banff world media awardsThe Banff World Media Awards – affectionately known as The Rockies – are an internationally-recognized awards program celebrating the very best in international content production in television and digital media. The winners of the 2012 Rockies Program Competition will be presented during the Banff World Media Festival, June 10-13, 2012. The Competition includes 21 genre-based categories and 5 interactive categories – a total of 26 distinct categories.

Children, Family, Youth Categories

(a) Children’s Programs (2+) – Fiction – fictional programming that is clearly intended to entertain or inform children whether it’s a comedy, a special, a series or other format. Animation programs must be entered into the animation category below.

(b) Children’s Programs (2+) – Non-Fiction – non-fiction programming that is clearly intended to educate and inform children in a short-form, documentary-style format.

(c) Youth Programs (13+) – Fiction – fiction programming intended for young people aged 13 years and older, with a program style targeted to teens and young adults. Movies and series are all eligible in this category.  Animation programs must be entered into the animation category below.

(d) Youth Programs (13+) – Non-Fiction – non-fiction programming intended for young people aged 13 years and older, with dynamic engaging content that informs and educates based on the life events of teens and young adults.

(e) Animation Programs – animation programs made for television, either as part of a series or as a one-off television special, with a focus on youth and children’s programming. Each episode is considered a single entry.  (Prime time, adult-themed animations should be entered into applicable categories outside of Children and Youth)

Entertainment Categories

(a) Comedy Programs – comedy programs featuring one or more characters in comedic situations or predicaments. Comedy specials and programs of satirical sketches are eligible. Entries may include both scripted and non-scripted content, as well as comedic talk shows, satires, and parodies. Situational comedies aired as scripted, continuing series programs must be entered into the Sitcoms category below.  Each episode is considered a single entry.

(b) Lifestyle & Information Programs – lifestyle and information television programs both scripted and unscripted including food, garden, do-it-yourself, health, travel and style programs. Each episode is considered a single entry.

(c) Music and Variety Programs – a single production or a continuing series of episodes, showcasing musical, comedic or performing guests or any mix of other talent generally considered ‘variety’ entertainment.

(d) Reality Programs – reality television programs such as dating, makeover, hidden camera, reality game shows, spoofs, talent searches and competition-based reality formats. In the case of continuing reality series, please submit two non-consecutive episodes, one entry fee applies.

Documentary Categories

(a) Arts & Performing Arts Programs* – non-fiction (history or contemporary) programs and documentaries dealing with a performance (or performances) within any of the Arts disciplines or programs which analyze, explore or celebrate the arts including; music, dance, drama, painting, sculpting, photography and literature, etc. Judging criteria includes ‘innovative use of the television medium to convey the subject matter’.

(b) Documentary-Style Reality Programs – documentary-style or factual television programs including docusoaps and docudramas that follow people within special or artificial living environments, viewing the day to day lives of celebrities and people of public interest, or observing professionals going about their day to day business and performing specific tasks. In the case of continuing reality series, please submit two non-consecutive episodes, one entry fee applies.

(c) Environmental and Wildlfe Programs* – non-fiction programs and documentaries which examine significant localized and/or global environmental themes and issues or natural and wildlife phenomena. Program content would typically range from educational to controversial, and inform, enlighten, raise awareness or concern.

(d) History & Biography Programs* – non-fiction programs which focus primarily on historical documentation and analysis, including biographies of significant persons, living or dead. NEW IN 2012: Political documentaries depicting historical or biographical events will now be considered for this category, however, biographies of scientists and artists may be more suited to be entered in other relevant documentary categories.

(e) Investigative & Current Affairs Programs* – non-fiction programs or program segments broadcast in a regularly scheduled news magazine and information magazine or an extended self-contained segment of such programs. Eligible programs are characterized by the techniques of news analysis and reportage, including journalists on special assignment.

(f) Popular Science & Technology Programs* – non-fiction programs which have as their primary emphasis the examination and/or education of scientific issues, discoveries and exploration. Earth science, technological and medical advances are among those eligible in this category.

(g) Social & Humanitarian Documentaries* – documentaries which deal in a direct and enlightening manner with significant social and humanitarian subjects such as poverty, violence, justice, human rights, crime, discrimination, gender issues, family dynamics, political crisis, etc., as well as social trends and ethics.

*In the case of a continuing documentary series, please enter two episodes or 120 minutes (whichever is less); one entry fee applies. However, individual, self-contained (stand-alone) programs, even if within a documentary strand or anthology series, must be entered individually. A separate handling fee is required for each entry from the strand/anthology.

Drama Categories

a) Continuing Series Programs – includes television dramas and melodramas, usually half-hour or one-hour weekly episodes, using recurring principal characters. One episode is considered an entry. Additional episodes are considered separate entries and additional entry fees apply.

(b) Made-for-TV-Movies – dramas with a total running time of not less than 70 minutes in length and not more than 120 minutes (without commercials) which tell a complete story in a single evening.

(c) Mini-Series – single story dramas with a total running time of more than 120 minutes (without commercials) presented over two and not more than ten episodes.  Each episode must be at least one hour in length.  A minimum of two episodes must be submitted however only one entry fee will apply.

(d) Sitcoms – a situational comedy aired as a scripted continuing series consisting of recurring characters within a common setting (i.e. a home or workplace).  One half-hour or one-hour episode aired per week.  One episode is considered an entry.

(e) Soap Operas and Telenovelas – melodramatic serialized fiction programs typically having a minimum run of 100 episodes. Broadcast both in daytime and prime time slots and airing multiple episodes a week (typically four to six) with consecutive episodes scheduled and broadcast each week. One hour programs submit one episode. 1/2 hour programs submit 2 consecutive episodes – one entry fee applies

Interactive Categories

(a) Web Series – a television-like program, or series of programs, created specifically for internet audiences. Eligible programs will demonstrate innovativeness, resonance with its audience, and a high level of viewership or audience engagement. Eligible programs have only been broadcast on the internet and have not been distributed, as is, via cable, satellite, or terrestrial systems. Entries will be viewed for the innovative use of the digital medium, their originality, and the final results of the work.  Entries for Webseries will be accepted into the following two categories:

  •     Fiction Programs
  •     Non-Fiction Programs

(b) Cross-Platform Project – excellence in interactive enhancement of a television property on digital platforms. Eligible projects could include games, websites and/or mobile applications associated with a television program. Entries for Best Online Program will be accepted into the following two categories:

  •     Fiction Programs
  •     Non-Fiction Programs

(c) Branded Entertainment – demonstration of content that uniquely positions a brand, product or service within the context of a multiplatform entertainment experience. Must include an original online program and one other component (merchandise, mobile, games).

The Rockies are awarded during the Banff World Media Festival to take place in Banff, Alberta from June 10 – 13, 2012. See more about the Festival and the Rockie Awards.