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JAPAN PRIZE 2018 Prize Winners

The Grand Prix Japan Prize 2018
Title

My Life
Born To Vlog

Entering Organization Blakeway North
Country/Region United Kingdom
Media TV
This program documents the daily life of Nikki Lilly, a 12-year-old vlogger with over 100,000 followers world-wide. Nikki delivers positive and inspiring messages on her video blog while living with a rare life-threatening medical condition called AVM (arteriovenous malformation).Nikki was first diagnosed with AVM when she was six years old. This blood vessel disorder caused severe headaches, nosebleeds, and swelling on one side of her face. Gradually, Nikki began to feel isolated and different. However, once she launched her own YouTube channel, her videos went viral, allowing her to connect with the world. In addition to recounting Nikki’s daily life, this program provides tips on how to produce vlogs safely and deal with online trolling. It aims to help people of YouTube generation gain confidence in their appearance as well as in their relationships with other people.
Audiovisual Division The Best Work in Each Category
The Best Work in the Pre-school Category
The Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Prize
Title

Preschool Docs

Giulia and Sophie go to swim class
Entering Organization KRO-NCRV
Country/Region The Netherlands
Media TV

This short documentary follows hearing-impaired twin sisters in their swimming class. In order to captivate a preschool audience, the program is narrated by children and the camera depicts the world as seen through their eyes.

As Giulia and Sophie take off their hearing aids and plunge into the water, so the world of sound fades away and a new one emerges. In this world of sight and touch, the sisters communicate with gestures and glances. As they move freely through the water, the viewer is able to swim alongside and share their world as well.
The Best Work in the Primary Category
The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize
Title My Life
Born To Vlog
Entering Organization Blakeway North
Country/Region United Kingdom
Media TV
This program documents the daily life of Nikki Lilly, a 12-year-old vlogger with over 100,000 followers world-wide. Nikki delivers positive and inspiring messages on her video blog while living with a rare life-threatening medical condition called AVM (arteriovenous malformation).Nikki was first diagnosed with AVM when she was six years old. This blood vessel disorder caused severe headaches, nosebleeds, and swelling on one side of her face. Gradually, Nikki began to feel isolated and different. However, once she launched her own YouTube channel, her videos went viral, allowing her to connect with the world. In addition to recounting Nikki’s daily life, this program provides tips on how to produce vlogs safely and deal with online trolling. It aims to help people of YouTube generation gain confidence in their appearance as well as in their relationships with other people.
The Best Work in the Youth Category
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Prize
Title #tagged
Entering Organization VERTOV, KRO-NCRV, NPO
Country/Region The Netherlands
Media Film

#tagged is a drama that follows Elise, a fourteen-year-old girl addicted to social media and depicts the devastating consequences of losing control of your online persona. The style of the program is unique in that the entire story unfolds within the screen of Elise’s smartphone.
Elise is inseparable from her smartphone. The morning after a party, she receives a string of messages from her friends. When she opens her SNS app, she is shocked to find damaging photos of herself lying unconscious in the arms of her friends. The photos had been tagged by her friends and went viral, quickly reaching the point of no return.

The aim of the drams is to make teens and adults more aware of the impact of smartphones and social media, and provoke discussion on how to use these powerful devices.
The Best Work in the Lifelong Learning Category
The Governor of Tokyo Prize
Title Employable Me
Entering Organization Northern Pictures, ABC
Country/Region Australia
Media Film

Employable Me is an uplifting documentary which follows people with neuro diverse conditions in their search for employment. It aims to tackle the serious issue of unemployment among jobseekers with developmental disorders, who are often highly skilled in certain areas while lacking ability in others.
In this program, three protagonists receive counseling and support from professionals with the aim of uncovering their hidden skills and matching them with roles that can harness their strengths. Professional advice is also made available to the employers, highlighting the importance of raising awareness and educating the public.

The program sends out the clear message that everyone deserves a role in society.
The Best Work in the Creative Frontier Category
The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize
Title Bury me, my Love
Entering Organization The Pixel Hunt, Figs, ARTE France
Country/Region France
Media Game Application
Bury me, my Love is an interactive game inspired by the real accounts of a Syrian refugee. Nour, a young Syrian woman, has fled the country following unrest. Her husband Majd tries to help her on her journey using a mobile phone messaging app. The objective of the game player is to help Nour safely navigate the terrain and water and complete her endeavor by sending her messages. Such a form of communication is common among many Syrian refugees, and the game is designed to give players a first-hand experience of the brutality of their attempts at escape.
Audiovisual Division Special Prizes
The Japan Foundation President’s Prize
An excellent work that encourages mutual understanding among nations and races or contributes to cultural exchange
Title KIDS ON THE SILK ROAD Girl against gravity
Entering Organization Pedersen & Co. in cooperation with Toolbox Film, DR Ultra
Country/Region Denmark
Media TV
This program is part of a documentary series which portrays the lives of children living in countries along the Silk Road. Narrated by the children themselves, the series depicts their struggles and triumphs as they go through various challenges. The protagonist of this episode is an 11-year-old girl in Mongolia who dreams of one day becoming an acrobat. She attends a circus school where competition among children is fierce. Despite poverty and problems at home, she finds strength in rising above adversity.
The UNICEF Prize
An excellent work that promotes understanding of the lives of children in difficult situations
Title Sister
Entering Organization VTV, EBS
Country/Region Vietnam, Republic of Korea
Media TV
Set in a small village in the highest part of Vietnam, this program documents the inner world of an eight-year-old girl, Pia. In an environment where girls are expected to help with household chores, Pia struggles to take care of her two mischievous younger brothers. She longs to have a younger sister, but to her dismay, the family welcomes a new baby boy. Once she begins to take care of the baby, she finds herself growing to love him. The documentary portrays the family as they help each other sustain a simple but happy life.
Proposal Division The Best Proposal

The Hoso Bunka Foundation Prize
Title LIFE
Country/Region Mexico
Organization Vientos Culturales A.C.
Content In the state of Chiapas in Mexico, a young man embarks on a mission to tackle the alarmingly high rate of suicide among young people in his community. Close to the border with Guatemala, Chiapas has the largest number of indigenous people in Mexico. Poverty, violence, and drug abuse are rampant. In addition, the region has seen a steep rise in the number of suicides among young people of indigenous decent. In order to address this issue and build a support network for those in need, the protagonist plans a village fair where young people are encouraged to express themselves through art.
Proposal Division Excellent Proposal
The National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan Prize
Title REVOLUTION IN THE DESERT
Country/Region Mongolia
Organization Buren Zohist Production
Content This is a documentary about a woman who leads a toilet revolution in the South Gobi desert of Mongolia. 15 years ago, a large-scale mining site was built on the woman’s homeland which was originally preserved for nomadic people. As there were no toilets along the 240 km stretch of road to and from the mines, the truck drivers had no choice but to relieve themselves by the roadside. Realizing that this very habit was causing serious environmental destruction to the land, the woman launches a campaign to build eco-friendly toilets and change people’s minds about sanitation.

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