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'Chevez-Inside the Coup' Wins BANFF
10 Jun 2003 :
Irish documentary 'Chavez-Inside the Coup' beats shows like 'The West Wing' to win the $50,000 Global Television Grand Prize at the prestigious BANFF Awards in Canada.

The Power Picture's documentary, 'Chavez-Inside the Coup' has scooped 2 prizes at the prestigious BANFF festival in Canada. It was announced this morning that the powerful documentary was named best in its Information and Current Affairs category and won the International Jury's $50,000 Global Television Grand Prize from a field of 83 programmes across 14 categories.

The documentary was produced by Power Pictures and directed by Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain and was broadcast as part of RTE's True Lives series earlier this year. The documentary, depicted the attempted overthrow of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, defeated competition that included US series 'The West Wing'.

It's producer David Power gave his reaction to the announcement, "This is phenomenal ...to win the top award at a major festival and to beat such worldclass competition is testament to Kim and Donnacha's extraordinary work".

Rod Stoneman, CEO of the Irish Film Board said "Congratulations to Power Pictures. This is an amazing documentary and deserves this recognition on the world stage".

Banff 2003, the 24th Banff Television Festival, takes place June 8 to 13 at the Fairmont Banff Springs in the Canadian Rockies. It is expected to draw over 1,800 producers, broadcasters, commissioning editors, content creators and other industry stakeholders from around the world who will take part in an array of plenary sessions, seminars, Master Classes, pitching and networking opportunities.





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