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.

 

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 re-enactments).

 

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 re-enactments). 

 

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 may want to consider entering other categories in the Documentary & Factual stream or Docuseries in the Arts & Entertainment stream.
  • Ineligible: Fact-based fiction (including full-program re-enactments).

 

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 re-enactments).

 

Short Non-Fiction

  • A non-fiction or factual program or series with episodes no longer than 20 minutes in length.
  • Ineligible: Fact-based fiction.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 target 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 target 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).
  • 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).
  • 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, standup 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.

 

Docusoap

  • A program or series featuring light docureality fare, including celebreality and 'soap opera'-styled situations, where characters are followed in a 'fly on the wall' manner.
  • Note: Competition series or game shows should be entered in the Competition Series & Game Shows category.

 

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 sub-cultures.
  • Note: Competition series or game shows should be entered in the Competition Series & Game Shows category.

 

Lifestyle

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

 

Competition Series & Game Shows

  • A program or series that is either a competition series or game show. This includes in-studeio game and quiz shows, competitions 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.

 

Podcast: Fiction

  • A fiction program or series of digital files that users can download and listen to.
  • Ineligible: Fiction video-based content
  • All entries must include one MP3 file for judging.

 

Podcast: Non-Fiction

  • A non-fiction program or series of digital files that users can download and listen to.
  • Ineligible: Fiction video-based content
  • All entries must include one MP3 file for judging.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.  
  • Drama series presented in fewer than 6 parts should be entered in the Limited Series category.

 

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. 
  • Drama series presented in fewer than 6 parts should be entered in the Limited Series category.

 

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. 

 

Television Movie

  • A narrative fictional presentation that was originally produced for and released on television and airs in one part.
  • Duration: 60-200 minutes. 

 

Short Fiction Program

  • Afictional 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.

 

Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content

  • Celebrating the best in Canadian-created entertainment video content, this award serves to foster Canadian-grown talent and invest in future content development from independent Canadian producers.
  • A CAD$25,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of this award from Rogers Group of Funds.
  • All submissions from independent Canadian producers are automatically entered to be eligible for the prize. Please refer to the Eligibility page for more details.
  • Each qualifying project's first-round score is entered into the Rogers 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.

 

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.
  • Each project’s first-round score is also 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.