The eighth annual Realscreen Awards, set to take place June 7 in Santa Monica, California as part of Realscreen West, has opened its call for entries, with new and updated categories.
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 2017 awards, organizers have added a Sports Documentary category to showcase doc-style series or one-offs concerned with historical or modern-day sports stories, as well as biographies or profiles of athletic figures.
For reality-style sports programming or unscripted competition series involving sports elements, entrants should consider other categories in the unscripted entertainment sub-genres that may be more appropriate, such as docureality or docusoap. The new category does not encompass live sports programming, game coverage or specials, or daily news coverage.
In all, entries will now be accepted in 22 categories that fall within five main genres, including: Competition, Lifestyle, Reality, Non-Fiction, Digital and Branded Content.
Realscreen will also hand out awards of excellence honoring all five main genres, as well as a new award for the Best Original Format of the 2017 competition, recognizing formats first launched in the 2016 calendar year that have been sold to more than one country.
The submissions platform for the 2017 Realscreen Awards is now open. Entrants have until Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 to submit programming made between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Submissions received by Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 will be offered an early-bird price.
The Realscreen Hall of Fame each year honors an industry trailblazer who has made their mark in the factual entertainment and non-fiction arenas.
Brent Montgomery, founder of Leftfield Entertainment and CEO of ITV America, was celebrated in 2016, with past producer inductees including Craig Piligian, Stephen Lambert, Bertram van Munster and Jonathan Murray. Broadcasting executives honored at the Realscreen Awards have included A+E’s Nancy Dubuc and NBC’s Paul Telegdy. Details on the 2017 inductee are forthcoming.
For more information on the Realscreen Awards and how to enter, click here.