World TV Award for ‘Best Documentary’ brought home to PNG by EMTV

Jun 13, 2017

Today EMTV showcased its international award for ‘Best Documentary’ for the film ‘Driving the Change’ in Port Moresby, following the World TV Awards in China.

It’s the first time that PNG has won this prestigious annual international award, which was  presented to EMTV in the humanitarian category, through its subsidiary EMTEK Multimedia, at the 14th Asia Media Summit on the 7th of June.

‘Driving The Change’ is an inspiring 30 minute documentary supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which focuses on the struggle and success of the remote highlands community of Domil in Jiwaka Province as it transforms itself and strives to achieve the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Today, EMTV’s CEO, the film’s director and crew exhibited the award to PNG media, with excerpts from the award ceremony held in Qingdao, China.

“This is fantastic achievement for EMTV and for PNG as a whole  – the first time we’ve won a prize and recognition at the World TV Awards,” said Roy Trivedy, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.

“Thanks must go to EMTV for its dedication and professionalism and commitment to development – we could not have achieved this documentary and award without them. We must build on this momentum and continue to tell the stories of individuals, communities and groups in PNG through world class documentaries and communications products to enable us to drive forward and achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in PNG.”

The World TV Awards started in 2003 and attract productions from some of the most prestigious broadcasters in the Asia Pacific Region, as well as the wider world. Over 500 delegates from 120 countries attended the summit, which covered issues such as the role of media in alleviating poverty worldwide.

In his acceptance speech, Director Venditti said: “that it was an honor to receive this prize on behalf of EMTV, EMTEK Multimedia and Papua New Guinea as a whole, a country which has been going through a rapid socioeconomic transformation in recent years, but often receives an undeserved negative reporting in the international media.”

The Head of EMTEK Multimedia, Sheena Hughes, also stated that this is the first of many more documentaries that will not only showcase PNG to the world, but also highlight the talent of Papua New Guineans who have played a major role in these world class documentaries.        

Driving the Change can be viewed on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY30e-mnY0c

Contact information

Sheena Hughes, Head of EMTEK Multimedia on phone: (+675) 76401911 or (+675) 7199 6222, Email: shughes@emtv.com.pg