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"AUTUMN AT THE POPLAR HOUSE" (JAPAN)
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ENTERTAINMENT: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: TV Movie

Entrant: Kansai Telecasting Corporation / Osaka
Production Company: Kansai Telecasting Corporation / Osaka


A wife who has lost her husband. A child who has lost her father. Both are struggling to come to terms with the heartbreaking pain of loss. What would you tell your loved ones if there was a way to contact them in heaven? How could you keep them living in your heart, and yet be able to overcome the sadness? An unlikely answer comes in the form of the old lady at Poplar House, who offers to deliver letters to the child’s father. This heartwarming drama is a fantastical tale that portrays the loving bonds between family and friends.


"AUTUMN AT THE POPLAR HOUSE" (JAPAN)
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ENTERTAINMENT: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: TV Movie

Entrant: Kansai Telecasting Corporation / Osaka
Production Company: Kansai Telecasting Corporation / Osaka


A wife who has lost her husband. A child who has lost her father. Both are struggling to come to terms with the heartbreaking pain of loss. What would you tell your loved ones if there was a way to contact them in heaven? How could you keep them living in your heart, and yet be able to overcome the sadness? An unlikely answer comes in the form of the old lady at Poplar House, who offers to deliver letters to the child’s father. This heartwarming drama is a fantastical tale that portrays the loving bonds between family and friends.


"CARTIER ODYSSEY" (FRANCE)
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CORPORATE: Craft/Production Techniques: Direction

Entrant: QUAD PRODUCTIONS / Clichy
Sponsor/Client: Cartier / Paris
Production Company: QUAD PRODUCTIONS / Clichy


«Cartier’s Odyssey» is a breathtaking cinematic panorama designed by the famous brand and directed by Bruno Aveillan with Quad production. This Odyssey enhances the film through significant places of Cartier story, from Paris to St. Petersburg via India of the Maharadjas and the Great Wall of China. This artistic work, where live action and post-production process (Digital District) blend perfectly, gives an amazing and emotional result between dream and reality.


"CARTIER ODYSSEY" (FRANCE)
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CORPORATE: Craft/Production Techniques: Cinematography

Entrant: QUAD PRODUCTIONS / Clichy
Sponsor/Client: Cartier / Paris
Production Company: QUAD PRODUCTIONS / Clichy


«Cartier’s Odyssey» is a breathtaking cinematic panorama designed by the famous brand and directed by Bruno Aveillan with Quad production. This Odyssey enhances the film through significant places of Cartier story, from Paris to St. Petersburg via India of the Maharadjas and the Great Wall of China. This artistic work, where live action and post-production process (Digital District) blend perfectly, gives an amazing and emotional result between dream and reality.


"CARTIER ODYSSEY" (FRANCE)
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CORPORATE: Craft/Production Techniques: Direction

Entrant: QUAD PRODUCTIONS / Clichy
Sponsor/Client: Cartier / Paris
Production Company: QUAD PRODUCTIONS / Clichy


«Cartier’s Odyssey» is a breathtaking cinematic panorama designed by the famous brand and directed by Bruno Aveillan with Quad production. This Odyssey enhances the film through significant places of Cartier story, from Paris to St. Petersburg via India of the Maharadjas and the Great Wall of China. This artistic work, where live action and post-production process (Digital District) blend perfectly, gives an amazing and emotional result between dream and reality.


"CARTIER ODYSSEY" (FRANCE)
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CORPORATE: Craft/Production Techniques: Cinematography

Entrant: QUAD PRODUCTIONS / Clichy
Sponsor/Client: Cartier / Paris
Production Company: QUAD PRODUCTIONS / Clichy


«Cartier’s Odyssey» is a breathtaking cinematic panorama designed by the famous brand and directed by Bruno Aveillan with Quad production. This Odyssey enhances the film through significant places of Cartier story, from Paris to St. Petersburg via India of the Maharadjas and the Great Wall of China. This artistic work, where live action and post-production process (Digital District) blend perfectly, gives an amazing and emotional result between dream and reality.


"COP18 / CMP8 CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE " (QATAR)
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CORPORATE: Craft/Production Techniques: Editing

Entrant: WRG / Doha
Sponsor/Client: The United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Negotiations / Doha


COP18 - High Level Opening Ceremony - Filming our future for world leaders Every event is special. Each requires total professionalism. But some are just that little bit more pressured than others. One example stood out at the end of 2012. We were asked to create a high level opening to The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Doha, Qatar. With His Highness The Emir, Sheikha Mozah, Qatar’s heir apparent, Ban Ki-moon and the UN Secretary General among the delegates (not to mention Heads of State, Presidents and Ministers), the spotlight was on WRG. We simply could not afford to make a wrong move. Our creative licence for the ceremony was limited by a need for the Head Table and lectern to remain onstage at all times. Therefore we put our energies and creativity into a 25-minute centrepiece film, focusing on individuals from around the world who are fighting climate change. With nations arguing politics, we wanted to highlight the people and their personal stories, so that the impact of climate change on individual lives would resonate at the event. With just five weeks in which to research, shoot and edit the film, we travelled 36,183 miles across the Maldives and Madagascar, Germany and the UAE, New York and Qatar. As our carbon footprint grew, we were aware of the irony, but hoped that the impact of our film would represent the ultimate way to offset emissions. By using four film crews, we managed to cram 33 days’ filming into three weeks. The result was shown to a rapt audience, with a coup de theatre seeing the narrator step ‘out’ of the film, onto stage, to deliver the closing statement. The film did indeed make the impact we had hoped for. The UNFCCC and delegates alike gave us wonderful, positive feedback, contributing to a renewed determination by world leaders to unite in the fight against global warming.


"COP18 / CMP8 CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE " (QATAR)
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CORPORATE: Craft/Production Techniques: Editing

Entrant: WRG / Doha
Sponsor/Client: The United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Negotiations / Doha


COP18 - High Level Opening Ceremony - Filming our future for world leaders Every event is special. Each requires total professionalism. But some are just that little bit more pressured than others. One example stood out at the end of 2012. We were asked to create a high level opening to The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Doha, Qatar. With His Highness The Emir, Sheikha Mozah, Qatar’s heir apparent, Ban Ki-moon and the UN Secretary General among the delegates (not to mention Heads of State, Presidents and Ministers), the spotlight was on WRG. We simply could not afford to make a wrong move. Our creative licence for the ceremony was limited by a need for the Head Table and lectern to remain onstage at all times. Therefore we put our energies and creativity into a 25-minute centrepiece film, focusing on individuals from around the world who are fighting climate change. With nations arguing politics, we wanted to highlight the people and their personal stories, so that the impact of climate change on individual lives would resonate at the event. With just five weeks in which to research, shoot and edit the film, we travelled 36,183 miles across the Maldives and Madagascar, Germany and the UAE, New York and Qatar. As our carbon footprint grew, we were aware of the irony, but hoped that the impact of our film would represent the ultimate way to offset emissions. By using four film crews, we managed to cram 33 days’ filming into three weeks. The result was shown to a rapt audience, with a coup de theatre seeing the narrator step ‘out’ of the film, onto stage, to deliver the closing statement. The film did indeed make the impact we had hoped for. The UNFCCC and delegates alike gave us wonderful, positive feedback, contributing to a renewed determination by world leaders to unite in the fight against global warming.


"DOW: EXECUTIVE PROGRAMME" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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CORPORATE: Specialty Productions

Entrant: Jack Morton Worldwide Ltd / London
Sponsor/Client: Dow Chemical
Production Company: Jack Morton Worldwide Ltd / London


The three films were designed to work as a trilogy to be played one after the other. The films were shot on a combination of the RED Epic and the Canon 5D and adapted so they would work on a single immersive HD projection surface that was 10,000 pixels wide. This immersive environment surrounded the guests throughout dinner. The first film is a brand film about Dow’s relationships with elite sports and how they enable everything from the athlete’s clothes to the seats of the stadiums. The second film is a documentary that looks at the future Olympic Host Cities and their journey and challenges to become an Olympic City. The third is a film about the best Olympic moments of all time, providing the perfect post-dinner platform for guests to go and see the London Games live.


"DOW: EXECUTIVE PROGRAMME" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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CORPORATE: Specialty Productions

Entrant: Jack Morton Worldwide Ltd / London
Sponsor/Client: Dow Chemical
Production Company: Jack Morton Worldwide Ltd / London


The three films were designed to work as a trilogy to be played one after the other. The films were shot on a combination of the RED Epic and the Canon 5D and adapted so they would work on a single immersive HD projection surface that was 10,000 pixels wide. This immersive environment surrounded the guests throughout dinner. The first film is a brand film about Dow’s relationships with elite sports and how they enable everything from the athlete’s clothes to the seats of the stadiums. The second film is a documentary that looks at the future Olympic Host Cities and their journey and challenges to become an Olympic City. The third is a film about the best Olympic moments of all time, providing the perfect post-dinner platform for guests to go and see the London Games live.


"ENERGY FROM THE SUN" (DENMARK)
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CORPORATE: Environmental Issues/Concerns

Entrant: LeadIT ApS / Odense
Sponsor/Client: EnergiMidt / Silkeborg
Production Company: LeadIT ApS / Odense


The film communicates via a presenter. The presenter is chosen from EnergiMidts own staff to ensure the maximum credibility, and the ability for him to say "ours" and "we", when talking about company values etc.


"ENERGY FROM THE SUN" (DENMARK)
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CORPORATE: Environmental Issues/Concerns

Entrant: LeadIT ApS / Odense
Sponsor/Client: EnergiMidt / Silkeborg
Production Company: LeadIT ApS / Odense


The film communicates via a presenter. The presenter is chosen from EnergiMidts own staff to ensure the maximum credibility, and the ability for him to say "ours" and "we", when talking about company values etc.


"GLORIOUS STOCKHOLM" (SWEDEN)
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CORPORATE: Tourism Films

Entrant: Stockholm Visitors Board AB / Stockholm
Sponsor/Client: Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network, Stockholm Visitors Board,
VisitSweden / Stockholm
Production Company: Big Five Film and TV Productions / Stockholm


This film was produced with the help and input from the gay communities in Stockholm, Berlin, New York and Ft Lauderdale. The objective and goal is to attract gays from all over the world to know Stockholm as a welcoming city. Stockholm is proud to say the city is diverse in its offerings, a modern and open city to people in all walks of life to visit, play, work and stay whether short term or a lifetime.


"GLORIOUS STOCKHOLM" (SWEDEN)
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CORPORATE: Tourism Films

Entrant: Stockholm Visitors Board AB / Stockholm
Sponsor/Client: Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network, Stockholm Visitors Board,
VisitSweden / Stockholm
Production Company: Big Five Film and TV Productions / Stockholm


This film was produced with the help and input from the gay communities in Stockholm, Berlin, New York and Ft Lauderdale. The objective and goal is to attract gays from all over the world to know Stockholm as a welcoming city. Stockholm is proud to say the city is diverse in its offerings, a modern and open city to people in all walks of life to visit, play, work and stay whether short term or a lifetime.


"GRANDMA'S ETERNAL FOREST" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Environment, Ecology

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: ASIA Documentary Productions Company
for NHK in association with NHK Enterprises, Inc.


Grandma Kuniko Shiiba is an amazing woman and the last of her kind. At age 87, she is the only person in Japan who continues to practice a traditional and sustainable form of slash-and-burn agriculture that dates back more than 4000 years. After cutting down and burning the trees in a section of her forest, she grows a crop of buckwheat followed by crops of Japanese millet, adzuki beans and soybeans. Grandma then leaves the forest to its own devices for another 26 years before starting the whole cycle all over again. We spend a year in the forest with her, learning through her eyes and the eyes of a snail, of edible and medicinal plants, mountain and fire spirits, crop cultivation and the forest’s unique regenerative powers. This time together will inevitably change the way we see the never ending cycle of life and our place in it.


"GRANDMA'S ETERNAL FOREST" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Environment, Ecology

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: ASIA Documentary Productions Company
for NHK in association with NHK Enterprises, Inc.


Grandma Kuniko Shiiba is an amazing woman and the last of her kind. At age 87, she is the only person in Japan who continues to practice a traditional and sustainable form of slash-and-burn agriculture that dates back more than 4000 years. After cutting down and burning the trees in a section of her forest, she grows a crop of buckwheat followed by crops of Japanese millet, adzuki beans and soybeans. Grandma then leaves the forest to its own devices for another 26 years before starting the whole cycle all over again. We spend a year in the forest with her, learning through her eyes and the eyes of a snail, of edible and medicinal plants, mountain and fire spirits, crop cultivation and the forest’s unique regenerative powers. This time together will inevitably change the way we see the never ending cycle of life and our place in it.


"HONG KONG CONNECTION: REFORM OF NGOS IN CHINA" (HONG KONG)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: TV News: Public Affairs Programs

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong / Hong Kong
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong / Hong Kong


There are not many non-government organizations in China. The main reason is a simple one: registration is prohibitively difficult. For so-called sensitive groups like gay people and workers, it might even seem impossible … despite a recently introduced new policy.


"HONG KONG CONNECTION: REFORM OF NGOS IN CHINA" (HONG KONG)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: TV News: Public Affairs Programs

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong / Hong Kong
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong / Hong Kong


There are not many non-government organizations in China. The main reason is a simple one: registration is prohibitively difficult. For so-called sensitive groups like gay people and workers, it might even seem impossible … despite a recently introduced new policy.


"HUMMINGBIRDS - JEWELLED MESSENGERS" (AUSTRIA)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Nature, Wildlife

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH / Vienna
Production Company: A Terra Mater Factual Studios/ Free Spirit Films Production / Vienna


Rockport, Texas is being invaded: 14 million Ruby-throated hummingbirds fly into this suburb of Corpus Christi in a period of 48 hours. They are about to undertake the most remarkable journey, flying non-stop over 1,000 kilometres across the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The trip will take 25 hours without a possibility to pause. By the time they arrive in Rockport, the tiny birds weigh only 4 grams. That is dangerously little: they do not have enough fat to fuel the flight. For this, they need to weigh 6 grams – so they have to add half their body weight very quickly. The local people put up feeders around which hundreds of hummingbirds swarm. They feed and put on weight, ready for this critical and dangerous stage of their migration. After bing-eating, the birds set off. The local coastguard and military can now track the hummingbirds as they fly across the sea by radar. This film reveals the remarkable lives of hummingbirds – one of nature’s most fabulous creatures. Everything about them is superb and extreme: highest metabolism, fastest heart beat and most rapid wing beat. This remarkable specialisation has been driven by flowering plants. Everything about hummingbirds has been shaped by this association – and in that relationship the plants provide and the birds work in their service. The hummingbirds are the plants’ messengers – the key pollinators for 60% of the New World tropical plants. They pollinate plants in extreme climates where insects are unable to fly – like in the high Andean mountains of South America. The reward for the hummingbirds is a kind of ‘rocket fuel’: the plants’ super high-calorie, sugar-rich nectar. But to obtain their high-energy fuel the birds have to expend huge amounts of energy – most obviously in hovering flight. Of all the birds, only hummingbirds can hover for any length of time. And more than this, hummingbirds can fly backwards and even, just occasionally, upside down. In other birds, the power is created in the outstretched down stroke of the wings; and then the wings are folded and lifted back to the start position for another power stroke. In hummingbirds, when they hover, both wing strokes create power and lift. This film combines scientific revelation with astounding photography, capturing some of nature’s most remarkable and loved creatures. A wonderful visual tour-de-force – it uses ultra high-speed HD cameras and cutting-edge remote systems to enter the fascinating world of hummingbirds.


"HUMMINGBIRDS - JEWELLED MESSENGERS" (AUSTRIA)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Nature, Wildlife

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH / Vienna
Production Company: A Terra Mater Factual Studios/ Free Spirit Films Production / Vienna


Rockport, Texas is being invaded: 14 million Ruby-throated hummingbirds fly into this suburb of Corpus Christi in a period of 48 hours. They are about to undertake the most remarkable journey, flying non-stop over 1,000 kilometres across the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The trip will take 25 hours without a possibility to pause. By the time they arrive in Rockport, the tiny birds weigh only 4 grams. That is dangerously little: they do not have enough fat to fuel the flight. For this, they need to weigh 6 grams – so they have to add half their body weight very quickly. The local people put up feeders around which hundreds of hummingbirds swarm. They feed and put on weight, ready for this critical and dangerous stage of their migration. After bing-eating, the birds set off. The local coastguard and military can now track the hummingbirds as they fly across the sea by radar. This film reveals the remarkable lives of hummingbirds – one of nature’s most fabulous creatures. Everything about them is superb and extreme: highest metabolism, fastest heart beat and most rapid wing beat. This remarkable specialisation has been driven by flowering plants. Everything about hummingbirds has been shaped by this association – and in that relationship the plants provide and the birds work in their service. The hummingbirds are the plants’ messengers – the key pollinators for 60% of the New World tropical plants. They pollinate plants in extreme climates where insects are unable to fly – like in the high Andean mountains of South America. The reward for the hummingbirds is a kind of ‘rocket fuel’: the plants’ super high-calorie, sugar-rich nectar. But to obtain their high-energy fuel the birds have to expend huge amounts of energy – most obviously in hovering flight. Of all the birds, only hummingbirds can hover for any length of time. And more than this, hummingbirds can fly backwards and even, just occasionally, upside down. In other birds, the power is created in the outstretched down stroke of the wings; and then the wings are folded and lifted back to the start position for another power stroke. In hummingbirds, when they hover, both wing strokes create power and lift. This film combines scientific revelation with astounding photography, capturing some of nature’s most remarkable and loved creatures. A wonderful visual tour-de-force – it uses ultra high-speed HD cameras and cutting-edge remote systems to enter the fascinating world of hummingbirds.


"MANULIFE'S FOR YOUR FUTURE BRAND CAMPAIGN" (HONG KONG)
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CORPORATE: Advertising/Marketing: Business-to-Consumer

Entrant: Manulife (International) Limited / Hong Kong
Sponsor/Client: Manulife (International) Limited / Hong Kong
Production Company: DDB Group Hong Kong / Hong Kong


This production highlights the fact that everyone’s goals are unique. Whether people want to have a family, pursue further study, buy a flat, get married, retire — or even just enjoy a delicious ice-cream whenever they feel like it — Manulife has a plan that can help. The desires and goals of various groups in Hong Kong are graphically visualised and brought to life using the bright green cubes. The skillful use of computer graphics for the iconic cubes achieved a sophisticated, almost ‘scientific’ visual effect that was ideal for representing the different goals of our customers and conveying an image of forward thinking. Manulife took a human and approachable tone of voice that invited people to think about their futures and take action. Manulife’s distinctive brand assets – Green Cube, helped convey the message. The brand’s iconic green cube became core to the campaign as the fundamental enabler of ‘the goals that make you you, and define your future’. Insurance products are now designed as source of future prosperity and are critical part of a bigger financial plan. Insurance is now an importantl tool to managing the future, and is a more compelling way to talk to consumers. Manulife is here for your future.


"MANULIFE'S FOR YOUR FUTURE BRAND CAMPAIGN" (HONG KONG)
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CORPORATE: Advertising/Marketing: Business-to-Consumer

Entrant: Manulife (International) Limited / Hong Kong
Sponsor/Client: Manulife (International) Limited / Hong Kong
Production Company: DDB Group Hong Kong / Hong Kong


This production highlights the fact that everyone’s goals are unique. Whether people want to have a family, pursue further study, buy a flat, get married, retire — or even just enjoy a delicious ice-cream whenever they feel like it — Manulife has a plan that can help. The desires and goals of various groups in Hong Kong are graphically visualised and brought to life using the bright green cubes. The skillful use of computer graphics for the iconic cubes achieved a sophisticated, almost ‘scientific’ visual effect that was ideal for representing the different goals of our customers and conveying an image of forward thinking. Manulife took a human and approachable tone of voice that invited people to think about their futures and take action. Manulife’s distinctive brand assets – Green Cube, helped convey the message. The brand’s iconic green cube became core to the campaign as the fundamental enabler of ‘the goals that make you you, and define your future’. Insurance products are now designed as source of future prosperity and are critical part of a bigger financial plan. Insurance is now an importantl tool to managing the future, and is a more compelling way to talk to consumers. Manulife is here for your future.


"OD ZRNA DO SLIKE / FROM GRAIN TO PAINTING" (CROATIA)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Cultural Issues

Entrant: HRT / Zagreb
Production Company: HRT / Zagreb


From Grain to Painting explores the culture and artistic expression of the Croatian minority in Serbia. The film focuses on "straw-girls", who found their medium of choice in straw, using it to create paintings, sculptures and applied art objects. The film depicts the connection between their everyday lives and artistic expression, their specific social and national position. The film protagonists are famous straw-girls Ana Milodanovic and Jozefa Skenderovic, art historian Bela Duranci, priest Andrija Kopilovic and writer Naco Zelic. Through a series of interviews and authentic footage, the film promotes a renaissance of this craft which slowly, but definitely vanishes. One of the characters in Istvancic's film is Ivo Skrabalo, the recently deceased Croatian film critic, historian and director, who made a film on this subject in 1971, "Slamarke divojke" (Strawgirls), one of the best Croatian documentaries of all times.


"OD ZRNA DO SLIKE / FROM GRAIN TO PAINTING" (CROATIA)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Cultural Issues

Entrant: HRT / Zagreb
Production Company: HRT / Zagreb


From Grain to Painting explores the culture and artistic expression of the Croatian minority in Serbia. The film focuses on "straw-girls", who found their medium of choice in straw, using it to create paintings, sculptures and applied art objects. The film depicts the connection between their everyday lives and artistic expression, their specific social and national position. The film protagonists are famous straw-girls Ana Milodanovic and Jozefa Skenderovic, art historian Bela Duranci, priest Andrija Kopilovic and writer Naco Zelic. Through a series of interviews and authentic footage, the film promotes a renaissance of this craft which slowly, but definitely vanishes. One of the characters in Istvancic's film is Ivo Skrabalo, the recently deceased Croatian film critic, historian and director, who made a film on this subject in 1971, "Slamarke divojke" (Strawgirls), one of the best Croatian documentaries of all times.


"OPERATION GOLD - THE SPYTUNNEL BENEATH BERLIN" (GERMANY)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: History

Entrant: Westdeutscher Rundfunk / Cologne
Production Company: ORTV International Limited / London


Called by CIA chief Allen Dulles, "one of the most valuable and daring projects ever undertaken," Operation Gold was carried out from a secret tunnel half a mile long under the Russian sector of Cold War Berlin as, for more than a year, the CIA tuned into German Red Army intelligence. This was an almost impossible trick: apart from the technical wizardry needed, any noise or vibration could have given the game away. Indeed, when snow fell, panic measures were suddenly needed to prevent it thawing in a tell-tale line leading to the target building. An added layer of complexity comes from the fact that Gold was a joint CIA/MI6 project, and after Burgess and Maclean, it was clear that truth, even between allies, was dangerous. And indeed, there was a mole in the British secret services, thus the KGB knew about the tunnel even before it was built—yet the Germans couldn't let on that they knew about the tunnel, which would have jeopardized the position of their prized mole. Whether or not Operation Gold was a success has been a point of contention over the years, as new information about KGB mole George Blake and the Cold War has been uncovered. Now, for the first time, using eyewitness interviews and the full range of source material—from KGB files to CIA documents—Stafford reveals the thrillingly complex story of this operation.


"OPERATION GOLD - THE SPYTUNNEL BENEATH BERLIN" (GERMANY)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: History

Entrant: Westdeutscher Rundfunk / Cologne
Production Company: ORTV International Limited / London


Called by CIA chief Allen Dulles, "one of the most valuable and daring projects ever undertaken," Operation Gold was carried out from a secret tunnel half a mile long under the Russian sector of Cold War Berlin as, for more than a year, the CIA tuned into German Red Army intelligence. This was an almost impossible trick: apart from the technical wizardry needed, any noise or vibration could have given the game away. Indeed, when snow fell, panic measures were suddenly needed to prevent it thawing in a tell-tale line leading to the target building. An added layer of complexity comes from the fact that Gold was a joint CIA/MI6 project, and after Burgess and Maclean, it was clear that truth, even between allies, was dangerous. And indeed, there was a mole in the British secret services, thus the KGB knew about the tunnel even before it was built—yet the Germans couldn't let on that they knew about the tunnel, which would have jeopardized the position of their prized mole. Whether or not Operation Gold was a success has been a point of contention over the years, as new information about KGB mole George Blake and the Cold War has been uncovered. Now, for the first time, using eyewitness interviews and the full range of source material—from KGB files to CIA documents—Stafford reveals the thrillingly complex story of this operation.


"ROAD OF DEATH" (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Docudrama

Entrant: MAY Events / Dubai
Sponsor/Client: Red Crescent UAE / Abu Dhabi
Production Company: MAY Events / Dubai


300,000 people have died in the famine in Somalia. Village water holes have run dry, and Somalians have no access to food or water. Amna Ahmad Adio decided to leave her village when water supplies had almost dried up. She decided to risk certain death from starvation and rather walk the hundreds of kilometers South with her 3 small children. Within the first days of her walk down the Road of death, both her daughter and her older son die of dehydration. The next day she finds a hut where a woman is dying. She decides to leave her baby with the woman and search for water, but when she returns she is to discover that her infant had died in the night. Amna, heartbroken and grief-stricken dies shortly after meeting the Red Crescent volunteer, Mohamoud Nourasse who continues to work with the Red Crescent alleviating the suffering. Mohamoud Nourasse, a Red Crescent volunteer interviewed a woman, Amna Ahmad Adjo and recorded her story during the famine of 2011. Using Amna’s actual interview and her words, we recreated her story dramatically in its gruesome and painful detail as we retraced her footsteps down the road of death. Amna had suffered immeasurable loss on her journey to Dadaab camp as she walked this famous “road of death”. She died shortly after her encounter with Mohamoud.


"ROAD OF DEATH" (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Docudrama

Entrant: MAY Events / Dubai
Sponsor/Client: Red Crescent UAE / Abu Dhabi
Production Company: MAY Events / Dubai


300,000 people have died in the famine in Somalia. Village water holes have run dry, and Somalians have no access to food or water. Amna Ahmad Adio decided to leave her village when water supplies had almost dried up. She decided to risk certain death from starvation and rather walk the hundreds of kilometers South with her 3 small children. Within the first days of her walk down the Road of death, both her daughter and her older son die of dehydration. The next day she finds a hut where a woman is dying. She decides to leave her baby with the woman and search for water, but when she returns she is to discover that her infant had died in the night. Amna, heartbroken and grief-stricken dies shortly after meeting the Red Crescent volunteer, Mohamoud Nourasse who continues to work with the Red Crescent alleviating the suffering. Mohamoud Nourasse, a Red Crescent volunteer interviewed a woman, Amna Ahmad Adjo and recorded her story during the famine of 2011. Using Amna’s actual interview and her words, we recreated her story dramatically in its gruesome and painful detail as we retraced her footsteps down the road of death. Amna had suffered immeasurable loss on her journey to Dadaab camp as she walked this famous “road of death”. She died shortly after her encounter with Mohamoud.


"STARS" (USA)
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ENTERTAINMENT: Film/Video/Digital: Feature Film

Entrant: LLeju Productions / Houston, TX
Production Company: LLeju Productions / Houston, TX


Glen is on a drunken road trip when he plots to commit suicide on his birthday. His decision sends him on a spirited adventure that exposes his troubled soul to the simple beauty of life.


"STARS" (USA)
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ENTERTAINMENT: Film/Video/Digital: Feature Film

Entrant: LLeju Productions / Houston, TX
Production Company: LLeju Productions / Houston, TX


Glen is on a drunken road trip when he plots to commit suicide on his birthday. His decision sends him on a spirited adventure that exposes his troubled soul to the simple beauty of life.


"SWEET TOKYO" (SWITZERLAND)
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CORPORATE: Public Relations

Entrant: Seed Audio-Visual Communication AG / Zurich
Sponsor/Client: Confiseur Laederach AG / Ennenda
Production Company: Seed Audio-Visual Communication AG / Zurich


Läderach representatives Bernhard Landolt and Roger Elmer travel to Japan on business. But the people they meet are not the people they were hoping to meet. Which doesn’t stop them showing the delights of Läderach.


"SWEET TOKYO" (SWITZERLAND)
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CORPORATE: Public Relations

Entrant: Seed Audio-Visual Communication AG / Zurich
Sponsor/Client: Confiseur Laederach AG / Ennenda
Production Company: Seed Audio-Visual Communication AG / Zurich


Läderach representatives Bernhard Landolt and Roger Elmer travel to Japan on business. But the people they meet are not the people they were hoping to meet. Which doesn’t stop them showing the delights of Läderach.


"THE LOCKED ROOM MURDERS, EP.#2" (JAPAN)
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ENTERTAINMENT: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: Mystery

Entrant: Fuji Television Network, Inc / Tokyo
Production Company: Fuji Television Network, Inc / Tokyo


Kei Enomoto is not only a savant in unlocking the unlockable but also commands knowledge in everything related to security from physics to construction. With a reserved and obsessive personality, Kei refines his skills even further researching every aspect of security in a secluded warehouse within the major securities company where he works. Gou Serizawa, an elite lawyer for a major law firm, and his assistant Junko Aoto are stunned when Kei Enomoto demonstrates his remarkable talents penetrating the impenetrable. Gou and Junko suddenly find themselves tasked with solving murders committed in rooms sealed from ceiling to floor and they quickly turn to Kei for his expertise. Uninterested at first, Kei is drawn in by the new challenge to unravel the mysteries every new murder present. As Kei, Gou, and Junko investigate each new case, they are confronted with even more complex puzzles and adventure while they attempt to unlock the secrets of the ingenious killers they find themselves pitted against. The Locked Room Murders has a principle cast with some of the biggest talent in Japan including Satoshi Ohno, Erika Toda, and Koichi Sato in addition to a powerful ensemble of guest appearances that bring the bestselling novel, The Locked Room Murders by Yusuke Kishi, to life on screen. Ep.#2 Synopsis: A junior high school student is found dead in a room which is not just locked but sealed by tape on both the doors and the windows. While the boy’s death is deemed suicide by carbon monoxide, his uncle, Aiichiro, suspects foul play. Kei Enomoto, a friend of Aiichoro, enlists the help of Gou Serizawa and Junko Aoto to unlock the mystery behind whether the boy’s step father, Yoshio Takazawa, could have used his scientific ingenuity for murder in an attempt to collect the family’s insurance money.


"THE LOCKED ROOM MURDERS, EP.#2" (JAPAN)
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ENTERTAINMENT: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: Mystery

Entrant: Fuji Television Network, Inc / Tokyo
Production Company: Fuji Television Network, Inc / Tokyo


Kei Enomoto is not only a savant in unlocking the unlockable but also commands knowledge in everything related to security from physics to construction. With a reserved and obsessive personality, Kei refines his skills even further researching every aspect of security in a secluded warehouse within the major securities company where he works. Gou Serizawa, an elite lawyer for a major law firm, and his assistant Junko Aoto are stunned when Kei Enomoto demonstrates his remarkable talents penetrating the impenetrable. Gou and Junko suddenly find themselves tasked with solving murders committed in rooms sealed from ceiling to floor and they quickly turn to Kei for his expertise. Uninterested at first, Kei is drawn in by the new challenge to unravel the mysteries every new murder present. As Kei, Gou, and Junko investigate each new case, they are confronted with even more complex puzzles and adventure while they attempt to unlock the secrets of the ingenious killers they find themselves pitted against. The Locked Room Murders has a principle cast with some of the biggest talent in Japan including Satoshi Ohno, Erika Toda, and Koichi Sato in addition to a powerful ensemble of guest appearances that bring the bestselling novel, The Locked Room Murders by Yusuke Kishi, to life on screen. Ep.#2 Synopsis: A junior high school student is found dead in a room which is not just locked but sealed by tape on both the doors and the windows. While the boy’s death is deemed suicide by carbon monoxide, his uncle, Aiichiro, suspects foul play. Kei Enomoto, a friend of Aiichoro, enlists the help of Gou Serizawa and Junko Aoto to unlock the mystery behind whether the boy’s step father, Yoshio Takazawa, could have used his scientific ingenuity for murder in an attempt to collect the family’s insurance money.


CAYMAN TVC "EXCITING" (GERMANY)
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CORPORATE: Advertising/Marketing: Business-to-Consumer

Entrant: Kemper Kommunikation GmbH / Frankfurt
Sponsor/Client: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG / Stuttgart
Production Company: Hochkant Film GmbH / München


A 30-second reminder of how life was when it was still exciting. It's great that "exciting" is now back with the new Cayman.


CAYMAN TVC "EXCITING" (GERMANY)
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CORPORATE: Advertising/Marketing: Business-to-Consumer

Entrant: Kemper Kommunikation GmbH / Frankfurt
Sponsor/Client: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG / Stuttgart
Production Company: Hochkant Film GmbH / München


A 30-second reminder of how life was when it was still exciting. It's great that "exciting" is now back with the new Cayman.


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