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8th June 2009

30th Annual Banff World Television Festival Award Winners Announced

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Banff World Television FestivalBanff – Winners of the Banff World Television Awards (“The Rockies”), presented by Canwest, were announced tonight at the 30th edition of the Banff World Television Festival, taking place at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel until June 10, 2009.

“Featuring the prestigious Banff World Television Awards program competition on the first night of BANFF is a great way to kick off the Festival. All of the nominees this year represent outstanding television production and I wish to extend heartfelt congratulations to the winners of this year’s ‘Rockies,’” says Peter Vamos, BANFF Executive Director.

The 2009 ‘Rockies’ were redesigned and restructured by Georges Leclere, Director of the Program Competition. For the first time, there are two Banff World Television Awards ceremonies – the category awards announced tonight while the Grand Prize winners will be announced during the second ceremony on Monday June 8th.

“The exceptional quality of the 23 Categories winners, once again, shows the power of attraction of the Banff World TV Festival worldwide,” comments Georges Leclere. “We are honored to present winners with the ‘Rockie’ the trophy that truly inspires excellence in international television and represents a great generation of promising producers and directors.”

Chosen from over 800 entries, the 130 category nominees represented 29 countries. Hosted by ‘E! News Weekend’s’ Arisa Cox the awards were handed out to the 23 category winners. The Interactive category Awards were handed out during BANFF’s sister conference, nextMEDIA Banff, on Saturday, June 6, 2009.

The 2009 Banff World Television Festival Category Winners:

Animation Programs – In partnership with Starz Animation Toronto
I Met The Walrus
Entrant: Bravo!
Country: Canada

Arts & Performing Arts Documentaries – In partnership with The Banff Centre
The Curse of the Mona Lisa
Entrant: Channel 4
Country: UK

Children’s Programs
Habib: The meaning of life/The ghost in the basement
Entrant: SVT- Sveriges Television
Country: Sweden

Comedy Programs – In partnership with William F. White International
Beautiful People
Entrant: BBC
Country: UK

Continuing Series & Serial Programs – In partnership with the Shaftesbury
Lost: The Constant
Entrant: ABC Studios
Country: USA

Environmental Programs
– In partnership with NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Frontline: Heat
Entrant: PBS International
Country: USA

History & Biography Programs – In partnership with Rogers Communications Inc.
Paris 1919
Entrant: National Film Board of Canada
Country: Canada

Investigative & Current Affairs Programs – In partnership with Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.
Oil for Fraud
Entrant: Maha Productions
Country: France

Lifestyle & Information Programs – In partnership with INSINC
Family Restaurant: The Quons (Be Bold)
Entrant: Anaid Productions Inc.
For: Food Network Canada
Country: Canada

Made for TV Movies – In partnership with Sony of Canada Ltd.
Skirt Day
Entrant: ARTE France
Country: France

Mini-Series – In partnership with Deluxe Vancouver | Toronto
John Adams
Entrant: Home Box Office (HBO)
Country: USA

Music or Variety Programs – In partnership with Shure Incorporated
Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got the Pop Factor
Entrant: Channel 4
Country: UK

Political Documentaries – In partnership with DGC – BC
Dispatches – Warlords Next Door?
Entrant: Channel 4
Country: UK

Popular Science & Technology Programs – In Partnership with SAIT Polytechnic
Inuit Odyssey
Entrant: Clearwater Media
For: CBC Television and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Country: Canada

Reality Format Programs – In partnership with CBC/Radio-Canada
Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts
Entrant: BBC
Country: UK

Social & Humanitarian Programs – In partnership with Searchlight Recruitment Inc.
The Qur’an
Entrant: Juniper Communications Ltd.
For: Channel 4
Country: UK

Sports Documentaries – In partnership with PBS International
Thriller in Manila
Entrant: Channel 4
Country: UK

Sports Entertainment Programs
CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada
Entrant: CBC Television
Country: Canada

Telenovela Programs – In partnership with Quebec Film & Television Council
The Wolf (Lobo)
Entrant: ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
Country: Philippines

Wildlife & Natural History Programs – In partnership with PBS International
Titus: The Gorilla King
Entrant: Tigress Productions
For: BBC and WNET
Country: UK

Youth Programs
Entrant: Channel 4
Country: UK

Interactive Categories:

Immersive Entertainment – In partnership with TELUS
BITWORLD – Rescue Toya!
Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Country: Japan

Original Online Programs – In partnership with Government of Alberta & Alberta Film
Gaza-Sderot: life in spite of everything
Entrant: Bo Travail in association with Alma Films, Trabelsi Productions, Ramattan Studio, Upian.com
Country: France

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