Friday, September 29, 2023

BANFF reveals 2021 Rockie Awards International Program winners

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 claimed the Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content.

This year’s International Program Competition winners include:

Drama Series: English Language

Killing Eve

Sid Gentle Films Limited, BBC America (UK)

Comedy Series: English Language

The Flight Attendant

Berlanti Productions, Yes, Norman Productions, Warner Bros. Television (USA)

Limited Series

I May Destroy You

Various Artists Ltd, FALKNA Ltd, HBO (UK)

Drama Series: Non-English Language

Caliphate (Kalifat)

Filmlance International AB, SVT, Film Capital Stockholm (SWEDEN)

Comedy Series: Non-English Language

El Presidente

Gaumont, Amazon Studios (ARGENTINA, CHILE, USA)

Live Action: Children

First Day

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)

Podcast: Fiction


Kelly&Kelly, Al Jazeera Podcasts, Audible (CANADA, QATAR, UK)

Podcast: Non-Fiction

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)

Sports Documentary

The Last Dance

Mandalay Sports Media Production, NBAEntertainment, ESPN Films, Netflix (USA)

TV Movie

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 (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.

Francophone Prize

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 ThompsonOrange is the New Black star Danielle Brooks, and forthcoming Marvel superhero and Kim’s Convenience cast member Simu Liu.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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