French, Belgians rule at Prix Italia

'Still,' 'Cold,' 'Khmer' share main awards

CATANIA, Italy — The 54th Prix Italia, the world’s oldest broadcasting fest, wrapped Sunday in Catania, Sicily, with a prize list dominated by entries from France and Belgium.

Belgium’s VRT network won the drama nod with “Still Waters,” from director Ward Huselmans.

France’s Arte pocketed two of the main awards — TV movie/miniseries and documentary — with “Cold as Summer” and “Khmer Rouge Killing Machine.”

U.K. terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4 came away with the awards for performing arts (“The Death of Klinghoffer”) and for music and arts docu (“Operatunity”).

The documentary (current affairs) award went to German pubcaster ZDF for “Chavez — Inside the Coup,” about the 2002 coup in Venezuela.

Including the TV, radio and Web sections, the 82 jurors on nine juries watched 122 programs presented by 80 TV channels in 42 countries and presented 15 awards.

Prix Italia secretary general and prexy of pubcaster RAI Carlo Sartori handed out the awards along with a roster of local stars at a two-night event broadcast by RAI 1.

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