The 25th Annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards have added two new categories to honor outstanding achievement in serialized content in television and new digital media. The Breakthrough Series awards will be presented at IFP’s upcoming awards ceremony, Monday, November 30th in NYC.
According to IFP, “the awards will honor exceptionally realized new series that expand the possibilities of creative, independent storytelling in serialized content. The series should be realized with an economy of means, and characterized by innovation, risk taking, creative freedom and vision, and the introduction of new voices and non-traditional subject matter that enrich the landscape or push the boundaries of ‘television.’ ”
“IFP programs have long supported independent and innovative storytellers, and we continue to do that across a growing diversity of content strands and platforms,” says Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in New York Media Center by IFP. “On the 25th Anniversary of the Gotham Awards we thought it was time to acknowledge significant accomplishment in the field of serialized content – and to do so in the manner that the Gothams honor other “breakthrough” talent.”
Breakthrough Series awards will be given in two formats: Long Form (for continuing or limited series with episodes running 30 minutes and longer) and Short Form (for continuing or limited series with the majority of episodes under 20 minutes). Focusing on “debut” series, only series that premiered within the last year (September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015) will be eligible. Full criteria for the Breakthrough Series awards are available at http://gotham.ifp.org. Nominations for the awards will be announced along with nominations for all competitive category awards on October 22nd, 2015.
Nominations will be made by committee recommendation and not through open submission review. Committees will be comprised of critics, journalists, curators, programmers and others not directly engaged in the production and distribution of TV and new media content.
The IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards’ 10 competitive awards will be presented on Monday, November 30th at Cipriani Wall Street, along with previously announced Tributes to filmmaker Todd Haynes, actors Robert Redford and Helen Mirren, and producer Steve Golin.