Winners of the Banff World Television Awards (“The Rockies”), presented by Canwest, were announced tonight at the 30th edition of the Banff World Television Festival, taking place at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel until June 10, 2009.
“Featuring the prestigious Banff World Television Awards program competition on the first night of BANFF is a great way to kick off the Festival. All of the nominees this year represent outstanding television production and I wish to extend heartfelt congratulations to the winners of this year’s ‘Rockies,’” says Peter Vamos, BANFF Executive Director.
The 2009 ‘Rockies’ were redesigned and restructured by Georges Leclere, Director of the Program Competition. For the first time, there are two Banff World Television Awards ceremonies – the category awards announced tonight while the Grand Prize winners will be announced during the second ceremony on Monday June 8th.
"The exceptional quality of the 23 Categories winners, once again, shows the power of attraction of the Banff World TV Festival worldwide,” comments Georges Leclere. “We are honored to present winners with the ‘Rockie’ the trophy that truly inspires excellence in international television and represents a great generation of promising producers and directors."
Chosen from over 800 entries, the 130 category nominees represented 29 countries. Hosted by ‘E! News Weekend’s’ Arisa Cox the awards were handed out to the 23 category winners. The Interactive category Awards were handed out during BANFF’s sister conference, nextMEDIA Banff, on Saturday, June 6, 2009.
The 2009 Banff World Television Festival Category Winners:
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