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The 2001 Banff Television Festival's Rockie Awards and CTV Canadian Documart award top dollar to docs.
June 14, 2001

The Banff Television Festival – in full-swing until Friday, June 15 – has announced the award-winners for two of its program competitions. The Rockie Awards (an international competition recognizing excellence across 14 categories) and the CTV Canadian Documart (a competition open to Canadian producers and international producers working under Canadian coproduction treaties) each doled out CDN$50,000 (US$33,000) Grand Prizes to docs. Here are the highlights:

Of the 86 nominees selected from 1,030 projects entered in the Banff Rockie Awards, La terre des ames errantes (The Land of Wandering Souls), a film documenting the laying of the first fibre-optic cable across Cambodia produced by La Sept ARTE/INA, picked up the $50,000 Global Television Grand Prize. The $25,000 NHK President’s Prize, an award designed to recognize the best entry produced or post-produced in HD, went to Wild Asia: Creatures of the Thaw, an international copro between NHK, NHNZ and the Discovery Channel. Finally, the two $20,000 Telefilm Canada awards for the best independent English-language and French-language Canadian productions, went to The Four Seasons (Rhombus Media and Veronica Tennant Productions) and 2 Frères: Épisode 9 (Cirrus Communications and Sphère Media Plus).

A panel of 28 commissioning editors heard pitches from seven finalists at the CTV Canadian Documart. The $50,000 first prize was awarded to Toronto-based Infield Fly Productions’ Demon in the Freezer, a film about biotech terrorism. Teen Invasion: How Teens Came to Dominate World Culture (produced by Toronto’s Primitive Entertainment) took the $30,000 second prize. The third prize of $20,000 went to SPAM: The Shelf Life and Times of the World’s Most Popular Luncheon Meat, by Toronto-based Reel to Reel Productions.

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