Travelers, Giver win at Rockie Awards

Canadian projects took home eight awards from the annual Banff World Media Festival Program Competition.

Canadian projects took home a slew of awards from the Rockie Awards Program Competition at the Banff World Media Festival on June 11.

Peacock Alley-produced Travelers (Showcase/Netflix) took home two prizes on the night, including best sci-fi, fantasy and action series, as well as the Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content.

Introduced last year, the Rogers Prize, along with its $25,000 award, is presented to the highest-scoring Canadian program in the competition, as selected by the Rockies’ independent jury.

All told, more than 25 awards were handed out in categories spanning documentary and factual, arts and entertainment, and scripted.

Other Canadian winners include Yap Films’ Mosquito, for Discovery Channel in the U.S., which won best environmental and wildlife program; as well as Employable Me, for Accessible Media, which was awarded best lifestyle program. On the kids side, Sinking Ship Entertainment’s Giver won the best children and youth non-fiction series, while marblemedia’s for TVO won best interactive content.

Meanwhile, Encore Télévision’s Freefall (Lâcher prise) won the best comedy series: non-English language award, while Frantic Films’ Still Standing tied for best music, performance, arts and variety program with France’s Rodin: divino # inferno (ARTE / RMN).

Other big winners on the night were Vancouver-shot The Good Doctor (Sony Pictures Television), which won best melodrama; and HBO’s Big Little Lies, which won best TV miniseries. Best drama series was awarded to the BBC’s Peaky Blinders, while best non-English language drama went to Hokuto: The Conversion of a Killer (WOWOW Inc./Toei Movie Studios). Meanwhile, best English-language comedy went to ABC’s black-ish. 

Finalists for the Grand Jury Prize, which recognizes the “best in show” from all Program Competition-winning entries, are Big Little Lies, The Child in Time, Dear Basketball, Peaky Blinders and Sesame Street. The winner will be unveiled at the Rockie Awards Gala tonight.