2019 WGSA Muse Awards Categories

LIST OF AWARDS

FILM

Best Feature Film Screenplay

Best Short Film Screenplay

TELEVISION

Best Television (Short Form) Drama Screenplay

Best Television (Long Form) Drama Screenplay

Best Television Mini-Series Screenplay or
Best “Made for Television” Screenplay

Best Sitcom Screenplay

Best Television Comedy Screenplay

Best Micro-Budget Film Screenplay

DOCUMENTARY

Best Documentary Script

Best Documentary Series Script

STAGE PLAY

Best Stage Play Script

RADIO PLAY

Best Radio Play Script

ANIMATION

Best Animated Film Screenplay

Best Animated Short Film Screenplay

Best Animated Series Screenplay

MOBILE OR INTERNET

Best Webisode Screenplay

FAS FILM

Best FAS Original Feature Film Screenplay


CATEGORY DEFINITIONS

1 FILM

a) A Film screenplay is defined as a dramatic motion picture script, which has an emphasis on the fictional account of a story. It may also be based on fact or adapted from a literary or other work. 

There are two categories of Film in the WGSA Muse Awards:

i) A Feature Film screenplay has a running time of more than 40 minutes.

ii) A Short Film screenplay has a running time of 40 minutes or less (including all the credits).

b) Stock footage, stills and other such non-fiction recordings may figure in no more than 25 percent of the screenplay’s running time.

2 TELEVISION

a) A Television Drama is defined as a dramatic work which has been written specifically for the small screen, be it television or streaming. It can be a fictional story, or may be based on fact or adapted from a literary or other work.

There are three categories of Television Drama in the WGSA Muse Awards:

i) Short Form TV Drama; which is a series or serial with no less than 10 episodes and no more than 26 episodes in a season. Episodes have a running time of no less than 22 minutes and no more than 60 minutes including all credits.

ii) Long Form TV Drama; which is a serial of no less than 157 episodes per season and is colloquially known as a soap or telenovela. Episodes have a running time of no less than 22 minutes and no more than 30 minutes including all credits.

iii) Made for TV Film (or TV Mini-Series); both of these are dramatic works, with the movie a self-contained screenplay of no less than 87 minutes and no more than 120 minutes including all credits. A TV Mini-Series is a dramatic work, which is self-contained in one season of no less than 4 episodes and no more than 10 episodes. Episodes are not shorter than 52 minutes and not longer than 60 minutes, including all credits.

b) A Television Comedy is defined as a work specifically created to amuse and draw laughter from a television or streaming audience.

There are two categories of Television Comedy in the WGSA Muse Awards:

i) A Sitcom is written specifically for a confined studio set and multi-camera recording, occasionally in front of a live audience. Its running time is no shorter than 22 minutes and no longer than 30 minutes including all credits.

ii) A TV Comedy episode is written for single camera production and is not confined to a studio set. It usually contains both comedy and dramatic elements, and is no shorter than 52 minutes and no longer than 60 minutes including all credits.

c) Micro-Budget Films are dramatic or comedic works specifically written for television or streaming and are colloquially known as Bubblegum Movies. They are produced for a production budget of R600 000.00 or less, and are no shorter than 52 minutes and no longer than 90 minutes including all credits.

d) A writer may only enter one episode from a specific series or serial, but they may enter an episode from more than one series in every category.

3 DOCUMENTARY

a) A Documentary is defined as a work that uses visuals of, and or interviews with people involved in, real events to provide a factual report on a particular subject.

There are two categories of Documentaries in the WGSA Muse Awards:

i) A Feature Length Documentary script is defined as a non-fiction script created specifically for cinema release. It may include news footage, partial re-enactment, stock footage, stills, animation, stop-motion and other techniques and has a running time no shorter than 57 minutes and no longer than 120 minutes including all credits.

i) A TV Series Documentary script is crafted specifically for television or streaming as opposed to cinema, and has a running time of no less than 52 or more than 60 minutes including all the credits.

b) A writer may only enter one episode per series; however they may enter an episode from more than one series.

4 STAGE PLAY

a) A Stage Play script is defined as a story written specifically to be performed by actors for a live audience, either on a stage or at any other live venue.

b) A Stage Play has a running time of no less than 60 minutes.

c) A Stage Play contain must consist of no less than 75 percent dialogue. If it is a Musical, dialogue may be reduced to 25 percent if at least fifty percent consists of original lyrics specifically written for the production.

5 RADIO PLAY

a) A Radio Play script is defined as a story written specifically to be recorded by voice artists, and distributed as an audio only product.

b) A Radio Play may have a running time of between 28 and 88 minutes.

c) The script has to be written and submitted in the internationally accepted style for a Radio Play. A TV or movie screenplay cannot be entered in the radio category, unless it has been specifically adapted to the correct radio format.

d) A writer may only enter one episode per series; however they may enter an episode from more than one series.

6 ANIMATION

a) An Animated Film screenplay is defined as a motion picture script written specifically to be recorded using a frame-by-frame technique. This usually falls into one of the two general fields of animation: narrative or abstract. Some of the techniques of animating films include, but are not limited to, hand-drawn animation, computer animation, stop-motion, clay animation, pixilation, cut-out animation, pin-screen, camera multiple pass imagery, kaleidoscopic effects created frame-by-frame, and drawing on the film frame itself. Motion capture and real-time puppetry are not by themselves animation techniques.

There are three categories of Animated Film in the WGSA Muse Awards:

i) A Feature Length Animated Film screenplay, which has a running time of no less than 87 minutes.  There must be a significant number of the major characters who carry dialogue.

ii) An Animated Short Film screenplay, which has a running time of 40 minutes or less (including all the credits) and may contain no dialogue at all, as long as the action to tell the story is scripted in detail.

iii) An Animated Series screenplay, which has a running time of more than 3 minutes, and one season of no less than 6 episodes.

b) A writer may only enter one episode per series; however they may enter an episode from more than one series.

7 MOBILE OR INTERNET

a) A screenplay for a Webisode can be fictional, an adaption or based on fact. Screenplays that qualify as a documentary as defined in 3a above do not qualify.

b) A Webisode has a running time of no less than 2 minutes and no more than 15 minutes, including all credits.

c) If the screenplay can be mistaken for a script that qualifies for any film, television, stage or radio category, the screenwriter must submit information supporting how and why their screenplay is substantially a work for the internet or a mobile device.

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