Friday, June 23, 2017

Philippines' GMA Network, News TV win 12 awards

"I-Witness: Busal (Muzzled)"

Entrants from The Philippines have won 12 awards, including a First Place, in the 2017 International Film & Video Festival competition.  One entry also was nominated for Best of Festival-Documentary.

GMA Network Inc., Quezon City, captured a Best of Festival nomination and a Gold Camera statuette for "I-Witness: Busal (Muzzled)" in Documentary: Public Affairs Programs. The agency also earned four second place Silver Screen statuettes for "I-Witness: Body Collector" in Documentary: Current Affairs; "Front Row: Bata sa Bintana (The Boy by the Window") in Documentary: Health, Medical; and "Front Row: Mga Barya ni Lola Maria (Coins for Grandma Maria") in Documentary: Biography, and "Il Bilib" in Entertainment: Children's.

GMA Network received Certificates for Creative Excellence for "Reporter's Notebook: Pasang-Pasang Pangarap (The Weight of a Dream) in Documentary: News Programming;  "Alamat: Ang Bakunawa at ang Pitong Buwan (Legend: The Sea Serpent and 'the Seven Moons')" in Entertainment: Children's. GMA Network Inc., Metro Manila, won a Certificate for Creative Excellence for "Idol sa Kusina" in Entertainment: Cooking.

GMA News TV (GMA Network Inc.), Quezon City, won second place Silver Screen statuettes for "Motorcycle Diaries: Lason sa Paraiso (Poison Paradise") in Documentary: Environment, Ecology, and "Reel Time: Maling Akala (Costly War)" in Documentary: Political, Government. The agency also earned Certificates for "Brigada: Abo at Tubig (The Brigade: Bathed in Ashes)" in Documentary: Magazine Format and "Reel Time: Insinulat sa Tubig (Forgotten Children of the Waves) in Documentary: Social Issues.

Entries from 25 countries competed in the festival's 50th year. The overall competition awarded 104 awards, including 24 First Place Gold Camera statuettes, 37 Silver Screen Awards, 42 Certificates for Creative Excellence and one Student Award. Full details on winners are posted at

Thursday, June 22, 2017

2 Australian filmmakers win in 2017 Festival

Australians won three awards in the 2017 US International Film & Video Festival. A Children’s Television show won a Best of Festival award and a Gold Camera first place award. A Silver Screen award went to a second work, by MindConsole, Sydney.
"Little Lunch"

The Australian Children’s Television Foundation sponsored the Best of Festival-Entertainment work, "Little Lunch – The Nightmare Before Graduation," based on books written by Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane.  “Little Lunch” refers to a morning tea break, and the shows tell about funny and touching adventures that happen during that 15-minute period.
Gristmill, Melbourne, was the production company for the TV segment with Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope and Ben Grogan as producers. Butler also directed.

The MindConsole award was for "Pernod Ricard Winemakers," which featured the different winemaking regions and how they are woven together. Sarah Descher headed the project for Pernod with Markus Karlseder as producer and Benjamin Shepherd as director. Cinematographer was Benjamin Shepherd with Dominic Dimech as editor.

Entries from 25 countries competed in the festival's 50th year. Find more information about winners at

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

BOF Nominees represent 9 countries

Fourteen productions selected as nominees for Best of Festival in the 2017 U.S. International Film & Video Festival come from nine countries. They also represent multiple nominations for LBL Production (FreeMotion Group) in Russia and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo.

The shortlist represents works as broad as a look at the Chopin piano competition and insight into the aftermath of a nuclear plant meltdown or life for two elderly Japanese who shun modern conveniences.

Corporate nominees:
  • LBL Production (FreeMotion Group), Novosibirsk, Russia, for "The 31st  Kilometer," produced for Salym Petroleum Development, Moscow, to demonstrate efforts to prevent environmental problems;
  • "Breadwinner," a first-person for Minsk Traktor Works, Minsk, Russia, done by LBL Production to expand knowledge of the product, which is sold in 130 countries;
  • Omnicron Productions, Auckland, NZ, for "Vodafone," a safety film for Vodafone New Zealand featuring real staff;
  • Wizard Films, New Taipei City, Taiwan, for "The Master," which shows an artist who draws inspiration from pottery, calligraphy and tea ceremony rituals;

  • NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo, for "Tuning the Battle: Behind the Chopin Piano Competition," the world’s most prestigious and demanding contest for young pianists;
  • NHK for "88 Hours: The Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown," views the background of the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant through interviews with more than 500 people involved in the crisis;
  • China Global Television Network, Beijing, for "Operation: Drug War," which documents Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war against drug dealers and users;
  • RT, Moscow, for "H2Woe," a look at the water crisis in several Indian states as a way to increase awareness of ecological challenges;
  • GMA Network Inc., Quezon City, Philippines, for "I-'Witness: Busal (Muzzled)" tells the horrific effects of President Duterte’s “War on Drugs” through the experiences of the group most affected, the marginalized sector of society.

  • NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo, for "Design Ah! #109," a film aimed at ages 5-10 that demonstrates design through everyday objects;
  • Centre For Electronic Media, Bern, Switzerland, for "Focus – Federal Intelligence Service" showing Switzerland as a business and research place sensitive to the threat of espionage and proliferation.

  • Australian Children's Television Foundation, Melbourne, for "Little Lunch – The Nightmare Before Graduation," done for Australian Children's Television tells about funny and touching adventures during snack time in the school playground, based on books written by Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane;
  • Pacific Television, London, for "Life's A Party with David Burtka," done for Food Network USA, New York, and featuring actor Burtka preparing a birthday party for husband Neil Patrick Harris with help of their twins, Harper and Gideon;
  • "An Eden for Two" by Yamaguchi Broadcasting Co. Ltd., Shunan, Japan, features a couple who after World War II chose to live deep in the mountains without electricity, a telephone, or plumbing.

Videos and/or photos of the nominees along with Gold Camera, Silver Screen and Certificate winners can be viewed at

Best of Festival winners and the recipient of the One World Award presented by the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers will be announced June 21.