Banff: 'Fleabag' Wins Grand Jury Prize, Best Comedy
The Brits led the charge with 14 Rockies trophies at the virtual Banff World Media Festival, followed by U.S. producers with 11 awards.
The canceled Banff World Media Festival has revealed winners of its Rockie Awards, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag scooping the Grand Jury Prize and best comedy series in the juried competition.
Also Monday, HBO's Gentleman Jack took home the best English language drama series prize, while HBO and Sky TV's Chernobyl nabbed the best limited series crown. The Banff Rockie Awards, traditionally a shoot-out between U.S. and U.K. TV producers, this year saw the Brits pick up 14 trophies, followed by American producers with 11.
U.K. TV shows earned 44 nominations heading into the Banff Rockie Awards, followed closely by American series with 43 nominations. The Banff Rockies prize-giving was streamed live after Banff's 2020 edition, set to run June 14-17 in the Canadian Rockies, was canceled and delayed for a year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite that disruption, jury members for the festival's Rockie Awards continued their deliberations for the annual competition that sees U.S. TV shows compete against international fare.
A complete list of international program competition winners is below.
Grand Jury Prize Winner: Fleabag
Drama Series: English Language Gentleman Jack BBC, HBO, Lookout Point UK, USA
Comedy Series: English Language Fleabag all3media, BBC Three, Two Brothers Pictures UK
Limited Series: Chernobyl HBO, Sister, Sky Atlantic, The Mighty Mint, Word Games Lithuania, UK, Ukraine, USA
Drama Series: Non-English Language Giri/Haji (Duty/Shame) BBC Two, Netflix, Sister Japan, UK
Comedy Series: Non-English Language Mytho ARTE France, Netflix France
Children & Youth Fiction Series: Hardball ABC iview, ABC ME, Australian Children’s Foundation, Northern Pictures Australia, UK
Lifestyle Program: Employable Me Accessible Media Inc., all3media, Thomas Howe Associates Inc. Canada
Comedy & Variety Program: Baroness von Sketch Show CBC, Frantic Films Canada
Science & Technology Program: Science Fair Muck Media, National Geographic, Univision USA
History & Biography Program: Free Solo Image Nation, Itinerant Media, Little Monster Films, National Geographic, Parkes+MacDonald USA
Docusoap & Docuseries: Who Are You Calling Fat? BBC, Love Productions UK
Sci-Fi & Genre-Based Series: His Dark Materials Bad Wolf, BBC, HBO Canada, UK, USA
Podcast of the Year: This Sounds Serious Castbox, Kelly&Kelly Canada, USA
Innovative Producer Award: Wattpad Studios
A+ E Inclusion Award: Niecy Nash
Canadian Award of Distinction: Aurora Browne, Carolyn Taylor, Jennifer Whalen & Meredith MacNeill of Baroness von Sketch Show
Francophone Prize: Mammouth 2019
Rogers Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content: Baroness von Sketch Show