BANFF

The Banff World Television Awards, often referred to as the “Olympics of Television” are pleased to announce this year’s award winners in the following categories.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

· Sir Peter Ustinov Award for Comedy: Ricky Gervais

· Lifetime Achievement Award: William Shatner

· NBC Universal Canada Award of Distinction: Eric McCormack

BEST OF SHOW IN ALL FESTIVAL GENRES

· Best Drama: London River, 3B Productions in association with ARTE France, ARTE France – France

· Best Kids + Animation : Le Printemps de Melie/ Molly in Springtime, National Film Board of Canada in association with Folimage, PIWI, Divertissement Subsequence Inc – Canada

· Best Francophone: Aveux, Productions Pixcom inc., Radio-Canada – Canada

· Best Green Program: Bang Goes The Theory: The Human Power Station, Dragonfly Film and Television Productions, BBC – United Kingdom

· Best Canadian Program: 65 Red Roses Force Four Entertainment in association wtih CBC News Network, Knowledge  CBC (The Passionate Eye) – Canada

· Best Entertainment: Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra, Glassbox Productions, BBC – United Kingdom

· Best Documentary: Life, BBC in association with Discovery/SKAI/Open University, RTI Spa – BBC1 – United Kingdom

· Grand Jury Prize: London River, 3B Productions in association with ARTE France, ARTE France – France

GREEN GRAND PRIZE

Green Grand Prize: Louie Psihoyos, Oscar Winner and director of The Cove. The prize recognizes outstanding achievement in creating public awareness and understanding of environmental issues through the use of visual media. Psihoyos was selected as a result of nominations received from all around the world, honouring his tremendous impact on a global level. Dr. David Suzuki, president of the Banff Green Jury, presented the award to Mr. Psihoyos.

“Tonight’s award winners represent the best in television and film, and epitomize innovation, talent and dedication,” says Georges Leclere, executive producer of the Banff World Television Awards. “We’re delighted to celebrate and honour their outstanding achievements.”

The Banff World Television Awards celebrate the culmination of an extraordinary year for the renowned Banff Program Competition. With over 800 submissions and 200 nominees selected from over 65 judging centres throughout the world, it is one of the industry’s most prestigious events, recognizing the brightest and best in international television.

The Banff World Television Festival is the world’s premiere television content creation event and annual forum for business and creative opportunities for those in television and new media. For the first time, the festival will run concurrently with nextMEDIA Banff, bringing together the television and digital media communities for a truly unique cross-platform event, offering unprecedented networking, face-to-face meetings, keynote speeches and pitching opportunities that reflect the growing convergence of television and digital media.

For more information on the Banff World Television Festival and nextMEDIA, visit www.banff2010.com.

 

The 31st Banff World Television Festival (BANFF) and nextMEDIA are pleased to announce this year’s Banff World Television Award winners, in the fiction categories:

ENTERTAINMENT CATEGORIES:

1)     Animation: Le Printemps de Melie/ Molly in Springtime, National Film Board of Canada in association with Folimage, PIWI, Divertissement Subsequence Inc – Canada

2)     Comedy Programs: Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Table Read, HBO Entertainment , Home Box Office – USA

3)     Music & Variety Programs or Series: Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra, Glassbox Productions, BBC – United Kingdom

CHILDREN FAMILY AND YOUTH CATEGORIES:

1)     Children’s Programs (2+): The Yellow House, Pausefilm, Danish Television, DR1 – Denmark

2)     Youth Programs (13+): TeenNick HALO Awards, Nickelodeon, TeenNick – USA

DRAMA CATEGORIES:

1)     Continuing Series & Serial Programs: In Treatment, Leverage, Closest to the Hole Productions and Sheleg in association with HBO Entertainment  Home Box Office – USA

2)     Made-for-TV-Movies: London River, 3B Productions in association with ARTE France, ARTE France – France

3)     Mini-Series: Flesh and Bones (Van Vlees en bloed), Woestijnvis, VRT – Belgium

4)     Soap Operas: Where is Elisa?, TVN, TVN – Chile

5)     Telenovelas: Cats Cradle, TV Globo, TV Globo – Brazil

CATÉGORIES FRANCOPHONES:

1)     Divertissement: Tout le monde en parle, Avanti Ciné Vidéo, Le gars de la TV, Les productions Jacques K Primeau et Radio-Canada, Radio-Canada – Canada

2)     Fiction: Musee Eden, Les Productions Sovimage, Radio-Canada – Canada

3)     Jeunesse: La joute junior, Avanti Ciné Vidéo, Télé-Quebec – Canada

 

“The Rockies have become one of the highest, global accolades in the television industry,” says Georges Leclere, executive producer of the Banff World Television Awards. “Tonight’s winners represent the very best in creativity and innovation, from the world’s best television programs, and we couldn’t be more delighted with their success.”

Chosen from 900 entries from more than 43 countries, the Banff World Television Awards, also known as the “Rockies”, is one of the world’s most prestigious events celebrating outstanding work by international TV creators responsible for the continuing evolution and originality in the industry. All the nominees were announced earlier this year at the MIPTV broadcast and digital media conference in Cannes, France.

Equally exciting, BANFF has seen a 13% increase in submissions this year, attesting to the continued popularity and importance of the awards.

The BANFF organizers designated 68 jury panels from over 30 countries around the world to select Rockie Award nominees in each of the 34 categories. There will be 5 separate award ceremonies for winners from each of these 34 categories, culminating in the Banff World Television Awards on June 15, 2010.

For full list of category descriptions,: http://www.banff2010.com/2010.program.categories.php.