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Banff ’18: “The Story of Us,” “Undercover High” win at Rockies

Canadian projects took home six awards from the annual Banff World Media Festival program competition.
June 12, 2018

The National Geographic program The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman and A&E’s Undercover High were among the top winners at this year’s Rockie Awards Program Competition at the Banff World Media Festival on June 11.

All told, more than 25 awards were handed out in categories spanning documentary and factual, arts and entertainment, and scripted during an awards ceremony Monday at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

The U.S. racked up several awards in the documentary and factual categories, including Discovery Channel and Toronto’s Yap Films’ Mosquito for environmental and wildlife program; Story House Entertainment’s Residente for history and biography program; and National Geographic and Revelations Entertainment’s The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman for social and current affairs program.

In the music, performance, arts and variety categories, A&E, Lucky 8 TV and Learning Tree Productions’ Undercover High took the reality program award. 

Other winners included BBC2 and Raw TV’s The Drug Trial: Emergency at the Hospital for science and technology program; the Raw TV/Vice/A&E/BBC4 doc Storyville- Silk Road: Drugs, Death and the Dark Web, which won the crime and investigation program category; and the MCN International/Channel NewsAsia series Manufactured Orphans, which won the digital non-fiction series award.

Elsewhere, Sinking Ship Entertainment’s Giver took home the award for best children and youth non-fiction series. Meanwhile Employable Me for Accessible Media was awarded best lifestyle program, while Frantic Films’ Still Standing tied for best music, performance, arts and variety program with France’s Rodin: divino # inferno (ARTE / RMN).

For the full list of winners, click here.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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