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Friends: The Reunion, Captive doc among 2022 Banff Rockie Award winners

The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) has announced the winners of the 2022 Rockie Awards International Program Competition.

Juried by a panel of 150 international industry professionals, awards were presented in 28 categories spanning Documentary & Factual, Arts & Entertainment, Children & Youth, Scripted, and Podcast.

The $25,000 Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content was awarded to Antica Productions for feature length documentary, Captive, while the Prix Francophone (Francophone Prize) recognized Pixcom and Quebecor Content television miniseries Audrey est revenue (Audrey’s Back).

Among the other Canadian winners were AMI series Employable Me, which won in the Best Lifestyle Program category, and A Nation and Her Mother, which features a Métis poem performed by Janelle Wookey (Wookey Films) and was broadcast as part of APTN’s Indigenous Day Live 2021 programming. It won Best Short Non-Fiction Program.

Rebekah Miskin, the Toronto-based actress and writer behind web series, Night Owl, was honoured with this year’s Emerging Artist Prize, awarded to the jury’s highest-scoring short fiction or short non-fiction video submission that was not funded by a streamer or network.

International winners included Friends: The Reunion (Best Comedy & Variety Program), RuPaul’s Drag Race (Best Competition Series), British police procedural Vigil, as well as discovery+ Introducing, Selma Blair (Best Arts & Culture Program) which chronicles the actress’ battle with MS.

Best Comedy & Variety Program

Friends: The Reunion

HBO Max, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, Warner Horizon, Fulwell 73 Productions, Bright, Kauffman, Crane Productions (USA)

Best in Competition Series & Game Shows

RuPaul’s Drag Race

World of Wonder, VH1 (USA)

Best Docuseries

The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet

Studio Silverback, BBC, Discovery Channel (USA, UK)

Best Lifestyle Program

Employable Me

Thomas Howe Associations (CANADA)

Best Reality Series

Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Electus LLC, National Geographic (USA)

Best in Animation: Children

Karma’s World

Netflix, 9 Story Media Group, Brown Bag Films, Karma’s World Entertainment (USA, CANADA, IRELAND)

Best in Animation: Preschool


Sixteen South, Letko (UK, POLAND)

Best in Animation: Youth

The Case (La custodia)

Graphilm Entertainment, Rai Ragazzi (ITALY)

Best in Interactive Content: Children

CBC Kids Tokyo 2020 Olympic Website

CBC Kids, Hypersurge (CANADA)

Best in Live Action: Children

Jamie Johnson

Short Form, BBC (UK)

Best in Live Action: Youth

Six Degrees (Six Degrés)

Encore Télévision (CANADA)

Best Arts & Culture Program

Introducing, Selma Blair

Discovery+, LD Entertainment, Liddell Entertainment (USA)

Best Crime & Investigative Program

Miracle Fishing: Kidnapped Abroad

Three-three-four, XTR, Kilometric Productions, Discovery+ (USA)

Best Environmental & Wildlife Program

Tiny World

Plimsoll Productions (UK)

Best History & Biography

Surviving 9/11

Top Hat, BBC, Keshet (UK)

Best Non-Fiction Podcast

Have You Heard George’s Podcast?

BBC Sounds, BBC Radio 5 Live, George the Poet (UK)

Best Science & Technology Program

Own The Room

National Geographic Documentary Film, Saville Productions (USA)

Best Short Non-Fiction Program

A Nation and Her Mother

Animiki See Digital Production Inc, Media RendezVous, Wookey Films Inc, APTN (CANADA)

Best Social Issues & Current Affairs Program

Dying to Divorce

Dying to Divorce Ltd, Aldeles, Tigerlily Productions, Freak Productions (UK, NORWAY)

Best Sports Documentary


National Geographic Documentary Films, Lightbox, Wilderpeople Productions (USA)

Best Comedy Series: English Language

We Are Lady Parts

Working Title Television, Universal International Studios, Universal Studio Group (UK)

Best Comedy Series: Non-English Language

Countrymen (Jordbrukerne)


Best Drama Series: English Language


World Productions (UK)

Best Drama Series: Non-English Language



Best Feature Length Film


The Forge, Channel 4, All3Media International (UK)

Best Limited Series


HBO, SISTER, South of the River Pictures, Sky Studios (USA, UK)

Best Fiction Podcast

The Orchard

Princess Pictures, Audible (AUSTRALIA)

Best Short Fiction Program

@IAmSophieScholl (@IchbinSophieScholl)

Sommerhaus Serien GmbH, VICE Media GmbH, Unframed Productions GmbH, SWR, BR (GERMANY)

Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content


Antica Productions (CANADA)

Prix Francophone (Francophone Prize)

Audrey est revenue (Audrey’s Back)

Pixcom, Quebecor Content (CANADA)

Emerging Talent Prize

Rebekah Miskin (Night Owl)


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Connie Thiessen
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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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