Film und Medien Stiftung NRWNewsPress16th International Emmy Semi-Final Round of Judging in Cologne on Wednesday, 31 August

16th International Emmy Semi-Final Round of Judging in Cologne on Wednesday, 31 August

  • Jury of almost 60 industry experts makes pre-selection in three categories
  • iEmmys: Partnership with NRW for the past 14 years
  • Anniversary: ceremony for 50th International Emmy Awards in New York on 21 November, 2022
  • Presentation of television and series hub by the State of NRW, LfM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW


The Semi-Final Round of Judging will be held for the 16th time in Cologne, at Schloss Arff again, on Wednesday 31 August. A jury of almost 60 film and television professionals are deciding on the nominations in three categories on behalf of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This year sees  decisions being made in NRW in the Documentary, Best Actor and TV Movie / Mini-Series categories. Cologne is the only place in Germany to host a jury session. The worldwide nominees in all 16 categories will be published in the fourth week of September. The ceremony for the  International Emmy Awards takes place in New York on 21 November.

The Semi-Final Round of Judging in Cologne is being supported in 2022 by the Prime-Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the City of Cologne, MMC Studios, the Landesanstalt für Medien NRW and Broadview TV. As in previous years, the jury session is hosted by the German Academy Ambassador and Cologne-based producer Leopold Hoesch (Broadview TV), together with WDR, ZDF, MagentaTV and RTL.

Guests at Cologne’s Emmy Cocktail in the evening include Marcus Ammon (Bavaria Fiction), Jörg Graf and Hauke Bartel (RTL), Frank-Dieter Freiling (ZDF), actor Moritz Führmann, producer Philipp Käßbohrer (btf), producer Benjamina Mirnik-Voges (Disney+), Christoph Schneider (Amazon), actress and iEmmy winner Anna Schudt and Lavinia Wilson. iEmmy director Camille Bidermann-Roizen and jury head Nathaniel Brendel will be attending from New York. More than 30 semi-final jury sessions are held around the globe  each year ahead of the awards to decide on the nominations. Cologne has been a venue for one of the rounds of judging since 2008.

The partnership between NRW and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has now existed for the past 14 years.The Filmstiftung, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the State Media Authority present NRW as a film and series hub each  year during the iEmmy’s festival in November.

The internationalisation of TV production has further bolstered the International Emmy Awards’ position as the leading competition and networking platform for TV professionals from all over the world. The International Emmy Awards will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.