21 JUN 2021

INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARDS: AUSTRIA ORGANIZES SEMI-FINAL ROUND OF JUDGING

The semi-final round of judging took place at the invitation of ORF-Enterprise and IMZ International Music + Media Centre and was held as a digital event on June 14, 2021.

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For the seventh time, ORF-Enterprise and IMZ International Music + Media Centre jointly hosted the semi-final round of judging of the International Emmy Awards. Thereby, the two Austrian hosts ensure international exchange from which the domestic production and media location benefits, such as through co-productions.

Due to the pandemic, the semi-final round judging took place as a digital event at which international industry experts evaluated productions from different continents. The jury process under the strict regulations of the International Emmy Academy ensures maximum transparency and impartiality.

This year, the semifinal judging event has a special significance for ORF-Enterprise and IMZ International Music + Media Centre, especially since there is an increasing demand for high-quality productions due to the pandemic. Recently, the Content Sales International team at ORF-Enterprise successfully placed numerous fictional productions, such as the popular "Soko Kitzbuehel", on the international market.

“Good international contacts and networking are the foundation that helps Austrian productions to achieve worldwide success. The International Emmy Awards are a unique opportunity to make the high quality of Austrian television content known beyond national borders”, emphasizes Armin Luttenberger, Head of Content Sales International at ORF-Enterprise.

IMZ Secretary General Katharina Jeschke is convinced that, “The past year brought to light the enormous relevance of art and cultural films. For our 60th anniversary, it is particularly important for us to organize the category 'Arts Programming' together with the expertise of our entire cultural film network.”

JURORS FROM 15 COUNTRIES

In the categories “Arts Programming” and “Documentary”, the submissions that have now advanced one step further to the award show in New York City were evaluated by experts from Arte (France), BBC Music (United Kingdom), C Major Entertainment (Germany), Centurioni Images (Austria), Euro Arts Music International (Germany), Gartenbau Kino (Austria), Golden Prague Festival (Czech Republic), IMZ International Music + Media Centre (Austria), LRT (Latvia), Magic Entertainment (Austria), Mara Media (United Kingdom), Master of Art Film Festival (Bulgaria), Mercury Studios (United Kingdom), MTVA (Hungary), NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation (Japan), NRK Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (Norway), Riddle Films (Canada), ServusTV (Austria), Sky (United Kingdom), SVT (Sweden), Telemondis Distribution (France), TG4 (Ireland), TVP (Poland), Vereinigte Bühnen Wien (Austria), Viasat World Limited (United Kingdom), YLE (Finland), and ZDF (Germany).

The International Emmy Awards are a unique opportunity to make the high quality of Austrian television content known beyond national borders” Armin Luttenberger Head of Content Sales International at ORF-Enterprise