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List of JAPAN PRIZE 2014 Finalists and Candidates for the four Special Prizes in the Audiovisual Division
We received 320 entries from 206 organizations in 62 countries/ regions for the Audiovisual Division and the TV Proposal Division. The following entries have been selected in the preliminary selection as finalists in each category and as candidates for the four special prizes.
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Audiovisual Division Finalists
Pre-school Category
  FinalistsFinalists Title MK-X (MATHCODE-X) - Tens and ones Media TV
Entering Organization Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) Country/Region Norway
Frida breaks all the eggs her father is supposed to deliver to the local merchant, Brynhildsen. Will she manage to collect and deliver the right amount of eggs all by herself? MK-X challenges children to solve practical problems by using mathematics.
  FinalistsFinalists Title I Know An Animal - Zebra (Episode 15, 2nd series) Media TV
Entering Organization Sudwestrundfunk (SWR) Country/Region Germany
"I know an animal“ is a new TV-series on animals for pre-school children. Every episode presents an animal that children already have good knowledge of. In this show children can assure themselves about their knowledge and extend it. But „I know an animal“ does not only deal with the creature – but also with the image children have of it.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Spiny Shiny Grocery Store Media TV
Entering Organization Public Television Service Foundation (PTS) Country/Region Taiwan
One day, Arnold the bear and his friends discover a mysterious grocery store on the treetop. Hedgehog is the owner of the store and he has closed his heart for long, never making friends with anyone. How do Arnold the bear and his friends help Hedgehog open his heart and embrace his own uniqueness?
  FinalistsFinalists Title Dinopaws - The Thing That We’d Never Seen Before Media TV
Entering Organization Laughing Gravy Media Ltd. (Laughing Gravy) Country/Region United Kingdom
Three curious Dinopaws called Gwen, Bob and Tony go stomping, romping and roaring on an epic adventure around their world. They are on a mighty mission to go everywhere that they can go, do everything they can do and feel everything they can feel.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Paula and the wild bears Media TV
Entering Organization Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) Country/Region Germany
Bears are something extraordinary in the nature of ours. Only in a few regions of Europe, such as in the Carpathians and the Tatra Mountains, are they still found in the wild. Vaclav "Vasek" Chaloupek is a well-known wildlife photographer and wildlife filmmaker in the Czech Republic. He always has some animal companions living at his home in the Bohemian Forest.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Mimicries - The Secret of Black and Yellow Media TV
Entering Organization Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) Country/Region Japan
What do a snail and a typhoon have in common? A swirl. That’s just one example of “mimicries,” or close resemblances in appearance or action. The natural world is full of them. So let’s hunt for these similarities! If we observe and think about commonalities, differences, and natural laws, we realize that there are similar mechanisms at work.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Camusi Camusi - Marimbula-Guiro-Bongo Media TV
Entering Organization ANIMAEDRO Estudio de Animación (ANIMAEDRO) Country/Region Colombia
Remi and Sol, like most kids of their age, love music, fun and play. That’s why they have invented “Camusi Camusi” a game where a musical instrument is the protagonist of the fun. Funny words, interesting sounds and laughter is what you´ll find in “Camusi Camusi”.
Primary Category
  FinalistsFinalists Title TVOKids - It Matters Media TV
Entering Organization TVO Country/Region Canada
It Matters is TVOKids animated interstitial series that promotes children's well-being with stories of triumph over bullying and harassment. By profiling real-life childhood challenges with real-life stories inspired by TVOKids viewers, It Matters demonstrates how kids can prevail and help put a stop to bullying.
  FinalistsFinalists Title LIZARD GIRL Media TV
Entering Organization Feelgood Fiction Ltd. Country/Region United Kingdom
Lizard Girl is the story of a ten year old girl who overcomes her struggle to make friends through the kindness of another child. It is a drama about a subject that has little known about it, Asperger’s Autism, even though more than 1 in 100 children are born with it. We chose to explore Asperger’s, a less severe form of autism, because children on the lower end of the spectrum can typically attend mainstream education.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Finding Stuff Out - Senses: Sight Media TV
Entering Organization Apartment 11 Productions Country/Region Canada
Finding Stuff Out is a science-oriented educational series for 6-9 year-olds which, instead of imposing adult notions on kids about what they should know, gives them what they want: answers to the questions that matter to them the most. “What happens to stuff that goes into the trash?”, “Why do we have families?”, “What would happen if you never cut your fingernails?”.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Checker Tobi - "The Plastic Check" Media TV
Entering Organization Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) Country/Region Germany
Plastic materials are simply everywhere: packaging is made of plastic, electrical appliances, the interior of cars, shoes, toothbrushes, ball-point pens, toys, bags, furniture, clothing as well as very many items in Tobi’s Checker den: everything is made of plastic. The problem is: it takes forever for it to decompose – several hundred years.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Children´s restaurant - The dress rehearsal Media TV
Entering Organization Storyteller Country/Region Norway
In ”Children´s Restaurant” 6 children are going to take over a real gourmet restaurant for 1 night, and serve 30 celebrities a 3 course meal. But first they have to go through an intensive crash course with Master Chef Terje Ness, winner of Bocuse d’Or. In only 8 weeks the children have to learn what usually takes cook apprentices several years.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Think Like a Crow! -The Scientific Method - #2 Media TV
Entering Organization Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) Country/Region Japan
This is a new science education series which aims to teach, not scientific knowledge, but scientific thinking. The clever crow is the series mascot. Each program is comprised of various segments that foster scientific thinking as represented by the four steps of the scientific method: observation, hypothesis, experiment, and evaluation.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Full Proof - Action-reaction Media TV
Entering Organization NTR (NPS/Teleac/RVU) Country/Region Netherlands
The new science TV-show 'Full Proof' for children ages 7-12 drags science out of the classroom and takes experiments outdoors. Each episode is hosted by a different child from anywhere in the world. They do a number of surprising experiments revolving one central theme.
Youth Category
  FinalistsFinalists Title Dancing in Jaffa Media Film/ Motion Pictures
Entering Organization Go2Films Country/Region Israel
Pierre Dulaine, an internationally renowned ballroom dancer, is fulfilling a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance together and compete together.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Old Folk's Tales - Ysabel, Fear Comes From The Sky Media TV
Entering Organization HIERROanimación S.A.S. (HIERRO) Country/Region Colombia
Ysabel tells how she lived the bombings over Bilbao during the Spanish Civil War. Especially an episode during which in a walk with her father she saw a German parachutist whose plane had been shot down by ground fire. The voice of the elders is almost absent of the digital media. However, they treasure valuable contents to share, especially in relation with collective memory.
  FinalistsFinalists Title MYSTERY HUNTERS - OUTER SPACE WITHIN REACH Media TV
Entering Organization Czech Television (CT) Country/Region Czech
Mystery Hunters is a Czech Television series in coproduction with Academy of Sciences and HERAFILM, in which partially acted stories involve the search for the origins of various scientific and technological mysteries. The series is hosted by Marek Mikulasek and Michael Londesborough - a Czech scientist of British origin involved in inorganic chemistry.
  FinalistsFinalists Title MY:24 - Rida Media TV
Entering Organization Australian Children's Television Foundation (ACTF) Country/Region Australia
MY:24 is a factual series chronicling the life-changing events from just one day in 26 young people lives and how the events of 24 hours can fundamentally change attitudes and aspirations. Each of these diverse and fascinating young people have taken the time to reflect on their experiences; to make sense of what had happened and then moved forward in a positive direction.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Kigali Shaolin Temple Media Film/ Motion Pictures
Entering Organization Adalios Country/Region France
The Kigali Shaolin Temple, a kung fu club in Rwanda, was started up in 1998 by a group of teenage orphans from the genocide led by kung fu Master Manzi Ndizeye Bosco. Nowadays, the founders have gone their separate ways but the bond remains. Isaac, Elias and Mafumba find fulfillment in passing on their skills and teaching young Rwandans the values of sharing, tolerance and mutual respect.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Small Hands in a Big War - The Lie Media TV
Entering Organization LOOKS Country/Region Germany
Edinburgh 1916: By giving a white feather, Alison Brook, 11 years old, coerces a 19-year-old boy to enlist into the British Army. After his departure to France, Alison meets his blind grandmother who lives all alone and takes care of her. A few days later, she finds out that her grandson died in France.
  FinalistsFinalists Title The ways to embrace imperfection Media TV
Entering Organization Daai Satellite TV Country/Region Taiwan
Lin Yen-liang's father is not a masseur. The reason why he does massages is because Yen-liang was born with cerebral palsy. In order to walk normally like other children, Yen-liang has been receiving physical therapy from a very early age, and his father would give him foot massages, etc. to help him improve. However, Yen-liang has to endure how his classmates
Continuing Education Category
  FinalistsFinalists Title 8 Days Media TV
Entering Organization Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Country/Region Rep. of Korea
This program is about Joseon Dynasty’s greatest King, Jungjo (1752~1800). It is a mystery docu-drama that restores his eight-day festival 200 years ago in a vivid 3D. The documentary delicately parallels the eight-day festival and the fortress to revive the tragic history. The king who had witnessed his father’s death in a political struggle proclaimed the festival to end corrupted politics and set himself free of trauma.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Project Wild Thing Media Film/ Motion Pictures
Entering Organization Green Lions Country/Region United Kingdom
David Bond is a filmmaker and a father. Things have really changed since he was a kid. His children are hooked on screens and don't want to go outdoors. Determined to get them up and out, David appoints himself as the Marketing Director for Nature. With the help of branding and outdoor experts, he develops and launches a nationwide marketing campaign to get British children outside.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Terra X: Expedition Germany - A Time Travel through 500 Million Years, part 1 Media TV
Entering Organization Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) Country/Region Germany
From the distant loneliness of the nordic Wadden Sea over the diversity of the Central Uplands of Germany to the majestic Alps - the beauty of the many German landscapes is one of a kind. But how did Germany become to what we know today? We travel to the past on a journey of discovery in order to understand how 500 million years characterised our earth and Germany.
  FinalistsFinalists Title 14-Diaries of the Great War - The Anguish Media TV
Entering Organization LOOKS Country/Region Germany
The battle cries heard everywhere when War began have given way to screams of pain. The number of injured rises every day. There are far too few doctors and nurses to care for all these wounded men, and so the burden of caring for them shifts to the many assistant nurses. They have little to no training and their concept of war is hazy. Nobody is prepared for the dismal conditions encountered along the front.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Last Call Media TV
Entering Organization Zenit Arti Audiovisive (Zenit) Country/Region Italy
Last Call tells the story of the rise and fall, and of today’s rebirth of one of the most controversial and inspiring environmental books of all times: The Limits to Growth. Its message is today more relevant than ever: unlimited growth in a finite planet will bring our society and environment into overshoot and on the edge of collapse.
  FinalistsFinalists Title HUMAN LIFE - Our Amazing Cells Media TV
Entering Organization Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) Country/Region Japan
The 60 trillion cells of 200 different types that make up our bodies were once thought of merely as "parts," static components. But scientists have discovered that cells in fact play a leading, active role in giving us the power to stay alive. This program uses high-definition computer graphics to show cells as we've never seen them before, their dynamism and adaptability from gestation through adolescence and into adulthood.
  FinalistsFinalists Title E-WASTE TRAGEDY Media TV
Entering Organization Media 3.14 Country/Region Spain
Every year, up to 50 million tons of electronic waste are discarded. Since recycling is costly, around 75% of this waste ends up being shipped illegally to the Third World. Director teams up with an international cast of protagonists for an investigation which takes us around Europe, then to Brussels and the US, and finally to the world’s largest e-waste cemeteries in China and Africa to find out how e-waste is diverted from the legal recycling circuits.
Creative Frontier Category
  FinalistsFinalists Title Web Junkie Media Film/ Motion Pictures
Entering Organization Dogwoof Country/Region United Kingdom
"China is the first country in the world to classify internet addiction as a clinical disorder. WEB JUNKIE is a feature documentary that spotlights the revolutionary treatment used in a Beijing Rehab Centre, and explores the cases of three young Chinese teenagers from the day they arrive at the clinic through their 3 month period of rehabilitation. The film explores both the underlying issues related to their boy's disorders, and also exposes the treatments and therapies the patients receive.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Teacher - Episode 1 Media TV
Entering Organization GMA Network Inc. (GMA-7) Country/Region Philippines
GMA News TV's groundbreaking original series “Titser” (Teacher) discusses issues in Philippine education. It was based on a true to life story of a high school salutatorian who ended up becoming a house maid because of her family's poverty. The story was fictionalized to bring Philippine education issues to a broader mass audience.
  FinalistsFinalists Title PETER AND THE WOLF Media Cross Media
Entering Organization Camera Lucida Productions Country/Region France
REDISCOVER THE MOST FAMOUS MASTERPIECE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC: "PETER AND THE WOLF" BY SERGEI PROKOFIEV IN A WONDERFUL NEW AND INNOVATIVE ADAPTATION, ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN. THIS 30-MINUTES FILM CLEVERLY MIXES LIVE MUSIC AND ANIMATION, WITH THE COMPLICITY OF THE ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE, CONDUCTED BY MAESTRO DANIELE GATTI.
  FinalistsFinalists Title PLAYING WITH FIRE Media TV
Entering Organization TOP CUT MODIANO Country/Region Greece
“Playing with Fire” is a documentary about the actresses in Afghanistan who are courageous enough to be involved with theatre arts and find themselves facing harsh criticism, social disapproval and even threats about their lives and the lives of their families. Acting, which is considered immoral in Afghanistan, has even caused a girl’s death in Kabul and many young actresses have been forced to flee the country.
  FinalistsFinalists Title NETWARS Media Cross Media
Entering Organization Filmtank GmbH Country/Region Germany
The story unfolds with the TV DOCUMENTARY, which informs people just how dangerous modern industrial technology is used in times of cyberwar. It shows exactly how everything is hackable in the digital age – e.g. power plants, water supplies, traffic systems. And it demonstrates how the global economy, the financial system and governments are helpless in trying to avoid an imminent catastrophe that can affect us all.
  FinalistsFinalists Title Quandary Media Game
Entering Organization Learning Games Network (LGN) Country/Region United States
Quandary is a unique game in which players aged 8 and up shape the future of a new society while engaging in ethical decision-making. The game helps players recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives. Players lead a new human colony on a distant planet. They must make difficult decisions in which there are no clear right or wrong answers but important consequences – to themselves,
  FinalistsFinalists Title NHK for School Media Website
Entering Organization Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) Country/Region Japan
With the goal to provide a useful learning tool for children ages 6-15, all of NHK’s educational programs intended for that target audience are offered on this website. The site carries about 1000 episodes from roughly 50 programs. The content learned in almost all subjects of all elementary and middle school grades are covered in this extensive collection.
Special Prizes Candidates
Japan Foundation President Prize
  Finalists Title Bramble Berry Tales-Book One: The Story of Kalkalilh Media Application Software
Entering Organization Rival Schools (RS) Country/Region Canada
Bramble Berry Tales is an interactive animated storybook experience that transports children into a new world and reinforces valuable life lessons. It provides them the education of language through simple yet innovative interactions and good storytelling.
  Finalists Title Dash For Tomorrow - ASHAP Media Video
Entering Organization HISTORY PRODUCTION HOUSE, EDUCATION DOCUMENTARY DIVISION (HPHedu) Country/Region Egypt
1- To share humanity and peace education among nations. Dash For Tomorrow is created by ASHAP (All Share Humanity And Peace) voluntary group of elementary and JHS students and teachers in Minia state of Egypt.
2- To provide student's active self-developed learning environment. A group of 18 students aged in between 7 to 14 years old and four teachers gathered to challenge to create a new global learning method.
  Finalists Title No Fish Where to Go Media Film/ Motion Pictures
Entering Organization National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Country/Region Canada
“Our planet—inhabited by people with different languages and customs.” A friendship unites two little girls from opposing clans in a village where tensions are mounting. The Red Shoes have taken control of one side of the main street, and they don’t much care for the inhabitants on the other side. One morning, the family of one of the girls is forced to leave home.
  Finalists Title Tales of Conversion - 2nd episode Media TV
Entering Organization Czech Television (CT) Country/Region Czech
A time-collection documentary is a probe into the religiousness of today's young people. It focuses on spiritual conversion of young people who have found God. Their innermost feelings were caught on small cameras by the protagonists themselves, which then served as video-diaries. Easter is approaching and so is Dan's christening. Meanwhile, he is trying to attend regularly catechesis and keep to a forty day fast.
  Finalists Title Last Hijack - Interactive Media Cross Media
Entering Organization SubmarineChannel Country/Region Netherlands
Last Hijack Interactive is an online transmedia experience that allows you to explore the hijacking of a ship in Somalia. Exploring both sides of the story, Last Hijack Interactive allows you to uncover the complex realities behind piracy in Somalia though the eyes of a pirate and a captain, an advocate and a journalist, a parent and a wife.
UNICEF Prize
  Finalists Title Sticks and Stones Media Film/ Motion Pictures
Entering Organization Head Gear Animation Country/Region Canada
“Sticks and Stones” is an animated story about a boy who learns empathy. After being bullied, he connects with nature and learns the meaning of "live and let live" in today’s technology-minded environment.
  Finalists Title A home for Lydia Media TV
Entering Organization Katholieke Radio Omroep (KRO) Country/Region Netherlands
Lydia's mother is from Cameroon, her father from Nigeria, but she and her brother were born in the Netherlands. None of them have a Dutch residence permit, and that's a concern for Lydia. What if her parents have to go back to their home countries? Who will she have to go with? While her father prepares the food, Lydia asks him whether he's scared. Of course he is, he admits, "But I'm not going anywhere. This is my country." That's exactly the way Lydia thinks, too.
  Finalists Title Revealed, from all positions - Raped and Besides Pregnant Media TV
Entering Organization Fundación Imaginario Country/Region Colombia
Revela2 is the main component of an edutainment rights-based cross media strategy that aims to trigger dialogue on some national reproductive health policy priorities: teen pregnancy, violence against women, HIV and abortion. Is a powerful magazine targeted to adolescents and youth, that includes drama, real live stories, music and dialogue that begins on TV and continues in web.
  Finalists Title Cinderella of Grade 5 Media TV
Entering Organization Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) Country/Region Sri Lanka
Madushika Maduwanthi, 10 years old, lives in a remote village in Sri Lanka, passes grade 5 scholarship exam with best result. She belongs to a marginalized family. Her father is a laborer. They live in a small hut belonging to a landowner. Poverty and illiteracy of Madushika’s family lead them to be outsiders in the society. They are not honored by the fellow villagers. No any children came to play with Madushika.
  Finalists Title Shahrzad's Diary - Traffic Media Cross Media
Entering Organization FARSI1 Country/Region United Arab Emirates
"Shahrzad's Diary" is an original animation series providing its audience a unique perspective of life in Iran through the eyes of Shahrzad, a college-aged girl from Tehran. Given Iran’s restrictive media policies and as a representation of what many Iranian youth experience, it provides this target audience a rare platform to think about, share and discuss societal issues that actually affect them.
Maeda Prize
  Finalists Title Getting A Head Start? Media TV
Entering Organization Television Broadcasts Ltd. (TVB) Country/Region China
Many parents keep saying they want healthy growth and joyful learning for their kids, but none of them wants their little ones to lag behind anyone. When getting a head start has become imperative, will kids still be able to enjoy a carefree childhood?
  Finalists Title " Seetha Diya Bamanaya" - Little Inventor Media TV
Entering Organization Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) Country/Region Sri Lanka
Surendra is 12 year old boy from a very poor family. His father is engaged in a small job to keep the family fires burning. The mother looks after the house, while Surendra and her younger sister attend school. Poor they may be but very enterprising particularly it is very creditable that he has been successful in the grade 5 scholarship examinations, a rare achievement for a boy with his background.
  Finalists Title Kore-eda x High School Girls: Portrait of Fukushima 3 Years After Media TV
Entering Organization Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) Country/Region Japan
In 2011, Fukushima Prefecture was struck by an unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that triggered an accident at a nuclear power plant. The radiation that was released put nearby residents in fear for their health and forced them to leave their land. Three local girls each make a film that focuses on what it’s like emotionally for high school students to live in the devastated area. They are given the opportunity to work with Hirokazu Kore-eda, a world-famous film director.
  Finalists Title Reel Time: Nebulizer Media TV
Entering Organization GMA Network Inc. (GMA-7) Country/Region Philippines
Three years ago, Maribel, already 25 years old then, could not read nor write; she hasn’t even finished first grade and has been unable to help her children with their homework. To change her situation, Maribel decided to enroll in Grade 1 in the same school as her daughters. Since then, she’s had to endure being mocked for being an elementary student at her age, and juggling school with the daily race to keep her family fed.
  Finalists Title Teacher - Episode 1 Media TV
Entering Organization GMA Network Inc. (GMA-7) Country/Region Philippines
GMA News TV's groundbreaking original series “Titser” (Teacher) discusses issues in Philippine education. It was based on a true to life story of a high school salutatorian who ended up becoming a house maid because of her family's poverty. The story was fictionalized to bring Philippine education issues to a broader mass audience.
President of NHK Prize
  Finalists Title Rabbit and Deer Media Film/ Motion Pictures
Entering Organization Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) Country/Region Hungary
Rabbit and Deer are living happily and careless until their friendship is put to the test by Deer's new obsession to find the formula for the 3rd dimension. After an unexpected accident Deer finds himself in a new world, unknown to him. Separated by dimensions the two friends have to find the way back to each other.
  Finalists Title LIZARD GIRL Media TV
Entering Organization Feelgood Fiction Ltd. Country/Region United Kingdom
Lizard Girl is the story of a ten year old girl who overcomes her struggle to make friends through the kindness of another child. It is a drama about a subject that has little known about it, Asperger’s Autism, even though more than 1 in 100 children are born with it. We chose to explore Asperger’s, a less severe form of autism, because children on the lower end of the spectrum can typically attend mainstream education.
  Finalists Title Playing Shakespeare Media Website
Entering Organization Shakespeare's Globe Country/Region United Kingdom
The playingshakespeare.org micro-sites are specifically designed to engage students aged 11 to 16. The site accompanies a flagship project Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank which gives free tickets to over 70% of London’s state secondary schools. It is an interactive web resource that brings the theatre projects alive as a vivid companion. It is designed to speak ‘to’, not ‘at’ the students. Full of interactive functionality including commenting options, weekly tasks, downloads, blogs and ‘backstage’ insights.
  Finalists Title Project Wild Thing Media Film/ Motion Pictures
Entering Organization Green Lions Country/Region United Kingdom
David Bond is a filmmaker and a father. Things have really changed since he was a kid. His children are hooked on screens and don't want to go outdoors. Determined to get them up and out, David appoints himself as the Marketing Director for Nature. With the help of branding and outdoor experts, he develops and launches a nationwide marketing campaign to get British children outside.
  Finalists Title PLAYING WITH FIRE Media TV
Entering Organization TOP CUT MODIANO Country/Region Greece
“Playing with Fire” is a documentary about the actresses in Afghanistan who are courageous enough to be involved with theatre arts and find themselves facing harsh criticism, social disapproval and even threats about their lives and the lives of their families. Acting, which is considered immoral in Afghanistan, has even caused a girl’s death in Kabul and many young actresses have been forced to flee the country.

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