James Bluemel‘s Once Upon A Time In Iraq (BBC2/Keo Films) won in the documentary category at the 59th Rose d’Or Awards Wednesday (Dec. 9).
The film (pictured) also received the Golden Rose Award, presented to the most outstanding program of the year, at the virtual ceremony.
On receiving the two awards, director Bluemel said: “Making this film was really enjoyable… I know it’s about war and goes to some pretty dark places, but it was, and I think that’s because of the people I met and filmed whilst making it… I would like to dedicate this award to and on behalf of everyone who helped to make Once Upon A Time In Iraq, I’d like to thank them.”
Across all categories, the Rose d’Or winners included programming from the UK, the U.S, Germany, Argentina, France and Australia. This year’s awards saw a record 766 entries spanning 12 categories, voted for by more than 80 international judges from across the TV industry.
As previously announced, the awards also honored natural history broadcaster David Attenborough (Planet Earth, Our Planet) with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his 60-year career.
The School That Tried To End Racism (Proper Content/Banijay/Channel 4) took home the top prize in the reality and factual entertainment category; while biography/documentary Wim Wenders, Desperado (NDR/Studio Hamburg Enterprises/ARD’s Das Erste) won in the arts category.
Capa, Newen Connect and France 3′s entertainment format The Wonderbox won in the studio entertainment category.
This year’s awards also included a new “Innovation In The Time Of COVID” category, which honored Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special (Fulwell 73, CBS Studios, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group).
To see a full list of this year’s non-scripted/unscripted nominees, click here.