Categories

Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content

  • Highlighting the best in Canadian created entertainment content, this award serves to foster Canadian-grown talent and invest in future content development from independent Canadian producers.
  • A $25,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of this award from Rogers Group of Funds.
  • All submissions from independent Canadian producers are automatically entered to be eligible for the prize. Please refer to Eligibility page for more details.

Animation

  • Any television program or series where the depiction of characters and settings is primarily in the form of hand drawn or computer animation.
  • Previous nominees include: Munya in Me (The Netherlands), Barakamon (Japan), Legend of Korra (USA), Room on the Broom (UK).

Children and Youth Fiction

  • Live action or animated series or programs with a fictional narrative and setting meant to entertain an audience aged 6+.
  • Animated programs from this category are also eligible for Animation category. Separate entry fee applies.

Children and Youth Non-Fiction

  • Documentary or factual live action or animated series or programs meant to educate an audience aged 6+.

Comedy Series: English Language

  • Episodic live-action narratives using recurring principal characters with a focus on comedic elements that have a minimum of three parts. Can include sitcoms and dramedies.
  • Comedies that are two-parts or under belong in the Television Movie category.
  • Previous nominees include: The Big Bang Theory (USA), Peep Show (UK).

Comedy Series: Non-English Language

  • Episodic live-action narratives using recurring principal characters with a focus on comedic elements that have a minimum of three parts. Can include sitcoms and dramedies.
  • Open to all non-English language content.
  • Previous nominees include: Les Beaux Malaise (Canada), Quiz Me Quick (Belgium)

Digital Fiction Series

  • A fictional drama or comedy series with a minimum of three parts released via a subscription-free platform over the internet.
  • Eligible programs have only been broadcast on the internet and have not been distributed, as is, via network, cable, satellite, or terrestrial systems.
  • Each episode must be under 20 minutes in length.
  • Previous nominees include: The Walking Dead: The Oath (USA), Convos With My 2-Yr-Old (Canada), Guidestones (Canada).

Digital Non-Fiction Series

  • A documentary or factual series with a minimum of three parts released via a subscription-free platform over the internet.
  • Eligible programs have only been broadcast on the internet and have not been distributed, as is, via network, cable, satellite, or terrestrial systems.
  • Each episode must be under 20 minutes in length.

Drama Series: English Language

  • Episodic live-action narratives using recurring principal characters with a focus on dramatic elements that have a minimum of three parts.
  • Series with a focus on genre elements should go in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Action category.
  • Soap operas and telenovella entries should go to Melodrama category.
  • Previous nominees include: House of Cards (USA), Orphan Black (Canada). 

Drama Series: Non-English Language

  • Episodic live-action narratives using recurring principal characters with a focus on dramatic elements that have a minimum of three parts.
  • Series with a focus on genre elements should go in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Action category.
  • Soap operas and telenovella entries should go to Melodrama category.
  • Open to all non-English language content.
  • Previous nominees include: Good Doctor (South Korea), Jordskott (Sweden).

Environmental and Wildlife

  • Documentaries or factual series and programs that examine themes and issues based on the natural environment or wildlife phenomena.

History and Biography

  • Documentaries or factual series and programs that focus primarily on historical and political documentation and analysis, including biographies of significant persons of interest, living or dead.
  • Fictional programs or series with characters based on real people belong in one of the fiction categories.

Interactive Content

  • Content released on one or more digital or mobile mediums or platforms for an audience aged 18 and up.
  • Eligible projects could include: web content, gamification, mobile applications or digital extensions of an established broadcast or cinematic program, including extra content (behind the scenes, side narratives, online/motion comics, webisodes etc).
  • All forms of interactive content are eligible, whether they are attached to a program or not.
  • Previous nominees include: Dina Foxx (Germany), Perfect Storms Interactive (Canada), Fresh Meat House (UK)

Interactive Content for Kids and Youth

  • Content released on one or more digital or mobile mediums or platforms for an audience aged 17 and under.
  • Eligible projects could include: web content, gamification, mobile applications or digital extensions of an established broadcast or cinematic program, including extra content (behind the scenes, side narratives, online/motion comics, webisodes etc).
  • All forms of interactive content are eligible, whether they are attached to a program or not.

Lifestyle

  • Factual series or programs that highlight lifestyle and social trends and pop culture.
  • May include features on food, garden, health, fashion, the arts, sports, or travel. Other eligible programs may include talk and interview shows.
  • Previous nominees: include Super Soul Sunday (USA), Embarrasing Bodies (UK), The Illegal Eater (Canada).

Melodrama

  • Serialized dramas with heightened and exaggerated sense of emotional stakes and gravitas. Eligible soap operas and telenovellas belong in this category.
  • Previous nominees include: Grey’s Anatomy (USA), Pecado Mortal (Brazil), Princess and I (Philippines)

Music, Performance, Arts and Variety

  • Factual series or programs showcasing theatrical performances of musical acts, sketch or standup comedy, dance, circus or any mix of other talent generally considered ‘variety’ entertainment.
  • Programs or series that showcase the various acts or performances as the main focus should be entered into the Music, Performance, Arts and Variety category.
  • Previous nominees include: Immortal Songs: The Michael Bolton Episode (South Korea), The Voice (UK), Jimmy Kimmel Live (USA), This Is Opera (Spain).

Pre-School

  • Live action or animated series or programs meant to entertain or educate a primary audience composed of children aged 5 and under.
  • Animated programs from this category are also eligible for the Animation category. Separate entry fee applies.

Reality

  • Series or programs depicting events that simulate real-time situations with nonfictional characters.
  • May also include competition style programs where contestants compete for a prize.
  • Previous nominees include: Deadliest Catch (USA), The Apprentice (UK), Big Brother Canada (Canada).

Science and Technology

  • Documentaries or factual series and programs that explore and educate audiences on scientific issues and discoveries as the primary emphasis.
  • May include biographical programs on scientists provided half the program focuses on the work, research, and discoveries of the subject rather than just the person’s personal history.

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Action

  • Programs or series in the science fiction, action and adventure or fantasy genres, which can also include works in horror.
  • Previous nominees include: Doctor Who (UK), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (USA), Continuum (Canada).

Social and Investigative

  • Documentaries or factual series and programs that examine local or global issues of poverty, violence, justice, human rights, crime, discrimination, gender issues, family dynamics, political tensions or crises, with an investigative and ethical eye.
  • News magazines may be eligible for this category.

Television Miniseries

  • Dramatic or comedic narrative presentations originally produced for and released on the television medium that are no more than 480 minutes in two to eight parts.
  • Must not be a part of multi-season series.
  • Previous nominees include: Houdini (USA), Marvellous (UK), The Free Man (Taiwan), Operation Zucker: Silent Children (Germany).

Television Movie

  • Dramatic or comedic narrative presentations originally produced for and released on the television medium that are no more than 360 minutes in one or two-parts.
  • Previous nominees include: Houdini (USA), Marvellous (UK), The Free Man (Taiwan), Operation Zucker: Silent Children (Germany)
  • Total running time of at least 90 minutes.

 


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