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Second DVD awards at MIPCOM 2005 expands categories

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CANNES: Reed MIDEM is expanding the MIPCOM DVD Awards to include three new competitive categories.

Organised in partnership with the DVD Association (DVDA, USA) and the International Video Federation (IVF, Belgium), the second edition of the MIPCOM DVD Awards will reward creativity and innovation in DVD content.

An international jury will evaluate the original content of the selected DVDs according to a pre-defined set of criteria including - Web Features and Interactivity, Programme Content Restoration, Special Features, Navigation and Graphic Design.

Following the success of last year's awards and in response to client demand, three new categories have been added this year bringing the total number of classifications up to 10 Games, Sport and Music will join, TV Series (English-language), TV Series (original version non-English), Children/Youth Fiction, Children/Youth Animation, Non-Fiction (documentaries, sports, leisure etc. excluding music), Film (English-language), Film (original version other than English). These categories exclude all titles with adult content.

Submissions for the awards are open from 11 April and apply to all DVD artists, developers, authors, designers, distributors, and publishers. Companies wishing to participate can present a total of three titles per category. The deadline for entries is 30 June.

The DVD sector will have a strong presence at MIPTV/MILIA 2005. Two focused conferences will highlight the latest trends within the field and display the innovations in interactive DVD for entertainment and education. In addition, the DVD Club, situated inside the Palais des Festivals and run by the DVDA, will enable buyers, distributors and producers to network, view the most recent international productions and finalise new signings.

The award regulations and entry procedure are available on the following website: www.dvda.org.

Enrolment forms for the MIPCOM DVD Awards will be available in the DVD Club during the whole duration of MIPTV/MILIA 2005.

The 9 winners of the Mipcom DVD Awards 2004 were:

TV Series (English-language)

Red Dwarf IV, BBC, United Kingdom.

TV Series (original version non-English)

Bibi Blocksberg, Kiddnix Media AG, Germany.

Children/Youth Fiction

Spy Kids 3D : Game Over, Buena Vista International, USA.

Children/Youth Animation

Sinbad, la légende Des sept mers, Universal Pictures Video, France.

Nonfiction (documentaries, sports, leisure etc. excluding music)

Capturing the Friedmans, Hit the Ground Running/ Notorious Films, USA.

Film (English-language)

The Last Samurai, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., USA.

Film (original version other than English)

Hero, Universal Pictures Video, France.

Special Jury Prize (Technical Recognition Diploma)

InteracTV  Elmo's World, Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer; Fisher Price; USA.

Special Jury Prize

Capturing the Friedmans, Hit the Ground Running/ Notorious Films, USA.

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