Banff World Television Festival Announces Nominees for the 29th Annual Awards

    LONDON, ENGLAND, April 17 /CNW/ - The Banff World Television Festival,
announced today the nominees for the 29th annual Banff World Television
Awards, at an event held in partnership with the Alberta U.K. office at the
High Commission of Canada in London, England. International award-winning
Producer Jon Plowman, (also the recipient of the 2008 Banff World Television
Lifetime Achievement Award) announced the 100 nominees selected from the more
than 900 entries received this year in 22 program categories.
    "The Banff World Television Awards (Rockies) are among the world's most
coveted television awards. The high number of entries from the more than 44
countries and territories, representing a 15% increase from last year, proves
the Award's continued growth and recognition within our international
television community," commented Jennifer Harkness, Executive Director of the
Banff World Television Festival.
    Canwest presents the Banff World Television Awards Show, at the Fairmont
Banff Springs Hotel, in Banff, Alberta, Canada, on Monday, June 9, 2008, where
the award winners will be announced. A complete list of nominees for the 2008
Banff World Television Awards follows below.
    New program categories at this year's Rockies include Environmental
Programs and Social & Humanitarian Programs to address the larger social and
humanitarian issues in the world today. The U.K. earned the highest number of
nominees with Canada and the U.S. a close second. Australia and Germany are
strong contenders across a variety of categories as well.
    The list of all countries and territories represented in this year's
Program Competition includes: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil,
Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland,
Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan,
Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore,
South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Trinidad, UK
and the USA and for the first time the Czech Republic, and Liberia.
    "The continued success of the Program Competition is due to the hard work
of our international juries who volunteer their time to select the best
programs on television from around the world, and to the nominees who have
provided for viewers an unprecedented variety of quality programming," stated
Micol Marotti, Director of Program Competition.
    In addition to the 100 nominees for the Banff "Rockie" Awards, an
additional number of programs have been selected for out of competition (Hors
Concours) recognition. The list of Hors Concours selections is available at
    Host juries include Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN),
Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association (AMPIA), American Public
Television, Banff New Media Institute (The Banff Centre), Canadian Film Centre
(CFC), Channel Zero, Documentary Organization of Canada, Fox21TV, IBW Wales,
Instituto de Estudos de Televisao - Brazil, Just for laughs/Juste pour rire,
Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), Marblemedia, National Film Board of Canada
(NFB), NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Paw Paw/ Penguin Films, RAI
Educazione, Rogers Communications Inc., UKTV, and Whizbang Films.

    Banff World Television Festival

    The Banff World Television Festival is a not-for-profit event produced by
Achilles Media Ltd., an international events management company serving the
television and digital media industries. Achilles Media Ltd. events include:
History Makers: International Summit of History & Current Affairs Producers,
nextMEDIA events, Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX),NATPE Mobile++ and Just
Comedy. For more information, visit The Banff World
Television Festival takes place June 8-11, 2008 amid the spectacular Canadian
Rockies at the Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada. To register, please
visit Spring Rate is available until May 28, 2008.

                     2008 Banff World Television Awards
                               List of Nominees

    Category: Animation Programs

    Charlie and Lola Series 3: I can dance like a dancer
    Producer: Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd.
    For: Cbeebies
    Country: UK

    El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera: The Moustache Kid
    Producer: Nickelodeon
    Country: USA

    Erky Perky: A Zen Tale
    Producer: CCI Entertainment in association with Ambience Entertainment
    Country: Canada/Australia

    Shaun the Sheep: Still Life
    Producer: Aardman Animations
    For: BBC
    Country: UK

    Tomte Tummetott and the Fox
    Producer: Trikk 17 in association with ogglies Film Productions
    For: ZDF
    Country: Germany

    Category: Arts Documentaries
    In partnership with The Banff Centre

    Producer: Vast Productions
    For: SBSI (Australia), NHK (Japan), YLE Teema (Finland), ITVS (USA)
    Country: Australia, USA, Japan

    Helmut by June (Cinemax Reel Life)
    Producer: Canal Plus/Byzance Productions and Rat Films in association
    with HBO Documentary Films
    Country: USA

    Searching 4 Sandeep
    Producer: Cecilia Ritchie Pty Ltd
    Country: Australia

    Strictly Bolshoi
    Producer: Keo Films
    For: Channel 4

    Country: UK
    Producer: Pelegrin Film S.r.l. (Romania) in association with STARCREST
    Media (Germany)
    For: ZDF, ARTE, YLE
    Country: Romania, Germany, Finland

    What Remains: Life and Work of Sally Mann (Cinemax Reel Life)
    Producer: HBO Documentary Films in association with Stick Figure
    Productions, BBC, and Cactus Three
    Country: USA

    Category: Children's Programs

    How the Gimquat Found Her Song
    Producer: Trace Pictures
    Country: Canada

    Numbers and Beards
    Producer: SVT - Sveriges Televison
    Country: Sweden

    Serious Andes: Episode 6
    Producer: BBC
    Country: UK

    Space Pirates: Music to Paint to
    Producer: BBC
    Country: UK

    The Show with the Elephant: Episode 52
    Producer: Westdeutscher Rundfunk
    For: Westdeutscher Rundfunk for KI.KA
    Country: Germany

    Category: Comedy Programs

    Big Bang Theory
    Producer: Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc.
    For: Warner Bros. Television
    Country: USA

    Desperate Housewives
    Producer: ABC Studios
    For: ABC
    Country: USA

    Extras: Episode 9 - Daniel Radcliffe
    Producer: BBC and HBO Entertainment
    Country: UK, US

    Ruddy Hell! It's Harry & Paul
    Producer: Tiger Aspect
    For: BBC 1
    Country: UK

    Summer Heights High: Episode 1
    Producer: Princess Pictures
    For: Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
    Country: Australia

    The Chaser's War on Everything
    Producer: Chaser Broadcasting
    For: Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
    Country: Australia

    Category: Continuing Series
    In partnership with the Independent Production Fund

    Life on Mars: Episode 8
    Producer: BBC Wales / Kudos Film and Television
    Country: UK

    Nip Tuck: Carly Summers
    Producer: The Shephard/Robin company
    For: Warner Bros. Television
    Country: USA

    Producer: Company Pictures
    For: E4 (Channel 4)
    Country: UK

    The Street II: Episode 6
    Producer: Granada
    For: BBC
    Country: UK

    Time of Your Life: Episode 1
    For: ITV1
    Country: UK

    Category: Environmental Programs

    Attenborough Explores... Our Fragile World
    Producer: BBC WildVision
    For: UKTV Documentary
    Country: UK

    Nature:  Crash: A Tale of Two Species
    Producer: ArgoFilms and Thirteen/WNET New York
    For: PBS
    Country: USA

    Nature Of Things, Game over: Conservation in Kenya
    Producer: CBC Television
    Country: Canada

    The Human Foot Print
    Producer: Touch Prods
    For: E4 (Channel 4)
    Country: UK

    Category: History & Biography Programs
    In partnership with Rogers Communications Inc.

    1968 with Tom Brokaw
    Producer: Peacock Productions in association with A&E Network
    For: History Channel
    Country: USA

    Get Collins
    Producer: Mint Productions
    For: RTE
    Country: Ireland

    Producer: Pioneer Productions
    For: ZDF
    Country: UK

    Producer: G.N. Communication
    Country: Israel

    Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn
    Producer: Flaming Star Films
    For: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
    Country: Australia

    White Light/Black Rain: The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    Producer: HBO Documentary Films in association with Farallon Films
    Country: USA

    Category: Interactive Program Enhancement
    In partnership with Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.

    Producer: Westwing Online GmbH
    Country: Germany

    Odd Job Jack
    Producer: Smiley Guy Studios
    Country: Canada

    Total Drama Island: Totally Interactive
    Producer: Xenophile Media in association with FreshTV
    For: Teletoon Canada
    Country: Canada

    Waking the Dead
    Producer: BBC
    For: BBC
    Country: UK

    Category: Internet Only Production Program

    Big Art Mob
    Producer: Moblog:tech in association with Edition Design
    For: Channel 4
    Country: UK

    NFB Filmmaker in residence
    Producer: The National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
    Country: Canada

    The Gap Year Bebo
    Producer: Endemol UK
    Country: UK

    Category: Investigative & Current Affairs Programs

    Dispatches: Meeting the Taliban
    Producer: October Films
    For: Channel 4
    Country: UK

    The Cotton Curse: Child Labour in Uzbekistan
    Producer: Insight News Television
    Country: UK

    The Day Theo van Gogh Was Murdered
    Producer: Hessischer Rundfunk
    Country: Germany

    The Hidden Epidemic: Heart Disease in America
    Producer: WGBH Education Foundation
    Country: USA

    Category: Lifestyle Programs

    Chef School
    Producer: Red Apple Entertainment
    Country: Canada

    Colin and Justin Home Heist - Canada
    Producer: Cineflix, Nextfilm and Media Productions in association with
    HGTV Canada and UKTV
    For: HGTV Canada and UKTV
    Country: Canada, UK

    How to Look Good Naked
    Producer: Maverick
    For: Channel 4
    Country: UK

    National Body Challenge: The Dawkins Twins
    Producer: LMNO Productions
    For: Discovery Health Channel
    Country: USA

    Til Debt Us do Part
    Producer: Money Test 4 Productions Inc.
    Country: Canada

    Producer: Weight To Go II Productions Inc.
    For: Slice
    Country: Canada

    Category: Made for TV Movies

    Producer: Lichtblick Film
    For: SWR, arte
    Country: Germany

    Producer: Colonia Media
    For: ZDF
    Country: Germany

    Boy A
    Producer: Cuba Pictures
    For: Channel 4
    Country: UK

    Producer: Tiger Aspect Productions
    For: BBC1
    Country: UK

    Stuart, A Life Backwards
    Producer: Neal Street Productions
    For: BBC/HBO
    Country: UK

    Category: Mini-Series

    Producer: Daybreak Pictures
    For: Channel 4
    Country: UK

    Producer: BBC Drama Production / WGBH Boston in association with
    Chestermead Ltd.
    Country: UK, US

    Five Days
    Producer: HBO Films in association with BBC Films
    Country: UK, US

    The Woman from Checkpoint Charlie
    Producer: UFA-Fernsehproduktion
    For: ARD
    Country: Germany

    Category: Mobile Program Enhancement

    The Border: Interactive
    Producer: White Pine Pictures with Stitch Media
    For: CBC
    Country: Canada

    The Cell
    Producer: Endemol UK
    Country: UK

    Category: Performance Programs
    In partnership with CTV Inc.

    Car Men
    Producer: NPS/ARTE/ESKa Televize
    For: NPS
    Country: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany

    Fiddle and Drum
    Producer: Joe Media Group Inc.
    For: Bravo!
    Country: Canada

    Kent Nagano Symphonicité
    Producer: Bubbles Television
    Country: Canada

    War Oratorio
    Producer: Oxford Film and Television
    For: MORE4 (Channel 4)
    Country: UK

    Category: Political Documentaries

    Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq
    Producer: HBO Documentary Films in association with Attaboy Films
    Country: USA

    Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
    Producer: HBO Documentary Films in association with Moxie Firecracker
    Country: USA

    Iron Ladies of Liberia
    Producer: Just Media in association with Gabriel Films and Independent
    Television Service (ITUS) and Steps International.
    For ARTE
    Country: Liberia, USA, South Africa, Denmark

    No Plan, No Peace
    Producer: BBC Current Affairs
    Country: UK

    Category: Popular Science & Technology Programs

    My Brilliant Brain
    Producer: Windfall Films In association with FIVE
    For: National Geographic Channels International
    Country: UK USA

    The Cell
    Producer: Point du Jour International in association with ARTE GEIE
    For: ARTE
    Country: France

    The Nature of Things - Living Forever: The Longevity Revolution
    Producer: CBC Television
    Country: Canada

    The Real Superhumans and the Quest for the Future Fantastic
    Producer: Bird Plane Productions Inc. in association with Proper
    Television Inc.
    For: Discovery Channel
    Country: Canada

    Time Limits
    Producer: AV Dokumenta for ORF-Universum (NHU) in co-production with
    For: ORF-NHU
    Country: Austria, France, Germany

    Category: Reality Format Programs
    In partnership with CBC/Radio Canada

    Can Fat Teens Hunt?
    Producer: Cheetah, An Endemol Company
    For: BBC3
    Country: UK

    I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Episode 1 & 8
    Producer: ITV
    For: ITV
    Country: UK

    Producer: GRB Entertainment in association with A&E Television Network
    For: A&E Television Network
    Country: USA

    Keys to the VIP
    Producer: Buck Productions in association with The Comedy Network
    Country: Canada

    The First 48
    Producer: Granada America in association with A&E Television Network
    For: A&E Television Network
    Country: USA

    Category: Social & Humanitarian Programs

    Ghosts of the Yangtze (Up the Yangtze)
    Producer: EyeSteelFilms in association with National Film Board of Canada
    For: National Geographic Channels International
    Country: China, USA, Canada

    Jerusalem is Proud to Present
    Producer: Bador Productions in association with Yona Production
    For: Chennel 8-Noga Communications & Channel 2- Keshet
    Country: Israel

    Le Voyage d'une Vie
    Producer: Lowik Media
    For: CANAL VIE
    Country: Canada

    Milosevic on Trial
    Producer: Team Productions ApS
    Country: Denmark, UK, Germany

    Please Vote For Me
    Producer: Steps International
    Country: Denmark, South Africa, China

    Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma
    Producer: White Pine Pictures in association with The National Film Board
    of Canada
    For: The Sundance Channel
    Country: Canada

    Category: Telenovela & Drama Serial Programs

    Atlantis: Episode 4 & 20
    Producer: Russian World Studios
    Country: Russia

    Love in Difficult Times
    Producer: Diagonal TV
    For: TVE
    Country: Spain

    Turkish for Beginners: Season 2
    Producer: Hofmann&Voges Entertaiment GmbH
    For: ARD / BR
    Country: Germany

    Category: Wildlife & Natural History Programs

    Producer: NHK/NHNZ
    Country: Japan, New Zealand

    Four Wings and a Prayer
    Producer: Primitive Entertainment Inc. in association with Filmes a
    Trois, The National Film Board of Canada
    For: The Documentary Channel
    Country: Canada, France

    Producer: Off the Fence
    For: The Discovery Channel
    Country: South Africa

    Category: Youth Programs

    Danny's Parade
    Producer: NPS
    For: NPS
    Country: Netherlands

    Generation XXL
    Producer: ZIJI Film & Television
    For: CBC
    Country: Canada / The Gang
    Producer: Studio Hamburg Produktion GmbH
    For: KI.KA
    Country: Germany

    Producer: Lemming Film in association with VPRO Television
    For: VPRO Television
    Country: The Netherlands

    The Baby Borrowers on Holiday
    Producer: Love Productions
    Country: UK

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries please contact: Nuria
Bronfman, (416) 434-7431,; or Micol Marotti,
Director Program Competition, (416) 651-4025,

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