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MIPCOM CANNES Diversify TV Awards

Dedicated to championing and promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms across the international television industry, the sixth edition of MIPCOM CANNES Diversify TV Awards will took place during MIPCOM on Wednesday 19 October 2022, 16:30 and was live on OneMIP!

MIPCOM CANNES Diversify TV Awards aim to bring attention to deserving programmes of diverse and inclusive background, spotlighting authentic new and established voices and recognising positive programming across the year that embraces excellent representation in exemplary shows.

Awarded programmes are chosen by charitable organisations and specialized publications that campaign for equality and inclusion.

MIPCOM CANNES Diversify TV Awards - Winners

Race & Ethnicity

Scripted

Pour toi Flora

Production Company: Nish Media
Distributor: Attraction Distribution
Original Broadcaster: Radio-Canada

Race & Ethnicity

Non-Scripted

Our African Roots

Production Company: Chemical Media
Distributor: Abacus Media Rights
Original Broadcaster: SBS Australia

LGBTQIA+

Scripted

Sort Of

Production Company: Sphere Media Toronto (formerly Sienna Films)
Distributor: Abacus Media Rights, Sphere Media Distribution
Original Broadcaster: CBC/HBO Max

LGBTQIA+

Non-Scripted

LA (A Queer History)

Production Company: L.A. Queer History Inc x 4Mat Factory
Distributor: PBS, A+E
Original Broadcaster: PBS

Disability                                                                                   

Scripted

Exceptional
 

Production Company: Eight Productions
Distributor: Armoza Formats
Original Broadcaster: Kan 11

Disability                                                                           

Non-Scripted

Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism

Production Company: Flicker Productions
Distributor: Keshet International
Original Broadcaster: BBC One

Diversity in Kids Programming

Pre-school

Proud To Be Me
 

Production Company: CBC
Distributor: CBC
Original Broadcaster: CBC

Diversity in Kids Programming

Older Children

Jamie Johnson S6 - Ep8: 'The Right Thing'

Production Company: Short Form Film Ltd
Distributor: BBC Studios
Original Broadcaster: BBC

Premio MIP Cancun

Because Victoria

Production Company: VIS - Oficina Burman
Distributor: VIS
Original Broadcaster: Amazon Prime Video

Behind The Scenes Impact Award

FWD-Doc

MIPCOM CANNES Diversify TV Awards Finalists

Representation of Race and Ethnicity

Scripted

Bangla - the series

  • Submitting Company:  Fandango
  • Original Broadcaster: RAI FICTION
  • Original broadcasting date: April 13 2022  
  • Distributor: Fandango
  • Production Company(ies): Fandango, in collaboration with RAI FICTION
  • Country(ies): Italy
  • Short Synopsis: Phaim is a nice second-generation Italian boy of Bengali origins, and a practising Muslim. He lives with his family in Rome's multiethnic neighbourhood Torpignattara, has a band with his best friends, 2G (a second- generation Italian like himself), and a girlfriend, Asia, his exact opposite: she comes from northern Rome, and is a person of pure instinct and no rules. Will Phaim be able to reconcile his love for Asia with the hardest of Islam's rules, chastity before marriage?
  • Trailer Password: Bangl@!Series_trlse

           Watch the trailer 〉

Pour toi Flora

  • Submitting Company: Nish Media
  • Original Broadcaster: Radio-Canada
  • Original broadcasting date: May 26 2022  
  • Distributor: Attraction Distribution
  • Production Company(ies): Nish Media
  • Country(ies): Canada
  • Short Synopsis: Pour toi Flora is the story of Algonquin siblings, who spent their youth in an Indian Residential School in the 1960s and who are now trying to make peace with this painful past. From the moment they were forcibly removed from the parents by religious authority to the events that led them back to each other forty-five years later, this dramatic mini-series intertwines different times in their lives to tell the story of one Indigenous family's forced estrangement and the path it took to heal.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Che Peruvian ("Che Peruano")

  • Submitting Company: Flixxo
  • Original Broadcaster: Personal (Argentina), Flixxo
  • Original broadcasting date: June 14 2022  
  • Distributor: Flixxo
  • Production Company(ies): Ernesto Rowe & Niko Chiesa / TeveLab
  • Country(ies): Argentina
  • Short Synopsis: Trapped in a family full of shady business which he disapproves of, Julian, a young Peruvian guy, decides to try his luck in the vibrant Buenos Aires. But the city turns out to be very harsh to him as immigrant, forcing him to partner up with Tomas, an arrogant Argentinian who convinces him to take advantage of his connections, leading him to start dealing drugs to survive.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Non Scripted

Our African Roots

  • Submitting Company: Chemical Media
  • Original Broadcaster: SBS Australia
  • Original broadcasting date: October 17 2021 
  • Distributor: Abacus Media Rights
  • Production Company(ies): Chemical Media
  • Country(ies): Australia
  • Short Synopsis: Journalist Santilla Chingaipe unearths Australia's forgotten African history and reveals the role people of African ancestry played in events that shaped the nation - from the First Fleet to the present day. An act of historical truth-telling, Our African Roots challenges traditional colonial foundation narratives and reveals modern Australia's origin story to be a complex, multicultural and multiracial affair.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Unheard

  • Submitting Company: Boom! PR
  • Original Broadcaster: Amazon Prime Video
  • Original broadcasting date: October 29 2021  
  • Distributor: LADbible Group
  • Production Company(ies): LADbible Group Australia
  • Country(ies): United Kingdom
  • Short Synopsis: A six-part investigative documentary series from LADbible Group Australia uncovering shocking accounts of racial injustice as told by those who have experienced systemic racism firsthand. Shining a light on pleas for equality, each episode offers the audience personal and expert insight into the race-fuelled atrocities that happen in Australia every day.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Race Around Britain

  • Submitting Company: Premier Comms
  • Original Broadcaster: YouTube Originals
  • Original broadcasting date: December 6 2021  
  • Distributor: YouTube Originals
  • Production Company(ies): Expectation, Munz Made It
  • Country(ies): United Kingdom
  • Short Synopsis: Race Around Britain is a ground-breaking new show that addresses attitudes towards race and black culture in Britain in a wholly original way.  It combines an innovative and instantly accessible mix of intelligent satire and shared personal experiences alongside a genuine desire to entertain and inform not only the widest possible audience, but also the members of the British public who feature on the show. The show provides a much needed platform for underrepresented comedy, creativity and opinion from a Black British cultural perspective and also succeeds in appealing to a broad audience who may have little understanding of issues around black culture.  It's here that the show can have a positive impact on the understanding of its audience around some of the challenges faced by Britain's black community.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Representation of LGBTQIA+

Scripted

Heartstopper

  • Submitting Company: Netflix
  • Original Broadcaster: Netflix
  • Original broadcasting date: April 22 2022  
  • Distributor: Netflix
  • Production Company(ies): A See-Saw Films Production for Netflix
  • Country(ies): United Kingdom
  • Short Synopsis: This uplifting LGBTQ+ drama about teen friendship and young romance is based on the graphic novel by Alice Oseman.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Sort Of

  • Submitting Company: Sphere Media
  • Original Broadcaster: CBC/HBO Max
  • Original broadcasting date: November 9 2021
  • Distributor: Abacus Media Rights, Sphere Media Distribution
  • Production Company(ies): Sphere Media Toronto (formerly Sienna Films)
  • Country(ies): Canada
  • Short Synopsis: SORT OF is a big-hearted series about Sabi Mehboob, a fluid millennial who straddles various identities from bartender at an LGBTQ bookstore/bar, to the youngest child in a Pakistani family, to the de facto parent of a downtown hipster family. Sabi feels like they're in transition in every aspect of their life, from gender to love to sexuality to family to career. When Sabi's best friend 7ven presents them with an opportunity to live in the "queerest place in the galaxy," Sabi instead makes the decision to stay and care for the kids they nanny after their mom has a serious bike accident. Do they regret it? Sort of. A coming-of-age story, SORT OF exposes the labels we once poured ourselves into as no longer applicable...to anyone.

           Watch the trailer 〉

(S)he

  • Submitting Company: Newen Connect
  • Original Broadcaster: TF1
  • Original broadcasting date: November 1 2021  
  • Distributor: Newen Connect
  • Production Company(ies): And So On Films
  • Country(ies): France
  • Short Synopsis: Our film follows a child's struggle to get her parents and friends to accept her as she transitions from boy to girl. But in this town where everyone knows everyone else, it's impossible. Juju will have to move in with her mother while her parents break up. Juju becomes Juliette, and sings in a rock band at her new high school. With everyone seeing her as a girl, she starts to blossom. But as her popularity grows, social networking sites rekindle the nightmare she thought she'd left behind.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Non Scripted

LA (A Queer History)

  • Submitting Company: 4Mat Factory
  • Original Broadcaster: PBS
  • Original broadcasting date: June 23 2022
  • Distributor: PBS, A+E
  • Production Company(ies): L.A. Queer History Inc x 4Mat Factory
  • Country(ies): Netherlands
  • Short Synopsis: The Docufilm - "L.A. A-Queer History" tells the story "The most dangerous city west of the Santa Fe", Los Angeles was the original 'Wild West'. The incessant hankering of Americans to migrate west for profit and prosperity also brought with it, people who had a strong desire to find a place where they had the freedom to be themselves: in short, people in search of a better life. The classic American dream. The LGBT+ story is an American story just as any other.

           Watch the trailer 〉

QUEENS TO THE RESCUE

  • Submitting Company: ATRESMEDIA TELEVISIÓN
  • Original Broadcaster: ATRESplayer PREMIUM
  • Original broadcasting date: July 10 2022
  • Distributor: ATRESMEDIA TELEVISIÓN
  • Production Company(ies): ATRESMEDIA TV with the collaboration of ESTUDIOS BUENDIA
  • Country(ies): Spain
  • Short Synopsis: Pupi Poisson, Sharonne and Estrella Xtravaganza, guided by Supremme de Luxe, will travel to several points in Spain to give visibility to several LGTBIQ+ stories and show realities of the collective on the fringes of the big cities. On this road trip, the queens will answer the call of several people who have made a call for help
  • Trailer Password: MIP TRAILER REINAS

           Watch the trailer 〉

Freddie Mercury: The Final Act

  • Submitting Company: Rogan Productions
  • Original Broadcaster: BBC Two
  • Original broadcasting date: November 27 2021 
  • Distributor: BBC Studios
  • Production Company(ies): Rogan Productions
  • Country(ies): United Kingdom
  • Short Synopsis: The story of the extraordinary final chapter of Freddie Mercury's life and how, after his death from AIDS, Queen staged one of the biggest concerts in history, the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium, to celebrate his life and challenge the societal prejudices around HIV/AIDS at the time. For the first time, Freddie's story is told alongside the experiences of those who tested positive for HIV and lost loved ones during the same period.
  • Trailer Password: 20Y3AR53P2

           Watch the trailer 〉

Representation of Disability

Scripted

Exceptional

  • Submitting Company: Armoza Formats
  • Original Broadcaster: KAN 11
  • Original broadcasting date: July 3 2022
  • Distributor: Armoza Formats
  • Production Company(ies): Eight Productions
  • Country(ies): Israel
  • Short Synopsis: Maya is preparing for a perfect summer after being chosen to represent a fashion brand along with her boyfriend.  This changes when she is forced to accompany her 15-year-old Autistic sister to a youth sailing camp for people with special needs. The 2 sisters are pushed to spend time together after years of alienation. The sisters become closer with those at the camp and perhaps, even each other. An exciting and suspenseful drama unfolds stories of friendships& betrayal & love in its many forms.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Dodger

  • Submitting Company: NBCUniversal Global Distribution
  • Original Broadcaster: CBBC and BBC iPlayer
  • Original broadcasting date: February 6 2022  
  • Distributor: NBCUniversal Global Distribution
  • Production Company(ies): Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group
  • Country(ies): United States
  • Short Synopsis: Welcome to the hilarious and hair-raising adventures of the Artful Dodger, Fagin and his gang. But will the police put an end to their rollercoaster escapades...? Hold onto your top hats, Dodger's going to be one heck of a ride...

           Watch the trailer 〉

Audrey's Back

  • Submitting Company: Beta Film
  • Original Broadcaster: Quebecor/Club Illico
  • Original broadcasting date: November 18 2021 
  • Distributor: Beta Film
  • Production Company(ies): Pixcom in collaboration with Quebecor Content
  • Country(ies): Canada/Germany
  • Short Synopsis: A very different kind of YA: An authentic, insightful and unique dramedy about finding yourself after being in a coma for half your life. Starring the co-author of the series, Florence Longpré. When Audrey wakes up after 16 years in coma, everyone has to learn that she's not a teenager anymore...

           Watch the trailer 〉

Non Scripted

We Don't Play Dolly

  • Submitting Company: The Moving Visuals Co.
  • Original Broadcaster: Mediacorp Singapore
  • Original broadcasting date: March 1 2022  
  • Distributor: Mediacorp
  • Production Company(ies): The Moving Visuals Co.
  • Country(ies): Singapore
  • Short Synopsis: We Don't Play Dolly is the remarkable story of a women's blind cricket team from India, and their bid for national recognition. A story of hope and perseverance, follow these inspiring women who've had to defy the odds their entire lives. (A 'Dolly' is an easy catch in cricket, and was once used to belittle how women played the game).

           Watch the trailer 〉

Speechless

  • Submitting Company: RTÉ
  • Original Broadcaster: RTÉ
  • Original broadcasting date: March 3 2022  
  • Distributor: RTÉ Programme Sales
  • Production Company(ies): Firebrand Productions
  • Country(ies): Ireland
  • Short Synopsis: Filmed over eight years, this revealing and insightful, observational documentary explores the world of nonverbal autistic writer and poet, Fiacre Ryan (21).It is a coming of age story as scripted by Fiacre himself. Until the age of 13, Fiacre had no means of communicating.As we witness his transition from autistic teenage boy to young autistic man,  this important film will also serve as a rarely documented journey of a boy once  imprisoned by an inability to speak to one who found his 'voice'.
  • Trailer Password: RTEProgrammeSales

           Watch the trailer 〉

Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism

  • Submitting Company: Keshet International
  • Original Broadcaster: BBC One
  • Original broadcasting date: April 5 2022  
  • Distributor: Keshet International
  • Production Company(ies): Flicker Productions
  • Country(ies): United Kingdom
  • Short Synopsis: If cutting-edge medicine can stop disability in its tracks, should we use it? In this deeply personal documentary, five-time gold Paralympics winner Ellie Simmonds investigates a controversial new drug that could bring an end to dwarfism. Ellie explores all sides of this contentious debate, meeting families embarking on the drug trial, others who feel treatment would have positively impacted their lives as well as those who are proud of their identity and question the aims of the drug.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Representation of Diversity in Kids Programming

Pre-school

CBeebies Presentation

  • Submitting Company: BBC
  • Original Broadcaster: CBeebies and BBC iPlayer
  • Original broadcasting date: September 20 2021
  • Distributor: BBC
  • Production Company(ies): BBC
  • Country(ies): United Kingdom
  • Short Synopsis: In September 2021 George Webster appeared in Children's Presentation as the first BBC presenter with Down Syndrome.
  • Trailer Password: bbcawards456!

           Watch the trailer 〉

Proud To Be Me

  • Submitting Company: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Original Broadcaster: CBC
  • Original broadcasting date: June 18 2022
  • Distributor: CBC
  • Production Company(ies): CBC
  • Country(ies): Canada
  • Short Synopsis: "Proud to be Me" explores and educates pre school aged children on delicate and emotional concepts like race, racism, anti-racism, and equity with upbeat songs, entertaining and educational segments, and conversations with children.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Lili & Lola

  • Submitting Company: Big Bad Boo Studios
  • Original Broadcaster: Oznoz
  • Original broadcasting date: January 28 2021  
  • Distributor: Big Bad Boo Studios
  • Production Company(ies): Big Bad Boo Studios
  • Country(ies): Canada
  • Short Synopsis: Iranian-Canadian sisters Lili and Lola live in a small apartment in a big city with Maman, Papa, and their lazy cat, Kensington. Their building is filled with interesting people from all over the world. Outside their doorsteps, the city awaits with fun things to do and places to explore.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Older Children

Jamie Johnson S6 - Ep8 - 'The Right Thing'

  • Submitting Company: Short Form Film Ltd
  • Original Broadcaster: BBC
  • Original broadcasting date: November 14 2021  
  • Distributor: BBC Studios
  • Production Company(ies): Short Form Film Ltd
  • Country(ies): United Kingdom
  • Short Synopsis: During a crucial match, they are winning comfortably when one of their players is racially abused by a rival fan in the crowd. Distressed, he walks off the pitch, leaving his teammates with a huge decision to make. Do they stay on and win, or support their friend but risk forfeiting the match?

           Watch the trailer 〉

First Day

  • Submitting Company: Epic Films
  • Original Broadcaster: Hulu + ABC ME
  • Original broadcasting date: March 31 2022
  • Distributor: Australian Children's Television Foundation
  • Production Company(ies): Epic Films in association with KOJO Studios
  • Country(ies): Australia
  • Short Synopsis: In her second year at Hillview High, transgender student Hannah Bradford's run for Class Captain exposes an underlying level of transphobia among her classmates. She starts a group for LGBTQIA+ students but risks alienating her closest friends in the process.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Onyx Family Dinner

  • Submitting Company: Premier Comms
  • Original Broadcaster: YouTube Originals
  • Original broadcasting date: November 4 2021
  • Distributor: YouTube Originals
  • Production Company(ies): Pocket.watch
  • Country(ies): United Kingdom
  • Short Synopsis: "Onyx Family Dinner" follows the Onyx family, a warm, creative and supportive Black family with a robust fanbase as they share meaningful discussions about what's going on in their lives and important topics such as mental health, school curriculum bias, Black hair and hair discrimination, social activism in sports, sustainability, body positivity and how to be a changemaker.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Premio MIP Cancun

Che Peruvian ("Che Peruano")

  • Submitting Company: Flixxo
  • Original Broadcaster: Personal (Argentina), Flixxo
  • Original broadcasting date: June 14 2022  
  • Distributor: Flixxo
  • Production Company(ies): Ernesto Rowe & Niko Chiesa / TeveLab
  • Country(ies): Argentina
  • Short Synopsis: Trapped in a family full of shady business which he disapproves of, Julian, a young Peruvian guy, decides to try his luck in the vibrant Buenos Aires. But the city turns out to be very harsh to him as immigrant, forcing him to partner up with Tomas, an arrogant Argentinian who convinces him to take advantage of his connections, leading him to start dealing drugs to survive.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Because Victoria

  • Submitting Company: VIS (a division of Paramount)
  • Original Broadcaster: Amazon Prime Video
  • Original broadcasting date: August 20 2021 
  • Distributor: VIS
  • Production Company(ies): VIS - Oficina Burman
  • Country(ies): Argentina
  • Short Synopsis: Three women undergoing an identity crisis realize that maternity doesn't complete them and decide not only to discover who they are, but who they really want to be.

           Watch the trailer 〉

Grandes Mujeres Latinoamericanas

  • Submitting Company: Nuts Media
  • Original Broadcaster: YouTube/Billiken
  • Original broadcasting date: November 20 2021 
  • Distributor: Billiken
  • Production Company(ies): Billiken, Nuts Media
  • Country(ies): Argentina
  • Short Synopsis: Grandes Mujeres Latinoamericanas (Great Latin American Women) is an animated series of 21 short films which recognize the lives and legacies of daring, pioneering and influential women from across the region. No two women are alike. They come from different time periods and walks of life, and their contributions are as diverse as their experiences. From Policarpa Salavarrieta, spy and Independence heroine of present-day Colombia, to Carolina Contreras, a Dominican activist fighting discrimination around Afro-textured and curly hair, these women's stories challenge stereotypes and celebrate diversity. The animations do not take a documentary approach by relaying facts about the women's lives. Instead, they focus on a different idea, or moment of inspiration, which strives to encapsulate the essence of each woman's life in an engaging way. We were very fortunate to work with many of the contemporary women, with some of them even narrating their own films. Accompanied by different music and animation styles, each film is as unique as the women themselves.

           Watch the trailer 〉