Rules & FAQs

KOI accepts submissions in the ‘Concert Touring & Events’ and ‘Television’ categories but not for any of the ‘Theatre’ awards.


What makes a design eligible for submission?

Any lighting or video content design is eligible for nomination provided that the shows were staged or broadcast in the UK between the 1st August and 30th June. 

Who can submit a design?

Anyone working in the industry can submit a show for an award and more than one show can be nominated by or for the same lighting or video content designer.

Can I submit one of my productions?

Yes (apart from in the ‘Theatre’ section). Judges look purely at the production itself when deciding on the shortlist and winners – the submitter’s identity is not relevant.

Can I re-submit one of my productions?

If you have already submitted a design for an award, you cannot re-submit in following years. However, if the production is a different size venue and comes under a different category than previously submitted, it will be eligible.

Is there an entry fee?

No. There are no fees and shortlisted designers all receive complimentary tickets to the ceremony and gala dinner.

Can anyone buy a ticket to the ceremony?

Sorry no. Tickets are allocated to shortlisted designers, designers, buyers of design and sponsors. However, if you are a lighting or video designer, you can register interest in attending: Attend KOI.

How do I become a sponsor?

Just contact The Fifth Estate.

What do you win?

KOI ‘knights’ win an engraved, handmade broadsword, and silver sword lapel pin.