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"88 HOURS: THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR MELTDOWN" (Japan)
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BEST OF FESTIVAL WINNER - DOCUMENTARY
DOCUMENTARY: Docudrama

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) / Tokyo
Production Company: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) / Tokyo
Producers: Naofumi Nakamura,Takehiro Asai, Hisao Herai
Additional Credits: Directors: Akio Suzuki, Masahiro Fujikawa; Editor: Yoshinori Tajima
Cinematographer: Hirohisa Fujita;Sounds: Masanao Yamauchi, Katsuaki Suzuki


In March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan suffered a nuclear accident of the highest severity. The processes that led to the crisis were so complex that media around the world were still unable to give an overall picture five years later. Then, NHK obtained a private record made by the plant manager, Masao Yoshida, in the hospital where he later died. NHK also interviewed 500 other people who had been involved in the crisis and obtained a huge amount of data. In this documentary, reenactments and computer graphics based on those findings give a complete picture of the nuclear accident.


"AN EDEN FOR TWO" (Japan)
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BEST OF FESTIVAL NOMINEE - Entertainment
ENTERTAINMENT: Theater/Cinema

Entrant: Yamaguchi Broadcasting Co., Ltd. / Shunan
Additional Credits: Producers: Yukio Iwata, Kazunari Kubo; Director: Akira Sasaki;
Sound: Mai Watanabe


After World War 2, Japan experienced an economic boom, and became a wealthy society. One couple fought against the materialism, choosing otherwise to live deep in the mountains without electricity, a telephone, or plumbing. They are Torao Tanaka (Aged 77) and his wife Fusako(72). Soon after Torao returned home from the battlefields of World War 2, he and his wife bought a mountain near their home village. Together, they cultivated the rugged terrain in order to live their lives there. Torao proclaims, “We want to plant and raise enough rice and vegetables for ourselves.” They became self-sufficient. Even when Torao became serious ill, he persevered and they continued to live the mountain life. The mountain’s emotional importance far outweighed the effects of aging. Passing away, Torao’s daughters reflected on him and his wife’s lives: “We learned from them how to live good life for ourselves.” “We also want to live as our parents did.” With this, Torao and Fusako’s daughters look up to their parents as a model of how we should live.


"BREADWINNER" (Russia)
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BEST OF FESTIVAL WINNER - CORPORATE
CORPORATE: Communication: Dealer, Distributor, Franchisee

Entrant: LBL Production (FreeMotion Group) / Novosibirsk
Producers: Evgeny Barkovsky, Vyacheslav Goldfeld;
Sponsor/Client: Minsk Traktor Works / Minsk, Belarus
Production Company: LBL Production (FreeMotion Group) / Novosibirsk
Directors: Pavel Menyailo, Olesya Barkovskaya, Petr Pchelnikov, Yuli Ulianitski;
Additional Credits: Cinematographers: Artem Orlov, Alexandr Savchenko, Petr Pchelnikov, Vlad
Kolesnkov, Vitaly Les; Editor: Olesya Barkovskaya


This is a first-person film. The main character is tractor Belarus, which speaks all the languages of the world. He is not just a "tool" for work as we used to perceive it, but he is the main worker and a breadwinner, a reliable friend. He shares his story, experience and views on life with us. He teaches us to be hardworking. He shows us the whole world from his point of view.


"DAVID ATTENBOROUGH´S LIGHT ON EARTH" (Austria)
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DOCUMENTARY: Science, Research, Technology

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios / Vienna
Production Company: Terra Mater Factual Studios / Vienna
Producers: Martin Dohrn, Joe Loncraine; Director: Joe Loncraine
Additional Credits: Edit & Camera Assistant: Matthew Kingdon; Editor: Rama Bowley;
Sound: Bill Rudolph


Other Credits: A TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS/ AMMONITE FILMS production in co-production with CURIOSITYSTREAM in association with BBC UKTV and ABC Australia
The spectacular and magical light produced by glowworms, fireflies and luminous plankton is known as bioluminescence - light made by living creatures. But those quite familiar glows and flashes are just a tiny, easily observed fragment of a previously unexplored, mysterious realm. The sea at night sparkles, as millions of luminous plankton reveal the shapes of dolphins in a truly magical light show. But why do animals produce light of their own? For centuries, we could only marvel at the beauty and the mystery. But now, for the first time we can begin to reveal the amazing truth about living lights. Sir David Attenborough will be our guide, as we venture into a world he describes as "utterly unlike our own". He and a team of the world’s leading scientists take us on a quest into the fascinating realm of living light. During the film, we discover that bioluminescence is everywhere: in the soil, on land and in the oceans. Astonishingly, the ability to make light may be the norm, not the exception. And it's not just a beautiful wonder of nature - every form of glowing light has a purpose. This can be seen in complex behaviour that is crucial to the survival of each species involved: it is used to lure potential mating partners, as a warning signal for fellow species, or as a defense strategy - a kind of burglar alarm, to reveal an attacking predator to its enemies, according to the proverb: The enemy of my enemy is my friend...


"DAVID ATTENBOROUGH´S LIGHT ON EARTH" (Austria)
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DOCUMENTARY: Cinematography

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios / Vienna
Production Company: Terra Mater Factual Studios / Vienna
Producers: Martin Dohrn, Joe Loncraine; Director: Joe Loncraine
Additional Credits: Edit & Camera Assistant: Matthew Kingdon; Editor: Rama Bowley;
Sound: Bill Rudolph


Other Credits: A TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS/ AMMONITE FILMS production in co-production with CURIOSITYSTREAM in association with BBC UKTV and ABC Australia
The spectacular and magical light produced by glowworms, fireflies and luminous plankton is known as bioluminescence - light made by living creatures. But those quite familiar glows and flashes are just a tiny, easily observed fragment of a previously unexplored, mysterious realm. The sea at night sparkles, as millions of luminous plankton reveal the shapes of dolphins in a truly magical light show. But why do animals produce light of their own? For centuries, we could only marvel at the beauty and the mystery. But now, for the first time we can begin to reveal the amazing truth about living lights. Sir David Attenborough will be our guide, as we venture into a world he describes as "utterly unlike our own". He and a team of the world’s leading scientists take us on a quest into the fascinating realm of living light. During the film, we discover that bioluminescence is everywhere: in the soil, on land and in the oceans. Astonishingly, the ability to make light may be the norm, not the exception. And it's not just a beautiful wonder of nature - every form of glowing light has a purpose. This can be seen in complex behaviour that is crucial to the survival of each species involved: it is used to lure potential mating partners, as a warning signal for fellow species, or as a defense strategy - a kind of burglar alarm, to reveal an attacking predator to its enemies, according to the proverb: The enemy of my enemy is my friend…


"DESIGN AH! #109" (Japan)
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BEST OF FESTIVAL NOMINEE - Educational
EDUCATIONAL: Pre-School, Kindergarten

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) / Tokyo
Production Company: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) / Tokyo
Producers: Taku Sato, Yugo Nakamura; Director: Takuya Hosogane
Additional Credits: NHK Educational Corporation


This program uses unique pictures and sounds to show everyday things from the perspective of design. It makes kids aware of the role played by design and helps them to see things from diverse viewpoints, discern the nature of things, and be creative.


"EUROPE´S LAST NOMADS" (Austria)
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DOCUMENTARY: Music - Adaptation or Original

Entrant: Interspot Film GmbH / Vienna
Sponsor/Client: ORF / Vienna
Production Company: Interspot Film GmbH / Vienna
Producer: Heinrich Mayer-Moroni; Director: Gernot Lercher
Additional Credits: Cinematographer: Klaus Achter; Editor: Raimund Sievetz
Sound: Roman Kariolou & Johannes Ratheiser


Romania's forest-covered Carpathians, Spain's sun-drenched steppes, the romantic islands off the coast of Wales, the Mediterranean mountain ranges in southern France and Tyrol's alpine landscapes: five natural European habitats, remote and untouched. The documentary "Europe's Last Nomads" brings these varied regions together in a film that investigates the one characteristic that ties them all together: transhumance, the seasonal migration of people and animals between grazing grounds. The lives of both humans and animals are determined by the rhythms of nature. Europe's last nomads are herdsmen who often travel hundreds of kilometres with their herds of sheep or cattle, on a journey from winter to summer pastures and back. They follow ancient trails, the changes of the seasons and the tracks left by generation after generation.


"FOCUS - FEDERAL INTELLIGENCE SERVICE" (Switzerland)
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BEST OF FESTIVAL WINNER - EDUCATIONAL
EDUCATIONAL: How-to, Instructional, Tutorials

Entrant: Centre of Electronic Media / Bern
Sponsor/Client: Federal Intelligence Service / Bern
Markus Kellenberger
Production Company: Centre of Electronic Media / Bern
Producer: Mike Lüscher; Director: Lukas Ramseyer
Additional Credits: Cinematogrpaher: Christoph Walther; Editor & Sound: Aron Nick;
Jakob Stoller


The film shows how a fictional Swiss firm becomes the target and victim of a foreign intelligence service that seeks at all costs to obtain information on a technological innovation that can also be applied in the armament industry.


"H2WOE" (Russia )
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BEST OF FESTIVAL NOMINEE - Documentary
DOCUMENTARY: Environment, Ecology

Entrant: RT / Moscow
Production Company: RT / Moscow
Producer: Marianna Dravnel; Director: Natalya Kadyrova;
Additional Credits: Editor: Ekaterina Lozovik


Today, the world faces a range of increasing ecological challenges. Apart from global warming, whose mechanisms and influence have yet to be thoroughly understood, many countries have already faced a more evident and real crisis - water deficiency. The film, through the example of one country, India, tells various stories of simple people who live under conditions of stringent water rationing. The most conspicuous cause of the crisis was the monsoons that came late two years in a row, in 2015 and 2016. Furthermore, they were not as abundant as usual. In certain regions and states of India (primarily Rajasthan and Maharashtra), water deficiency escalated into a full-blown crisis. This was recognised by the government, which sent special ‘water trains’ to the worst affected areas. But Mother Nature merely acted as the catastrophe’s trigger.
The film endeavours to get to the bottom of it and find the underlying causes of the crisis. A number of parts relate the stories of simple Indians who suffer, each in their own way, from water shortages. Traveling around the country, the film crew heard locals suggesting various theories regarding the cause of the disaster, which ranged from government inaction to some kind of divine punishment for the errors of the past. Many scientists, ecologists and climatologists estimate that in the coming decades potable water shortage will be one of the world’s most pressing problems.


"I-WITNESS: BUSAL (MUZZLED)" (Philippines)
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BEST OF FESTIVAL NOMINEE - Documentary
DOCUMENTARY: News Programming: Public Affairs Programs

Entrant: GMA Network, Inc. / Quezon City
Senior Vice President, News and Public Affairs: Marissa L. Flores
Production Company: GMA Network, Inc. / Quezon City
Public Affairs Head: Nessa Valdellon; Program Mgr: Joy Madrigal
Additional Credits: Executive Producer/Writer: Criselda Caringal; Dir: Jazel Kristin Villamarin;
Writer/Translator: January Victoria; Researcher: Leonora Patricia De Guzman


ADDITIONAL ENTRANT CREDITS: First Vice President, News and Public Affairs: Nessa Valdellon; Senior Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs: Clyde Rolando A. Mercado; Program Manager: Joy Madrigal; Host/Writer: Howie Severino; Editors: Mark Antonio, Fredie Abril, Anna Isabelle Matutina, Josue Penilla
It is widely known that in the anti-drug campaign of the present administration in the Philippines, it is the poor that is mostly affected. Most of those who are killed comes from the poor segment of society. And as it happens, the voices of the poor remain unheard. This documentary was made to provide a platform for members of the urban poor to air their grievances and hopes. It gives a face on the direct consequences of the anti-drug campaign through the eyes of those who belong to this marginalized sector of society.


"IRON OVERLOAD" (United Kingdom)
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CORPORATE: Virtual Reality (VR)

Entrant: Random42 Scientific Communication / London
Sponsor/Client: Novartis
Production Company: Random42 Scientific Communication / London
Medical Director: Ben Ramsbottom; Creative Director: Matt Sugars;
Additional Credits: Senior Art Director: Uli Kilian; Art Director: Tom Gibson
3D Artists: Sam Biddle, Artur Pojo


This virtual reality animation takes the viewer inside the body to highlight the importance of iron maintenance, and shows the impact of iron build-up in at-risk patients. The flow of powerful visuals aims to educate on the cellular and molecular influence of iron in normal and disease settings, whilst also introducing the viewer to treatments that can restore iron balance. As an unbranded and purely educational animation, Novartis are now able to offer a fully immersive and fascinating insight into iron balance disorders.


"ISLANDS IN TIME - A WILDLIFE ODYSSEY: EP02 - BEWITCHED BY THE MOON" (Austria)
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DOCUMENTARY: Cinematography

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios / Vienna
Production Company: Terra Mater Factual Studios / Vienna
Producer/Director: Paul Reddish; Editor: Peter Brownlee
Additional Credits: Sound Editor: Paul Cowgill


Other Credits: A TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS PRODUCTION IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH DOCLIGHTS/NDR-Naturfilm & NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL
Nature’s most powerful forces have combined to make the islands that lie between Asia and Australia the richest on our planet. The shallow seas and coasts are no less rich than the land. They are held in sway by the moon. Twice a month, on the full and new moons, the islands of South East Asia experience giant tides. On the days before the new moon fiddler crab males begin to perform line-dances in perfect synchrony. It’s a strange mating performance and a rarely seen wonder of the world. The high tides allow Archer Fish to swim into the mangrove branches where they can shoot down weaver ants. Fireflies can best show off In the darkness of the nights around the new Moon, lighting up whole mangrove trees as they too display in synchrony. On the most powerful tides of the full moon huge schools of snapper move to the edge of the reef and perform in an orgy of spawning, as they cast their eggs out to sea beyond the reef and its fish. The shallow seas, the mangroves, beaches and mud flats are the richest on earth; home to more species than anywhere else; and all because of the mysterious pull of the moon and the power of millions of years of evolution in the tropics.


"LIBYA HEAT" (Russia )
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DOCUMENTARY: News Programming: Investigative/Special Reports

Entrant: RT / Moscow
Sponsor/Client: RT / Moscow
Additional Credits: Producers: Dinara Toktosunova, Andrey Kiyashko, Ekaterina Burova,
Ekaterina Bylkina, Albina Karyaeva


RT secured contacts with pro-government forces on the ground and managed to get unique access to the frontline.


"LIFE'S A PARTY WITH DAVID BURTKA" (United Kingdom)
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BEST OF FESTIVAL NOMINEE - Entertainment
ENTERTAINMENT: Cooking

Entrant: Pacific Television / London
Sponsor/Client: Food Network / New York, NY
Production Company: Pacific Television / London
Executive Producers: Rachel Purnell and David Burtka; Director: Olivia Grove
Additional Credits: Producer: Bridget Lumley; Line Producer: Carl Green


There’s fabulous food and seriously great good times as super star chef and actor David Burtka throws a rooftop birthday bash for his best friend James Carpinello, complete with a big secret. David’s husband Neil Patrick Harris is making a surprise trip home. Shhh! Just don’t tell David. With help in the kitchen from his adorable twins Harper and Gideon, his A-list guests and a totally unexpected appearance from Neil who’s updating us on his progress via his phone, it’s a dazzling celebration of family, friends, fun and effortless easy delicious food.
There’s nothing David loves more than throwing a party, join him as he opens his home and shares a mix of incredible cooking, party tips and strategies. On the party menu, David’s cooking in the kitchen and firing up the grill on the roof, there’s amazing Tangerine Chicken Under A Brick, tangy Balsamic Grilled Asparagus, an amped-up classic Mint Pesto Pasta and decadent Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Cookie Bars, all washed down with stunning Fresh Blueberry Fizz cocktails. It’s a huge hit with his glittering friends Kelly Ripa, Rachael Harris, James Carpinello, Amy Acker and their kids. Expect the unexpected as Food Network’s newest star David Burtka, cordon bleu trained chef and natural born entertainer invites you into his home where each meal is an incredible event and every day is extraordinary.


"LITTLE LUNCH - THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE GRADUATION" (Australia)
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BEST OF FESTIVAL WINNER - ENTERTAINMENT
ENTERTAINMENT: Children's

Entrant: Australian Children's Television Foundation / Melbourne, VIC
Production Company: Gristmill / Melbourne, VIC
Producers: Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope, Ben Grogan; Director: Robyn Butler


“Little Lunch” is filmed in a mockumentary style, which brilliantly suits these stories in which comedy and character are paramount. Each episode sees slices of action interspersed with the children variously addressing an unseen interviewer, in the readily recognized form of the faux documentary (Modern Family, The Office). The format lends itself brilliantly to Little Lunch as the simplicity and minutiae of each snack time story is given serious weight, and the characters’ truthful retelling of their version of events is what becomes funny. Or perhaps the not so truthful retelling is what becomes funny.
“Little Lunch” also features a small cast. Six children filled the lead roles, with just one adult character appearing as a beloved guest. The casting keeps the series grounded in the world of children and feeds into the close-knit nature of the group, which can be seen on screen in the close-knit friendship group the six lead characters share.
The entire series is filmed in one location; a local primary school. The team behind the camera were a small crew, led by producers and directors who have many years’ experience making comedy for older audiences and brought their humour on set.


"OPERATION: DRUG WAR" (China)
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BEST OF FESTIVAL NOMINEE - Documentary
DOCUMENTARY: Current Affairs

Entrant: China Global Television Network / Beijing
Production Company: Barnaby Lo / Manila
Producer/Director: Barnaby Lo
Additional Credits: Cinematographers: Froilan Malicsi, Robert Malicsi
Editor: Reichelle Reyes


Rodrigo Duterte won the Philippine presidency in 2016 largely due to his strong stance against drugs and criminality. He said it will be a war, and there will be deaths. Within his first month in office, hundreds of people died. Although he had promised it would happen, it still caught the world by surprise, drew international flak, and opened deep divisions in Philippine society. The world had questions. Everyone wanted to understand the extent of the Philippines' drug problem, why so many people had been killed in such a short period of time, and what the end game is. China Global Television Network, then known as CCTV News, had been reporting on it on its news programs, but there was a consensus that an in-depth report needed to be done.


"SOUL OF THE ELEPHANT" (Austria)
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DOCUMENTARY: Cinematography

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios / Vienna
Production Company: Terra Mater Factual Studios / Vienna
Producers: Beverly Joubert, Dereck Joubert; Cinematographer: Dereck Joubert
Additional Credits: Editor: Candice Odgers S.A.G.E; Sound Production & Design: Beverly Joubert


Other Credits: A Production of Wildlife Films and THIRTEEN Productions LLC in co-production with Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with France Télévisions
Africa's elephants are in great danger, because of the poaching for their ivory - but these giants seem to be sentient beings. Renowned filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert embark on an adventure to find the soul of the elephant. They travel down the Selinda Spillway in Botswana by canoe and on foot to get closer than ever to elephants, and try to understand what makes an elephant. Through their eyes and thoughts, we experience exciting situations and very close personal encounters with these impressive creatures. The filmmakers recreate the lives of two dead elephant bulls whose skulls they have found - complete with the tusks in them. When the Jouberts look into the eyes of an elephant, they see a thinking being - an animal that has fear and relationships, that understands feelings, mourns death, celebrates birth, enjoys and plays for reasons we do not understand, but perhaps just for play’s sake. This is a very different film about elephants - a celebration of their greatness, not least to awaken attention for the dangerous situation of these most remarkable creatures.


"SOUL OF THE ELEPHANT" (Austria)
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DOCUMENTARY: Nature, Wildlife

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios / Vienna
Production Company: Terra Mater Factual Studios / Vienna
Producers: Beverly Joubert, Dereck Joubert; Cinematographer: Dereck Joubert
Additional Credits: Editor: Candice Odgers S.A.G.E; Sound Production & Design: Beverly Joubert


Other Credits: A Production of Wildlife Films and THIRTEEN Productions LLC in co-production with Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with France Télévisions
Africa's elephants are in great danger, because of the poaching for their ivory - but these giants seem to be sentient beings. Renowned filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert embark on an adventure to find the soul of the elephant. They travel down the Selinda Spillway in Botswana by canoe and on foot to get closer than ever to elephants, and try to understand what makes an elephant. Through their eyes and thoughts, we experience exciting situations and very close personal encounters with these impressive creatures. The filmmakers recreate the lives of two dead elephant bulls whose skulls they have found - complete with the tusks in them. When the Jouberts look into the eyes of an elephant, they see a thinking being - an animal that has fear and relationships, that understands feelings, mourns death, celebrates birth, enjoys and plays for reasons we do not understand, but perhaps just for play’s sake. This is a very different film about elephants - a celebration of their greatness, not least to awaken attention for the dangerous situation of these most remarkable creatures.


"SPACE 360" (Russia )
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DOCUMENTARY: 360 Video

Entrant: RT / Moscow
Production Company: RT / Moscow
Producers: Maria Tumar, Eduard Chizhikov, Kirill Karnovich-Valua
Additional Credits: Directors: Ivan Kuryshev, Maxim Romanyuik, Konstantin Lozhkin,
Evgeny Tretyakov


As probably known by most people living on Earth, there is full vacuum in space, so it means that the oxygen in an unusual environment for us - is completely absent. Any modern camera with the ability to record high quality video, whether GoPro or any of its analogs, is equipped with a protection against overheating and at an extreme temp automatically shut down. Thus, in the absence of oxygen, the matrix of the chamber can’t even to transmit its heat somewhere, and it cannot take more than 5 minutes to work in the active mode.
To solve this problem RT360 invited a team of engineers, who for several months have been hard-working to solve the problems. In collaboration with the Russian Space Agency, our engineers were able to solve the identified hedges. A different task for us was to try to ensure to our hero, the pilot-cosmonaut Andrei Ivanovich Borisenko the maximum possible convenience in working with equipment, such as ease of start-up and much more. Ultimately, the team of RT360 worked together to develop unique designs that have no analogues in the world, which allowed us to become the first ever and the singular team in the world to launch a series about the life of astronauts in orbit in a revolutionary 360-degree form.
Upon completion of the manufacturing equipment required it's time to final testing and preparation for further certification. First of all, the tests were carried out under extreme conditions, such as a pressure chamber, overheating, hypothermia, and more. After successfully passing all the tests of our exclusive equipment, the question arose of granting it to tests at the Russian Space Agency and trying its best to get the desired certificate for sending equipment to the ISS. As it turned out later, the engineering staff of the team RT360 completely coped with the task. After a while, we announced the Space360 project, which allowed all wishing inhabitants of the planet Earth to at least temporarily immerse in the atmosphere of the ISS becoming one of the crew members, and what is most important to look through the astronaut's eyes to the cosmic magnificence of our beloved planet, it’s all thanks to the unique project of the RT "Space360 ".


"THE MASTER" (Taiwan)
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BEST OF FESTIVAL NOMINEE - Corporate
CORPORATE: Public Relations

Entrant: Wizard Films / New Taipei City
Production Company: Wizard Films / New Taipei City
Producers: Shih-Lei You, Shih-Ming Chang(Yuan Ze University)
Additional Credits: Director: Shih-Ming Chang(Yuan Ze University)
Editor: Du Du Chen


While the artist shares their creative philosophy of pottery, calligraphy and tea ceremony, the film captures in detail the subtle craft of shaping pots, the wild strokes in calligraphy and the warmth of tea. As the scenes smoothly flow into one another, the video introduces the creator's inner journey to the audience, allowing them to enjoy the stories behind the artwork.


"THE THIRTY FIRST KILOMETER" (Russia)
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BEST OF FESTIVAL NOMINEE - Corporate
CORPORATE: Communication: Employee/Internal-Oriented

Entrant: LBL Production (FreeMotion Group) / Novosibirsk
Sponsor/Client: Salym Petroleum Development / Moscow
Production Company: LBL Production (FreeMotion Group) / Novosibirsk
Producer: Vyacheslav Goldfeld; Directors: Pavel Menyailo, Petr Pchelnikov
Additional Credits: Cinematogrpahers: Artem Orlov, Alexandr Savchenko, Petr Pchelnikov, Fedor
Nisichenko; Editors: Denis Velinsky, Pavel Menyaiolo; Sound: Yuri Dudarev


The problem started in wrong time in wrong place. North of Russia, taiga, the wild nature for dozens of kilometers around. But here fate had its own way: there was a serious problem with the export pipeline in this place. Where would the oil go? What should the company do? How much time do people have? Too many questions, too few answers. It would seem that situation cannot be worse. But it could. This film will show the outstanding efforts of SPD's engineers and the power of the human spirit.


"TUNING THE BATTLE: BEHIND THE CHOPIN PIANO COMPETITION" (Japan)
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BEST OF FESTIVAL NOMINEE - Documentary
DOCUMENTARY: Arts

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) / Tokyo
Production Company: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) / Tokyo
Producers: Ritsu Inoue, Hiromi Toriyabe, Fusako Niitsu
Additional Credits: Director: Hiroko Ninomiya; Cinematographer: Masaki Kakuyama; Editor:
Mari Otake; Sound: Kenichi Tominaga,Tomoko Kaneda


The quinquennial International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition is the world’s most prestigious and demanding contest for young pianists. Behind the scenes, there is another battle. This one is fought by tuners, who work for the piano manufacturers that supply instruments for the competition. The skill of each tuner determines the timbre of his company’s piano. How many contestants will choose their piano to play? And which instrument will play a part in victory? This documentary turns the spotlight on the tuners and the challenges they face. It’s a fascinating watch for music fans and non-fans alike.


"VODAFONE" (New Zealand)
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BEST OF FESTIVAL NOMINEE - Corporate
CORPORATE: Communication: Employee/Internal-Oriented

Entrant: Omnicron Productions / Auckland
Sponsor/Client: Vodafone
Production Company: Omnicron Productions / Auckland
Director: Harvey Hayes; Producer: Daniel Arnold


Vodafone is a responsible employer and also has regulatory requirements to keep their staff safe. Unfortunately, some of these requirements may seem basic, dull and a little bureaucratic. Consequently, new young employees have disengaged during traditional induction with whiteboards and PowerPoints. Our task was to design an interactive video solution to ensure that the audience participated and engaged with Vodafone’s induction programme. The interactive video only allows the audience to progress to each new scenario after answering the previously one correctly. Engagement is therefore guaranteed, and importantly, results can be collected on the company’s central learning management system and viewed during audits.


"WE ARE DIAGEO" (United Kingdom)
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CORPORATE: Communication: Employee/Internal-Oriented

Entrant: Quite Frankly Productions / London
Sponsor/Client: Diageo / London
Production Company: Quite Frankly Productions / London
Producers: Lies Deneys, Sitara Menon, Maria Martinez, Jaime Hernandez O'Hagan
Additional Credits: Cinematographers: Jeremy Bishop, Farooq Khan, Martin Rodriguez; Editor:
Dave Arshadi; Sound: Tim Boylan, Devender Singh, Elvis Casas


To give an insight into what it means to work for Diageo. We have produced over fifty 'we are Diageo' pieces in the last 12-18 months, spending time filming employees in Mexico, India, the US and the UK... with more countries to follow. The aim? To show the diversity of roles, experiences, opportunities and challenges that working with Diageo brings, so as to attract the best talent to the organisation globally. Secondly, to instill a sense of pride amongst current employees, to show them that they work for and with true experts and professionals. Thirdly, to give personality to Diageo as a business and show that the people that work within the organisation are the best in the world at what they do.


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