RockiesToday, the Banff World Media Festival announced the call for entries to the 2014 prestigious Rockies Program Competition, an internationally celebrated award that is given out at BANFF each June. Known affectionately throughout the world as ‘The Rockies’, BANFF’s program competition celebrates the “best of the best” in international television content.

The Rockies is the largest international program competition in the media content industry and attracts over a thousand entries from more than 40 countries annually.

Successful nominees will be selected by a group of global industry leaders representing excellence in the genres of Scripted, Factual, Entertainment, and Youth.  Winners in 2013 included Hatfields & McCoys (History), The Big C (Showtime), Heartland (CBC), The Nature of Things (CBC), Recipe to Riches (Food Network), Targeting the Electorate (PBS), The Apprentice UK (BBC), Quiz Me Quick (Belgium), Tricky Business (Brazil), Operation Zucker (Germany), and Tears of Lost Souls (South Korea).

The acclaimed BANFF Program Competition provides an important opportunity for the world’s most innovative producers of entertainment content to celebrate their contribution to excellence in programming,” says Ferne Cohen, Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival. “In June 2014, BANFF will once again feature an exciting program second to none, focusing on the new technologies, conversations and trends that are shaping the global media landscape today.

Each year at the Rockie Awards Gala, BANFF honours the immeasurable contribution of some of the biggest names on screen and behind the camera in the industry including, Ricky Gervais, Will Arnett, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Craig Ferguson, Lisa Kudrow, Eric McCormack, Eugene Levy, Kelsey Grammer, Martin Short, William Shatner, Tracy Ullman, Chuck Lorre, James Burrows, Jeanne Beker, Howie Mandel, Paul Haggis, Barry Humphries (aka Dame Edna), John Cleese, Bob Newhart, David Attenborough, and more.

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About the Banff World Media Festival

The Banff World Media Festival is the world’s largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media. BANFF provides a platform for the evolving media industry to develop its creative and business objectives, serves as the leading destination for co-production and co-venture partners and is an unparalleled destination for more than 2000 international decision-makers to meet, learn and do business. The 35th annual Banff World Media Festival will take place June 8-11, 2014 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta.