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Canadian ‘Boys’ grabs top prize at BANFF fest

BANFF, Alberta –“The Boys of St. Vincent,” a mini about sexual abuse at a church-run orphanage, nabbed Best of the Festival Grand Prize at the 14th annual Banff Fest — the first all-Canadian production to take top honors.

Awards were handed out June 7 at a black-tie affair hosted by newsman Arthur Kent and actress Tantoo Cardinal.

“Boys” was also named best miniseries.

A jury selected the winners from among more than 530 submissions from 35 countries.

The other prize winners:

Telefilm award: “Bonds of Love,” produced by Chandler Prods./Power Pictures, in association with Hearst Entertainment (Canada/U.S.).

Continuing Series: “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” produced by Lucasfilm in association with Amblin Television/Paramount Network (U.S.).

Comedy: MTV’s “Joe’s Apartment” (U.S.)

Special jury prize: docu “Global Family: The Secrets of the Cichlids of Lake Tanganyika,” produced by NHK (Japan).

Popular science program: “Harvesters of Honey,” produced by NTV/Arbos (Japan).

Performance special: “Djabote – Doudou N’Diaye Rose”; producers, La Sept, PRV , Arcanal and Transatlantique (France).

Social and political documentary: “Shackled Children,” a CAPA/M6 production (France).

Short drama: “Luischen — A Ballad For a Little Girl,” produced by Danmarks Radio (Denmark).

Children’s program: “The Little Sparrow,” produced by WDR (Germany).

Arts documentary: “We Sing and We Dance — The Nicholas Brothers,” produced by Picture Music Intl., in association with Channel Four (U.K.)