Scorcese film on Dylan takes grand prize at Banff World Television Awards

MUMBAI: As part of the Annual Banff World Television Festival being held this year from 11 to 14 June, the 27th Annual Banff World Television Awards have announced its winners. In the Grand Prize category, Martin Scorsese's film, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan walked away with the award.

The Banff International Jury met prior to the Festival to screen the 18 "Best-of" category winners to decide the Grand Prize winner. This category represents countries from around the world including Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and the United States.

"The International Jury was proud to be able to choose a Grand Prize Winner from such an illustrious slate," said Jury Chair, Loren Mawhinney. "All members of the jury felt privileged to be given both this responsibility and this opportunity to screen such wonderful television."

The NHK President's Prize which recognizes excellence in the HDTV industry, was handed out to Queen of Trees. In addition, Y in Vyborg and The Rise and Fall of the Russian Oligarchs took home the Rockie Awards, which were the Special Jury Prizes. An official release stated that 2006 saw the largest number of entries submitted over the past five years. Awards were handed out in a variety of categories with 15 different countries taking home the honours.

The list of the winners for the 27th Annual Banff World Television Award are as follows:

Grand Prize

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

Broadcaster: PBS, USA.

Special Jury Prize

Y in Vyborg

Broadcaster: YLE Teema, Finland.

Special Jury Prize

The Rise and Fall of the Russian Oligarchs

Broadcaster: ARTE, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Canada, The Netherlands, Finland.

NHK President's Prize

The Queen of Trees

Broadcaster: BBC TWO, Kenya, Japan, USA, UK, Germany.

Category: Animation Program

Jane and the Dragon: Shall We Dance

Broadcaster: YTV, Canada, New Zealand.

Category: Arts Documentary

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

Broadcaster: PBS, USA.

Category: Children's Program

Odd one out: Very normal, really

Broadcaster: Z@ppelin Channel 3, The Netherlands.

Category: Comedy

Extras: Kate Winslet

Broadcaster: BBC TWO, UK.

Category: Continuing Series

Life on Mars

Broadcaster: BBC, UK.

Category: Family & Youth Program

The Hobart Shakespeareans

Broadcaster: PBS, USA.

Category: Feature Length Documentaries

White Platoon, Baghdad 2004

Broadcaster: France 2, France, Belgium.

Category: History & Biography Program

Speer und Er (Speer & Hitler): The Devil's Architect

Broadcaster: ARD, Germany.

Category: Information - Current Affairs

Mischief: A Dirty Weekend in Hospital

Broadcaster: BBC THREE, UK.

Category: Interactive

ReGenesis II: Extended Reality Game

Broadcaster: The Movie Network and Movie Central, Canada.

Category: Lifestyle Programs

Jamie's School Dinners

Broadcaster: Channel 4, UK.

Category: Made for TV Movie

Maria's Last Journey

Broadcaster: German Television 1 Channel, Germany.

Category: Mini-Series

Bleak House

Broadcaster: BBC ONE, UK, USA.

Category: Performance Program

Enough Rope

Broadcaster: SVT (Sveriges Television), Sweden.

Category: Popular Science & Natural History Programs

The Cyborg Revolution

Broadcaster: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan.

Category: Social & Political Documentary

Children of Beslan

Broadcaster: BBC TV, UK, USA.

Category: Sports Program

Viva Baseball

Broadcaster: Spike TV, USA, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

Category: Unscripted Entertainment Programs

Young Black Farmers

Broadcaster: Channel 4, UK.

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