Categories

 

Documentary & Factual stream

 

Arts & Culture

  • A non-fiction documentary or factual program or series with themes and/or subject matter focusing on issues, trends or individuals within the arts and culture sphere including but not limited to showcasing musical acts or performers, dance, visual arts, circus or any mix of other art presentations.
  • Note: Sketch and stand up comedy, talk or interview shows, variety programs, stage recordings and television adaptations of performing arts should be entered into the Comedy and Variety category.
  • Ineligible: Music videos must enter the Music Video category in the Arts & Entertainment stream.
  • Previous winners include: Kubrick by Kubrick, Josephine Baker: The Story of An Awakening

 

Crime & Investigative

  • A non-fiction documentary or factual program or series with themes, stories, and/or subject matter dealing with crime and/or the investigative efforts thereof.
  • Please note if submitting a crime and investigative program that is part of a strand, please identify the episode title and the date it first aired within the strand.
  • Note: Crime shows primarily following a profession rather than actual criminal cases should be entered into the Docuseries category in the Arts & Entertainment stream.
  • Ineligible: Fact-based fiction (including full-program reenactments).
  • Previous winners include: The Hunt for Gaddafi’s Millions, Sea of Shadows, Silk Road: Drugs, Death and the Dark Web

 

Environmental & Wildlife

  • A non-fiction documentary or factual program or series exploring themes and content pertaining to wildlife, the environment, nature or natural history.
  • Note: Wildlife and nature shows primarily following a profession should be entered into the Docuseries category in the Arts & Entertainment stream.
  • Ineligible: Fact-based fiction (including full-program reenactments). 
  • Previous winners include: The Last Ice, Seven Worlds, One Planet, Dynasties, Mosquito 

 

History & Biography

  • A non-fiction documentary or factual program or series that focuses primarily on historical subjects and biographies of historical figures.
  • Note: For "living history" programming, entrants should consider entering other categories in the Documentary & Factual stream or Docuseries in the Arts & Entertainment stream.
  • Ineligible: Fact-based fiction (including full-program reenactments).
  • Previous winners include: Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Free Solo, The Clinton Affair, Residente

 

Podcast: Non-Fiction

  • A non-fiction program or series of digital files that users can download and listen to.
  • Ineligible: Video-based content
  • All entries must include one MP3 file for judging.
  • Previous winners include: Where Is George Gibney?

 

Science & Technology

  • A non-fiction documentary or factual program or series whose primary emphasis is to educate audiences on and explore science, popular science, technology and medicine.
  • May include biographical programs on scientists, provided at least 50% of the program focuses on the work, research, and discoveries of the subject versus the subject’s personal history.
  • Ineligible: Fact-based fiction (including full-program reenactments).
  • Previous winners include: Cosmos: Possible Worlds, Science Fair, One Strange Rock, The Drug Trial: Emergency at the Hospital  

 

Short Non-Fiction

  • A non-fiction or factual program or series with episodes no longer than 20 minutes in length.
  • Ineligible: Fact-based fiction.
  • Previous winners include: Akashinga: The Brave Ones, Stonewall OutLoud, Cosmos: The Universe in Five Minutes, Manufactured Orphans 

 

Social Issues & Current Affairs

  • A non-fiction documentary or factual program or series about social issues and/or current world affairs that are either one-offs or part of a strand. 
  • Please note - if submitting a project that is part of a strand, please identify the project and the date it first aired within the strand.
  • Ineligible: Fact-based fiction.
  • Previous winners include: The New York Times Presents, Surviving R. Kelly, The Elor Azaria Case: Hero or Murderer, The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman 

 

Sports Documentary

  • A non-fiction or factual program concerned with historical or modern day sports stories, as well as biographies or profiles of athletic figures.
  • Note: For reality-style sports programming or unscripted competition series involving sports elements, entrants should submit in the Arts & Entertainment categories that are most appropriate (Docusoap, Docuseries, Competition Series & Game Shows, etc.)
  • Ineligible: Sports programming, game coverage, or daily news coverage.
  • Previous winners include: The Last Dance

 

Children & Youth stream

 

Animation: Preschool (0 - 5) 

  • A children's program or series where the depiction of characters and settings is primarily (more than 65%) in the form of traditional, computer, 2D, 3D, motion graphics, and/or stop-motion animation.

 

Animation: Children (5 - 10) 

  • A children's program or series where the depiction of characters and settings is primarily (more than 65%) in the form of traditional, computer, 2D, 3D, motion graphics, and/or stop-motion animation.

 

Animation: Children (11 - 17) 

  • A children's program or series where the depiction of characters and settings is primarily (more than 65%) in the form of traditional, computer, 2D, 3D, motion graphics, and/or stop-motion animation.

 

Live Action: Children (0 - 10) 

  • A children's program or series that targets children up to age 10 where the depiction of characters and settings is primarily (more than 65%) in the form of live action. This can include both fiction and non-fiction programming.

 

Live Action: Children (11 - 17) 

  • A children's program or series that targets children ages 11 - 17 where the depiction of characters and settings is primarily (more than 65%) in the form of live action. This can include both fiction and non-fiction programming.

 

Interactive: Children (0 - 10) 

  • Interactive content for audiences ages 0 - 10 with a first public exhibition on one or more digital platforms. 
  • Eligible projects may include but are not limited to, digital extensions of established broadcast or cinematic programs, including web content, games, mobile applications or bonus content (i.e. behind the scenes, side narratives, online/motion comics, webisodes).
  • Must only include video games rated Everyone by the ESRB or foreign equivalent.
  • Note: For the submission of digital apps or interactive links, please review the submission guidelines to ensure inclusion of necessary codes, instructions and alternatives for international jurors where geo-blocking may cause interference.

 

Interactive: Children (11 - 17) 

  • Interactive content for audiences ages 11 - 17 with a first public exhibition on one or more digital platforms. 
  • Eligible projects may include but are not limited to, digital extensions of established broadcast or cinematic programs, including web content, games, mobile applications or bonus content (i.e. behind the scenes, side narratives, online/motion comics, webisodes).
  • Must only include video games rated Everyone 10+ and Teen by the ESRB or foreign equivalent.
  • Note: For the submission of digital apps or interactive links, please review the submission guidelines to ensure inclusion of necessary codes, instructions and alternatives for international jurors where geo-blocking may cause interference.

 

Arts & Entertainment stream

 

Comedy & Variety

  • A program or series showcasing sketch segments, stand up comedy showcases or festivals, talk or interview shows, or any mix of other talent generally considered 'variety' entertainment.
  • Eligible in this category are awards shows, or other programming that mixes segments of different styles of performance within a single program. Also eligible in this category are stage recordings and television adaptations.
  • Ineligible: Telethons and other variety shows where the intention is to raise money, and content directly associated with promoting political campaigns.
  • Ineligible: Any scripted comedy series featuring a narrative structure should be entered into the Comedy Series: English or Comedy Series: Non-English Language categories.
  • Previous winners include: Famalam, Baroness von Sketch Show, Still Standing 

 

Reality Series

  • A program or series featuring light docu-reality fare, including celebreality and 'soap opera'-styled situations, where characters are followed in a 'fly on the wall' manner. Please see the Docuseries description for clarity of the appropriate category your entry should be submitted for.
  • Note: Competition series or game shows should be entered in the Competition Series & Game Shows category.
  • Previous winners include: House of Ho 

 

Docuseries

  • A program or series focused on grittier subject matter than a docusoap, a more topical exploration into the main subject(s). Examples may include a focus on professional activities, unique (non-artificial) living environments or subcultures.
  • Note: Competition series or game shows should be entered in the Competition Series & Game Shows category.
  • Previous winners include: Filthy Rich & Homeless, Who Are You Calling Fat?

 

Lifestyle

  • A factual program or series that highlights lifestyle topics such as home renovation, interior design, food, garden, health, dating, fashion or travel.
  • Ineligible: Any factual program with a competition or game element should be entered into the Competition Series & Game Shows category.
  • Ineligible: Talk or interview shows should be entered into the Comedy & Variety category.
  • Previous winners include: Love on the Spectrum, Employable Me

 

Competition Series & Game Shows

  • A program or series that is either a competition series or game show. This includes in-studio game and quiz shows, any competition shows framed within lifestyle-oriented situations (i.e. cooking, home renovation, fashion, etc.), competitions shot in reality-style formats which take place in constructed living environments and talent competitions.
  • Previous winners include: Alone, RuPaul’s Drag Race

 

Music Videos

  • A video produced in association with a music label to accompany the promotion of a commercially-released song.
  • Duration: 2 - 20 minutes

 

Scripted stream

 

Comedy Series: English Language

  • A continuing narrative with recurring principal characters and a focus on comedic elements that have a minimum of six parts. Entries can include sitcoms and dramedies.
  • Duration: 21-60 minutes of content per episode.
  • Comedies presented in less than 6 parts should be submitted in the Limited Series category.
  • Ineligible: Sketch comedies, standup or parodies should be entered in the Comedy & Variety category.
  • Previous winners include: The Flight Attendant, Fleabag, Barry

 

Comedy Series: Non-English Language

  • A non-English language continuing narrative with recurring principal characters and a focus on comedic elements that have a minimum of 6 parts. Entries can include sitcoms and dramedies.
  • Duration: 21-60 minutes of content per episode. 
  • Comedies presented in less than 6 parts should be submitted in the Limited Series category.
  • Ineligible: Sketch and stand-up comedy and should be entered in the Comedy & Variety category.
  • Previous winners include: El Presidente, Mytho, Arthur’s Law 

 

Drama Series: English Language

  • A continuing narrative with recurring principal characters and a focus on dramatic elements that has a minimum of 6 parts.
  • Duration: 21-90 minutes of content per episode.  
  • Note: Drama series presented in fewer than 6 parts should be entered in the Limited Series category.
  • Previous winners include: Killing Eve, Gentleman Jack, Bodyguard

 

Drama Series: Non-English Language

  • A non-English language continuing narrative with recurring principal characters and a focus on dramatic elements that has a minimum of 6 parts.
  • Duration: 21-90 minutes of content per episode. 
  • Note: Drama series presented in fewer than 6 parts should be entered in the Limited Series category.
  • Previous winners include: Caliphate, Giri/Haji, Can You Hear Me?

 

Limited Series

  • A narrative fictional presentation that tells a complete story in 2 to 12 episodes. 
  • May have some recurring elements and even casts of repertory players, but story arcs must not extend over multiple seasons.
  • Duration: minimum total runtime of 150 minutes. 
  • Previous winners include: I May Destroy You, Chernobyl, Sharp Objects, Big Little Lies

 

Podcast: Fiction

  • A fiction program or series of digital files that users can download and listen to.
  • Ineligible: Video-based content
  • All entries must include one MP3 file for judging.
  • Previous winners include: Hindsight, This Sounds Serious

 

Feature Length Film

  • A narrative fictional presentation that premiered on a streaming or television platform. Films that also had a theatrical run are eligible.
  • Must have aired in one part and not divided into multiple episodes.
  • Duration: 60-200 minutes. 
  • Previous winners include: Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse, Elizabeth is Missing, Mother’s Day

 

Short Fiction Program

  • A fictional drama or comedy program or series.
  • Series should have at least 3 episodes that are all under 20 minutes in length.
  • One-off programs and short films should be between 10 and 40 minutes in length.
  • Previous winners include: Staged, Lost in Traplanta, Wrong Kind of Black 

 

Rockies Francophone Prize

  • Awarded to the jury’s highest-scoring French-language video submission.
  • All French-language submissions to the Rockies contend for this award, in addition to the category in which they are submitted.
  • To qualify as a French-language submission, 75% of the content must be in French. 
  • Each project’s first-round score is entered into the Rockies Francophone Prize contender’s pool and the highest score is considered the winner. In the event of a tie contending entrants will be submitted to the Grand Jury for final selection.

 

Emerging Talent Prize

  • Awarded to the jury’s highest-scoring short fiction or short non-fiction video submission that was not funded by a streamer or network.
  • Short video submissions that meet the above criteria contend for this award, in addition to the category in which they are submitted.
  • Each project’s first-round score is entered into the Rockies Emerging Talent contender’s pool and the highest score is considered the winner. In the event of a tie, contending entrants will be submitted to the Grand Jury for final selection.

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