The Banff World Media Festival (formerly known as the Banff World Television Festival) is an international media event held in the Canadian Rockies at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The festival is dedicated to world television and digital content and its creation and development.
As well as honouring excellence in international television, professionals from around the world participate in seminars, master classes, and pitching opportunities. Film directors, screen-writers, and producers from PBS, BBC, NHK, Arte, Channel 4, ABC, Sony Pictures, HBO, CBC, NFB, ICP (Israel Cable Programming), SBS and many other broadcasters and production companies attend the annual event.
The festival provides a global platform for industry members to discuss and debate, and explore current issues, challenges and trends.
|Banff World Media Festival|
|Location(s)||Banff, Alberta, Canada.|
|Inaugurated||1980 as the Banff World Television Festival|
The festival features an international program competition, the Banff Rockie Awards. Past winners include PBS for The Hobart Shakespeareans and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, ICP for Aaron Cohen's Debt, BBC and HBO for The Children of Beslan, NHK for Children Full of Life, BBC and WGBH for Bleak House, and Arte for Fellini: I'm a Born Liar.
The awards ceremony also bestows the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award. Past recipients of the award include John Cleese, Dame Edna, Bob Newhart, Martin Short, Tracey Ullman, Kelsey Grammer, Ricky Gervais, Craig Ferguson, Shane Smith, and Suroosh Alvi. Jan Randall was Music Director and Composer for the awards from 1995-2007.
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From 2007-2009, Silverman served as co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. He is also an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning executive producer of such shows as The Office, Jane The Virgin, Ugly Betty, Marco Polo, The Tudors, and The Biggest Loser. Silverman is currently in production on numerous new series' including CW's praised "No Tomorrow" and Apple's first reality television show "Planet of the Apps". On July 10, 2014, The Banff World Media Festival presented Silverman with the Award of Excellence in Digital Innovation. As of the fourth quarter 2016, Silverman's most recently released feature film Hands of Stone starring Edgar Ramirez, Robert De Niro and Usher, and was released theatrically in North America on August 26, 2016 through The Weinstein Company.Carmilla (web series)
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Season Two is currently in post-production, and will debut in 2014.
Season One follows Sandy Rai (Supinder Wraich), who is living in Canada on exchange from India, and Trevor Shale (Dan Fox), a fellow Ryerson University School of Journalism student, as they become embroiled in the mystery of the Georgia Guidestones. An unsolved murder starts them on a search for the truth, which leads them to the mysterious monument in rural Georgia. Sandy and Trevor begin to realize that the conspiracy they are unraveling may have apocalyptic repercussions.
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Themes and tone vary from episode to episode, but all have elements of comedy and horror or perverse humour. The first series, which first aired in February–March 2014, contains six episodes—"Sardines", "A Quiet Night In", "Tom & Gerri", "Last Gasp", "The Understudy" and "The Harrowing" — as well as a special online-only episode called "The Inventors". The second series first aired in March–April 2015, and contains six episodes: "La Couchette", "The 12 Days of Christine", "The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge", "Cold Comfort" "Nana's Party" and "Séance Time". The third series started in December 2016 with the Christmas special "The Devil of Christmas", continuing in February–March with "The Bill", "The Riddle of the Sphinx", "Empty Orchestra", "Diddle Diddle Dumpling" and "Private View". A fourth series was completed in April 2017 and began airing in January 2018 with "Zanzibar", "Bernie Clifton's Dressing Room", "Once Removed", "To Have and to Hold", "And the Winner Is..." and "Tempting Fate". A Halloween special of the show, "Dead Line", aired in October 2018 before the fifth series airs in 2019.
Inside No. 9 as a whole has been very well received by critics, who have praised the humour and creativity of the scripts, as well as the talent of the featured actors. Commentators have described it as "never less-than-captivating" and "consistently compelling", offering particularly strong praise for "A Quiet Night In", "The 12 Days of Christine" and "The Riddle of the Sphinx". Inside No. 9 won the Sketch and Comedy prize at the 35th annual Banff World Media Festival Rockie Awards, and won the comedy prize at the 2016 Rose d'Or ceremony. It was nominated for the Best TV Sitcom prize at the 2014 Freesat Awards, the Broadcast Award for Best Original Programme, and at the 2014 British Comedy Awards for both the Best New Comedy Programme and the Best Comedy Drama. In the Comedy.co.uk Awards it was voted "Best TV Comedy Drama" in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, and was named "Comedy of the Year" in 2017.List of awards and nominations received by Doctors (TV series)
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The film premiered at the Cinéma Publicis on the Champs-Elysées in 2013 and was first broadcast in May in France and Germany (Arte), where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013. A Gold Panda Award winner, Sand Wars is distributed worldwide by PBS International.
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The series also featured appearances by Paul Myers, Jason Priestley and Mike Doughty. Page collaborated with Mitch Dorge on the series music.
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The series won many prizes such as a Golden Nymph at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival and a Rockie at the Banff World Media Festival. In Belgium the series won at least 10 awardsWeb Therapy
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