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"1001 INVENTIONS AND THE LIBRARY OF SECRETS" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Educational: Intermediate/Middle School

Entrant: The Edge Picture Company / London
Sponsor/Client: Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation / London, Dubai
Production Company: The Edge Picture Company / London


The Edge were commissioned to produce the central, 13-minute, mini-feature film seen by visitors as they enter the 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets exhibition. The film is set in the present day with a group of children visiting a library to research a school project. They are led to believe that nothing much happened in The Dark Ages, until the librarian, played by Sir Ben Kingsley, transforms into Al-Jazari, a master engineer from the 12th century. He then proceeds to take the children on a magical journey of discovery.


"1001 INVENTIONS AND THE LIBRARY OF SECRETS" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Corporate: Specialty Productions: Museums, Kiosks, Visitor Centers, etc.

Entrant: The Edge Picture Company / London
Sponsor/Client: Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation / London, Dubai
Production Company: The Edge Picture Company / London


The Edge were commissioned to produce the central, 13-minute, mini-feature film seen by visitors as they enter the 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets exhibition. The film is set in the present day with a group of children visiting a library to research a school project. They are led to believe that nothing much happened in The Dark Ages, until the librarian, played by Sir Ben Kingsley, transforms into Al-Jazari, a master engineer from the 12th century. He then proceeds to take the children on a magical journey of discovery.


"1001 INVENTIONS AND THE LIBRARY OF SECRETS" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Corporate: Production Techniques: Music - Original

Entrant: The Edge Picture Company / London
Sponsor/Client: Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation / London, Dubai
Production Company: The Edge Picture Company / London


The Edge were commissioned to produce the central, 13-minute, mini-feature film seen by visitors as they enter the 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets exhibition. The film is set in the present day with a group of children visiting a library to research a school project. They are led to believe that nothing much happened in The Dark Ages, until the librarian, played by Sir Ben Kingsley, transforms into Al-Jazari, a master engineer from the 12th century. He then proceeds to take the children on a magical journey of discovery.


"1001 INVENTIONS AND THE LIBRARY OF SECRETS" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Corporate: Production Techniques: Writing, Concept

Entrant: The Edge Picture Company / London
Sponsor/Client: Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation / London, Dubai
Production Company: The Edge Picture Company / London


The Edge were commissioned to produce the central, 13-minute, mini-feature film seen by visitors as they enter the 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets exhibition. The film is set in the present day with a group of children visiting a library to research a school project. They are led to believe that nothing much happened in The Dark Ages, until the librarian, played by Sir Ben Kingsley, transforms into Al-Jazari, a master engineer from the 12th century. He then proceeds to take the children on a magical journey of discovery.


"A GUIDE TO CORONERS' INQUESTS" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Documentary: Feature (over 30 minutes)

Entrant: Crown Business Communications / London
Sponsor/Client: Ministry of Defence / London
Production Company: Crown Business Communications / London


The Coronerís Inquest is often the time when bereaved families, friends and colleagues can receive some sort if closure into the death of their loved one and as a result is a hugely important event. However, many are not sufficiently informed of the objectives of an inquest, misunderstanding what they are designed to achieve and ultimately not taking full advantage of the inquiry.
This film was made to clearly, sympathetically and sensitively document the reality of a Coronerís Inquest and provide factually accurate picture of the process and purpose of the inquiry. In doing so, this film aims to allay any concerns or possible misconceptions surrounding the inquest and provide essential support for all involved during what is an exceptionally harrowing and often bewildering time.


"A PASSIONATE CHALLENGER, ALICE SARA OTT: BORN TO BE A PIANIST" (JAPAN)
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Documentary: Short (under 30 minutes)

Entrant: Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. / Osaka
Production Company: Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. / Osaka
AMUSE INC. / Tokyo


"A natural born pianist", they called her. Talented, lovely, and possessing in a refreshing innocence and vitality, concert pianist Alice Sara Ott realizes her lifelong dream of performing with her world renowned hometown orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic. Underneath Alice Sara Ott the performer, however, is a young woman struggling to find her identity between her two cultural homelands of Germany and Japan. This intimate and heart-warming documentary looks inside the life of one of the most engaging new faces in classical music today, culminating in a breath-taking performance.


"A TIMELESS MYSTERY" (THE NETHERLANDS)
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Corporate: Public Relations: Brand Image

Entrant: Pieter-Rim de Kroon Film / Amsterdam
Production Company: Pieter-Rim de Kroon Film / Amsterdam
DKWFILM / Amsterdam


A Timeless Mystery is a short intriguing film built on three interconnected stories that merge and interact through flashbacks and flash forwards. Around 1850 the romantic and artistic Isabelle Nolet write a poem which she puts in an empty bottle from her fatherís distillery and throws overboard a ship on which she is travelling to America.
The second story line, about 80 years later, tells about the successful American artist Laura Hunter and aristocratic husband photographer William Maxwell Hunter. Laura finds an old bottle on an Indian beach and is confronted with its mysterious powers which allow her to make contact with Isabelle.
The third story line follows the ancient activities of the Schiedam distillery of the Nolet family where the bottle originates; the recipe, the fire, the pot still, craftsmanship and creativity. The primary message is the mystery inherent to these story lines. The mystery never quite completely disclosing what lies behind the poem, Isabelle, Laura and her husband, and the magical work in the Nolet Distillery, resulting in Noletís timeless and exemplary gin


"ALWAYS OUT OF BREATH" (GERMANY)
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Corporate: Specialty Productions: Online Productions

Entrant: Bayer AG / Leverkusen
Production Company: blue note productions / DŁsseldorf


Pulmonary hypertension is malignant. In between three years this particular disease is leading definitely to death. The ordeal people suffering with pulmonary hypertension must go through is labeled with a never ending odyssey through medical surgery.
This film explains a very new approach German global pharmacy player Bayer AG is presenting a wide audience to fight this particular disease. Doing this, classic approaches of therapy are to be thrown overboard. The new approach is promoted by Bayer is attacking bodies biochemical steering system with a new active pharmaceutical ingredient


"BAREFOOT CONTESSA: BAREFOOT TO GO" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Educational: Personal Growth & Development

Entrant: Pacific Productions / London
Sponsor/Client: Food Network, USA / New York, NY
Production Company: Pacific Productions / London


This 26 part series for Food Network, USA was shot on location in East Hampton, NY in the spring and fall 2009 and is distributed to around 50 countries internationally. The series supports the release of Ina Gartenís latest cookbook "Back to Basics". The show is the ultimate guide to host Ina Gartenís dazzling kitchen secrets that have made her a legendary cook and the number one hostess in America.


"CADENZA - A LATE TRAIN NAMED LOVE" (HONG KONG)
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Educational: Personal Growth & Development

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong / Hong Kong
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong / Hong Kong


Love is not privileged for young people only. Elderly, though in the dawn of life, sometimes may find themselves touched in the heart by their "Mr. /Ms. Right". Such road of the love is destined to be a shorter and rougher one. Nevertheless, itís the quality, not the length that counts.


"CADENZA - MEMORIES, GILDED" (HONG KONG)
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Entertainment: Family

Entrant: Radio Television Hong Kong / Hong Kong
Production Company: Radio Television Hong Kong / Hong Kong


The daughter, Ting, brought her father to the hospital and there he was diagnosed with Alzheimerís disease. While the father keeps clutching whatever memory is remaining in his mind, the daughter found that itís time to let go of their past conflicts and treasure the day they are enjoying now.


"ENERGY FOR LIFE" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Corporate: Specialty Productions: Meeting Presentations/Conferences

Entrant: Myriad Global Media / London
Sponsor/Client: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) / Muscat
Production Company: Myriad Global Media / London


This multi-lingual documentary introduces Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) in terms of its operations, philosophy and vision. The portrait is told through its people, with English and Arabic voiceovers and a rich mix of visual images. This film is a dynamic, multi-layered presentation using live footage, 2D graphic animations and images contrasting impact and scale. Key messages of environmental and social sustainability and safety Awareness are woven into the film.


"IBM MULTITASK-HEART-POPSICLE" (FRANCE)
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Corporate: Specialty Productions: Online Productions

Entrant: Wizz Design / Clichy
Sponsor/Client: IBM / Ogilvy / Paris
Production Company: Wizz Design / Clichy


Developed by the ad agency, Ogilvy Paris, this web campaign for IBM combined a strong and universal concept, a painter one of his kind, Coby Kennedy and a talented director Jean-Francois Julian. The three films composing this campaign, brings the internet users in an amazing making-of, a kind of artistic ballet gone up to 100km/h.


"LIGHT OF THE RIVER" (JAPAN)
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Entertainment: Animation

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.) / Tokyo
Production Company: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.) / Tokyo


A young black rat, Tarta, his baby brother, Chichi, and their dad set out on a long journey in search of a safe place to live. Their home on a riverbank and their peaceful world had suddenly been destroyed by a construction project. On the way, they are chased by mean sewer rats and have to run for their lives. Every time they are in trouble or danger, charming animals help them out. Light of the River is a moving tale that depicts the splendor of untouched nature, family bonds, and the warmth of heart, which are things we humans have left behind and forgotten.


"LLOYDS BANKING GROUP - ON THE INSIDE" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Corporate: Production Techniques: Direction

Entrant: Speakeasy Productions / Stanley
Sponsor/Client: Lloyds Banking Group / London
Production Company: Speakeasy Productions / Stanley


This film is the story of Doug, who is chosen by the Serious Organised Crime Agency to infiltrate a white collar criminal organization and uncover evidence of its fraudulent activity. At the end of the drama, the viewer is brought back to reality with a short documentary section featuring hard-hitting graphics, images and a gritty voiceover narrative.


"MERCEDES-BENZ F800 STYLE" (GERMANY)
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Corporate: Specialty Productions: Trade Shows

Entrant: Barbecue Mediendesign GmbH / Frankfurt/Main
Sponsor/Client: Atelier Markgraph / Frankfurt/Main
Production Company: Barbecue Mediendesign GmbH / Frankfurt/Main


The highlight of the Mercedes-Benz presentation at the Geneva Motor Show was the world premiere of the F800 Style concept car. The brand used the F800 to show innovations that will be flowing into various series-production models in the next few years. These include a new design language for the exterior, a new interior design with an innovative HMI, and a multi-drive platform for hybrid and fuel cell drives.
The aim of the film was to visualize these topics, aided by introductory texts. The solution involved creating a visual and musical language that would support the vehicleís forward-looking character, and would express the Mercedes-Benz brand in a surprising way. The entire film has a CGI look-and-feel, and shows the car in both urban and countryside artificial environments. The editing, music and sound effects all add emphasis to the content being communicated.


"MOUNT ST. HELENS - LIFE FROM ZERO" (AUSTRIA)
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Documentary: Feature (over 30 minutes)

Entrant: Interspot Film GmbH / Vienna
Sponsor/Client: ORF-UNIVERSUM / Vienna
Production Company: Interspot Film GmbH / Vienna


On May 18, 2010 is the 30 anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens, one of the greatest natural disasters or our time. The 1980 eruption turned a pristine forested mountain into a barren landscape as lifeless as Mars. This film tells the unique story of what happened then-as a dramatic period of hope and fear lasting for 30 years.


"NATURE KILAUEA: MOUNTAIN OF FIRE" (USA)
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Documentary: Production Techniques: Cinematography

Entrant: THIRTEEN / New York, NY
Sponsor/Client: WNET.ORG / New York, NY
Production Company: THIRTEEN / New York, NY
Pangolin Pictures / New York, NY


Paul Atkins has been filming Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, for over 25 years, but that experience was barely sufficient to prepare him for the extraordinary challenges the crew faced shooting this film with high definition cameras. Nothing is more unpredictable and dangerous than a volcano. Kilaueaís molten lavas have been flowing continuously for years through hidden underground tubes, sometimes flaring up on the surface dramatically. The flare up during the making of "Kilauea: Mountain of Fire" was more explosive and powerful than anything in recent memory.


"NINE DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD" (USA)
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Documentary: Feature (over 30 minutes)

Entrant: Citizens United / Washington, DC


June 2009 marks the 30th anniversary of Pope John Paul IIís historic nine day visit to Poland in June of 1979. It was the Popeís first visit to his homeland as Pope since his election eight months before. The reaction throughout Poland was overwhelming Ė and the world was watching. John Paul II biographer George Weigel describes these nine days as the pivot upon which the entire 20th Century turned.
In this feature documentary, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista will explore the historic "nine days" of the Popeís unprecedented pilgrimage and what it meant to Poland, to Europe, to the Catholic faithful, and to the world at large. Through this lens will emerge a chronicle of what is arguably the 20th centuryís most compelling religious, spiritual, political and humanitarian event.


"PDO: AN EXPOSITION" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Corporate: Specialty Productions: Trade Shows

Entrant: Myriad Global Media / London
Sponsor/Client: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) / Muscat
Production Company: Myriad Global Media / London


Without the use of voice, this short presentation touches on Petroleum Development Omanís (PDO) infrastructure, people, its engagement with the community and investment in local business and education. At the same time, it communicates its philosophy to operate in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable manner.


"PERSPECTIVES ON NATIONALISM" (CANADA)
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Educational: Secondary/High School

Entrant: The Image Works Alberta Inc / Edmonton, AB
Sponsor/Client: Alberta Education / Edmonton, AB
Production Company: The Image Works Alberta Inc / Edmonton, AB


Alberta Education is moving education for Alberta students into the 21st Century and believes the internet provides an opportunity to create authentic learning. The Image Works Alberta created interactive activities that will be an integral part of the new grade 11 social studies curriculum. Grade 11 deals with Nationalism with new curriculum emphasis on critical thinking and multiple perspectives. A teacherís resource package includes extensions and various grading matrix for assessing the assignments. All grade 11 students in Alberta have access to the Learn Alberta website which has saving capabilities to allow the students to save and modify their work.
There are 4 scenarios tied to the grade 11 Social Studies curriculum: Part 1-Who do I want to be? Part 2-To what extent should national interest be pursued? Part 3- How can the work organizations affect the global community? Part 4-What is my vision of Canada?


"SAVE LIVES" (GERMANY)
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Corporate: Advertising/Marketing: Infomercial

Entrant: castor-film gmbh / Stuttgart
Sponsor/Client: Philips Medical Systems / Boeblingen
Production Company: castor-film gmbh / Stuttgart


Sudden cardiac arrest can occur at any time, and everyone can be prepared to save a life in such an event-this is the message of the Save Lives film, shown as an introduction to the website www.savelives.eu. Philips Healthcare is a world leader in medical technology, and in the area of cardiac care, leader in Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Philips wanted to sponsor a public campaign aiming to raise awareness of the ability to save lives in the event of sudden cardiac arrest, using CPR and defibrillation. This subject can be associated with fear and panic, but is addressed with a positive approach, concentrating on the chance to save a life, and assuring that step-by-step instructions that are provided.


"SIBOS: ONE YEAR ON" (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Corporate: Specialty Productions: Meeting Presentations/Conferences

Entrant: Jack Morton Worldwide / London
Sponsor/Client: SWIFT / La Hulpe
Production Company: Jack Morton Worldwide / London


Sibos is an annual global event organized by SWIFT that brings together the whole banking industry and provides a unique forum for collaborating and defining future strategies that can shape the future of banking. The event takes place over 4 days in September and this year was held in Hong Kong.
One of the core parts of Sibos is the Big Issue Debate Ė a daily discussion forum that provides the audience with the opportunity to hear the views of key senior figures from within the financial sector on issues that are highly relevant to the industry.
SWIFT wanted a single film that could open all of the daily Big Issue Debates Ė the purpose was to give an overview of the content covered in the session itself.


"STOP THE NONSENSE" (GERMANY)
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Corporate: Public Relations: Brand Image

Entrant: brainwaves KG / Munich
Sponsor/Client: Bavarian Ministry of Social Affairs / Munich
Production Company: darkofilms / Munich


This significant cinema campaign for the Bavarian Ministry of Social Affairs was made to communicate the salary difference between men and women to a broad public.


"THE CONSTITUTION PROJECT: YICK WO AND THE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE" (USA)
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Educational: Secondary/High School

Entrant: The Documentary Group / New York, NY
Production Company: The Documentary Group / New York, NY


This is part of an ongoing initiative by the Annenberg Foundation to expand civics education across schools and institutions in America. This film hopes to teach students about the principle of equal protection within the 14th Amendment.
We donít know a lot about Yick Wo. Weíre not even sure that was his name. But is was the name of the laundry business he owned in San Francisco in the late nineteenth century. And it was the name listed on a Supreme Court decision that forever changed American law. In 1880, the city of San Francisco passed a health and safety ordinance: all laundries in wooden buildings had to get the approval of the Board of Supervisors in order to obtain a license. The law, on its face, didnít single out the Chinese. But when it was applied, every Chinese laundry owner in the city was denied a permit Ė and every white-owned laundry was granted a permit. Yick Wo challenged the ordinance, taking his case all the way to the Supreme Court. The Holding of Yick Wo, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy says in the film "was that a low thatís administered with an evil eye or an unequal hand violates your right to equal protection". Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause examines the story of an unlikely Constitutional hero and the extraordinary impact the ruling in his case had on how we see the Constitution today


"THE ELEMENTS" (NORWAY)
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Corporate: Advertising/Marketing: Product/Service - Target Audience

Entrant: McCann AS / Oslo
Sponsor/Client: Statoil / Stavanger
Production Company: Motion Blur / Oslo
Rabagast / Barcelona


This film introduces the "the new" Statoil to both external stakeholders within the industry and build pride among the employees.


BETWEEN THE LIONS "BUGS & BEETLE BOP (#902)" (USA)
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Educational: Pre-School, Kindergarten

Entrant: WGBH / Boston, MA
Production Company: Sirius Thinking, Ltd. / New York, NY


BETWEEN THE LIONS is an innovative, entertaining, and award-winning PBS series created to help children learn to read. It is only the broadcast television series that has proven - through several independent research studies-to make a significant difference in improving childrenís reading skills, especially among low-income, low-literate audiences. Viewed by 3 million children and parents a week, the series also has a robust presence in pre-school, kindergarten and first grade classrooms; it is among the television programs most used by teachers nationwide.
This episode highlights the joys of reading and introduces key literacy skills and focuses on vocabulary related to insects and the sound made by "ee".


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