The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) has announced the winners of the 2021 Rockie Awards International Program Competition.
Juried by a panel of 150 international industry professionals, this year’s competition featured 142 nominations from 37 countries. The UK came away with a leading 11 awards, followed by the U.S. with 10. Canada claimed five awards, while Australia and France took home four awards each.
Among the Canadian winners were Vancouver podcast production and creative studio Kelly&Kelly, which won in the Podcast: Fiction category for Hindsight, a dramatized series based on world events and produced for Al Jazeera Podcasts. Kelly&Kelly notably won the inaugural Best Podcast honour at last year’s Rockies for This Sounds Serious.
Canada-UK co-production Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (Associated Producers Ltd., Cornelia Street Productions, UppiTV, Anonymous Content, EPIX), won in the History & Biography category, while Happily Married (C’est comme ça que je t’aime) (Cineflix Media, Casablanca Productions, Ici Tou.tv) claimed the Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content.
This year’s International Program Competition winners include:
Drama Series: English Language
Sid Gentle Films Limited, BBC America (UK)
Comedy Series: English Language
The Flight Attendant
Berlanti Productions, Yes, Norman Productions, Warner Bros. Television (USA)
I May Destroy You
Various Artists Ltd, FALKNA Ltd, HBO (UK)
Drama Series: Non-English Language
Filmlance International AB, SVT, Film Capital Stockholm (SWEDEN)
Comedy Series: Non-English Language
Gaumont, Amazon Studios (ARGENTINA, CHILE, USA)
Live Action: Children
Epic Films, ABC Australia (AUSTRALIA)
Live Action: Youth
War Stories (Oorlog-Stories)
EO Broadcasting, Stepping Stones Productions (THE NETHERLANDS)
Competition Series & Game Shows
Leftfield Pictures for History (USA)
Filthy Rich & Homeless
Blackfella Films, SBS (AUSTRALIA)
Love on the Spectrum
Northern Pictures, Netflix (AUSTRALIA)
Kelly&Kelly, Al Jazeera Podcasts, Audible (CANADA, QATAR, UK)
Where Is George Gibney?
Second Captains for BBC Sounds (IRELAND, UK, USA)
History & Biography
Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Associated Producers Ltd., Cornelia Street Productions, UppiTV, Anonymous Content, EPIX (CANADA, UK)
Science & Technology
Cosmos: Possible Worlds
Possible Worlds, LLC in association with Fox for National Geographic (USA)
The Last Dance
Mandalay Sports Media Production, NBAEntertainment, ESPN Films, Netflix (USA)
Roald & Beatrix, the Tail of the Curious Mouse
Hartswood Films, Sky Studios (UK)
Program of the Year
Winner: It’s a Sin, Red Production Company For Channel 4 and HBO Max in association with All3Media International (UK)
Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content
Winner: Happily Married (C’est comme ça que je t’aime), Cineflix Media, Casablanca Productions, Ici Tou.tv (CANADA)
The $25,000 Rogers Prize is awarded to the highest-scoring Canadian program or property in the Rockies International Program Competition across two rounds of independent jury review.
Winner: Brazen (Culottées), Silex Films, France Télévisions (FRANCE)
The Francophone Prize is awarded to the jury’s highest-scoring French-language video submission.
Grand Jury Prize
Winner: I May Destroy You, Various Artists Ltd, FALKNA Ltd, HBO (UK)
The Grand Jury Prize recognizes the “best in show” from all Rockies International Program Competition winning entries.
BANFF previously announced this year’s Banff Media Festival Rockies Gala Award honourees, which include Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson, Orange is the New Black star Danielle Brooks, and forthcoming Marvel superhero and Kim’s Convenience cast member Simu Liu.
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