IFTV Fest awards videos, programs

More than 1,400 people from 45 countries packed in Imperial Ballroom of New York’s Sheraton Centre Hotel on Friday, November 2, for the International Film & TV Festival of New York’s 27th annual awards banquet. Winners of awards in the competitions for music video and television programming, and promotion spots among other media, were announced.

In total, more than 4,688 entries were submitted to the Festival competition in 1984, 449 more than in 1983. The advisory board received 2,641 entries for tv and cinema commercials and campaigns, 1,105 for film, video and A/V productions, 834 for tv programs and 286 for promotion spots.

Both Ken Walz Productions, New York, and video director Edd Griles took the Grand Award, or “best of show” trophy, for music videos submitted to the New York Festival’s 1984 competition. The winning video submission is the series of Cyndi Lauper videos, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and Time After Time.”

RCA Video Productions received a Gold in the music special category for “Sweet Dreams: The Video Album.”

The Cyndi Lauper series beat out five other Gold Medal-winning videos for the silver-bowl trophy: The Cars’ “You Might Think,” submitted by Charlex in New York and top winner in both the 1984 MTV awards and St Tropez music video festival; The Rolling Stones’ “Undercover of Night,” submitted by Midnight Films in London; Cyndi Lauper’s own “She bop,” entered by Ohlmeyer Communications in New York; Miles Davis’ “Decoy” (Cucumber Studios Ltd., London); and a local video entitled “In and Out of Love Affairs,” with singer Joy Rose and submitted on behalf of Tribeca Records by Behar-Sackner Communications, New York.

The Leonard Goldberg Company, Los Angeles, snared the Grand Award, or “best of show” trophy,” for tv entertainment specials with “Something About Amelia,” the controversial film of one family’s dealing with child abuse.

The WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, earned the Grand Award for news programming with “Vietnam; A Television History.”

Also taking Grand trophies for television productions were The British Broadcasting Corporation, London, for “Natural World: Secret Weapons,” and CBS Entertainment, Los Angeles, and Oglivy & Mather, New York, whose 1984 “We’ve Got the Touch” campaign was honored as the best submission of promotion spots.

recognized as one of the most prestigious and influential competitions for industrial and A/V productions, the New York Festival presented awards for industrial and educational productions, multi-media productions, multi-image presentations, filmstrips, and slideprograms, among other media. More than 1,100 entries were submitted in this year’s competition.

Abel & Associates garnered two gold medals in the industrial and educational productions categories. He received a medal for his “A Chair For People Who Can’t Sit Still,” produced for client Herman Miller, Inc. and one for “High Fidelity.”

In the competition for filmed introductions or lead-in titles, Dolphin Productions (NY) received an award for “Saab/Scania” and Cranston/Csuri Productions of Columbus, Ohio garnered two awards for “Super Bowl XVIII.”

CBS/Fox Video, in Farmington Hills, Michigan, snared the Grand Award, or “Best of shows” trophy, for industrial or educational productions for their “Presentation Excellence With Walter Cronkite.”

Ross Roy, Inc., in Detroit, earned the Grand Award for multi-media productions with the “1985 Chrysler New Car Announcement Show.” Ross Roy Productions staged the show in New Orleans in August for Chrysler dealers from across the U.S.

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