CANNES – The crowd at Mipcom’s Cannes TV Diversify Awards held at the Grand Hall in Cannes was compact but lively as the winners took to the stage.
Some of the TV industry’s only awards to celebrate diversity and inclusion, this year saw a record 190 entries from 27 countries.
Hosted by international anchor and diversity advocate, Femi Oke, the awards announced 10 winners on Wednesday night and many will receive awards. Canada took home the top prize, winning three awards.
Director Lucy Smith said today all winners were given special and meaningful recognition not only by their peers, but also by specialist and advocacy groups in the area of diversity and inclusion. Mipcom Cannes and MipJunior.
The prize for the category Representation of Race and Ethnicity (Scripted) was awarded to “Pour toi Flora,” about the trauma of a brother and sister’s separation from their parents. Broadcast by Radio-Canada, the title was distributed by Charm Broadcast and produced by Niche Media.
The Racial and Ethnic Representation (non-scripted) award was captured by Chemical Media’s “Our African Roots.” Broadcast by SBS Australia and sold by Abacus Media Rights, this documentary sees African Australian author journalist Santilla Chingaipe explore the neglected history of black Africa in Australia.
The CBC/HBO Max sitcom “Sourt Of,” which walked away with the LGBTQIA+ (scripted) trophy, saw a gender-fluid millennial juggle multiple identities, from a hot coffee bar to an LGBTQ bar to bring the youngest in a large Pakistani family. Produced by Sphere Media Toronto (formerly Sina Films).
“LA (A Queer History),” about the gay civil rights movement in LA, was stripped of LGBTQIA+ (unscripted). Produced by LA Queer History Inc x 4Mat Factory.
The Disability (Scripted) Award went to “Special” which was produced in eight productions. In the series, vlogger Maya becomes the presenter of a fashion brand, and she designs her perfect summer. All that changes when she is forced to guide her autistic sister.
Representation of Disability (unscripted) went to “Ellie Simmonds: a World Without Dwarfism”. It is produced by Flickr Productions. Teaching kids about anti-racism, the Diversity in Programming (preschool) award was presented by CBC’s “Proud to Be,” a fun special featuring a goofy toy unicorn and two human presenters. Someone once said, “Race is an important part of who we are, but it’s not the only thing that makes us.”
Diversity representation in children’s programming (for older children) Episode 8 of the BBC’s “Jamie Johnson” about the children’s football team “The Right Thing” went into its sixth season. It was produced as a short form film.
Launched this year by Mipkanku, the Latin American sister event Mipcom Premio Mipkanku to “Because Victoria” from Paramount and Daniel Berman’s Oficina Berman premiered on Amazon Prime Video.
The new After Effects Award is presented to FWD-Doc’s international collection of diverse filmmakers. Supports increasing visibility, support and direct access to opportunities, networking and employment opportunities for D/Deaf, disabled and neurodiversity filmmakers.
Co-founder Lindsay Dryden makes three compelling arguments for the case. “We are talented storytellers and collaborators. Our members represent 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide who have $13 trillion in disposable income.