External City fest honors TV productions
ROME — BBC miniseries “Burn Up” and Teutonic pubcaster ARD’s “Buddenbrooks” were the big winners at the third Rome Fiction Festival for TV content on Saturday.
“Burn Up,” in which oil company execs, pols and eco-activists clash, scooped the top nod for overall show, plus awards for miniseries and supporting actor for Marc Warren as a British government fixer. It was produced by Christopher Hall of Kudos Film with the BBC, Canada’s Seven24Films and Alchemy Television.
“Buddenbrooks,” based on Thomas Mann’s novel about the rise and fall of a 19th-century German merchant family, scooped the overall director nod for Heinrich Breloer, plus prizes for TV movie, actor (Mark Wasche) and soundtrack. Costumer was produced by Bavaria Film.
The budding but ambitious fest seemed to find its footing this year, drawing a 43,000 public turnout for it’s free screenings in Rome’s Adriano mulitplex, while also catering to a growing contingent of international industryites. Attendees included execs from Fox Broadcasting, HBO, NBC Universal, TNT and RDF for packed pitching sessions held by former Banff fest topper Pat Ferns, and for this year’s new Rome TV screenings of Italian skeins.
“Lost” co-creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, who were feted, held a master class attended by some 800 festgoers.
Italy’s often insular TV industry has now embraced the deep-pocketed event supported by the surrounding Lazio region to boost the Italian production sector.
It counters the fact that the government is slashing funding, while drama production budgets at pubcaster RAI and Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset Group of channels are shrinking.
“International productions are often better than ours, because broadcasters outside Italy are more selective; but we should not be afraid to observe their works and compare, because it can help us grow,” said producer and fest exec Carlo Bixio, who also produces Italy’s top-rated skein “I Cesaroni.”
Artistic topper Steve Della Casa said that this year he felt he was able to showcase “the best of world fiction” to both professionals and the public and successfully shape the fest into a coherent event “for which there is no model,” he noted, since most other TV shindigs are industry affairs.
And the winners of the third Rome Fiction Fest are:
BEST OVERALL PRODUCTS AMONG ALL CATEGORIES:
WINNER “Burn Up” (U.K.)
BEST OVERALL ACTOR Marc Warren for “Burn Up” (U.K.)
BEST OVERALL ACTRESS Natalia Rybicka for “Londynczycy” (Poland)
BEST OVERALL DIRECTOR Heinrich Breloer for “Buddenbrooks” (Germany)
BEST OVERALL SCORE Hans Peter Stroer for “Buddenbrooks”
TV MOVIES CATEGORY:
BEST TV MOVIE “Buddenbrooks,” (Germany)
SPECIAL MENTION “S.S.D” (Russia)
BEST ACTOR Mark Waschke for “Buddenbrooks” (Germany)
BEST ACTRESS Isabelle Adjani for “Skirt Day” (France)
MINI SERIES CATEGORY:
BEST MINI “Burn Up” (U.K.)
BEST ACTOR David Fox for “Across the River to Motor City” (Canada)
BEST ACTRESS Wunmi Mosaku for “Moses Jones” (U.K.)
LONG SERIES CATEGORY:
BEST LONG SERIES “Londynczycy” (Poland)
BEST ACTOR David Threlfall for “Shameless 6” (U.K.)
BEST ACTRESS Klariza Clayton for “Skins 3” (U.K.)
SPECIAL PRIZE “Non Pensarci” (Italy)
BEST FACTUAL WORK “Three Buddies” (Poland)
SPECIAL MENTION “Steal This Film” (Spain)