Canadian children's TV shows were big winners in Banff on Sunday, with Stella and Sam and Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock earning Rockies, the annual international awards for TV excellence.

Matte Babel of ET Canada hosted the gala celebrating international fiction programming at the Banff World Television Festival in Banff, Alta.

Stella and Sam, an animated series based on Marie-Louise Gay's books  about red-headed Stella and her little brother, won in the category fiction programs for children aged two and up. Created by Toronto's Radical Sheep Productions, it airs on Family Channel and Playhouse.

The youth fiction program winner was Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock, a mix of animation and live-action inspired by traditional aboriginal myths. The adventure-fantasy series stars Jess Arfi as young Anash, who is on a quest for peace for his people. It airs on APTN and SCN.

Another Canadian winner was lol :-), a comedy sketch series produced by Québécomm for Quebec's TVA. It took the award for best comedy.

The best comedy series was Showtime's The Big C, starring Laura Linney as a woman learning to live with a cancer diagnosis. The best mini-series was Britain's Downton Abbey, a period drama about an aristocratic family set in the period before the First World War.

Other Rockies winners:

  • Animation: Sid the Science Kid (U.S.), for PBS.
  • Music and variety: 2010 MTV Video Music Awards (U.S.), for MTV. 
  • Continuing series: Sherlock: A Study in Pink (U.K.), for BBC Wales. 
  • Made-for-TV movie: Temple Grandin (U.S.), for HBO. 
  • Francophone music-variety: Un gars, le soir (Canada), for V network.
  • Fiction: 19-2 (Canada), for Radio-Canada.
  • Youth program: L'Horrorarium (Canada), for VRAK-TV.

The Banff World Television Festival continues until Wednesday.