The Festival unveiled changes to its prestigious competition, which will now include all comedy and drama series under one single Fiction category, and divide its News category into three sections: coverage, documentary and documentary film.

As the celebration of its 60th anniversary approaches, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival is introducing changes to its famous Golden Nymph Awards Competition, which has been rewarding the best international television content for more than half a century.

Long fiction programmes, comedy TV series and drama TV series have now been combined into a single “Fiction” category.

The eligibility dates have been changed to allow unscreened programmes or programmes on their first broadcast in their home country to be included.

“The official selection will now feature nine original and international programmes (compared with 24 previously),” says Laurent Puons, CEO of the Festival.

“The jury will reward the best of fiction across all formats. Members of the cast and crew for each programme selected will be invited to Monte-Carlo to present their work through screenings, conferences and press activities, and stake their claim for a prestigious Golden Nymph,” he adds.

Changes are also being made to the News category, which is now divided into three major sections: news coverage, news documentary and documentary film.

Finally, the Prince Rainier III Special Prize has become a completely separate category.

“The reworking is part of an ongoing monitoring strategy that has been put in place in recent years, confirming the Festival’s dominant position in Europe. Promoting international TV programmes and constantly adapting to changes in the industry are part of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival’s DNA,” concludes Laurent Puons.

The submission period for the 60th Golden Nymph Awards opens on Monday, November 4.