New York, NY – July 6, 2010: New York Festivals, now in its 54th year of honoring “The World’s Best Work®,” announced its Call for Entries for the 2011 World's Best TV Programs & Films. This year several categories have been added to showcase exceptional work in programming and technique areas overdue for recognition. For the first time in NYF’s history there is a category to honor Telenovelas. These limited run prime time serialized dramas are popular in Hispanic America, Latin America, South America, and Spain, and have also gained global popularity becoming a leading international entertainment genre.
A Special Event category was added to recognize Award Shows, Parades, Telethons, Opening/Closing Ceremonies, News and Political Events. Expanded On-Air Sports categories include: Best Sports Anchor; Best Sports Journalism; and Best Sports Newscast. In addition, an Online Educational Program category was also initiated to include online universities, e-learning and distance learning presentations.
A category for Animated Program was added this year along with categories honoring Best Graphic Design, Best Choreography, and Best Animation.
Rose Anderson, Television & Film’s Executive Director, commented, “Our new categories mirror global programming trends and were designed to honor the best work of Television & Film creators from around the world. Our international competition is open to productions worldwide, regardless of whether a program was created in one country and shown in another.”
The 2010 World's Best TV Programs & Films received entries from 35 countries. Two Grand Trophies were awarded. ESPN, USA was awarded the Grand Trophy in the History & Society category for the documentary “Muhammad & Larry,” directed by Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan. The film captures Muhammad Ali in 1980 as he prepares to fight his sparring partner and friend, Larry Holmes, for a fourth heavyweight title. Viewers witness the behind the scenes story of this historic fight between two iconic athletes.
The Edge Picture Company, UK was awarded the Grand Trophy in the Arts & Humanities category for their film “1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets.” The film, directed by Alan Deakins, showcases the scientific heritage of the Muslim civilization and stars Oscar winning actor, Sir Ben Kingsley.
ESPN was named Broadcaster of the Year for the third year in a row and The Edge Picture Company was also honored for the third time with the title of Production Company of the Year.
New York Festivals World's Best TV Programs & Films Television categories include: news, documentary, information and entertainment programming, music video, infomercial, promotion, spots, openings and IDs. Film & Video categories: feature length, short and documentary films, informational, educational, corporate and industrial film productions; home video and student productions. To view a complete list of categories visit www.newyorkfestivals.com .
All entries in the 2011 competition will be judged online and screened by NYF judging panels comprised of producers, directors, writers and other creative media professionals from around the globe. Winning entries of the World's Best TV Programs & Films will be featured in the showcase section of New York Festivals website and promoted by our network of international representatives in 84 countries around the world.
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