‘Shalom’ Wins Top Prize At Well-Attended FIPA

“Shalom General,” an Austrian tv film, took top honors for fiction at the fourth Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, held in Cannes Jan. 10 to 15. Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” won a second-place award for best documentary. The acclaimed American docu was beaten out for the top award by the BBC’s “The Confession,” directed by Tom Bower.

Attendance at the fest was up nearly 40% from last year, and, despite minor complaints, most participants appeared pleased with the event. Fest drew about 650 attendees, including 60 buyers and 100 reps from tv channels, production and distribution firms.

FIPA is the tv counterpart of the Directors Fortnight, the successful renegade sidebar that unspools during the Cannes Film Festival to showcase noteworthy or up-and-coming directors. Pierre-Henri Deleau heads both events.

Deleau viewed nearly 108 American programs before choosing the shows that would compete for awards in the categories of fiction, series, docus, shorts, music, and investigative-social reporting.

By inviting producers, distributors and exporters, Deleau said he hopes to establish a marketplace atmosphere for the television festival.

“It’s calm but busy enough to make it worthwhile,” said British indie producer Kimia Zabihyan of the Observer Film Co. She said she accomplishes more at FIPA than she can at bigger meets such as Monte Carlo and Mipcom. “Here you can find people and they have the time to talk.”

Other winners include the following:

Second place, fiction: “El Crimen de las estanqueras de Sevilla” (Spain).

Best actor, fiction: Brian Dennehy, “Rising Son” (U.S.).

Best actress, fiction: Vanessa Redgrave, “Orpheus Descending” (U.S.).

First place, series: “Los Jinetes del Alba” (Spain).

Second place, series: “Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit” (U.K.).

Best actor, series: Roy Dupuis, “Les filles de Caleb” (Canada).

Best actress, series: Marina Orsini, “Les filles de Caleb” (Canada).

First place, investigative and social reporting: “Dance Of Hope” (U.S.).

Second place, investigative and social reporting: “Crimes et Passions” (France).

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