■Bronze Award for THE NONFICTION
Tokyo Delivery Story – Smartphones and Homeless – (Documentary: Social Issues)
■Bronze Award for NONFIX
The Miracle of Ramen Jiro – Master Takumi Yamada’s Legacy – (Documentary: Biography/Profiles)
We at Fuji Television are greatly pleased and honored to announce that the results of the “2023 New York Festivals® TV & Film Awards” were unveiled on Wednesday, April 19 (JST), and Bronze Awards went to THE NONFICTION for “Tokyo Delivery Story – Smartphones and Homeless –“ (Documentary: Social Issues) and NONFIX for “The Miracle of Ramen Jiro – Master Takumi Yamada’s Legacy –“ (Documentary: Biography/Profiles).
Inaugurated in 1957, the “New York Festivals® TV & Film Awards” is an international competition that judges and awards contents in various genres, including Television, Film, Radio, Advertising, and Online. The award ceremony was held in the style of videos being unveiled on the competition’s official website. There were many entries from more than 40 countries and regions, and Gold, Silver, and Bronze were awarded to the most outstanding works.
As for THE NONFICTION at the New York Festivals® TV & Film Awards, in 2019, “MOM, WHY DID YOU KILL DAD? – REVISITING THE PAST AFTER 16 YEARS – ” (Documentary: Biography/Profiles) won a Bronze Award. In 2020, “Monk and Vulnerable Souls” (Documentary: Religion & Philosophy) won a Silver Award, and also, a Bronze Award for the “United Nations Department of Global Communications (UNDGC) Awards.” In 2021, the program was awarded a Bronze Award for “A Veterinarian and His Dog Named Hanako” (Documentary: Biography/Profiles). And last year, Bronze Awards went to “Memories of Me and Dad” (Documentary: Social Issues), and “The Day My Sister Was Murdered” (Documentary: Social Issues). A series of remarkable achievements for the program winning for 5 consecutive years.
For the Documentary: Biography/Profiles category, Fuji TV’s exclusive coverage of the restaurant chain ‘Ramen Jiro’ which boasts an extraordinary cult like popularity in Japan, won a Bronze award for “The Miracle of Ramen Jiro – Master Takumi Yamada’s Legacy –.” A one-of-a-kind documentary that tracks a charismatic ramen chain owner who stubbornly refuses media interviews has been accepted worldwide.
Also other programs including THE NONFICTION’s “The Father Who Abandoned Me That Day” and “In Search of My Daughter, Misaki” (both for Documentary categories) as well as “TimeTrip: The Kamakura Shogunate – The Tragic Shogun and the “Cursed” Mask -“ (Craft Program: Best Technical Production Team) were also in the competition’s 2023 SHORTLIST.
■THE NONFICTION – Yojiro Nishimura, Chief Producer, Documentary and Specials Production, Fuji Television Network, Inc. comments: “This documentary portrays the ‘landscape of poverty’ which emerged in Tokyo due to the COVID-19 pandemic that shook the lives of many around the world. I believe that this is a record of the era in which we live in. I am honored that this work, which received a great response when it was broadcast, has also been highly praised around the globe. As a program, it is also a very proud record to have been awarded for 5 consecutive years, and we will continue to produce attractive documentaries with the potential to resonate around the world.”
■Hirofumi Akaike (NONFIX – Planning and Production), Fuji Television Network, Inc. comments: “In recent years, Japan’s ramen culture has become recognized around the world. However, ‘Ramen Jiro’ is generally quite a domestic feel restaurant. In fact, this documentary was produced primarily for the Japanese viewers. However, the achievements and the personality of the restaurant chain’s founder, Takumi Yamada, have been conveyed to people around the world beyond borders. He has created many ‘miracles’ so far and has once again produced another one. I deeply appreciate being able to witness and document many of these ‘miracles.’”
■New York Festivals® TV & Film Awards (Official Website)