Laurent Puons, CEO of the 57th Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which will run from June 16 -20, has announced the recipients of its range of prestigious Special Prizes, awarded each year in collaboration with its partner organisations: AMADE, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Monaco Red Cross and SIGNIS.
Laurent Puons said: I’m very pleased to announce this diverse selection of recipients for our Special Prizes in 2017. These coveted, long-standing awards offer a unique celebration of the extraordinary potential of television to uncover and explore important stories and issues that have strong relevance to a global audience”.
Judged by expert international juries, winners of these renowned Special Prizes are selected from the diverse entries received from across the globe as part of the Festival’s annual competition.
The AMADE Prize, awarded to a television programme that explores a human issue, will go to Reel Time: Isinulat sa Tubig (Reel Time: Forgotten Children of the Waves), from the Philippines. Produced by GMA News TV, this unique documentary uncovers the determination of the children of Matnog, a remote village in the Philippines, to receive the education that is, for them, their only way out of poverty.
Rewarding a documentary that highlights a principle of international humanitarian law, the Press Prize of the ICRC goes to Les Migrants Ne Savent Pas Nager (Aquarius, Rescue in Deadly Waters). Produced by France’s Point Du Jour, the documentary centres on the humanitarian crisis taking place in Mediterranean waters, as two journalists witness the daily commitment of those aboard the Aquarius, a vessel chartered by SOS Méditerranée, with the objective of saving the lives of those attempting to reach Europe.
Television film Ein Teil Von Uns (Part of Us) will be awarded two honours at the Festival – the Prize of the Monaco Red Cross, recognising a fiction programme that demonstrates one of the seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross, and the SIGNIS Prize, The Silver Dove, which highlights and promotes productions that use artistic and technical talent to create inspiring content that encourages reflection. Produced by Germany’s Constantin Television GmbH, drama Ein Teil Von Uns centres on the story of Nadja as she is pulled back into a spiral of love, hate, responsibility, guilt and shame, when her mother, after years apart, comes back into her life.