RTS Midlands Awards 2020

Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, 25 November, 2020

RTS Midlands Awards 2020 are now open for entry! Full category criteria and details of how to enter are below. 

You are invited to submit programmes or other content which were, or will be broadcast and/or published between 1st July 2019 to 30th June 2020 for consideration for the Midlands Centre Awards for 2020.

ENTRY INFORMATION – PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION CAREFULLY

  • Programmes or content must have been produced, published, commissioned or creatively controlled by a Midlands based company or must be at least principally shot in the Midlands (55%) and/or principally produced in the Midlands. 
  • Midlands Region for the purposes of these Awards includes: Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.
  • RTS Midlands strongly encourages diversity, in all its forms, across all categories.   In common with other RTS awards, entrants should bear in mind in selecting their entries that judges are asked to ensure that these awards reflect diversity within the industry and within wider society.
  • The entry must have been first broadcast, released or published on a media platform between 1/7/19 and 30/6/20
  • You may enter your work whether or not you are a member of the RTS.
  • All entries must be submitted online by following this link: ​https://awardsentry.rts.org.uk/entrant
  • You will need to register as a user in order to submit your entries.
  • Once you have registered you will need to Create Entry. In this section you can upload any relevant documentation that you would like the judges to consider.
  • To upload your video go to the Video Management tab
  • Please ensure when submitting your entry online that you complete all of the relevant boxes for each entry.
  • Please attach any supporting documentation that you would like the judges to consider to the submission when prompted
  • When submitting your entry make sure you choose to create your entry for RTS MIDLANDS AWARDS as other centres awards will also be listed here.
  • Please ensure all spellings are correct at the time of entry as we will copy and paste our information from the information submitted onto the system by you.     
  • A 20 second clip of each entry must be submitted along with your entries (not instead of your entry). If your entry is nominated, this clip will be used as part of the presentation at the awards dinner, so please ensure it showcases your entry effectively.
    • If you are entering the same piece of work into more than one category, please ensure you submit a different 20 second clip for each entry.
    • Please ensure you submit your 20 second clip via the Video Management option and clearly mark it as “20 second clip for <<entry title and category entered>>”.
    • Please submit this as well as your entries and not instead of the full item.
    • 20 second clip requirements:
      • 20 second clip with fade from black and fade out to black
      • No clocks
      • File type MP4 only
      • Specify exactly which entry it is for including name of entrant and category
      • The onscreen caption for your entry clip (title, production company, where it was broadcast, any other relevant information)

ENTRY FEES

To help support our television community through this difficult time, we have reduced our entry fee for this year’s awards from £50 plus VAT to £32.50 plus VAT.

If a programme is entered in one or more categories, a payment is required for each category entered.

Entries will not be considered unless full payment has been made before the closing date for entries.

MIDLANDS SHOW REEL

If you would like us to include your work in the RTS Midlands 2020 show reel please upload an additional clip of your work to the section marked Midlands Show Reel. Please make this a different 20 second clip to the one you will be uploading which will be shown if your work is nominated. By uploading your clips you are giving RTS permission to use your work to promote production in the Midlands via RTS social media and You Tube channels. Please note clips will only be used where appropriate and whilst we will try to include all clips submitted we will not guarantee to include your work.                                         

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Please ensure you include the twitter handles you would like used for any social media activity in the supporting documentation.

HOW TO PAY

  • An invoice will be generated upon submission of your entry. Please use the details on the invoice to make your payment.
  • Please note until the administration of all entries is completed (mid August), your payment will show as UNPAID on the submission system. This does not mean you have not paid and in due course when the administration process is completed, all entries that have been paid for will state this on the system. Please bear with us during the administration process.
  • Purchase orders should be emailed to RTSMidlands@rts.org.uk
  • Any entry not paid for by Friday 14th August may be disqualified 

ENTRY DEADLINES

  • The closing date for entries is Friday 10th July 2020.  Entries received after this date will not be considered.
  • The online submission system will be open for you to submit entries from 9am on Tuesday 21st April 2020.

JUDGING

  • Each category will be judged by a panel of independent Judges.
  • Judging will take place during August and early September 2020.
  • The Judges reserve the right to move submissions to more appropriate categories if necessary.
  • Details of judges will be given in the Awards Ceremony Programme.
  • If you would like details of the judging process please email RTSMidlands@rts.org.uk.

NOMINEES AND WINNERS

  • Nominees will be announced late September / early October.
  • You will be advised by email if you have been nominated.
  • A full list of nominees will be posted on our website.
  • Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony which will be held on 25th November. 

STUDENT AWARDS

  • The invite to enter the Student Awards plus all category and criteria information will be issued by RTS Head Office in Summer 2021.
  • Student Awards will be presented at a separate ceremony.
  • Student Awards are open to anyone over the age of 16 in full-time education.
  • Do not submit entries to the Student Awards via the link above.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • For all enquiries relating to the Awards criteria or the judging process please contact Jayne Greene by emailing RTSMidlands@rts.org.uk
  • For any technical support relating to the submission process please contact Jamie O’Neill at RTS Head Office 020 7822 2810 or by emailing JO’Neill@rts.org   

 

RTS Midlands Awards Categories 2020

Category Title

Overview

  1. Drama

 

 

  • This category is for best scripted serial drama, a one off special or a returning drama series.
  • It must be at least principally shot in the Midlands (55%) AND/OR principally produced in the Midlands.
  • You must enter one whole episode from a drama series or the whole of a one-off drama.
  • The judges will be looking for high quality story-telling, originality, creativity and technical expertise throughout the production.

 

 

2. Acting Performance - Male

  • This Award recognises an outstanding male acting performance.
  • Entrants should be from the Midlands, based in the Midlands or feature in content produced in the Midlands.
  • Entrants should submit 3x5 minute examples of their work.

 

3. Acting Performance - Female

  • This Award recognises an outstanding female acting performance.
  • Entrants should be from the Midlands, based in the Midlands or feature in content produced in the Midlands.
  • Entrants should submit 3x5 minute examples of their work.

 

4. Breakthrough Award

(On Screen)

 

 

 

This Award recognises the very best front of camera new talent from the broadcast, digital and online community across the region and includes:

  • presenters
  • actors
  • reporters

-Entries should be up to a maximum of 10 minutes in length and should include a minimum of two items to demonstrate the talent.

-Please note – to qualify as new talent, entrants must not have previously entered any RTS Awards.

-Entrants should be from the Midlands, based in the Midlands or feature in content produced in the Midlands.

 

5. Breakthrough Award

(Off Screen)

This Award recognises the very best of the new talent from the broadcast, digital and online community across the region and includes:

  • Craft skills (editing, sound, camera etc)
  • Writers
  • Producers
  • Directors
  • Post production

-Entries should be up to a maximum of 10 minutes in length and should include a minimum of two items to demonstrate the talent.

-Please note – to qualify as new talent, entrants must not have previously entered any RTS Awards.

-Entrants should be from the Midlands, based in the Midlands or feature in content produced in the Midlands.

6. On Screen personality

 

This Award recognises an outstanding on-screen personality from the Midlands or featured within a Midland based production broadcast on any platform.

•             Presenter

•             Journalist

•             Show host

•             Interviewer

•             Commentator

The subject covered by the personality will not be judged.  It will be the individual’s delivery and on-screen relationship with the viewer that will be considered. 

-Dramatic characterisations are not eligible (see Acting categories).  

-Entries should be a maximum of 10 minutes in length and should include a minimum of three examples of work.

-Entrants should be from the Midlands, based in the Midlands or feature in content produced in the Midlands.

 

7. Journalist of the Year

 

  • The Journalist of the Year award is for the best work during the year by a broadcast or online journalist either from the Midlands or Midlands based.
  • Reporters, video, online journalists and correspondents are welcome to enter, they can be specialists or in general news reporting.
  • This award is open to news organisations, agencies, websites or production companies. 
  • Broadcast entries should be no longer than 30 minutes with no internal edits in individual reports.
  • Online entries should be no longer than 10 minutes.
  • The entry should include a minimum of three items to demonstrate the range of the journalist.

 

8.  Digital Creativity

This Award recognises innovation and outstanding achievement in multi-platform digital content & best use of content across multiple platforms including:

  • Online
  • Interactive TV
  • Apps
  • Digital Media (games, software etc)
  • Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc)
  • Blogs
  • On screen graphics
  • Podcasts
  • Web videos

Entrants must either be Midlands based or originally from the Midlands.

 

9. News Programme of the Year

The Award for Best News programme will be awarded based on quality of coverage, presentation and information in the following:

•             Live and Studio news

•             Sporting coverage

•             Real events

This must be one whole programme no longer than 30 minutes.

The entry must be at least principally shot in the Midlands (55%) AND/OR principally produced in the Midlands.

 

10. Craft – Production

This Award recognises achievement behind the camera and includes:

  • Camera
  • Sound
  • Lighting
  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Drone camera pilots
  • Special effects.

Entrants must either be Midlands based or originally from the Midlands

 

 

11. Craft – Post Production

This Award recognises achievement in creative artistry, innovation and audio & visual manipulation and includes:

  • video or film editing
  • music - original score or original song
  • sound design
  • sound mixing & editing
  • visual effects
  • title sequences
  • graphic design (including work created in news production)

Entrants must either be Midlands based or originally from the Midlands.

 

12. Factual Entertainment/ Popular Factual Series

  • For programmes which explore us and our world in an entertaining way, engaging the viewer with compelling narratives.
  • Including, but not limited to, lifestyle, fly on the wall, reality television, travel, cookery, hobbies, home and garden
  • Entries must come from a factual series or a one-off programme ‐ although only one edition of the series may be submitted.
  • Please note that “one edition of the series” excludes not only compilation entries but compilation broadcasts unless there is substantial new content.
  • Entries must be at least principally shot in the Midlands (55%) AND/OR principally produced in the Midlands.
  • Entries can be one episode of a series or a one-off programme.

 

13. Factual and Specialist Factual

  • This Award recognises excellence in the production of news, current affairs, social and factual content. 
  • It also includes Specialist Factual - from science, natural history and the environment, history and the arts to consumer issues, business or general popular factual.
  • A single programme should be submitted in full.  One episode from a series is acceptable and entries from broadcast and digital platforms will be considered. A compilation of edits is not acceptable.

Entries must be at least principally shot in the Midlands (55%) AND/OR principally produced in the Midlands.

 

14. Documentary

 

 

  • This category is to celebrate non-fiction story telling presented with facts to narrate events that actually occurred and can be referenced.
  • Entrants can submit a single feature, single episode or a montage of a series for consideration.
  • Current Affairs content can be included in this category
  • This category will be judged on content, delivery and production and how the work allows others to see the world from a new perspective.
  • Entries must be at least principally shot in the Midlands (55%) AND/OR principally produced in the Midlands.

The programme may be across any platform, including regional, national, international and digital formats.

 

 

 

15. Writer

  • This award is to recognise the wealth of writing talent in the region.
  • Demonstrating exceptional talent and skill this award is for stand out pieces of work in the world of writing for broadcast.
  • The judges will be looking for quality, originality, style and creativity from this writer.
  • This award is for anyone who received a ‘writer’ credit on any qualifying show including drama, comedy, factual, children’s TV or programmes featuring significant amounts of scripted content.
  • The programme may be across any platform, including regional, national, international and digital formats.
  • Please submit either the full programme or, in the case of a series, one programme from the series.
  • Writers must either be Midlands based or originally from the Midlands.

 

16. Short Form

 

 

  • This award is for short form content - broadcast on any platform - 10 minutes max- non scripted and scripted singles, series or insert into a longer single, for example, The One Show inserts, corporate, commercial promo videos etc
  • All entries must be at least principally shot in the Midlands (55%) AND/OR principally produced in the Midlands.

 

 17. Promotional Content

  • This Award recognises production excellence and creativity in content made to promote products or services.
  • Content may be promotional, public information, training, educational, entertainment, special interest or other purposes and can be broadcast on any platform.
  • Entries must be from, about or made for a Midlands based company.

18. Animation

  • This award is for films that include cartoons, computer or electronically generated images
  • Entries can be 2D or 3D animation, motion graphics or stop motion.
  • Where the animation/CGI sequence or sequences are part of a production with other portrayal, the judges will consider primarily the quality of the animated/CGI sequences
  • Entries can be a stand alone animation piece or an animation insert to another piece of work
  • Judges will be looking for outstanding skill and creativity in the craft of animation and how well the animation works for its target audience.
  • Entries must be from a Midlands based company or individual or must be part of a programme made about or in the Midlands

 

RTS Midlands Awards 2020 are now open for entry! Full category criteria and details of how to enter are below.