SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS 2018 – Non-scripted entertainment formats contest

The contest is organized annually since 2015 by media consulting company Media Resources Management (Ukraine) and backed by international distributor Small World IFT (USA) and world's biggest international content market MIPCOM (France). 

SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS opens up new opportunities for the authors of innovative entertainment projects, including independent producers and creators, representatives of big prodcos and TV channels. Whether you are a rookie or a pro in format business – you are absolutely welcome to try your hand in the international contest for the best idea in the genre of non-scripted entertainment show.

What we are looking for? SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS contest is in search for new original non-scripted entertainment formats (game, quiz, dating, travel, survival, reality show, etc.) at any development stage: from the paper format and to the program that has already been broadcast or commissioned.

Applications are accepted from July 2 to August 10, 2018. All submitted projects will be judged by the independent experts’ panel featuring Ukrainian and international media industry professionals with multiyear of experience in development, distribution and adaptation of formats.

Selection criteria:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Potential to develop multiple series
  • Potential to travel around the world as a format
  • Potential to become cross-media and multiplatform format

5 finalists of the contest will be announced on August 27, 2018 on KYIV MEDIA WEEK website.

Final round of the SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS contest will take place on September 17, 2018, from 11:00 till 12:40 in the course of KMW 2018 (Hyatt Regency, Kyiv, Ukraine). Each finalist will get KWM participant’s badge, giving access to all events on September 17, 2018.

SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS winner – the author of the best idea according to experts and partners of the competition, will get a great opportunity for professional growth at the international level, while the winning format will be kickstarted globally to win the hearts of audiences on all continents:

  • Small World IFT (USA) – Partner of SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS contest becomes the exclusive worldwide distributor, adding the winning format to the catalogue and presenting it at all major content markets globally. Also, the company provides international development expertise in adapting the winning format for the global market and funds the production of the sizzle. The winning idea will see the world as a format at MIPTV 2019.
  • MIPCOM (France) – International Partner of SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS and KYIV MEDIA WEEK – awards the winner with participant’s badge of the world's biggest entertainment content market MIPTV 2019 (April 8-11, Cannes, France).
  • Travel partner of KMW 2018 – KYI AVIA awards the winner with air tickets to France and accommodation in Cannes during their participation in MIPTV (April, 2019).

To participate in SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS contest and submit one or more projects please proceed with the following steps:

  • Learn the Rules of SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS;
  • Register for participation in the Contest;
  • Send duly completed Application Form to the attention of SMALL WORLD. BIG IDEAS organizers, email address: (not later than August 10);
  • Pay the contest application fee – 800 UAH (for one project).


Please browse FAQ (frequently asked questions) or contact the organizers ( or +380 44 459 46 10) in case some additional questions occur.

The winners of the previous competition were: Elena Malkova and Igor Storchak from Ukraine, authors of travel show Generations on Tour (2017) Lital Shemesh from Israel, author of the reality show Come to Bed (2016), Nana Sukhanova and Paul Peleshko from Ukraine with the project DRIVE THIS! (2015).