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The International Format Awards 2020

 

Entries are now open for the 2020 International Format Awards!

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About the International Format Awards

The International Format Awards are the leading awards for the global format business, recognising creativity and excellence across a range of categories. They are a coproduction between leading players in the formats business; C21Media, FRAPA and EMC, in association with MIPFormats. The awards will be judged by a panel of international formats buyers.

The Awards are open to any show that first went to air during the previous year and is being marketed to the international community as a format.

Best scripted format category: Please note the first episode of the nominated remake should have aired in it’s new territory during the eligible year.

2020 dates

Entry period: January 9 – February 7
Finalists announced: March 11
Winners announced during MIPFormats: March 28

All formats that make the shortlist will be featured in a C21Screenings Playlist and exposed to the global community. This is an ideal way to gain exposure for your international formats.

The awards are presented at a gala dinner during MIPFormats.

Please note all guests at the International Format Awards Gala Dinner must be registered for MIPFormats

Payment
£45 per show*
*You can enter each show into several categories for one entry fee payment.

Categories and Criteria

The International Format Awards have opened for entry for any format that first went on air in 2019 and is now being marketed to the international market.

Best Brand Driven Format
More than just a bit of product placement or brand integration, this category is about formats that owe their existence to a brand or advertiser which has played a crucial part in the formats creation. The format could be a studio-based gameshow or factual entertainment chat show, but it was brought to television with the key input of a brand. Entries in this category must have aired episode one of season one for the very first time (in any territory) between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 December 2019.

Best Competition Reality Format
Competition reality can encompass everything from survival format Bear Grylls – Mission Survive to talent searches The X Factor and So You Think You Can Dance. At it’s core, there is a winner. Participants (celebrities or public) are playing to win – be that a job (The Apprentice), money or even a relationship (The Bachelorette). Even though some of the competition takes place in a studio, nowadays, nearly all have out of studio elements not least of which is public voting. Entries in this category must have aired episode one of season one for the very first time (in any territory) between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 December 2019.

Best Comedy Format
Comedy format is for unscripted comedies, not sitcoms. These are comedy formats in studio or the field that might involve comedy sketches, improv, panels or hidden cameras. These are often confused with quiz shows except in comedies the answers aren’t important. The laughs are the thing. Entries in this category must have aired episode one of season one for the very first time (in any territory) between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 December 2019.

Best Factual Entertainment Format
In our awards, factual entertainment has a broader definition than used in Britain where factual and factual entertainment mean different things. For these awards, factual entertainment formats are formats, shot in the field or in studios where there is not competition but rather the exploration of a slice of life either for elucidation or for entertainment. The topics could be life or death (Deadliest Catch) or lifestyle (cooking). Entries in this category must have aired episode one of season one for the very first time (in any territory) between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 December 2019.

Best Multi-platform Format
These are formats that at their core have some platform aside from television integral to the show’s narrative. A website or social network page that is merely a promotional vehicle for the show would not qualify. The other non TV platforms have to interact with the casting, narrative or outcome of the show to make it a significant multi-platform format. Entries in this category must have aired episode one of season one for the very first time (in any territory) between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 December 2019.

Best Scripted Format
These are scripted shows (either comedy or drama) that have been formatted for territories outside their country of origin. The first episode of the remake should have aired in the new territory during 2019. The show should be entered by those responsible for it’s remake, not the originators.

Best Studio Based Gameshow Format
Studio based gameshows can cover everything from serious quizzes to physical studio games, from cooking to dating games. At their core, they must take place in a closed studio environment and some games must be played, almost always with competition and winners. Entries in this category must have aired episode one of season one for the very first time (in any territory) between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 December 2019.

Best Returning Format
This category will award the series which is the best new season iteration of an existing format. This can include any series of an ongoing format that is not “series one”. Entries in this category must have aired episode one of the newest season for the very first time (in any territory) between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 December 2019. As well as iterations of an existing format (for example Love Island season 5), this category will also accept the first season international remake of an existing format (for instance, season one of The Masked Singer: USA – a remake of The Masked Singer: Korea).

Best Reality Format
Unlike competition reality formats, reality doesn’t require any element of competition. Shows entered in this category may be documentary-style, following central characters in their assumed ‘real’ lives, such as The Only Way Is Essex. It also includes structured-reality, where the circumstances surrounding the show are manipulated for the purpose of the show, like Wife Swap. This category may include self-improvement/makeover shows, hidden camera shows, survival or social experiments. Entries in this category must have aired episode one of season one for the very first time (in any territory) between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 December 2019.

Best Host of a Television Format
This award is designed to recognise talent in front of the camera and will be given to the person the judges feel have played a key role in enhancing a format by the sheer strength of personality, flair and unique approach to fronting a television format. Hosts entered in this category must have presented the nominated format for the very first time (in any territory) between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 December 2019.

The International Formats Business Gold Award 2020
This award will be chosen by the C21, EMC, FRAPA and MipFormats boards for outstanding contribution to the formats business.