Any frame by frame or computer-assisted animated film or video that relies primarily on creative animation techniques to tell a story.
Any single production or series in any genre that is clearly intended for the entertainment and/or education of children or youth.
COMMUNITY TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS
A program in any genre with local community interest produced for broadcast on community television or local service provider. Can be produced by a cable television company, local service provider, or production company.
**NEW** BEST COMMERCIAL
Honouring excellence in video advertising for products, services, or organizations. Spots can be up to 60s in duration.
**NEW** BEST SASKATCHEWAN COMMERCIAL
Honouring excellence in video advertising for products, services or organizations. Spots can be up to 60s in duration and must be from a Saskatchewan creator or agency.
**NEW** OUTSTANDING COLOUR GRADING
Any single production or episode of a series in any genre with a primary focus on color grading as a significant aspect of the production process. A before and after reel is required.
Visual Impact - the color grade should demonstrate a substantial improvement in the visual quality and storytelling of the content. Submissions should showcase a high level of technical expertise in color grading, including but not limited to adjustments in color balance, contrast, saturation, and color grading techniques.The color grading work should exhibit original and creative approaches to enhancing the visual aesthetics and narrative of the production.
We welcome submissions that experiment with form and use innovative techniques in the service of a filmmaker’s creative expression. This category typically expands or challenges filmmaking conventions.
PERFORMING ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Programs which use music and/or performance to entertain or showcase artistic achievement. Such as, but not limited to, music videos, dance and movement pieces, and live performance recordings.
A program in any genre that follows a thematic or narrative through-line over the course of at least 3-episodes.
SHORT SUBJECT – FICTION
Fiction productions in any genre, on any subject, which are 25 minutes or less in length.
SHORT SUBJECT – NON-FICTION
Non-fiction productions in any genre, on any subject, which are 25 minutes or less in length.
A production in any genre that is produced and/or directed by a full-time student enrolled in a post-secondary institution. Entrants must not have been previously employed as a producer or director in the film or television industry.
Documentaries relating to the world of art and culture, including a single program from a broadcaster strand or anthology series.
DOCUMENTARY HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY
Documentaries with predominantly historical themes or those which document the life of a person or persons, including a single program from a broadcaster strand or anthology series.
DOCUMENTARY POV (POINT-OF-VIEW)
Documentaries which present a personal, first-person or filmmaker point of view or narrative, including a single program from a broadcaster strand or anthology series.
Documentaries that explore topics and/or issues in the nature/environmental, science, medicine, or technology fields, including a single program from a broadcaster strand or anthology series.
Documentaries about politics, social issues, and current events, including a single program from a broadcaster strand or anthology series
Non-fiction series exploring subject(s), places, points of view, or events based on facts. The series must have a minimum of three (3) episodes.
Productions entered in any of the above main categories, and which meet the specific eligibility criteria, are invited to compete for the following awards:
Programs either fiction or non-fiction that explore issues relating to indigenous peoples, tell indigenous stories or present an indigenous perspective. At least one of the key creative positions (producer, writer, or director) must be a person of indigenous descent. Please note: you may only be considered for either the Indigenous Award or the Multicultural Award but not both.
Programs in any genre that promote the understanding of, and/or depict the realities of those living with mental health issues.
THE RUTH SHAW AWARD (Best of Saskatchewan)
A $750.00 cash award honouring the Best of Saskatchewan. Open to all Saskatchewan based productions in all genres. To be eligible the entry must be produced or co-produced by a Saskatchewan based production company listed and credited accordingly. Service productions shot in Saskatchewan without significant involvement by Saskatchewan based personnel in key creative positions do not qualify for this award.
EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD
Awarded to a new filmmaker (specifically a director) who demonstrates outstanding potential, skill, and creativity in his/her directorial debut. To be eligible, the submission must be the entrant’s first professional production (in any genre) employed as a director. At the time of submission, he/she should have no more than two years working in the film or television industry. The production must have been completed in its entirety outside of a post-secondary institution and received no financial support (bursary, grant etc.) from any post-secondary institution.
Programs in any genre that reflect Canada’s racial diversity and multicultural landscape.
Please note: you may only be considered for either the Indigenous Award or the Multicultural Award but not both.
Presented to the director(s) who demonstrates the most skill and creativity in a dramatic production.
Presented to the director(s) who demonstrates the most skill and creativity in a documentary or other factual production.
This award recognizes the contribution and role of the researcher in documentary production. It can be awarded for content/story research and/or archival stock shot research.
All productions entered in any of the main categories will automatically be considered for the following special awards (where applicable).
BEST OF THE FESTIVAL
The Golden Sheaf Award of Excellence will be presented to the most outstanding production of the Festival.
THE KATHLEEN SHANNON AWARD
A $1,000 cash award and plaque will be presented to a filmmaker whose production exemplifies diverse, cross-cultural storytelling in novel and unique ways.
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