SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS

Since 1986, when industry leaders first gathered to celebrate the creativity and accomplishments of their colleagues, the annual LIMA International Licensing Awards have been a highlight of the year for the global licensing community.

The LIMA Awards have continually evolved over the last 3 decades, alongside the industry they honor, serving not only to showcase exceptional work, but also as a time capsule of licensing through the years. See all the past winners here…
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A GLOBAL AWARD FOR A GLOBAL INDUSTRY

The LIMA Awards are the only international recognition of licensing excellence, spanning borders and languages.

We’re particularly excited that through the unifying power of the Internet the awards will be even more inclusive in 2019. This award season, submissions and judging moves fully online, making a process that was once limited by geography and time zones now easily accessible to entrants and judges anywhere in the world. In addition to the judging panel, we also expect the pool of entrants to expand and diversify, making for an even more exciting award season come May. 

The competition to make it on the ballot, much less win, is fierce. In 2018, we received a record 600 entries from 16 countries, resulting in 132 nominees. Check out the 2018 Winners. 2018 also marked the debut of the Community Choice award, the winner of which is selected by a public vote among licensing professionals worldwide. The nominees in all other categories are selected by a judging panel of industry experts who are identified by Licensing International officials from around the world.  The Licensing International membership then gets a chance to vote on their favorites, which is factored into the final decision. The induction of the newest Licensing International Hall of Fame member and the Rising Star Award, recognizing exceptional young professionals who are shaping the future of licensing, round out the honors.  

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A WINNER

This is no time to be humble… Here’s what you need to know about entering the 2019 International Licensing Awards (view the Official Criteria here):  

  • The Licensing International Awards are open to licensors, agents, licensees, retailers and anyone else from the worldwide licensing industry with a product or brand that meets the criteria of each category. You (or your company) DO NOT have to be a Licensing International member to enter. And it’s completely free – there are no entry fees.
  • The brand or product must have had bona fide retail distribution during the calendar year of 2018.
  • You must fill out the online entry form for each category you wish to enter. You will be asked to describe what was special about your product/brand and discuss how it was received in the marketplace (things like placement, sell-through, etc.)
  • You will need to provide up to five high-resolution (300 dpi) digital images of your brand or product. You also have the option to include a video link. 
  • The deadline for submissions is February 6, 2019. Entries received after this date will not be eligible for consideration.
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