2015 New York Festivals winners revealed; Vilma Santos-starrer Ekstra wins Bronze World Medal

GMA executives attended the New York Festivals awarding ceremony held on April 11, 2015. These included (L-R) Front Row executive producer Joseph Conrad Rubio, Motorcycle Diaries host Jay Taruc and Reporter's Notebook host Maki Pulido. Vilma Santos (right) starred in the film Ekstra that won a Bronze World Medal in the Best Feature Film category.



The Philippines won one gold medal and five bronze medals in this year's New York Festivals.

GMA-7's late-night documentary program Front Row earned the Gold World Medal in the Best Public Affairs Program category. The show was cited for featuring not only the viral Ice Bucket Challenge but for a look into the impact of the neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

One of the Bronze World Medals went to Ekstra, the 2013 Cinemalaya entry of Vilma Santos.

This film about a bit player in the entertainment industry was nominated in the Best Feature Film category where it earned a bronze world medal.

Three of the Bronze World Medals went to GMA Network while ABS-CBN earned one Bronze World Medal.

GMA-7's Reporter’s Notebook won a Bronze World Medal in the Community Portraits category for its “Burak at Pangarap” episode. The afternoon program featured twelve-year-old Junjun whose family was left homeless when a fire razed their home and more than a hundred other houses in Malabon City.

GMA News TV’s Motorcycle Diaries took home a Bronze World Medal in the Human Concerns category for its “Karapatan ng Bata” episode. It showed how poverty denies countless Filipino children their basic rights.

GMA News TV’s “May Pag-asa” Station ID, a collection of stories of hope that revealed the little known tragedies and challenges behind the success of the channel’s on-camera personalities, also won a Bronze World Medal in the Station/Image Promotion category.

The ABS-CBN documentary on supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) also earned a Bronze World Medal in the Cinematography category.


FINALIST CERTIFICATES. The lone entry of TV5 titled Kaya (We Can) was able to get a Finalist certificate in the Human Concerns category.

Four GMA entries also received Finalist recognitions. These included Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, Katipunan, Reel Time and “Walang Rape sa Bontok,” one of the winners in the first Cine Totoo Philippine Documentary Festival produced by GMA News TV.

ABS-CBN, on the other hand, received three Finalist citations: one for Umagang Kayganda (Wrath of Haiyan) in the Best Coverage of Breaking News category; one for its campaign "Compassion and Empathy for our Fellow Man" in the Television - Promotion/Open & IDs category and one for "Spratlys: Mga Isla ng Kalayaan" in the national/international affairs category.

The winners of the 2015 New York Festivals were recognized during a ceremony held in Las Vegas last April 14. Now on its 57th year, the Festivals honored the world’s best TV programs and films from among entries submitted by over 50 countries.

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