“Diana: In Her Own Words,” “Jane,” “Genius,” “Mosul” Among Grand Winners At NY Festivals Awards
A scene from Brett Morgen's documentary "Jane," which won a Grand Award at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards (photo courtesy of National Geographic)
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New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards  announced the 2018 award-winners on Tuesday (4/10) at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas. This ceremony honored the World’s Best TV & Films and celebrated blockbuster entertainment from 40 countries around the globe.

The New York Festivals TV & Film Awards Grand Jury, a panel of prominent international broadcast and film industry executives, awarded trophies to content creators across all platforms and in all genres. For 2018, 177 Gold World Medals, 169 Silver World Medals and 173 Bronze World Medals were awarded. 

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards Grand Jury honored five distinguished entries with the prestigious Grand Award:

  • “Diana: In Her Own Words” (1895 Films) The award-winning documentary uses archival footage, audio, and photos—including audio tapes made by Diana herself for the use of her biographer, Andrew Morton.
  • “Mosul” (Frontline PBS /C4/ Mongoose Pictures), the story of an elite team of Iraqi Special Forces who defeated the Islamic State in their heartland.
  • “Yamazaki Moments” From Dentsu Inc., this digital movie provides the experience of a tour of the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, renowned for its world-class single malt whisky.
  • “Jane” (National Geographic) with a score by composer Philip Glass. Director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall. one of the world’s most admired conservationists whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time.
  • “Genius,” National Geographic’s first scripted anthology series with a first episode directed by Ron Howard and an all-star cast including Geoffrey Rush (as Albert Einstein) and Emily Watson.

For the second consecutive year, Al Jazeera English’s news analysis and investigative programming earned the network the coveted title of Broadcaster of the Year. The network’s award-winning entries explored a variety of global topics and garnered an impressive number of medals. Among their Gold Medalist winners: “The Boy Who Started the Syrian War” “Witness - Racing in Cocaine Valley,” “101 East Duterte: A President’s Report Card” and “Al Jazeera Correspondent - The Cut: Exploring FGM.”

For the 12th year running, The Edge Picture Company UK earned the title of Production Company of the Year. The production company was in the winner’s circle taking home an impressive number of Gold Silver and Bronze medals. Among the Gold World Medals awarded: “Rethinking Risk,” “Dear Qatar,” and “Safety First.” Silver World Medals include: “Dear Qatar,” “We All Have to Eat,” “Innovation,” and “How We Use Social Media.”

Moviestar+ Spain was recognized with the 2018 Program Promotion Team of the Year Award. Gold winning promos from the network include: “Game of Thrones,” “The Plague” and “Eurofighters.”

Greg MacGillivray, chairman/director of MacGillivray Freeman Films was recognized with the 2018 New York Festivals® Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout his illustrious career he has personally shot more 70mm film than anyone in cinema history. He has created 5 of the top 10 highest-grossing IMAX films of all time and with 360 theaters worldwide showing his films in 2003 he became the first documentary filmmaker to reach the $1 billion benchmark in worldwide ticket sales.

Each year, New York Festivals, in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Public Information, selects entries that exemplify the aims and ideas of the United Nations and honors them with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) awards. 2018 UNDPI winners include: “Living in the Future’s Past” (Cinepartners LLC), produced by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, earned the Gold UNDPI Award; “Water of Life and Death” (Xebec Media Ltd) earned the Silver Award; and “Brazilian Mechanic Lights up the World with Powerful Invention” (CGTN America) received the Bronze UNDPI Award.

Longform reigned as a robust number of riveting documentaries dominated this year’s winner’s lineup.  Gold Medalists include: “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” narrated by Academy-Award winner Jeff Bridges (MacGillivray Freeman Films); “Danica” (EPIX); “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS” (National Geographic); “The Black 14: Wyoming Football 1969” (CBS Sports Network); “The Lions Rule” (Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH ); “Big Pacific” (NHNZ); and Nova’s “Secrets of the Sky Tombs” (WGBH PBS).

Primetime blockbusters in the spotlight include drama series, mini-series, TV movies, entertainment programs and culinary. Gold Medalists include: “Der namenlose Tag” (Provobis Film und Fernsehen mbH/ZDF)--Academy Award winner Volker Schloendorff wrote script and directed. “Delicious” (Endemol Shine International/Bandit Television), a drama starring Dawn French as a Cornish chef who is suddenly forced to evaluate her closest relationships. “Manhunt: UNABOMBER” (Discovery Channel) a mini-series chronicling FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald’s pursuit of the deadliest serial bomber. “Guerrilla” (Sky Atlantic in association with SHOWTIME) is a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in UK history. “The Long Road Home” (National Geographic) exploring the First Cavalry Division ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad with Emmy-winning Jason Ritter and actress Kate Bosworth. “Smart Cities 2.0” (Very! Pte Ltd) showcases the influential city of Barcelona. Entertainment programs and culinary earning Gold: “Garth Brooks Yankee Stadium Live” (Audience) and “MasterChef Junior Season 5 USA” (Fox/Endemol Shine International).

Network news coverage captured events unfolding on the world stage, Gold Medalists include: “Rohingya Villages” and “BBC News General Election” (BBC ), “Jornal Nacional 2017 - Dimension of the News” (Globo TV), “Inside Mandalay Bay: The Vegas Massacre” (Seven Network Australia), “‘Di Ka Pasisiil (Never Shall Be Conquered)” (ABS-CBN Corp.), “101 East, Best Non Fiction Series” (Al Jazeera English).

Entertainment Promos engaged audiences. Gold Medalists: “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party Season 2 – Ghost”( Viacom Media Networks), “Horror Highlight Generic” (TELE 5 TM-TV GmbH), “Mutant Rage” (FOX Networks Group Latin America), “Zarah - Wild Years” (ZDF), “Inside Out Opening” (HK Television Entertainment Company Limited), “Mother’s day” (FOX Networks Group Spain), “Nat Geo & Further” (Banjo Soundscapes), and “Carol of the Balls” (Corus Entertainment), 

From dramas to opens and promos, Sports entries scored Gold including: “Super Bowl III Through the Sports Illustrated Lens” (Sports Illustrated/Time Inc. Studios) ESPN’s “SportsCenter (Veteran’s Day Special) - 22 Peaks” and “SC Featured - Rod Carew” each took home Gold World Medals. ESPN’s “Humanitarian Awards Show Open” and “Monday Night Football” earned Gold World Medals.

Corporate Image Films succeeded in both bringing a company’s vision to life and engaging viewers. Corporate Films earning Gold include: “Goose bumps for the eardrum” FICTION FILMS GMBH, “The Dollar Data Store” (Radley Yeldar), “Michael Kors Watch Hunger Stop 2017” (Quite Frankly Productions),” Chase Your Dream, No Matter What” (Coder), “VIVENDI” (Norvell Jefferson), “Time” (White Rain Films), “Camry Karaoke” (Kaleidoscope Productions), “Fearless” (PSONA FILMS), “LUNGIE – A true story” (Forster Film LLC),  and “Eyes Wide Open” (The clever little monkey co).

To view the complete list of 2018 award-winning entries, click here.



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