The seventh annual Realscreen Awards, taking place on June 9 in Santa Monica as part of Realscreen West, has opened its call for entries, with new and updated categories.
First presented in 2010 as the realscreen Factual Entertainment Awards, the international-facing ceremony recognizes some of the best programming made in the numerous sub-genres of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment from around the world.
For the 2016 awards, organizers have added the sub-category “Crime & Investigation” to the non-fiction category in order to salute the burgeoning genre. Non-fiction projects submitted here will deal with themes and subject matter focusing on stories of criminal activity and/or investigative efforts.
Further, in the digital and branded content section, the “Web Series/Programs” sub-category has now been split into two separate awards for non-fiction as well as reality and lifestyle.
Meanwhile, updated sections include the competition category’s “Game/Quiz Show” section, formerly “Shiny Floor Game Show,” which has been revamped to reflect in-studio game show formats that “utilize challenges and/or tests of skill and/or knowledge as part of the game play.”
Finally, the former “Docuformat” sub-category of the reality section is now “Constructed Reality.” These are programs or series that examine the actions or behaviors of individuals within the construct of a social experiment, situational template or special living environment.
The submissions process for the 2016 Realscreen Awards is now open. Entrants have until Friday, February 5, 2016 to submit programming made between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
The Realscreen Hall of Fame each year honors an industry trailblazer who has made their mark in the factual entertainment and non-fiction arenas. Pilgrim Studios CEO and president Craig Piligian was celebrated in 2015, with past producer inductees including Stephen Lambert, Bertram van Munster and Jonathan Murray. Broadcasting executives honored at the Realscreen Awards have included A+E’s Nancy Dubuc. Details on the 2016 inductee are forthcoming.
For more information on the Realscreen Awards and how to enter, click here.