Abu Dhabi-produced documentary 'Free Solo' wins another international award
The Oscar-winning film about free solo climber Alex Honnold has bagged an award from Banff World Media Festival
The Image Nation Abu Dhabi and National Geographic co-production Free Solo already won the Oscar for Best Feature Documentary, but the 2018 film about climber Alex Honnold is still winning awards globally.
This time it bagged the Best History and Biography Programme award at the Banff World Media Festival's Rockie Awards, which was held virtually this year.
The winners of the international programme competition were revealed on Monday, June 15.
Here's the full live stream:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag scooped the Grand Jury Prize and best comedy series, as HBO's Gentleman Jack received the best English-language drama series going, and HBO and Sky TV's Chernobyl took home the best limited series award.
Hulu's Ramy was also nominated for the comedy series in the English language category, but lost to Fleabag.
What are the Banff Rockie Awards?
The Banff World Media Festival is an international media event, usually held in the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta. The Banff Rockie Awards are held during the four-day event.
This year, however, the prize-giving ceremony was streamed live after the festival, which was supposed to run between Sunday and Wednesday, June 14 and 17, was postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
What is Free Solo?
Free Solo is a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, from award-winning documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin.
It follows Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the world’s most famous rock, the 975-metre – about 152 metres higher than Burj Khalifa – El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, without a rope.
Prior to the Banff win, the documentary had bagged a total of 29 awards, including an Emmy and a Bafta, plus received 54 nominations.
Here's the full list of winners from this year's Banff Rockie Awards:
Arts and Music: Josephine Baker: The Story of an Awakening
Comedy and Variety: Baroness von Sketch Show
Interactive Content: East of the Rockies
Lifestyle: Employable Me
Reality – Competition Series and Game Shows: RuPaul's Drag Race
Reality – Docusoap and Docuseries: Who Are You Calling Fat?
Animation – Children's: The Snail and The Whale
Children and Youth Fiction: Hardball
Children and Youth Interactive Content: Own It
Children and Youth Non-Fiction – My Life: I Will Survive
Pre-School: Peppa Pig
Crime and Investigation: Sea of Shadows
Environmental and Wildlife: Seven Worlds, One Planet
History and Biography: Free Solo
Science and Technology: Science Fair
Social and Current Affairs: Surviving R Kelly
Web Non-Fiction: Stonewall OutLoud
Podcast of the Year: This Sounds Serious
Comedy Series – English Language: Fleabag
Comedy Series – Non-English Language: Mytho
Drama Series – English Language: Gentleman Jack
Drama Series – Non-English Language: Giri/Haji (Duty/Shame)
Limited Series: Chernobyl
Sci-Fi and Genre-Based: His Dark Materials
Television Movie: Elizabeth is Missing
Web Fiction: Lost in Traplanta
Updated: June 16, 2020 03:23 PM