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SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS is a contest for creators and producers with innovative concepts for new non-scripted entertainment formats. The contest is organized by Media Resources Management (Ukraine) and backed by Small World IFT (USA). 

“We are thrilled and honored to be involved with the second annual Ukraine Format Competition organized by our fantastic friends MRM.  Because there is so much talent in Ukraine, it was nearly impossible to shortlist five, much less the final one, the winner Come to Bed. I wish we could have taken on more, which is why we are excited about doing this again with MRM”, – Tim Crescenti, President of Small World IFT.

It is strategically important for the young producers and creators to have an opportunity to learn the best international practices of television production, follow global trends, and meet and network with foreign colleagues. MIPCOM, the annual gathering of the world’s most successful content creators, producers and distributors from around the globe, provides all these opportunities, - Laurine Garaude, MIP Show Director, Reed Midem, the organizer of MIPTV and MIPCOM The winner of Small World. Big Ideas competition received free registration to MIPCOM as prize. Last year the winner was granted an invitation to MIPFormats and MIPTV, the spring’s biggest TV and digital content events for professionals. But as this year Format Show happens after MIPTV, we will be happy to welcome the winner at MIPCOM in Cannes in October. Reed Midem, the organizer of MIPTV and MIPCOM, does hope that this invitation to MIPCOM will be a pass to the international TV industry for its winner, - Alexandra Modestova, CEO, Expocontent, Reed Midem’s representative in Ukraine

SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS was opened to individuals and companies to present their new and original ideas of non-scripted entertainment formats. The submitted concepts could be at any development stage: starting from paper format and on out to the program that has already been broadcast or commissioned (in this case worldwide format rights availability is a must).

Selection criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Creativity / originality
  • Potential to develop multiple series
  • Potential to travel around the world as a format
  • Potential to become cross-media and multiplatform format
  • To be non-scripted entertainment format 

The Judging panel consisted of Ukrainian and international TV industry experts. 

Contest judging panel:

  • Tim Crescenti – President, Small World IFT (USA);
  • Henny Adolfsdottir – Sales Executive, Small World IFT (UK)
  • Tara Gaule – SVP Format Sales and Development, Small World IFT (UK)
  • Elena Kanishevskaya – Producer, Ukraine TV Channel (Ukraine)
  • Victoria Lezina – General Producer, 1+1 Production (Ukraine)
  • Pavlo Dubovyi – Head of Format\Program Development, StarLightMedia Group (Ukraine)
  • Stepan Shevelyuk – Head of Perspective Planning Group, STB TV Channel (Ukraine)
  • Oleksii Goncharenko – Founder & General Producer, Friends Production (Ukraine)
  • Elena Malkova – Producer, FILM.UA Group (Ukraine)
  • Danny Fenton – CEO, Zig Zag Productions (UK)
  • Bertrand Villegas – CCO, The Wit (Switzerland)
  • Victoria Yarmoshchuk – CEO, Media Resources Management (Ukraine) 
  • Nataliia Shtaltovna – Executive Producer, TeenSpirit Studio (Ukraine)


Galina Betsko (Ukraine) – MADE IN GARAGE

Lital Shemesh (Israel) – COME TO BED

Vyacheslav Garmash (Ukraine) – SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN

Vladimir Solodovnikov (Russia) – NEW ROBINSON

Pavel Shport (Ukraine) – SUMMER SCHOOL


Lital Shemesh (Israel), COME TO BED

Final round of the SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS contest took place on April 19, 2016 in the course of international conference FORMAT SHOW Spring Edition

SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS winner received:

Prize from Small World IFT – Partner of SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS contest

Small World IFT to become exclusive worldwide distributor, adding the winning format to Small World IFT slate and presenting it at all major television markets globally 

Small World IFT to provide international development expertise in adapting the winning format for the global market

Small World IFT to fund the production of a promo, and launch the format at MIPCOM 2016
Prize from MIPCOM – International Partner of FORMAT SHOW Spring Edition and the contest
Participant badge to attend world's entertainment content market – MIPCOM 2016 (October 17-20, Cannes, France)

It is important to note that on FORMAT SHOW day (April 19) SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS contest participants were involved in a range of special activities. Alongside with traditional pitching session (during which creators of top-5 ideas tried their fate in front of TV business masterminds and the entire audience of FORMAT SHOW conference), Face-to-Face Meetings session was held specially for the authors of 15 projects, that received high points from the experts and follow in the list right after the finalists. During one-hour Face-to-Face Meetings session they had a series of personal meetings with Ukrainian prodcos and broadcasters as well as with representatives of some foreign companies. Face-to-Face Meetings is one of the innovations of this year’s FORMAT SHOW, which program includes educational sections and special events for newcomers of format industry.