EDINBURGH TV AWARDS 2021

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RULES AND GUIDELINES

 

The Edinburgh TV Awards are back for their 20th year. One of the highlights of the industry’s calendar, the Awards bring out the TV glitterati and showcase the outstanding talent, and incredible breadth of creativity our industry has to offer.

The awards have expanded with categories which recognise distributors who have played a role in shining a light on the best of British creativity outside of the UK, on-screen talent who’ve had a standout year, and The Green Award highlighting producers and organisations that are leading the way in the charge towards sustainability in the industry. See full list of categories below.

 

PROGRAMME CATEGORIES:

BEST DRAMA 

This award will go to an outstanding UK drama – whether a one-off, a miniseries, or a full series. 

Cost per entry £200 (ex. VAT)

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BEST COMEDY SERIES 

This award will go to a standout UK comedy series. It is open to new projects and established series that have had notable success and/or been genre-defining. 

Cost per entry £200 (ex. VAT)

BEST DOCUMENTARY  

This award will go to the outstanding documentary programme of the year. It is open to one-off projects and series. 

Cost per entry £200 (ex. VAT)

BEST ENTERTAINMENT SERIES 

This award will go to an outstanding entertainment series. It is open to new projects and established series that have had notable success and/or been genre-defining. 

Cost per entry £200 (ex. VAT)

 BEST POPULAR FACTUAL SERIES 

This award will go to an outstanding popular factual series. The winner will be a popular factual project that is entertaining and/or tackles issues that have become a talking point for the audience and the nation. 

Cost per entry £200 (ex. VAT)

BEST INTERNATIONAL DRAMA 

Judges will be looking for a series that has been a standout hit in two or more territories. It can be a UK or international co-production or format, but must have had international impact and been transmitted on British television or been available to stream or download during the qualifying period.

Cost per entry £250 (ex. VAT)

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES:

PRODUCTION COMPANY OF THE YEAR

The award will go to a production company with an annual turnover of over £5M and is open to specialists at the top of their game and companies that have excelled across a range of genres. 

Cost per entry £300 (ex. VAT)

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SMALL INDIE OF THE YEAR 

The award will go to an indie with an annual turnover of £5M or less. The award is open to specialist at the top of their game and companies that have excelled across a range of genres. 

Cost per entry £150 (ex. VAT)

CHANNEL CATEGORIES:

CHANNEL OF THE YEAR 

This award will go to the mainstream channel that best connects with its audience through a range of high-quality content across different genres. 

Cost per entry £500 (ex. VAT)

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BEST SPECIALIST CHANNEL

This award will go to the best specialist channel that offers high-quality content within a specific genre, or that is focused on a particular audience or theme. 

Cost per entry £500 (ex. VAT)

BEST ON DEMAND SERVICE

This award will go to an on-demand service or platform that has had a standout year. It is open to subscription and ad-supported services, as well as those launched by broadcasters. The winner will have connected with UK viewers through fantastic content, platform design, and marketing. 

Cost per entry £500 (ex. VAT)

SPECIALIST CATEGORIES

GLOBAL SUCCESS AWARD

With UK programming in demand, the award will recognise the distribution/sales/content firm that has best brought British shows to international audiences throughout the year. Open to companies with an established UK presence, the winner will have played a role in shining a light on the best of British creativity outside of the UK.

Cost per entry £300 (ex. VAT)

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THE GREEN AWARD

The Green award will go to the producer, channel, platform or organisation that has championed sustainability in the industry. The category is open to a producer who has made strides on a particular project or across their business – or an organisation that is taking a lead in terms of sustainability

Cost per entry £250 (ex. VAT)

PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES:

BEST TV ACTOR - DRAMA

NEW FOR 2021

The award will be given to the actor – male or female – that has electrified audiences with a standout on-screen performance in a drama on UK television. Open to lead and supporting roles, the winner will have had the nation talking as a result of their performance.

Cost per entry £250 (ex. VAT)

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BEST TV PRESENTER

The winner will be an established or emerging presenter or presenting team that has delivered standout work on a series or recurring programme. The category is open to presenters of a mainstream or and specialist show, and the winner will have an authentic voice that has resonated with viewers. 

Cost per entry £250 (ex. VAT)

BREAKTHROUGH TALENT 

This award recognises emerging and breakout on-screen talent in either scripted or unscripted programming who has had standout success in the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. 

Cost per entry £150 (ex. VAT)

BEST TV ACTOR - COMEDY

NEW FOR 2021

The award will be given to the actor – male or female – that has electrified audiences with a standout on-screen performance in a drama on UK television. Open to lead and supporting roles, the winner will have had the nation talking as a result of their performance.

Cost per entry £250 (ex. VAT)

HAVE A QUESTION?

For any questions or queries please check the 2021 Awards FAQs page or email the team at awards@thetvfestival.com

FAQS

2020

See our winners and shortlist from 2020

2020 WINNERS

PAST WINNERS

To see the winners and shortlists from The Edinburgh TV Awards 2019, 2018 and 2017, click the links below!

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