2021 Awards

Call for entries!

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Screen Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the official CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 7th annual Screen Nova Scotia Awards Gala! The deadline for all submissions /nominations is May 14th, 2021.

The awards will be held in the fall, exact date TBC. While we’re hoping to hold a hybrid live/virtual event, we’re closing monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation in N.S. and will make an official announcement later this summer. Last year, the awards were held virtually, with all video packages available for viewing on Screen Nova Scotia’s Vimeo page (HERE). You can read the full list of award winners HERE.

The awards gala celebrates the incredible talent, creativity, and passion that are the trademarks of Nova Scotia’s screen industry. Notable awards include the ACTRA Awards for Outstanding Performances, the Film Crew Excellence Award, the Industry Champion Award, the Women in Film & Television Atlantic Award, and the Community Recognition Award, along with the Screen Nova Scotia Awards for best television, film, and animation.

If you have any questions after reading the categories and eligibility criteria below, please don’t hesitate to reach out directly.


SCREEN NOVA SCOTIA AWARDS

To submit a project for consideration for the Screen Nova Scotia Awards, please fill out the online entry form HERE. Nominees and winners will be selected by an independent jury comprised of respected members of the screen industry.

Best Feature Film
– Entrant (Producer, Director, or Production Company) is required to be an SNS member to submit.
– Production must be minimum 20% owned by Nova Scotia production company.
– Feature Film must have aired between Jan 1, 2020, and Dec 31, 2020, as festival screening or theatrical release.

Best Documentary Film
– Entrant (Producer, Director, or Production Company) is required to be an SNS member to submit.
– Production must be minimum 20% owned by Nova Scotia production company.
– Documentary must have aired between Jan 1, 2020, and Dec 31, 2020, as festival screening, theatrical release, and/or on broadcast television.

Best Short Film: Category includes both fiction, documentary, and animated shorts.
– Entrant (Producer, Director, or Production Company) is required to be an SNS member to submit.
– Production must be minimum 20% owned by Nova Scotia production company.
– Film must have aired between Jan 1, 2020, and Dec 31, 2020, as a festival screening or theatrical release.
– Maximum run time is 25 minutes.

Best TV Series: Category is defined as a weekly series that can be fiction or documentary.
– Entrant (Producer, Director, or Production Company) is required to be an SNS member to submit.
– Submitted episode must have aired on broadcast television or a recognized online streaming platform (Netflix, Amazon, etc.) between Jan 1, 2020, and Dec 31, 2020.
– Only one episode needs to be submitted for consideration.

Best Animated Series
– Entrant (Producer, Director, Production Company, or Animation Studio) is required to be an SNS member to submit.
– Content must be animated/produced in Nova Scotia.
– Submitted episode must have aired on broadcast television and/or a recognized online streaming platform (Netflix, Amazon, etc.) between Jan 1, 2020, and Dec 31, 2020.
– Only one episode needs to be submitted for consideration.

If you would like to submit a production for consideration but are not yet a Screen Nova Scotia member, you can become one HERE. The deadline for submissions is May 14th, 2021.


FILM CREW EXCELLENCE AWARD

This award, now in its 9th year, was developed in partnership with the local unions and guilds and recognizes the outstanding work happening behind the camera in Nova Scotia’s screen industry. The professionalism, innovation and ingenuity of the crews in Nova Scotia are a major contributor to the province’s film industry, and this award honours their contribution in maintaining Nova Scotia as one of Canada’s premiere film destinations.

The Film Crew Excellence Award will recognize an individual crew person or team for outstanding creative enterprise within Nova Scotia’s screen-based industry. Siblings Elizabeth, Joanne, and Robert Hagen won the 2020 Film Crew Excellence Award, with a combined six decades of experience working on film, television and commercial productions in Nova Scotia.

Nominations for the 2021 Film Crew Excellence Award should include:
– The name(s), position(s) and contact information for the nominee(s).
– A description of their use of innovation and commitment to the Nova Scotia screen-based industry.
– Up to two supporting documents can be provided for jury review. Ideally, we’d love to receive visual elements such as video clips and photos.

Please note: All nominations will be confidential and only the winner will be announced live at the awards gala. This will better allow for talented crew members to be nominated for jury review year-over-year. Nominations can be submitted via email to tara@screennovascotia.com. All nominations will be reviewed and deliberated by a jury of industry professionals.

The deadline for nominations is May 14th, 2021.


COMMUNITY RECOGNITION AWARD

In our industry, there’s no way we could do what we do without the contributions and long-term support of key community members who rise to the occasion at every opportunity. Introduced in 2017, the Community Recognition Award celebrates our connection to the communities we film in and the people who consistently make great things happen for Nova Scotia’s screen industry.

If you know someone (an individual or a team of people) in our community who has been a long-time industry supporter, nominate them for the Screen Nova Scotia Community Recognition Award! Nominations can be sent via email to tara@screennovascotia.com and should include:

— Name and contact info of nominee;
— A statement on their role in our community and why you are nominating them.

Please note: nominees for this award should be active supporters of the screen industry, but not directly involved in film & television production. The 2020 Community Recognition Award went to Brian Shaw, Production Security (Chester, Nova Scotia). For over 20 years, Brian and his team have kept film sets and communities safe, working for productions including  HavenCavendish, and Pure.

The deadline for nominations is May 14th, 2021.


WIFT-AT AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR

Presented by Women in Film and Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT), the Award for Best Director honours the outstanding achievement of a WIFT-AT member based in Nova Scotia.

Directors from across Nova Scotia are creating outstanding screen-based projects and we want to recognize and celebrate these remarkable artists and their work by shining a light on one accomplished filmmaker who is highly deserving of recognition.

WIFT-AT encourages Nova Scotia-based directors to submit their screen-based projects of any genre, length, or format. Projects completed after January 1st, 2020 are eligible for entry. This award is open only to full members of WIFT-AT. Not a member yet? Join here.

Entries: To enter, please complete the Entry Form HERE. More information on this award can be found online HERE.

The deadline for submissions is May 14th, 2021.


SPONSORSHIP / PARTNER OPPORTUNITIES 

Screen Nova Scotia is dedicated to building a strong and sustainable future for the province’s production sector.  The Screen Nova Scotia Awards wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our partners and sponsors. Their financial support not only helps to produce a world-class event that celebrates and promotes our local media creativity and successes but will help ensure that Screen Nova Scotia can continue to support our province’s screen industry. Interested in sponsoring the 2021 Awards? Reach out now for packages and rates: (902) 229-1499 or tara@screennovascotia.com.