It’s another international nod for production duo Funmi Iyanda and Chris Dada as Chopcassava.com, their innovative web series documenting the recent fuel subsidy protests was nominated as best web series in the non-fiction category at the BANFF World Media Festival, which took place last week in Alberta, Canada…
Dubbed the “the Olympics of television” by pundits, the Banff World Media Festival –also known as the Rockies –is an annual international media event dedicated to celebrating the best in world television and digital media production. The event which has honoured the likes of Jim Carrey, this year paid tribute to legendary CNN talk show host Larry King.
Seminars were also given by a host of Industry heavyweights including Chuck Lorre – the creator of Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half men and Roseanne. The 2012 Rockies ended on a dramatic note with a fantastic themed party in the mountains hosted by the distributors of Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Stars of their new hit show – ‘Hell on Wheels’ were present including hip hop star – Common . Chopcassava,com which was independently produced by Iyanda & Dada was up against five other nominees in the non fiction web series category.
Speaking on the nomination, Funmi Iyanda and Chris Dada said:
“It was a great honour to be invited to Banff and a fantastic experience meeting the luminaries behind some of the biggest shows in television in the world” As the only African representatives it felt good to fly Nigeria’s flag at such a prestigious event.”
In 2011, My Country Nigeria, a documentary also produced by Funmi Iyanda and Chris Dada was nominated for a Monte Carlo Television Festival Award.