The Boy on the Bicycle (pictured), a series from UK-based Drummer TV that depicts the life of a Syrian teenager after he’s forced to move into one of the biggest refugee camps in the world, was a triple winner at the 2016 Prix Jeunesse children’s TV festival.
UK-based companies, in fact, claimed seven awards in total, the most of any region at the biennial festival, which announced its winners last night at a ceremony held in Munich, Germany.
The Boy on the Bicycle took trophies for the kids seven to 10 non-fiction category, the Heart Prize and the UNICEF Special Prize for helping children achieve their potential.
In other wins for UK prodcos, Northern Ireland’s Sixteen South grabbed the up to six fiction prize for its hit mixed-media preschool series Lily’s Driftwood Bay, while Plug-in Media’s Are We Ready To Go took home the Interstitial Prize and Lime Pictures’ Rocket’s Island, Series 3: Mountain Post was picked by the German children’s jury as the winner of the seven to 10 fiction category. Libra TV/David & Goliath was another UK winner after Sleeping Lions won the 11 to 15 fiction award.
The Netherlands ranked second in awards totals, snapping up four. IKONdocs’ How Ky Turned into Niels won the 11 to 15 non-fiction and the Gender Equity Prize. Witfilm’s New, meanwhile, took home the UNESCO Special Prize for promoting cross-cultural understanding and CCCP’s Beestieboys won the children’s jury award for the seven to 10 non-fiction category.
For awards staying in Germany, a co-production between Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao P.D.R., Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei and Myanmar initiated by the Goethe-Institut, entitled I Got It, earned this year’s Special Achievement Prize.
Other notable wins included Australian Children’s Television Foundation’s Little Lunch for seven to 10 fiction, Bangladesh-based AV Cue’s Tasmina, The Horse Girl, which took home the Prix Jeunesse Theme Prize, and Zubastico Studios from Chile, which picked up the Beyond Television Prize for Paper Port.
Japan’s NHK also won the international youth jury awards in both the 11 to 15 fiction and non-fiction categories for Folk Tale Courtroom: The Trial of the Three Little Pigs and Take Tech, respectively.
The full list of awards can be found here.