College Television Awards Categories

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Winners were announced on Wednesday, May 24.

Animation

  • Must be a complete piece
  • Shorts or a pilot episode accepted
  • Title sequences are not eligible
  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited producer
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into the Music category but must be submitted by credited composer
  • Not to exceed 30 minutes

Children's Program

  • Content must be designed primarily for children ages 5-12 in any format
  • Shorts or a pilot episode accepted
  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited producer
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into the Music category but must be submitted by credited composer
  • Not to exceed 30 minutes

Comedy

  • Shorts or a pilot episode accepted
  • Sketch shows may not be submitted in this category (please see Variety)
  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited producer
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into Directing for Comedy category but must be submitted by credited director
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into Writing for Comedy category but must be submitted by credited writer
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into the Music category but must be submitted by credited composer
  • Not to exceed 60 minutes

Commercial

  • Must advertise a product or service
  • PSAs are also acceptable
  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited producer
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into the Music category but must be submitted by credited composer
  • Not to exceed one minute

Directing for Comedy

  • Shorts or a pilot episode accepted
  • Sketch shows may not be submitted
  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited director
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into the Comedy category but must be submitted by the credited producer
  • Not to exceed 60 minutes

Directing for Drama

  • Shorts or a pilot episode accepted
  • Entries in this category can only be submitted by credited director
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into the Drama category but must be submitted by the credited producer
  • Not to exceed 60 minutes

Documentary

  • Shorts or a pilot episode accepted
  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited producer
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into the Music category but must be submitted by the credited composer
  • Not to exceed 60 minutes

Drama

  • Shorts or a pilot episode accepted
  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited producer
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into the Directing for Drama category but must be submitted by the credited director
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into the Music category but must be submitted by credited composer
  • Not to exceed 60 minutes

Individual Achievement in Newscast

  • Individual segments only
  • Category includes nonfiction elements/stories are supplemental; reports covering current events and entertainment; travelogues and segments of magazine programs.
  • Entries in this category can only be made by the credited segment producer
  • Entries cannot be submitted in any other category
  • Not to exceed 30 minutes

Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability

  • Sheds light on people with disabilities by featuring a main character with a disability
  • Helps emerging artists with a disability gain recognition
  • Entries cannot be submitted in any other category
  • Not to exceed 60 minutes

Music - Best Composition

  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited composer
  • Entries in this category may be submitted into another category
  • Music videos are not eligible
  • Submit whole piece. If only a single section of the piece contains original score, please indicate the time stamp that you would like viewed by the judges
  • Not exceed 60 minutes

Newscast

  • Entire newscast must be submitted
  • Specify air date and whether show is daily or weekly
  • Indicate whether show is live broadcast or taped
  • Commercials must be removed
  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited producer
  • Segment producers are not eligible
  • Not to exceed 60 minutes

Series - Scripted

  • Must submit three episodes (produced within the eligibility period)
  • Indicate which two of the three episodes you would like viewed by the judges
  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited producer
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into the Music category but must be submitted by the credited composer
  • Not to exceed 60 minutes per episode

Series - Unscripted

  • Must submit three episodes (produced within the eligibility period)
  • Indicate which two of the three episodes you would like viewed by the judges
  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited producer
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into the Music category but must be submitted by the credited composer
  • Not to exceed 60 minutes per episode

Variety

  • Category includes talk shows, sketch, award shows, game shows and other nontraditional formats
  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited producer
  • Entries in this category may also be submitted into the Music category but must be submitted by the credited composer
  • Not to exceed 60 minutes

Writing for Comedy

  • Shorts or a pilot episode accepted
  • Best version of script is required upon entry
  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited writer
  • Entries in this category may also be made into the Comedy category by credited producer
  • Entries into this category may also be made into the Directing category by credited director
  • Not to exceed 60 minutes

Writing for Drama

  • Shorts or a pilot episode accepted
  • Best version of script is required upon entry
  • Entries in this category can only be made by credited writer
  • Entries into this category may also be made into the Drama category by credited producer
  • Entries into this category may also be made into the Directing for Drama category by credited director
  • Not to exceed 60 minutes

Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship
There is a separate application process. Please click here for more information regarding this scholarship opportunity.