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CTA Rules & Eligibility

GENERAL INFORMATION

The 40th College Television Awards competition will feature an awards ceremony at the Saban Media Center upon the completion of a two-day immersive industry experience in Los Angeles. College Television nominees and winners will become part of the Television Academy Foundation's alumni family and have the opportunity to participate in year-round networking opportunities and events.

If you have any questions about how to complete your submission, please do not hesitate to reach out to CTASupport@TelevisionAcademy.com.

We look forward to seeing your work!


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40th College Television Awards Calendar

August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019
Eligibility Period

September 5, 2019
Online Entry System Opens for Submissions
Submit Now

October 3, 2019, 5:00 PM PDT
Online Entry Submission Period Deadline

October 22, 2019 - November 15, 2019
Judging

November 27, 2019
Promotional Materials Due

December 11, 2019
Nominations Announced

March 19-21, 2020
College Television Awards Summit and Ceremony

*Subject to change


ELIGIBILITY RULES

  • Eligible individuals must have been enrolled in an accredited college within the United States at the time of production and completion. Entrants must be enrolled in a course curriculum in which they are receiving a class credit. Faculty verification is required.
  • Eligible credits are Producer, Director and Writer, any of whom may make an entry. If a school does not allow students to make submissions, a festival coordinator or other faculty serving in a similar role is permitted to submit on behalf of the students.
  • All eligible entrants listed as Producer, Director and Writer on the production credits must be listed on the entry. A PDF upload of production credits are required with each entry. There will be no changing of credits after the entry deadline October 3, 2019, 5PM (PST).
  • Eligible programming must have been produced and completed between August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019.
  • For submissions made into Drama Series, Comedy Series, Animation Series, Nonfiction or Reality Series, Variety and Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability you will be asked to imagine your program as an episode in a series and write short synopses of two additional episodes that are required and will be reviewed as part of your submission. NOTE: These two "imagined" episodes need not be produced, nor intended to be produced. The judges want to see where you would take your story.
  • Any piece commissioned for commercial use is ineligible.
  • It is a general principle of this contest that a single achievement is limited to a single bid for a College Television Award. This principle requires that every entrant place his/her achievement in only one category. Please note that the sole exception to this rule allows a program entered in the regular categories of the College Television Awards competition to additionally enter in the Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability category (providing it meets the criteria described in that category).

ENTRY PROCEDURES

ONLINE ENTRY SUBMISSIONS: OPENS SEPTEMBER 5, 2019. Make submissions at: TelevisionAcademy.com/CTA/submit
    
ENTRY DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS OCTOBER 3, 2019.

DEADLINE FOR PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS IS NOVEMBER 27, 2019.

  • All applicants must create a new account for every year they submit.
  • The title of each entry must be listed uniformly throughout the entire submission process, e.g., This is My Entry must always be written as This is My Entry.
  • Entry titles should not start with the word The. Titles must always be written as Newspaper, The
  • Do not use quotation marks in title of entry.
  • PSAs, commercials and advertisements (including school advertisements) appearing in your content must be deleted and replaced with 3-5 seconds of black.
  • The following promotional materials for each entry are due by November 27, 2019: High-resolution headshot & Bio for each entrant; one-minute promotional clip; and up to five production stills. All materials must have full rights & clearances for promotion, including music.
  • Please do not submit any additional materials that are not specifically required for your entry.
  • Entries made in a foreign language must include English subtitles. Foreign entries that do not include English subtitles will be disqualified.
  • Entries that are incomplete, inaccurate or missing information will be disqualified.
  • If at any time your personal information should change, it is your responsibility to notify CTASupport@televisionacademy.com.
  • As a part of the online application, a Faculty Advisor verification email will be generated and sent to certify the Producer(s), Director(s) and Writer(s) were students at the time of production and completion. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the Faculty Advisor responds to the email prior to the competition deadline.

For entry questions, please email: ctasupport@televisionacademy.com


VIDEO UPLOAD

To upload your video:
TelevisionAcademy.com/CTA/submit

Video Specs:
TelevisionAcademy.com/video-specs

For video upload assistance, please email:
ctasupport@televisionacademy.com


VIDEO RELEASE

Each entrant agrees that any film, tape recording, screenshot or supplemental printed material that is furnished to the Television Academy Foundation in connection with an entry may be retained by the Television Academy Foundation for file, reference and archival purposes and may be viewed partially or in its entirety for judging purposes and within the presentation of the 40th College Television Awards presentation. It is the responsibility of the individual uploading a video(s) that all elements listed on the entry are included and are complete at the time of video upload. All entries must be edited back-to-back (straight edits) with no post-production enhancements or internal editing, e.g., music or narration.


JUDGING

Nominees and Winners will be determined by the members of the Television Academy in accordance with procedures established by the Television Academy Foundation. All decisions are final.


CATEGORIES

DRAMA SERIES
Award(s) to individual(s) whose specific screen credit is Producer, Writer and Director and whose functions support those credits

A Drama Series consists of three or more episodes in which the ongoing theme, storyline and main characters are presented under the same title and have continuity of production supervision. A single episode (entrant's choice) is to be submitted for judging consideration. In order for the judges to understand the series context of the submitted episode, plot summaries of two additional episodes (that may or may not have been actually produced) must be additionally submitted. Each episode summary is not to exceed 125 words.
 
Episode length may not exceed sixty minutes.

COMEDY SERIES
Award(s) to individual(s) whose specific screen credit is Producer, Writer and Director and whose functions support those credits

A Comedy Series consists of three or more episodes in which the ongoing theme, storyline and main characters are presented under the same title and have continuity of production supervision. A single episode (entrant's choice) is to be submitted for judging consideration. In order for the judges to understand the series context of the submitted episode, plot summaries of two additional episodes (that may or may not have been actually produced) must be additionally submitted. Each episode summary is not to exceed 125 words.
 
Episode length may not exceed sixty minutes.

ANIMATION SERIES
Award(s) individual(s) whose specific screen credit is Producer, Writer and Animation Director and whose functions support those credits

An Animation Series consists of three or more episodes in which the ongoing theme, storyline and main characters are presented under the same title and have continuity of production supervision. A single episode (entrant's choice) is to be submitted for judging consideration. In order for the judges to understand the series context of the submitted episode, plot summaries of two additional episodes (that may or may not have been actually produced) must be additionally submitted. Each episode summary is not to exceed 125 words.

Episode length may not exceed thirty minutes.

NONFICTION OR REALITY SERIES
Award(s) individual(s) whose specific screen credit is Producer, Writer and Director and whose functions support those credits

Nonfiction series include anthology nonfiction series; in-depth and investigational programs primarily comprised of documentary or produced nonfiction content; unified story and overall show arc; series which are substantively told with documentary elements or produced nonfiction content.
 
Reality series include programs that contain consistent story elements driven by the actions of characters; competition elements that may give a prize or title, including game shows.
 
A Nonfiction or Reality Series consists of three or more episodes and are presented under the same title and have continuity of production supervision. A single episode (entrant's choice) is to be submitted for judging consideration. In order for the judges to understand the series context of the submitted episode, plot summaries of two additional episodes (that may or may not have been actually produced) must be additionally submitted. Each episode summary is not to exceed 125 words.
 
Episode length may not exceed sixty minutes.

COMMERCIAL, PSA OR PROMO
Award(s) individual(s) whose specific screen credit is Producer, Writer and Director and whose functions support those credits

A commercial, PSA or promo is eligible provided it is of 30 to 120 seconds in length.

NEWS
Award(s) individual(s) whose specific screen credit is Producer, Writer and Director and whose functions support those credits

For live (to air or tape), regularly scheduled (daily or weekly) newscast, and special editions of a regularly scheduled newscast tied to a breaking or hard news story. Entire newscast (not to exceed sixty minutes) must be submitted.

SPORTS
Award(s) individual(s) whose specific screen credit is Producer, Writer and Director and whose functions support those credits

For live (to air or tape), regularly scheduled (daily or weekly) sports broadcast. Entire sports broadcast (not to exceed sixty minutes) must be submitted.

VARIETY
Award(s) individual(s) whose specific screen credit is Producer, Writer and Director and whose functions support those credits

This category is open to original variety series and specials.
 
Variety programming is generally defined to include talk shows, sketch programs, award shows and game shows.
 
Series entries: A Variety Series consists of three or more episodes in which the ongoing theme, performers or host are presented under the same title and have continuity of production supervision. A single episode (entrant's choice) is to be submitted for judging consideration. In order for the judges to understand the series context of the submitted episode, plot summaries of two additional episodes (that may or may not have been actually produced) must be additionally submitted. Each episode summary is not to exceed 125 words.
 
Length of the episode or special being submitted may not exceed sixty minutes.

LOREEN ARBUS FOCUS ON DISABILITY
Award(s) individual(s) whose specific screen credit is Producer, Writer and Director and whose functions support those credits

The Loreen Arbus Focus of Disability Award recognizes a program that sheds light on people with disabilities by featuring a main character with a disability or helps emerging artists with a disability gain recognition. A single episode (entrant's choice) is to be submitted for judging consideration. In order for the judges to understand the series context of the submitted episode, plot summaries of two additional episodes (that may or may not have been actually produced) must be additionally submitted. Each episode summary is not to exceed 125 words.

Entry length may not exceed sixty minutes.


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