New York Festivals Television and Film Awards revealed on 2021 Storytellers Gala laureates. World-class work created by global storytellers from over 40 countries was honored at the Storytellers Gala on October 12, a virtual event due to the cancellation of the 2021 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Grand Prix 2021
“My octopus teacher” Documentary: Nature & Wildlife (Off the Fence BV / Sea Change Project / Netflix)
This acclaimed effort was recognized for their Grand Prize winning documentary. The film takes the viewer to a spectacular underwater world few humans have ever seen, rich in unimaginable sights, creatures and characters. The Oscar-winning 2021 documentary presents a fully immersive cinematic experience and redefines the relationship between humans and wild animals.
“All creatures big and small” Entertainment Program: Drama (Playground TV for Masterpiece PBS and Channel 5 in association with All3media International and Screen Yorkshire) won the NYF Grand for its adaptation of the popular BBC series that spanned the 70s-90s. The show’s new take preserves the spirit, tone and rich values of Herriot’s iconic characters and stories, and brings to life to a large modern audience his entertaining tales of country life in the north of England. .
“The last dance” News Schedule: Best Non-Fiction Series (ESPN) ESPN Films and Netflix’s award-winning 10-part documentary series explores the period of 1997 as Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were followed by a film crew as they began their quest to win a sixth NBA Title. The result is the film “The Last Dance”, a remarkable portrayal of an iconic player and famous team – revealed more than two decades later.
For the fifth year in a row, Al Jazeera English’s coverage of international issues and universal themes has earned the network the prestigious title of Broadcaster of the Year. The network has won medals for a diverse lineup of programming, including Al Jazeera Investigations, Witness, 101 East, Al Jazeera Correspondent, Talk to Al Jazeera, Fault Lines, and Story to follow.
“We’re thrilled to once again win the New York Festivals Broadcaster of the Year award,” said Giles Trendle, CEO of Al Jazeera English. “We consider it a great honor to see our work recognized and rewarded by a jury so distinguished from our peers in the industry. I attribute this victory to all of our wonderful and diverse Al Jazeera English teams who with professionalism, diligence and creativity remain committed to bringing back and telling the stories that matter.
This is the 15th consecutive year that The Edge Picture Company UK has won the prestigious title of Production Company of the Year. The Edge Picture Company’s corporate and branding films have won numerous medals for their visionary work for prestigious brands such as Deloitte, PwC, Openreach, Standard Chartered, The Guardian Service, Havas Just and Ahmad Tea.
The 2021 New York Festival Storytellers Gala celebrated Molly Solomon, Executive Producer and President of NBC Olympics Production and Executive Producer for Golf Channel with the Eleventh Annual New York Festivals. Lifetime Achievement Award. NBC Sports Host Mike Tirico presented the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award to Solomon.
For 2021, the NYF has added 10 categories for social justice across all genres to honor storytellers using their creativity to engage audiences on this critical topic. Gold winning entries include “CBS Sports Presents: 8:46” (CBS Sports), “The Price of Poverty” (DW Deutsche Welle), “I Am Not A Commodity” (ANTENA 3), “A Most Beautiful Thing “(50 Eggs Films) and” The Psychiatrist of Aleppo “(CRTVE). Silver winners include “Momma Lonnae O’Neal Essay” (ESPN), “MLB Tonight: A Conversation” (MLB Network), “Insight: Stateless In India” (Mediacorp Pte Ltd), “The Time is Now” (The Edge Picture Company), and “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning” (Kreativ Inc. for life),
Award-winning documentaries in this year’s Winner’s Circle include “Why We Hate” (Discovery Channel), “Witness – St Louis Superman” (Al Jazeera), “Surviving Jeffery Epstein” (Bungalow Media + Entertainment and Break Thru Films, Inc For Lifetime ), “Love on the Spectrum” (Northern Pictures Pty Ltd), “Beethoven’s Ninth: Symphony for the World” (DW Deutsche Welle), “The Real Right Stuff” (1895 Films / Disney +), “Into America’s Wild” (MacGillivray Freeman Films), “America´s Arctic – A Refuge in Peril” (Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH), “The Meadow – Paradise lost? “(Nautilusfilm GmbH),” Wild Africa in Pandemic Times “(Story Producciones / RTVE),” Wild Tokyo “(NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation Global Content Development Division) and” Mesa Para Todos “Mesa Para Todos / Table For All” (Globo Comunicações e Participações SA).
Entertainment entries captivated viewers and won gold including: “Das Boot” (Bavaria Fiction / Sky Studios), “Dear Santa” (UM Studios), “Freud” (Satel Film / Bavaria Fiction), ” MasterChef Australia “(Banijay Rights),” Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like A Pro “(Pacific Television),” That Animal Rescue Show “(CBS Studios),” 100 Días Para Enamorarnos “(Telemundo),” Des “(New Pictures / ITV, United Kingdom) and “Bäckström” and “Caliphate” (Banijay Rights).
Nominations that won gold in special events include “The 2020 Innovators Awards: Wall Street Journal Magazine” (WSJ. Magazine), “One World: Together at Home” (Global Citizen) and “Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space ”(Discovery Channel).
Broadcast journalism from around the world featured breaking news and hot topics emerging from the global stage. Award-winning works include “The Search for Assad Executioners” (Al Jazeera Media Network), “101 East – India’s Child Sex Highway” (Al Jazeera English) and “From China With Love: An Adoption Story” (Voice Of America). Silver Trophy winners include “NBC Nightly News: Kids Edition” (NBC News) with presenter Lester Holt, and “Beirut Blast” (Al Jazeera).
Sports content got gold. ESPN’s inclusive coverage and in-depth sports reporting won gold including: “Backstory: The Decision”, “Lance”, “The All-American Cuban Comet”, “First Take: George Floyd and Police Brutality Protest Show and “D. Wade: The Unexpected Life.” Other gold winners in the spotlight include “Kick Off! Explain” (DW Sports), “Women in Sport Stories: Animated vignette series 2020” (CBS Sports Network) and “MLB Network Presents: Junior” (MLB Network).
Compelling promotions have attracted viewers. Gold medalists include: “Monday Night Football Open” (ESPN), “Agatha Christie Compilation” (BBC Studios), “Dinda – The Voice of Barcelona Bekasi” (beIN SPORTS Asia), “Astro Citra August Monthly Highlight” ( Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn Bhd), “Love and Destiny” (Shanghai Xia Yi Culture Communication CO. Ltd.) and “What’s Your Story? // Was ist deine Geschichte? (Luxlotusliner GmbH).
Corporate and Brand Image Films presented the mission and vision of major brands. Gold Award winning networks and production companies include: The Edge Picture Company, Seed Audio-Visual Communication, CBS Sports, UM Studios, KWP and Zoom Film TV, Indigo View Productions and Sledgehammer Studio.
The New York Festivals TV & Film Awards grand jury honored global content creators across all platforms and genres and awarded a total of 3 grand prizes, 126 global gold, 136 silver and 124 bronze.
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