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Award Categories & Eligibility Guidelines


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Eligibility Guidelines

In order to be eligible for nomination, works must satisfy the following criteria:

General Eligibility Guidelines for all categories
* Works must have elements that are considered to be science fiction elements, or elements of a related "fantastical" genre such as fantasy, horror, fairy tale, superhero, etc.
* Except for category #9, works/performers do not need to be Canadian to be nominated.
* Works must have had their first official Canadian release/airing between January 1st, 2013 and December 31st, 2013 (inclusive). For films, this generally means that they must have been theatrically released to Canadian theatres during 2013. For television productions, they must have had their initial airing (via any broadcast, cable, or digital station or network legally available in Canada) during 2013.
* Works which were never officially aired or theatrically released in Canada but which were released on home video in Canada for the first time during 2013 are eligible for the applicable category as if they had been aired or had been theatrically released in the qualifying time period.
* Works that have had no general distribution but that have been shown at Canadian Film Festivals or similar events will only be considered to be eligible after they have been screened at at least THREE public events within Canada. The work will be considered to be eligible in the year of the third public screening at such an event.
* Works that were released via the internet are eligible only if:

  • There was no previous official Canadian release or airing of the work,
  • The initial internet release accessible to Canadians took place in 2013,
  • The release was not blocked or prohibited for general access within Canada, and
  • The internet release of the work was considered "official" by the work's official producers and distributors.
* Works that were only available to Canadians via unofficial means (i.e. means which were not authorized by the work's producers or authorized distributors) are NOT considered to be eligible.
* To qualify in the film catetories, a film must satisfy the Acadamy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' definition of "Feature Length". Currently, that definition requires works to be no less than 40 minutes in length.
* Nominations for works distributed by any other means will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any works that fall into any "grey areas" left open by the wording of these guidelines will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Constellation Awards Committee. These eligibility guidelines may be modified in the future by the committee to help clarify any such grey areas.
* All works must be appropriately licensed or sanctioned by the appropriate copyright holders or licensees.
* For convenience, we are using the imdb guidelines to distinguish "TV Series" from "TV Movie" or "Mini-Series". This guideline can be found at http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?titletypes

1) Best Male Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television Episode
* Awarded to a male performer (series regular or guest star) for his performance in an episode of any TV series which satisfies the general eligibility guidelines above.
* If a particular story spans multiple episodes (i.e. a multi-part episodes), a performer may be nominated for their performance in any individual eligible episode OR the parts can be considered one combined performance. However, multi-part episodes can only be considered as a single performance if ALL the parts meet the general eligibility guidelines.

2) Best Female Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television Episode
* Awarded to a female performer (series regular or guest star) for her performance in an episode of any TV series which satisfies the general eligibility guidelines above.
* If a particular story spans multiple episodes (i.e. a multi-part episodes), a performer may be nominated for their performance in any individual eligible episode OR the parts can be considered one combined performance. However, multi-part episodes can only be considered as a single performance if ALL the parts meet the general eligibility guidelines.

3) Best Science Fiction Television Series of 2013.
* Awarded to a TV series which satisfies the general eligibility guidelines above.
* A series requires only one episode to have had its intial Canadian airing in 2013 to be eligible for this category.

4) Best Male Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series.
* Awarded to a male performer for his performance in a film, TV movie, or mini-series which satisfies the general eligibility guidelines above.

5) Best Female Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series.
* Awarded to a female performer for her performance in a film, TV movie, or mini-series which satisfies the general eligibility guidelines above.

6) Best Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series of 2013.
* Awarded to a film, TV movie, or mini-series which satisfies the general eligibility guidelines above.

7) Best Technical Accomplishment in a 2013 Science Fiction Film or Television Production.
* Awarded to any specific technical accomplishment in a film or television production that satisfies the general eligibility criteria above.
* Technical accomplishments that may be nominated include (but are not limited to):
  • Special Effects
  • Editing
  • Audio
  • Cinematography
  • Costume Design
  • Animation
  • Makeup/Prosthetics
  • Music
  • Camera Work
  • Science Consultant
  • Art Direction

8) Best Overall 2013 Science Fiction Film or Television Script.
* Awarded to a script for a work that satisfies the general eligibility criteria above.
* For the purposes of this category, multi-part episodes to a TV series or multiple parts of a mini-series or TV movie may be considered as a single script if all episodes were written by the same scriptwriter(s) and if all episodes meet the general eligibility guidelines.

9)Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2013.
* Awarded to a contribution to Science Fiction film or television which satisfies the criteria of any of the categories above and was performed or created by a Canadian individual or company, OR took place inside Canada.
* This can include:
  • Canadian actors or actresses who qualify for categories 1, 2, 4, or 5.
  • Science fiction films or television productions which qualify for categories 3 or 6 and which were produced or co-produced by a Canadian company OR which were filmed (partially or entirely) in Canada.
  • Technical accomplishments which qualify for category 7 and which were accomplished by a Canadian individual or company.
  • Works that qualify for category 8 and which were written or co-written by a Canadian.
  • Canadian organizations, companies, or government agencies that have supported the Science Fiction film or television industries.
Refer to our Eligibility List for works which have been identified as being eligible under these guidelines.

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