Banff World Media Festival unveils nominees for 2022 Rockie Awards

The Banff World Media Festival, the annual media event and industry program produced by Realscreen parent Brunico Communications, has unveiled the full list of nominations for its annual Rockie Awards International Program Competition, which ...
April 12, 2022

The Banff World Media Festival, the annual media event and industry program produced by Realscreen parent Brunico Communications, has unveiled the full list of nominations for its annual Rockie Awards International Program Competition, which recognizes global excellence in television and digital media across all genres. This year’s competition features 148 nominees from 45 countries across 28 categories.

The competition, which is juried by a panel of 150 industry professionals from around the globe, will see the nominees vying to win in their own categories, and competing for the Grand Jury Prize, whose winner will be selected from the top-scoring programs across the entire field. This top honor will be awarded by the Rockie Awards Grand Jury, which this year includes senior representatives from Warner Bros. Discovery, the CBC, APTN, Channel 4, and MTV News and Docs.

The 2022 Rockie Awards will be presented in a live ceremony on June 13, the second day of this year’s Banff World Media Festival. The festival is expected to return to in-person attendance for this year’s event, which runs from June 12 to 15.

“This year’s Rockie Awards are more international than ever before,” the festival’s executive director Jenn Kuzmyk said in a news release. “The creative spirit and exceptional work across the nominees truly exemplifies the very best of global content.  We can’t wait to share this year’s show and celebrate in-person with nominees and winners once again in Canada’s beautiful Rocky Mountains.”

Non-fiction content recognized by the Rockies covers documentary, factual, lifestyle, competition and reality programs across 12 categories. Nominees for this year’s edition are listed below:

Arts & Culture

Freddie Mercury: The Final Act (UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Rogan Productions

Introducing, Selma Blair (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Discovery+, LD Entertainment, Liddell Entertainment

Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story (UK/U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Passion Pictures, BBC Arts, AGC Studios, CNN Films, Ventureland

Reclaiming Amy (UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Curious Films

Wolfgang (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Supper Club

Crime & Investigative

Al Jazeera Investigations: The Men Who Sell Football (Qatar)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Al Jazeera I Unit 

Groomed (U.S./Netherlands)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Blumhouse Television, Yellow Dot Films, Discovery+

Framed (Australia)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: SBS Australia, The Feed

Miracle Fishing: Kidnapped Abroad (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Three-three-four, XTR, Kilometric Productions, Discovery+

Mission Investigate (Sweden)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: SVT, Bellingcat

Environmental & Wildlife 

After the Wildfires (Australia/Canada)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Love Nature, Northern Pictures, ABC Australia, CBC 

Becoming Cousteau (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: National Geographic Documentary Films, Story Syndicate, The Cousteau Society, Ace Content

Endangered (UK/U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: BBC Studios Natural History Unit, Discovery Channel

Growing Up Animal (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Wall to Wall, National Geographic

Tiny World (UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Plimsoll Productions

History & Biography 

9/11: Inside the President’s War Room (UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Wish/Art Films, BBC One, Apple TV+

Black Liberators WWII (Canada)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Yap Films, Corus Entertainment

Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain (UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Blast! Films, BBC

Surviving 9/11 (UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Top Hat, BBC, Keshet

Uprising (UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Rogan Productions, Lammas Park, Turbine Studios

Science & Technology

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World (UK/U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: BBC Studios, PBS, B-Reel Films

Manufacturing Ignorance (France)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Arte France, Zed

Own the Room (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: National Geographic Documentary Films, Saville Productions

‘The Nature of Things’ – The Machine That Feels (Canada/France)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Yap Films, CBC, Arte France

The Vaccine Quest (Singapore)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: CNA, Mediacorp

Social Issues & Current Affairs 

Captive (Canada)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Antica Productions

Changing the Game (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Superfilmes, Foton Pictures, Glanzrock Productions

Dying to Divorce (UK/Norway)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Dying to Divorce Ltd, Aldeles, Tigerlily Productions, Freak Productions

Spirit to Soar (Canada)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Makwa Creative, Antica Productions

Syria, Women in War (France)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Capa Presse, France 5

Sports Documentary

Bruno v Tyson (UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Workerbee, Sky Studios

Football’s Darkest Secret (UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Insight TWI, Passion Pictures, Very Much So, Ventureland, BBC

The Time of Our Life (Belgium)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Woestijnvis, VRT

Diego: The Last Goodbye (Argentina)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: WarnerMedia Latin America, Zeppelin Studios Latin America

Torn (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: National Geographic Documentary Films, Lightbox, Wilderpeople Productions

Short Non-Fiction Program

A Nation and Her Mother (Canada)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Animiki See Digital Production, Media RendezVous, Wookey Films, APTN

Decolonizing History (Canada)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Picbois Productions

Fatima in Kabul (Canada)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: ChitChat Productions

The Komagata Maru Incident (Canada)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Bonfire Originals, Historica Canada

White Fatigue (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Hook and Line

Competition Series & Game Shows 

Alone (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Leftfield Pictures, History Channel 

RuPaul’s Drag Race (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: World of Wonder, VH1

The Bachelorette (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, Warner Horizon, Next Entertainment

The Great British Bake Off (UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Love Productions

Ultimate Escape (Finland)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Rabbit Films, Discovery Finland


Could You Survive on the Breadline? (Australia)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Lune Media, SBS TV, Screen Australia, Screen NSW

Feuer und Flamme (Fire and Flame) (Germany)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: WDR, SEO Entertainment

Lost for Words (Australia)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Endemol Shine Australia

Double Life: When the Truth Catches Up With Us (Canada)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Trio Orange

The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet (U.S./UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Studio Silverback, BBC, Discovery Channel


Celebrity IOU (Canada/U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Scott Brothers Entertainment

Employable Me (Canada)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Thomas Howe Associates, Accessible Media

Lidia Celebrates America (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: GBH Educational Foundation, Five O’ Clock Films

Love on the Spectrum (Australia)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Northern Pictures

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (U.S./UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: CNN Original Series, Raw

The Repair Shop (UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Ricochet

Top Gear (UK)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: BBC Studios

Reality Series

12 Dates of Christmas (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Objective Media Group America

40 Means Nothing (Mexico)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: WarnerMedia Latin America, Dopamine

Bachelor in Paradise (U.S./Mexico)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, Warner Horizon, Next Entertainment

Crikey! It’s the Irwins (U.S./Australia)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Eureka Productions

Running Wild with Bear Grylls (U.S.)
Producer/Distributor/Broadcaster: Electus, National Geographic

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.