Docs Win Top Prizes at Banff TV Festival
by Eugene Hernandez
The Banff Television Festival closed last week as it honored Power Pictures' "Chavez - Inside the Coup" with the $50,000 Global Television Grand Prize. The doc is the story of the overthrow of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and his return to power 48 hours later. It was selected from among 83 programs in 14 categories, which ran from June 8 - 13 in Canada. The film also won the award for best information and current affairs program.
In an announcement, jury President Trina McQueen called the doc, "A wonderful story, brilliantly told. The energy and pace of this documentary, combined with remarkable insider footage, make it a thrilling experience for the viewer." Continuing the statement said, "A combination if intelligence, passion, and humour illuminates this controversial tale of big oil, international intrigue, charismatic leadership, class struggle, revolution and ultimately, the hopes of people for real democracy."
"Drawing A-Bomb Memories" won the $25,000 NHK president's prize at the festival. The high-definition project looks at the Hiroshima bombing through the drawings and paintings of survivors. The film also won the award for best history and biography program.
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