MONACO—Short “Colors of Winters” has nabbed Sportel’s Georges Bertellotti Golden Podium Award. Directed by d.p. and producer Max Larsson, and produced by Sweden’s Husky Motion, “Winters” strikingly captures the majesty, joy and energy of surfing giant waves. Images were shot in December 2014 at Nazare’s Praia do Norte, a beach 80 miles north of Lisbon, and in Peniche, also in Portugal, where some of Europe’s best waves are formed.
Always loving to work out in the nature, “My goal from now on is to work on bigger commercials in the U.S. I’m right now in the process of getting an agency to representing me as a d.p.,” Larsson said to Variety.
Sport celebs at the event included Belgian athlete Tia Hellebaut, U.S. former boxer Evander Holyfield, French rugby player Yoann Huget, Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon, French judoka Loic Pietri, French athlete Ladji Doucoure and French former rugby player Daniel Herrero, among many others.
Pan-European TV channel Eurosport, a TF1 Group/Discovery Networks International joint venture, took the Best Sports Broadcaster plaudit.
CEO Peter Hutton was crowned Media Executive of the Year while shingle’s parent –Discovery—received the Best TV Rights Deal Award for its agreement with the IOC for pan-European rights to the Olympic Games in 2022. Formerly a co-CEO at international media rights company MP & Silva Group, Hutton joined Eurosport very recently, in March 2015.
Winners are determined by Sportel attendees votes.
And the winners are:
GEORGES BERTELLOTTI GOLDEN PODIUM AWARDS
BEST SLOW MOTION PRIZE
“Colors of Winter,” Max Larsson (Husky Motion, Sweden)
BEST TRAILER PRIZE
“Le Briefing,” Jean-Baptiste Sourel (Canal+, BETC, France)
“Ocean Gravity,” Guillaume Nery, Julie Gautier (Bluenery, France)
“Innovative Use of Mini HSSM Cameras,” Felix Marggraf, Koen Van Mourik & Ursula Romero (International Sports Broadcasting, Spain)
CHRISTIAN BLACHAS PRIZE FOR THE BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM OF THE YEAR
“Cantona Swims Channel,” (Ogilvy & Mather,U.K.)
L’EQUIPE 21 PUBLIC PRIZE
“Best of FISE World Montpellier 2015,” (Vincent Biraud, Hurricane Action Sports, France)
THE BEST SPORT SEQUENCE OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTED BY LACOSTE
“Dibaba dans l’histoire,” Jean-Jacques Amsellem (Canal Plus France)
PEACE AND SPORT DOCUMENTARY PRIZE
“Into the Sea,” (Marion Poizeau, France)
INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE GRAND PRIZE
“42,195 kilometres de course a pied pour vivre cet instant,” Jean-Philippe Hunault ( A.S.O., France Televisions, France)
RENAUD DE LABORDERIE SPORTS BOOK LAUREATS
SPORTEL PRIZE OF THE MONACO OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
“Tour de France – L’âge d’or 1940-1970,” Jean-Luc Gatellier ( Tenues Editions, Germany)
SPORTEL PRIZE OF THE FRENCH NATIONAL OLYMPIC AND SPORTS COMMITTEE
“Dictionnaire Amoureux du Rugby,” Daniel Herrero (Flammarion Editions, France)
TV SPORTS AWARDS
BEST SPORTS BROADCASTER
BEST LIVE EVENT COVERAGE
Amaury Sport Organisation for the Tour de France
BEST DIGITAL MEDIA PROJECT
Omnigon Rugby World Cup App
BEST TV RIGHTS DEAL
Discovery and Eurosport agreement for European rights of the Olympic Games
MEDIA EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Peter Hutton, CEO, Eurosport
PLAY FOR CHANGE AWARD
Rio Ferdinand, Rio Ferdinand Foundation