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RTBF’s docu-series Street-Tease (Ma Rue couche-toi là) has won the award for the “best of the best” in the Prix CIRCOM 2020, sponsored by TVP Poland. 
The announcement was made in a live zoom gathering across Europe on Wednesday 14 October 2020. 

Léa Zilber and Marc Dacosse, directors, acknowledged the Grand Prix award on behalf of RTBF, winning 3,000 euros, travel and accommodation to a gala ceremony in Ireland next year (virus controls permitting) and a trophy. More >>

 

Category winners receive a trophy, 1000 euros in cash and travel and accommodation to the next CIRCOM Conference and Prix Gala for two people representing the winning production or station. Category commended receive a certificate and travel and accommodation to the next CIRCOM Conference and Prix Gala for one person representing the winning production or station.

The full Jury Report detailing comments from the judges on all of the 194 entries from 22 different states and the President’s Report on the competition can be found HERE.

The list of category winners and commended is:

pof rteDOCUMENTARY
sponsor RTÉ Ireland 

Winner
Kill the Silence (Tuer le silence)
France 3 Bretagne, France

What the jury said:
Pure and purist; Sharp images; “Hand-made” graphics; No moralising; Excellent

Commended
Kid Shock in the Nursing Home (Børnechok på plejehjemmet)
TV-Midt/Vest, Denmark

What the jury said:
Authenticity of main characters; Tears to laughter; Perfectly chosen voice over
 

pof asturias galiciaENTERTAINMENT AND DRAMA
sponsors TPA Asturias-TVG Galicia

Winner
Golden Sting (Zlaty podraz)
ČT Studio Brno, Czech Republic

What the jury said:
True, passionate love; Shadow of politics; Movie quality pictures; Fantastic narrative

Commended
Road Trip (Turas Bóthar)
TG4, Ireland

What the jury said:
Innovative and creative idea; Hilarious discussions; Fascinating format; Personal and emotional


pof bntEUROPE
sponsor BNT Bulgaria 

Winner
Free Spirits – Renato (Free Spirits – Renato)
HRT Zagreb, Croatia

What the jury said:
Difficult theme; Elegant approach; Wonderful story; Well shot and edited

Commended
Saving the Lighthouse (from news programme) (Kjeld flytter fyret fra nyhedsudsendelse)
TV Nord, Denmark

What the jury said:
Good storytelling; Full of tension; Technical details; Joy of success

 

pof coe1INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
sponsor Council of Europe

Winner
The Waste Smugglers (Søppelsmuglerne)
NRK Hordaland, Norway

What the jury said:
Stylish; Revealing; Compelling; Clever graphics

Commended
Infiltration: Conscience as Business (Infiltrace: Obchod se svedomim)
ČT Studio Ostrava, Czech Republic

What the jury said:
Very moving; Heartbreaking; We watch horrified; Instigated debate and action

 

pof ftv 120MINORITIES IN SOCIETY
sponsor France Télévisions

Winner
The Long Haul for Nicolai (Det seje træk for Nicolai)
TV/Midt-Vest, Denmark

What the jury said:
Story of hope; Drama; Heroism; Real “wow” effect; Beautiful shots

Commended
More Than Life (Máis ca vida)
CRTVG Galicia, Spain

What the jury said:
A captivating experience; Original and interesting idea; Emotions; Technically very good

 

pof nrkMOST ORIGINAL AND INNOVATIVE
sponsor NRK Norway

Winner
“Street Tease” ("Ma Rue couche-toi là")
RTBF, Belgium

What the jury said:
Innovative production; Fascinating and original; Strong, intimate stories; Good music

Commended
Borrow a Reporter (Låna en reporter)
SVT Väst, Sweden

What the jury said:
Public service format; Direct involvement of audience; Effective; Important

 

pof tg4 v2MUSIC AND ARTS
sponsor TG4 Ireland

Winner
Farewell to Music (Slán leis an gCeol)
RTÉ, Ireland

What the jury said:
Balladistic; Intimate; Rhythmic editing; Precise camera; Ingenious twist at end

Commended
The Visit (La visita)
Telemadrid, Spain

What the jury said:
Relaxed viewing; Slow TV; No narration; Beautiful and famous Prado gallery; Ambitious project

 

pof rpoNEWS PROGRAMME
sponsor RPO The Netherlands

Winner
BBC London: Knife crime special (BBC London: Knife crime special)
BBC London, UK

What the jury said:
Young people talking. Interesting knowledge; Professional host; Online material

Commended
InfoK: Coronavirus Special (InfoK: Especial coronavirus)
CCMA, Spain

What the jury said:
Impressive explanations; Fact-filled; Pleasure to watch; Playfulness

pof svt newNEWS REPORT
sponsor SVT Sweden

Winner
Encounter with Cybèle: Sexual Assistant for the Disabled (Rencontre avec Cybèle, assistante sexuelle pour handicapés)
France 3 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

What the jury said:
Surprising; Thought provoking; Careful editing; Delicate but firm touch

Commended
Rural Communities without Political Parties (Bygder uten politiske partier)
NRK Nordland, Norway

What the jury said:
Refreshing; Humour; Pace; Slick techniques; Excellent camera

bbc_logoVIDEO JOURNALISM
sponsor BBC UK

Winner
Ben Moore
BBC South, Southampton, UK

What the jury said:
Wide range; Technical ability; Journalism; Highly creative

Commended
Yusaf Akbar
BBC West Midlands, Birmingham, UK

What the jury said:
Digital first journalism; Creative; Innovative; Young audience; Impressive use of light, camera

 

pof_tvrYOUNG ONSCREEN TALENT
sponsor TVR Romania

Winner
Jamie Moreland
BBC London, UK

What the jury said:
Youngest journalist at 20; Mature; Refreshing; Original; Digital first approach

Commended
There is no Commended in this category

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The full Jury Report detailing comments from the judges on all of the 194 entries from 22 different states and the President’s Report on the competition can be found HERE.

There will be no gala awards ceremony in 2020 but the winners and commended will be invited to the next CIRCOM conference which should be, health restrictions permitting, in Galway, Ireland, in the autumn of 2021.

The entry viewing was completed remotely by the judges and was followed by online jury discussions.

The judges were:

Françoise Erb FTV Grand Est, France
Adriano Nazareth RTP, Portugal
Montse Armengou Martín TV3 Catalonia, Spain
Alina Amza TVR, Romania
Neil Bennett BBC West, UK
Erica Stenback SVT, Sweden
Eivind Undrum Jacobsen NRK Nordland, Norway
Mary Ellen Ní Chualáin TG4, Ireland
Sybren Terpstra Omroep Fryslan, The Netherlands
Janina Strothmann Hessischer Rundfunk – ARD, Germany
Todor Ignatov BNT, Bulgaria
Dagmara Drzazga TVP Katowice, Poland
Jon Wiliams RTÉ, Ireland
Lucía Herrera Cueva TPA, Spain
Gunnar Henrich Hessischer Rundfunk – ARD, Germany
Zsuzsanna Antala MTVA, Hungary
Bas Treffers RTV Oost, The Netherlands
Christine Schwarz RTBF, Belgium
Carlo de Blasio RAI, Italy
Mojca Recek RTVSLO Maribor, Slovenia
Nils Chöler SVT Nyheter, Sweden

TV3 Catalonia had offered to host judging but this proved impossible because of Covid. It is hoped that the jury may meet in Sitgès near Barcelona in April 2021. If not judging will be remote again.

David Lowen, President of the Prix CIRCOM said: “Congratulations to all winners and commended. There are some superb entries. I thank the judges for their hard work under unusual and difficult conditions. Next it is the Grand Prix – so more to come.

Fernando Ojea, Secretary General of CIRCOM, said: "Despite the unusual background, this is an excellent Prix CIRCOM, showing again the best productions of regional public service broadcasters across Europe. Thanks to the judges and CIRCOM team - and congratulations to the winners and commended. I hope all CIRCOM members study the Jury Report and that every station can broadcast these winning productions."