The 2015 Realscreen Awards, to be held on June 2 as part of Realscreen West in Santa Monica, has opened its call for entries, with a new category being added for this year to recognize event non-fiction and unscripted programming.
Making its first appearance in 2010 as the realscreen Factual Entertainment Awards, the ceremony has quickly gained a name for itself by being the first awards program to recognize the best work made in the myriad sub-genres of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment from around the world.
This year, organizers have added a sub-category in the non-fiction category, to recognize event programming. This is defined by awards organizers as “non-fiction or unscripted programming that is regarded as tentpole or event programming within the network schedule, which can include live specials (excluding music or variety programming), non-fiction or unscripted miniseries, or one-offs.”
Other non-fiction categories include arts & culture, environmental/natural history, history/biographical, science & technology, and social issues/current affairs.
The awards celebration will also encompass factual/non-fiction digital and branded content, with categories for best brand-funded project, best multiplatform project and best web series/programs also part of the mix, in addition to several categories devoted to the various sub-genres of unscripted programming, ranging from docusoap to docuformat, and competition programming.
The submission process for the 2015 Realscreen Awards is now open. Entrants have until Friday, February 6, 2015 to submit programming made between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.
For last year’s ceremony, All3Media America chairman Stephen Lambert, A+E Networks’ president and CEO Nancy Dubuc and Skywire Live star Nik Wallenda were inducted into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame.
For more information on the Realscreen Awards and how to enter, click here.