the personal lives of the talent, and…
War: Kids' Drawings in VR animation
The Siege of Leningrad is known as the longest siege in human history. Lasting for almost 900 days it took the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who had to survive in horrendous conditions - freezing in winter, struggling with water during summer, dying of hunger. Those years were an extremely challenging time for children who lived in the city. Some…
“With Love, Me” presented by Your Cancer Game Plan
Merck Oncology is committed to fighting cancer on all fronts and providing patients and caregivers with support beyond medicine. In this spirit they addressed a need heard time and again across the cancer community: people facing cancer primarily seek to connect with others who have gone through a similar experience. In collaboration with more than a doz…

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, Snapchat, and the rest of the social web.

the 13th annual shorty awards for brands and organizations is open for entries! early deadline on dec 3rd, 2020.