Judging Criteria

The 2019 Rockie Awards includes two rounds of panel judging composed of experienced industry professionals from around the world, selected for their expertise within the appointed categories.

The overall criteria for the Rockie Awards is excellence on an international scale. Judges score each entry on five criteria: originality, execution, style, substance, and overall excellence. Each area is judged on a scale from 1 to 10. A perfect score would be 50 points.

Judges scores are then converted to a ranking system.

BANFF and the Rockie Awards make every effort to ensure judges are not voting on projects where they may have a conflict of interest.

Jurors are required to agree to a Code of Conduct including abstaining from judging any material where they may have a less-than-obvious conflict. Should the festival learn of a judge voting on an entry where the evidence of a conflict of interest is clear and absolute, BANFF and the Rockie Awards reserves the right eliminate that judge’s scoring.

The winners from each Rockie Awards category are then submitted to the Grand Jury, composed of an executive-level panel of five jury chairs. The highest scoring category winner overall will be announced at the Rockies Gala Honours as the official recipient of the coveted annual Grand Jury Prize.


BANFF Gala Honours

In addition to competitive awards, the Banff World Media Festival board of directors annually bestows special honours on deserving individuals, productions, or companies.

Those have included: 

Award of Excellence
Canadian Award of Distinction
Canadian Innovative Producer Award
Company of Distinction
Lifetime Achievement Award
Program of the Year
Showrunner of the Year
The Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award