U.K. dominates Banff’s Non-Fiction Awards

The UK claimed four Rockies for its non-fiction programming while Canada and the U.S. each scooped two at last night's Banff World Television Festival Non-Fiction Awards.
June 15, 2010

Documentary producers from the U.K. hauled away four out of 12 trophies as the Banff World Television Festival recognized TV makers in non-fiction categories in a ceremony Monday night.

Brits nabbed Rockies for best political doc for Iran and the West (BBC Current Affairs/Brook Lapping Productions); environmental program for How the Earth Was Made (Pioneer Film and Television Productions/History); wildlife & natural history for the doc Life (BBC/Discovery/SKAI/Open University); and reality format for Famous Rich and Homeless (Love Productions), whereby five celebrities spend 10 days being homeless by sleeping on the streets in London.

Prizes for the BBC programs were accepted on behalf of the creators by the broadcaster’s Simon Nelson, who jokingly apologized to fellow nominees if ‘this is getting rather irritating.’

Canada netted two trophies including lifestyle and information for Frantic Films’ Pitchin’ In, airing on Food Network Canada, and in the French category for Les vrais gagnants, about a hockey program for kids in Nunavut.

Pitchin’ In follows chef Lynn Crawford who travels to far-flung locations and does whatever it takes to get the freshest ingredients possible, even if it means she has to do the dirty job herself.

The U.S. received Rockies for science & technology doc for PBS’ The Music Instinct: Science and Song (THIRTEEN in association with Mannes Productions Inc.); and arts & performing for the HBO doc In a Dream (Herzliya Films and Red Light Films in association with HBO Documentary Films).

Rounding out the non-fiction winners were programs from The Netherlands (Ton Sijbrands – Checkers Player Despite All Consequences, produced by NPO / VPRO Television), Sweden (The Queen and I, produced by Real Reel in association with SVT), France (Waste: The Nuclear Nightmare, produced by Bonne Pioche and ARTE France in association with Sundance Channel), and Germany (The Miracle of Leipzig, produced by Broadview TV GmbH in association with MDR).

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