The Shaw Rocket Prize announces that submissions are now being accepted for its signature $50,000 juried, winner-take-all prize for best independently produced Canadian children’s program.
This year, the Shaw Rocket Prize will celebrate the best children’s program by accepting submissions for programs with a target audience of children 12 and under. Any genre or format is eligible and all program lengths are welcome. Submission details can be found at www.rocketfund.ca . The deadline for entries is November 16, 2007.
An international jury consisting of key individuals within the children’s broadcasting and production industry will select the Shaw Rocket Prize finalists. The jury will be announced in January 2008. Finalists will be announced in February 2008. A jury of approximately 400 Canadian students will choose the $50,000 winner as part of a school-based media literacy program.
Previous Shaw Rocket Prize winners include: Degrassi: The Next Generation, Being Ian, and last year’s winner Make Some Noise.
About the Shaw Rocket Prize
Established in 2005 as the largest award of its kind in Canada, the Shaw Rocket Prize is open to independent, Canadian producers of children’s, youth and family programming. Now entering its fourth year, the Prize is designed to fuel the children’s production industry by supporting and celebrating the best of Canadian television programming for kids.
About the Shaw Rocket Fund
The Shaw Rocket Fund is a permanent, independently governed, not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to supporting the production of high quality Canadian children’s, youth and family television programming. Since 1998, the Shaw Rocket Fund has proudly invested over $63 million toward this important genre. Contributors to the Fund are Shaw Communications, Shaw Pay Per View Ltd., a division of Shaw Cablesystems GP, Star Choice Television Network Inc., EastLink Cablesystems, and Delta Cable Communications Ltd.
Degrassi: The Nextr Generation won the prize in 2005, Being Ian won in 2006 and the 13 parts series Make Some Noise won the honors in 2007. More info on each series can be found on their website.
For more information on the Shaw Rocket Prize Call for Entries, please visit www.rocketfund.ca