Banff Rockie Awards 2019: winners

Two ABC titles have been awarded at the prestigious Rockie Awards in Banff.

Wrong Kind of Black from Princess Pictures won the Web Fiction category. The 2018  docudrama centred around 1970s Indigenous DJ Monty Pryor, nicknamed, “The Black Superman” and his brother Paul, who were caught up in a world of cops, crocs and blood-spattered dance floors.

iview series The Twist by Broken Yellow won the Animation category. It dramatises some of Australia’s most intriguing and unexpected crime stories.

Sally Riley, ABC Head of Drama, Comedy & Indigenous, said: “The ABC is thrilled to win two Rockie Awards at the Banff World Media Festival, demonstrating how outstanding Australian content connects with people here and overseas.

“Congratulations to our teams and partners, Princess Pictures and Broken Yellow, for bringing Wrong Kind of Black and The Twist to life for digital audiences, leading the charge for the ABC’s original and diverse content across multiple platforms.”

Andrea Denholm, Princess Pictures Executive Producer, said: “The power of Boori’s story was clear to us from the moment we heard it and we are thrilled that the film struck a chord in such a prestigious international competition. We are proud of the talented team who worked so hard to bring this distinctly Australian story to the world and thank the ABC and Screen Australia for their foresight and faith in the project.”

Navid Bahadori, Broken Yellow Executive Producer, said: “The Twist came in as underdogs into Banff, up against some incredible animations from across the world. The Broken Yellow team worked for almost two years crafting each episode, so it’s such an honour to be recognised by the international film community.”

Other wins went to The Bodyguard, Barry, Sharp Objects and Doctor Who.

Winners:

Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content
Baroness von Sketch Show
Frantic Films
Canada

Rockies Francophone Prize
Boomerang
Encore Télévision
Canada

Jury Prize
You Are Here
MDF Productions/HBO Canada
Canada

DOCUMENTARY & FACTUAL

Crime & Investigative Program
Live PD
Big Fish Entertainment/A&E
USA

Environmental & Wildlife Program
Dynasties
BBC
UK

History & Biography Program
The Clinton Affair
Jigsaw Productions/Instinct Productions/A&E
USA

Science & Technology

One Strange Rock
Nutopia/National Geographic
USA/UK

Social & Current Affairs Program
The Elor Azaria Case: Hero or Murderer
Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Germany

Web Non-Fiction Series

Cosmos: The Universe in Five Minutes
YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company
Finland

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Animation
The Twist
Broken Yellow/Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Screen Australia
Australia

Arts & Music Program
Elvis Presley: The Searcher
Old Farm Road Films/Sony Pictures Television
USA

Comedy & Variety Program
Baroness von Sketch Show
Frantic Films
Canada

Interactive Content
Damaged
Yellow Bear Studios/Insight Productions
Canada

Lifestyle Program
Employable Me
Employable Me Productions/Thomas Howe Associates
Canada

Reality Program
RuPaul’s Drag Race
World of Wonder
USA

CHILDREN & YOUTH

Animation: Children & Youth
The Star of Andra and Tati
Rai Radio Televisione Italiana/Larcadarte
Italy

Children & Youth Fiction Series
Katy
BBC
UK

Children & Youth Non-Fiction Series
My Life: Hike to Happiness
Nine Lives Media
UK

Interactive Content: Children & Youth
MarcoPolo World School
MarcoPolo Learning/Mad Snow/KeyFrame/Beat Street
Canada/USA/UK

Preschool Program
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Fred Rogers Productions/9 Story Media Group
USA/Canada

SCRIPTED

Comedy Series: English Language
Barry
HBO/Alec Berg/Hanarply
USA

Comedy Series: Non-English Language
Arthur’s Law
good friends Filmproduktions/TNT Comedy
Germany

Drama Series: English Language
Bodyguard
World Productions/BBC
UK

Drama Series: Non-English Language
Can You Hear Me?
Trio Orange
Canada

Limited Series
Sharp Objects
HBO/eOne/Tiny Pyro/Blumhouse/Fourth Born/crazyrose
USA/Canada

Sci-Fi & Genre-Based Series
Doctor Who
BBC Cymru/BBC One
UK

Serials, Soaps & Telenovelas
Tangled Lives
SP Televisão/SIC
Portugal

Television Movie
Mother’s Day
BBC Studios: The Documentary Unit
UK

Web Fiction Series
Wrong Kind of Black
Princess Pictures/Australian Broadcasting Corporation/
Screen Australia
Australia

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