Reed Midem announced that the call for entries opens today for the prestigious Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Awards 2021. Celebrating their 5th anniversary this year, the awards have become a prominent fixture in the annual calendar and a highlight of the Mipcom Week, dedicated to championing and promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms across the international television industry. The awards ceremony will take place live during Mipcom (October 11-14) on October 13 in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals, in Cannes, and will also be live streamed to remote audiences.
These awards aim to shine a light on programmes of diverse and inclusive background, spotlighting new and established voices, from a wide range of countries and recognising programming that exemplifies authentic and positive representation of under-represented communities. Selected programmes will also show originality and excellence in terms of storytelling, casting and production values.
Entries will be screened by a Pre-Selection Jury of content experts and shortlisted projects will be chosen by a panel of charitable organisations that campaign for equality and inclusion. Furthermore, for the second year running, the awards will also feature a special prize, the Variety Creative Change Award, which will be presented to an individual who has used their platform in the arts to champion diverse voices and stories.
“Five years ago we set out to recognise and celebrate programmes that harness the influence of the entertainment industry to drive change for good. Since then, each year has brought a greater number of excellent entries, from countries and companies big and small, that challenge our worldviews and have a positive impact on society and our industry. We look forward very much to seeing this year’s selection and awarding the winners in person at our much-anticipated reunion in Cannes,” said Lucy Smith, Director of Mipcom.
The categories open to entries for programmes airing between July 25, 2020, and July 23, 2021, on a linear and/or non-linear platform are: representation of race and ethnicity (scripted and non-scripted), representation of LGBTQIA+ (scripted and non-scripted), representation of disability (scripted and non-scripted), and representation of diversity in kids programming (all genres).