“Jane the Virgin,” “Mr. Robot” and “Transparent” are among the first TV titles eligible for Gotham Awards, the annual indie film-centric trophy fest that this year decided to open up the honors to filmmakers working in serialized content across all platforms.
The Gotham Independent Film Awards, presented annually by the New York-based nonprofit Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), opted to include TV and digital series among the night’s competitive categories as an acknowledgment of how many filmmakers these days find outlets for their work beyond the bigscreen. Two new categories, one for long form series (with episodes of more than 30 minutes each) and one for short form (with segments of less than 30 minutes apiece) will launch with this year’s round of awards.
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “UnREAL” also are in the running for the long form series award, with web series including “Bee and Puppycat” and “Qraftish” among the short form contenders.
The 2015 nominees for the Gothams’ competitive film awards were announced last week, with “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Carol” and “Tangerine” lead thing pack. The 2015 ceremony is set for Nov. 30 at Cipriani Wall Street.
The nominees for the 2015 Gotham Awards for Serialized Content are:
Breakthrough Series – Long Form
“Jane the Virgin,” Jennie Snyder Urman, Creator (The CW)
“Mr. Robot,” Sam Esmail, Creator (USA Network)
“Transparent,” Jill Soloway, Creator (Amazon)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Creators (Netflix)
“UnREAL,” Marti Noxon, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, Creators (Lifetime)
Breakthrough Series – Short Form
“Bee and PuppyCat,” Natasha Alllegri, Creator (Cartoon Hangover)
“The Impossibilities,” Anna Kerrigan, Creator (seriesofimpossibilities.com)
“Qraftish,” Christal, Creator (Blackgirldangerous.com)
“Shugs and Fats,” Nadia Manzoor and Radhka Vaz, Creator (ShugsandFats.TV)
“You’re So Talented,” Sam Bailey, Creator (Open TV)