Gotham Independent Film Awards Adds Two New Prizes for TV, Digital Series

Tributes will also be presented to director Todd Haynes, actors Robert Redford and Helen Mirren and producer Steve Golin

The 25th Annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards this November is adding two new “Breakthrough Series” Awards to highlight outstanding achievement in serialized content on TV and digital-media platforms, The Independent Filmmaker Project announced Thursday.

The awards will be given out in Long Form (for series with episodes running 30 minutes or longer) and Short Form (for episodes under 20 minutes). However, only series that premiered between Sept. 1, 2014 to Aug. 31, 2015 will be eligible.

The awards will honor exceptionally realized new series that expand past the possibilities of creative, independent storytelling in serialized content.

“IFP programs have long supported independent and innovative storytellers, and we continue to do that across a growing diversity of content strands and platforms,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in New York Media Center by IFP. “On the 25th Anniversary of the Gotham Awards, we thought it was time to acknowledge significant accomplishment in the field of serialized content — and to do so in the manner that the Gothams honor other ‘breakthrough’ talent.”

The Gotham Awards ceremony will be held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Nov. 30. The Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP are the first honors of the film awards season, selected by distinguished juries.

The deadline for submitting entries to the Gotham Awards is Sept. 17, with juries selecting the winners in all competitive categories except the Audience Award. Nominees will be announced Oct. 22.

Previously announced tributes will be presented to director Todd Haynes, producer Steve Golin and actors Robert Redford and Helen Mirren.