2009 Film and Video Awards Grand Trophies Go to Germany, Mexico, England and Sweden; The Edge Picture Company Named Production Company of the Year

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Jan 19, 2009 -- The 52nd New York Festivals International Film and Video Awards announced its 2009 winners today. This year 4 prestigious Grand Awards were selected, honoring Germany, Mexico, England and Sweden, along with awarding England's The Edge Picture Company, Production Company of the Year. In total, the 2009 jury awarded 4 Grand Award Trophies, as well as 55 Gold Medal Awards, 41 Silver and 55 Bronze. In addition, 82 entries received Finalist certificates.

The 2009 Grand Trophy winners include Munich, Germany's klink, liedig werbeagentur gmbh, winning the Grand Award for "We Love Cinema" in the Business Theater category for Germany's Tele 5. The winning piece was created to engage viewers and brand the new station as the preferred movie channel. Mexico City, Mexico's Televisa SA de CV won the Grand for "Imaginantes Serrat, Cortazar" in the Craft: Animation category. The award-winning entry used bold animation to introduce the audience to a different way of looking at television. Wilder of London, England was awarded the Grand Trophy in the Short Film category for their entry "Ripple," a black comedy about the randomness of fate and the results of one malicious act. Gothenburg, Sweden's Stark Film & Event took home the Grand in the Industrial Productions: Internal Use category for their film titled "Night at the Elyseum," a historic piece celebrating 100 years of the electrical network Goteborg Energi AB Nat.

For the second year in a row, England's The Edge Picture Company swept the awards, taking home the title of Production Company of the Year. The London-based company was awarded 6 Gold Medals, 3 Silver, 5 Bronze and 7 Finalist Certificates. Entries receiving Gold Medals in the category of Industrial Productions: Internal Use, include: "Our Story," for agri-business client Syngenta, "The Impossible Story," for professional services firm Deloitte, depicting a 3D pop-up book brought to life, and "Make It Happen," for the financial organization RBS Group. "Make It Happen" also won a second Gold Medal in the Craft: Cinematography category. The following entries received Gold Medals in the Industrial Productions: Public Relations category: "Dreams," a piece created for Thompson, the travel company, to help employees change the way they see the world, and "Opening Doors," a film about domestic abuse for Surrey Domestic Abuse Outreach Service.

The 2009 NYF International Film and Video Awards received entries from 30 countries spanning 5 continents. The competition honors "The World's Best Work™" in feature-length, short and documentary films, informational, educational, corporate and industrial film productions, home video, and student productions.

All entries were judged by a panel of industry experts, including producers, directors, writers and other media professionals. All winning entries are promoted by our network of representatives in 62 countries around the world.

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