CBC family series Heartland and long-running TV franchise Degrassi, now aired on MuchMusic, are competing for best youth fiction program at the Rockies, the annual international television awards given at the Banff World Media Festival.
The two Canadian programs are nominated alongside international competitors Baron Muenchhausen from Germany and Mimoun from the Netherlands.
Alberta-set Heartland, which follows a family living on a horse ranch in cattle country, is one of six CBC TV programs nominated for the Rockies, which sees nominations from around the world.
The strongest showing came for documentaries aired on the public broadcaster. The Nature of Things garnered two nominations in the environmental and wildlife category:
- One for Andean Adventure which examines Ecuador’s revolutionary proposal to not dig for oil and Bolivia’s gamble to develop its lithium reserves.
- The second for Shattered Ground, an examination of fracking, the controversial process to extract natural gas, produced by Zoot Pictures for The Nature of Things.
Also nominated was one-off reality program Redemption Inc., about ex-cons trying to turn their lives around, and The Age of Anxiety, an examination of our anxious times that aired on Doc Zone.
The irreverent two-hour documentary special The War of 1812 - Been There, Won That, hosted by Peter Keleghan, is competing for best history program. It aired on the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
Other Canadian programs to earn Rockies nominations against internation competition:
- Arts programs: West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, which aired on Bravo.
- Continuing series: Bomb Girls, (now cancelled) from Global TV, The Following, from CTV.
- Lifestyle program: Pitchin’ In, from the Food Network Canada.
- Comedy: Seed, from Citytv.
Netflix-only series House of Cards, the Kevin Spacey political thriller, also has a nomination for best continuing series.
The Rockies winners are announced June 9 in Banff.