ALL ABOUT AWARDS
Fringe shouldn’t be about competition. In fact, Hollywood Fringe is known for its welcoming and constructive community.
That said, awards can have a valuable impact on a production's future prospects. And so we have the Fringe Award Ceremony on the last day of the festival with a Closing Night Party afterward.
Winners are invited on stage where they can utter TWO WORDS as an acceptance speech (a heralded Fringe tradition). Make them good!
We give out two kinds of awards: Community Awards & Sponsored Awards.
The Community Awards, lovingly known as “The Freaks”, are determined by the Fringe community via a voting process.
These highly-coveted awards are given out to shows in each category (Ensemble Theatre, Comedy, etc.) as well as an award for Best International and Fringe First for world premiere. The highest honor, the Top of the Fringe is given to the show most adored by the Fringe community.
Fringe community members receive ballots in the last days of the festival via email. Balloters include participants, venue managers, audience members who see a certain amount of shows and those who leave a certain number of reviews on hollywoodfringe.org.
The productions with the most votes in a given category are announced as nominees hours prior to the ceremony via an email newsletter and blog post. The ultimate winners are revealed at the awards ceremony.
Sponsored Awards are presented by outside organizations to commend excellence in a number of categories. These awards tend to be more specific than the community awards and may include monetary gifts or an extension to a show's run.
Winners are announced at the awards ceremony along with the community awards.
A list of sponsored awards are posted here each year.
Read all about the benefits of sponsoring an award and the requirements to do so.