Eighteen programs have been selected as finalists for the 21st annual International Emmy Awards, to be bestowed at a gala ceremony in New York City Nov. 22. Six of the finalists are British entries, a percentage that’s slightly down over previous years.
A record 269 programs from 35 countries were entered for consideration, and in an effort to spread the net of nominees as wide as possible, most programs were judged in the region of the world in which they were produced.
Drama: “The Keiretsu,” NHK (Japan); “Blueprint,” Sveriges Television (Sweden); “Unnatural Pursuits,” BBC (U.K.)
Documentary: “Shackled Children,” Metropole Television (France); “Disappearing World: We Are All Neighbors,” Granada TV (U.K.); “Monica and Jones — The Face of the Informer State,” NHK (Japan).
Arts documentary: “Miro,” TVE (Spain); “Bortz, Bergman and ‘The Bacchae,’ ” Sveriges Television (Sweden); “The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl,” Omega Film and Nomad Film (Germany/Belgium).
Performing arts: “Concerto,” Initial Film and TV (U.K.); “Idomeneo,” NOS (The Netherlands); “The Vampyre: A Soap Opera,” BBC (U.K.)
Popular arts: “Absolutely Fabulous (Ep. 1),” BBC (U.K.); “The Lion’s Roar”: “AIDS,” VARA (The Netherlands); “Drop the Dead Donkey III (Ep. 11),” Channel Four (U.K.).
Children and young people: “Round the Twist,” Australian Children’s TV Foundation (Australia); “The Borrowers,” BBC (U.K.); “The Penknife,” AVRO/BOS. BROS (Netherlands).