The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) has announced this year’s nominees for the 2022 Rockie Awards International Program Competition, recognizing excellence in television and digital media from around the globe.
By company, the BBC leads this year’s nominations with 23, followed by National Geographic and Disney Branded Television with nine nominations each; HBO with seven nods; Sky with six; and Warner Bros. with five.
By country, the UK secured 59 nominations, followed by the U.S. with 54, Canada with 30 nominations, nine for Australia, and six for France.
Among the Canadian productions nominated are the Scott Brothers’ Celebrity IOU and AMI’s Employable Me – a repeat Rockie Award winner – in Lifestyle.
Canadian programming dominates the Short Non-Fiction Program, including nods for A Nation and Her Mother (Animiki See Digital Production Inc, Media RendezVous, Wookey Films Inc, APTN); Decolonizing History (Picbois Productions); Fatima in Kabul (ChitChat Productions), and The Komagata Maru Incident (Bonfire Originals, Historica Canada).
In Children & Youth, animated Canadian co-productions receiving nominations include LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales (Lucasfilm LTD, LEGO, Atomic Cartoons); Dino Ranch (Boat Rocker Studios, Industrial Brothers, Jam Filled Entertainment, Disney Jr, CBC, Radio-Canada); and Lucas the Spider (Fresh TV Inc., Elliott Animation Inc., Wexworks, Wildbrain, Cartoon Network, CAKE).
Vancouver podcast studio, Kelly&Kelly, along with Imperial Mammoth and Audioboom, secured a nod in the Podcast: Fiction category for the star-studded Dark Air with Terry Carnation. Kelly&Kelly won in the Podcast: Fiction category for Hindsight at last year’s awards and also notably won the inaugural Best Podcast honour at the 2020 Rockie Awards for This Sounds Serious.
Find the full list of nominees here.
The competition is one of the largest awards programs of its kind, juried by a panel of 150 international industry professionals. This year’s Rockie Awards Grand Jury, which chooses the coveted Grand Jury Prize, selected from the top-scoring programs across the entire field of nominees, includes: Vanessa Brookman, Head of Kids EMEA, WarnerMedia; Trish Williams, Executive Director, Scripted Content, CBC; James Blue, Head, Smithsonian Channel & Senior VP, MTV News and Docs, ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Brands; Young-kyu Kim, Co-CEO, Studio Dragon; Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama, Channel 4; Candice Wilson Cherry, Head of Development and Production, LOL and Monika Ille, Director, APTN.
In addition to the Grand Jury Prize, the $25,000 Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content, is awarded to the top Canadian production, and The Francophone Prize to the top French language production, in addition to other special awards.
Hosted by actress and comedian Rakhee Morzaria, who serves as both a writer and star of CBC comedy, Run the Burbs, the Rockies Program Competition ceremony will be held in-person and live-streamed on YouTube during this year’s festival at 6:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. MT) on Monday, June 13.
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