Entertainment News: 54th Chicago International Television Festival Award Honorees

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CHICAGO – The ballots were counted at the recent 54th Chicago International Television Festival – which has become a separate Spring event presented by Cinema/Chicago, the agency of the Chicago International Film Festival – and there were numerous honorees in the categories of Commercials and Television Production, given on Thursday, March 22th, 2018, at the AMC River East Theatre in Chicago. The highest award is the Gold Hugo, but also conferred were the Silver Hugo, Gold Plaque, Silver Plaque and Certificate of Merit.

Awards Ceremony, March 22th, 2018, at the AMC River East 21 Theater
Photo credit: Cinema/Chicago

The Chicago International Television Festival evolved from the annual Film Festival into a separate international event in 2016, celebrating the best in television production, series, commercials and the innovative of online programming. Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival and the Television Festival, is a non-profit cinema/TV arts and education organization. In addition to the annual festivals, the Cinema/Chicago programming includes the International Screenings Program, the CineYouth Festival, and the year-round Education Program. The 54th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 11th-25th, 2018, and is North America’s longest-running competitive film festival.

The Award Honorees are as follows…


The Gold Hugo Goes to ‘Marine Biologist, A to Infinity, Future Teacher’
Photo credit: 54th Chicago International Television Festival

The Gold Hugo – Commercial Campaign: “Marine Biologist, A to Infinity, Future Teacher,” TXL Films, Inc. for abcmouse.com

The Gold Hugo – Commercials: “Express,” MERGE for Blue Cross Blue Shield. “Now or Never,” FP7/CAI (Part of McCann Worldgroup) for Orange. “Piggy,” Arnold Worldwide for Santander Bank. “Pool Boy,” Santos Buenos Aires for Coca Cola. “Protect Like a Mother,” McCann New York for Lysol. “Tomorrow’s News,” BBDO New York for Sandy Hook Promise.

The Silver Hugo – WTTW Audience Choice Award: “Hope,” The Storytellers Studios for St. John’s Children’s Hospital.

The Silver Hugo – Commercials: “Barbers,” Furlined for Apple. “Daughter and Mother,” BBDO New York for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.

The Silver Hugo – Art Direction/Production Design: “Dark Cuisine,” HK Television Entertainment Co. Ltd. for Dark Cuisine.

The Silver Hugo – Editing: “Netflix is a Joke,” Cut + Run for Netflix.

The Gold Plaque – Commercials: “Eat the Ice Cream,” Lord Danger for Halo Top Cremery. “In Real Life,” BBDO New York for Monica Lewinsky. “Sixth Sense,” The Mill for Nike. “The Line Up Song,” FP7/CAI (Part of McCann Worldgroup) for Coca Cola. “Timeless,” BETC Paris for Lacoste.

The Silver Plaque – Commercial Campaign: “Time to Shine,” Energy BBDO/CLM BBDO for Mars Wrigley Confectionery.

The Silver Plaque – Commercials: “Pick Me,” BBDO New York for Mars Petcare/Pedigree. “Love Lessons,” Burrell Communications Group for Toyota. “The Voices of #MeToo,” Cut + Run and Refinery29 for #MeToo Movement. “Ignore This Beatbox,”McCann New York for Qualcomm. “Be Not Afraid,” Spirit Juice Studios for Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

The Silver Plaque – Art Direction/Production Design: “Micro Mac,” Quriosity and We Are Unlimited for McDonald’s.

Certificate of Merit – Commercial Campaign: “Get Obsessed,” Schafer Condon Carter for Portillo’s Restaurant.

Certificate of Merit – Commercials:ARRI Camera Stabilizer Systems Showreel,” Heine/Lenz/Zizka for ARRI. “Behind Closed Doors,” RG/A for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. “Chewed Up,” Once Upon a Time, Inc./Mark Schimmel for SmartBones. “Expressed Jeana,” CLIMATE & Coat of Arms for Express Jeans. “Fluidium,” Odd Machine for CAT. “God of War: The Dead Stone Mason,” The Mill for PlayStation. “Hope,” The Storyteller’s Studio for St. John’s Children’s Hospital. “Lighthouse,” BBDO New York for Macy’s. “Medieval,” McCann New York for NY Lottery. “Night Into Day,” The Bengar Agency for Ferrari.

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