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Banff World TV Festival Announces Nominees

The Banff World Television Festival, in partnership with Alberta Film, has announced the nominees for the Banff World Television Awards, the annual international television program competition, which this year attracted more than 800 entries across 20 categories.

The award winners will be announced at the 28th Banff World Television Awards Show, presented in partnership with CanWest MediaWorks, at the Fairmont Banff Springs, in Banff Canada, on June 11, 2007.

This year's program entries represent the achievements of producers and broadcasters from 38 countries and territories, underlining the international reach of the festival. The U.S. earned the highest number of nominees with the U.K. a close second. Australia, Canada, France and Germany are strong contenders across a variety of categories as well. For the first time, Russia received two nominations in the category of Best Mini-Series.

The list of all countries and territories represented in this year's Banff competition includes: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Russian, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, U.K. and the U.S. and for the first time Hungary, Luxembourg and Trinidad.

Besides the 107 nominees for the Banff "Rockie" Awards, an additional 85 programs have been selected for out of competition (hors concours) recognition.

"We have an incredible selection of nominees this year, representing the best of the best from around the world," says Kerry Stauffer, director of the program competition. "I would like to thank our host juries for their dedication to the task of screening and selecting a list of nominees of unsurpassed richness."

Below is a list of the nominees in the category of animation programs.

ARTHUR: Unfinished; D.W. Bossy BootsProduced By: Cookie Jar Ent. Inc. in association with TV Ontario

CATSCRATCH: Clan-DestinyProduced By: Nickelodeon Animation

I SWEAR I SAW IT: Matinta PereraProduced By: Multirio - Empresa Municipal de Multimeios

PETER AND THE WOLFProduced By: Breakthru Films for Channel 4

POCOYO: A Little Something Between FriendsProduced By: Granada Int'l/Zinkia Ent.

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: Dunces and DragonsProduced By: Nickelodeon Animation in association with Nicktoons Prods.

WOW! WOW! WUBBZY!: A Tale of Tails/Special DeliveryProduced By: Bolder Media, Inc. in association with Film Roman, A Starz Company

THE WRONG TRAINERSProduced By: BBC

A complete list of nominees is available at www.bwtvf.com.

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