Javier Ambrossi & Javier Calvo’s Series “La mesías” Among Winners at Banff World Media Festival

Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo are celebrating rockie victory…

The Banff World Media Festival has revealed the winners of its 2024 Rockie Awards International Program Competition, with the 39-year-old Spanish actor, director and writer and the 33-year-old Spanish actor, director and writer among the honorees.

Javier Calvo & Javier AmbrossiAmbrossi and Calvo’s Spanish family thriller series La mesías has won the Drama Series: Non-English Language.

Created, written and directed by Ambrossi and  Calvo (‘Los Javis’) that was originally released on Movistar Plus+, the series stars Macarena GarcíaRoger Casamajor, Lola DueñasAna RujasCarmen Machi and Albert Pla, among others.

Featuring musical, religious, psychological drama and science fiction elements, the series follows a family torn apart by the matriarch’s religious fanaticism.

The competition saw participation from 30 countries and featured 155 nominees representing 19 countries including USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany and Taiwan.

HBO’s The Last of Us won the Grand Jury Prize and Best English-language Drama SeriesPoker Face won Best English-language Comedy SeriesFamily Guy won Best Animated Series and The Masked Singer won Best Competition Series & Game Show.

The International Program Competition winners include:

Comedy & Variety
The Graham Norton Show
So Television

Competition Series & Game Shows
The Masked Singer
FOX Alternative Entertainment

Woestijnvis NV

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi
Part2 Pictures

Reality Series
Wild Cooks
Avanti-Toast, Vrai, TVA, Zeste

Podcast: Fiction
The Sesame Street Podcast with Foley and Friends
Sesame Workshop, Audible

Podcast: Non-Fiction
The Other Side of the Story (L’autre moitié de l’histoire)
Radio-Canada OHdio

Animation: Children
The Sound Collector
Eagle Vs Bat, Enanimation, Mackinnon & Saunders, ITV, RAI, Serious Kids

Animation: Preschool
Tabby McTat
Magic Light Pictures

Interactive Children and Youth Content
Weirdwood Manor Vol. 2 – Rise of the Therimancer
Relish Studios, Wasabi Entertainment

Live Action: Children
Horrible Histories
Lion Television, BBC, BBC Studios

Live Action: Youth
Sofiy and Her War
Hakka TV

Arts & Culture
Otto Baxter: Not A F**ing Horror Story
Story Films, Archface Films

Crime & Investigative
Scandalous: Phone Hacking on Trial
Hardcash Production, BBC Panorama

Environmental & Wildlife
Planet Earth III
BBC Studios, BBC America, France Televisions, ZDF, The Open

History & Biography
Mindhouse Productions, Sky Documentaries

Science & Technology
Deep Sky
Crazy Boat Pictures

Short Form Non-Fiction Series
Out of the Shadows: Born from Rape
BBC News, BBC World Service 100 Women

Social Issues & Current Affairs
The Shamima Begum Story
BBC Current Affairs

Sports Documentary
Gods of Tennis
Mindhouse Productions, BBC Studios

Animated Series
Family Guy
20th Television Animation, Fuzzy Door Productions

Comedy Series: English Language
Poker Face
T-Street, MRC, Animal Pictures, Paramount Global Content Distribution

Comedy Series: Non-English Language
Gorgeous (Les Bombes)
Les Productions Sovimage

Drama Series: English Language
The Last of Us
HBO, Sony Pictures Television Studios, Playstation, Naughty Dog, Word Games, The Mighty Mint

Drama Series: Non-English Language
La Mesías
Movistar Plus+, Suma Content

Feature Length Film
Men Up
Quay Street Productions, Boom, BBC1, Cineflix Rights

Limited Series
Best Interests
AC Chapter One, BBC One, Fifth Season

Short Film
The Flying Sailor
National Film Board of Canada

Short Form Fiction Series
The Fades of Papineau (Ça prend pas la tchas à Papineau)
Trio Orange

Best Use of Music in a Series
eOne, Showtime

Emerging Talent Prize
Emilie Mannering
The Fades of Papineau (Ça prend pas la tchas à Papineau)
Trio Orange

Prix Francophone
Les Bombes (Gorgeous)
Les Productions Sovimage

Roger s Prize for Excellence in Canadian Content
Satan Wants You
Nootka Street Film Company, Grand Scheme Productions, 666 Films

Grand Jury Prize

The Last of Us
HBO, Sony Pictures Television Studios, Playstation, Naughty Dog, Word Games, The Mighty Mint

PBS to Premiere Second Season of Macarena Garcia’s “La Otra Mirada” in January

Macarena García is getting another look soon…

PBS will premiere the second season of La Otra Mirada (A Different View), starring the 34-year-old Spanish actress, in early January.

Macarena Garcia, La Otra MiradaSeason 2 will premiere on Thursdays, January 5-February 23.

Set in an academy for young ladies in Seville in the 1920, La Otra Mirada shows a teaching center clinging to an unwavering way of doing things and conditioned by the traditions of the city and those years. All this universe and its pillars wobble with the arrival of a new teacher who has a very different way of seeing things and who has a secret objective directly related to the academy. The search for the own voice of a group of adult and young women will be the destiny of the protagonists.

In season two, Teresa (Patricia López Arnaiz) returns to school after being found innocent of her father’s murder. Her struggles, though, are far from over, as she deals with new secrets and new threats to the Academy.

From Walter Presents, the series is in Spanish with English subtitles.

The series also stars Ana Wagener and Cecilia Freire.


Roger Casamajor to Star in Movistar+’s Family Trauma Drama Series “La Mesías”

Roger Casamajor has landed his next starring role…

The 45-year-old Spanish television, theater and film actor will star in Movistar+’s upcoming family trauma drama series La Mesías.

Roger CasamajorCasamajor joins a roster of cast newcomers that includes Macarena García and Lola Dueñas.

Other cast members include Carmen Machi, Ana Rujas, Albert Pla, Amaia, Biel Rossell and Cecilia Roth.

Debutantes are Irene Balmes, Bruno Núñez, Carla Moral, Iona Roig, Lluc Jornet, Sara Martínez, Arlet Zafra, Joana Buch and Ninoska Linares, who will play the teenage cast in the show, which is a Movistar+ production from creators Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo in collaboration with Suma Content.

“The casting process was spectacular,” said Ambrossi, who along with Calvo is behind shows such as La Llamada and Paquita Salas. “

We have always mixed big names with new talent and in La Mesías we are taking this to the max.”

The series, which follows Enric, a man tormented by a childhood shaped by religious fanaticism and the yoke of a mother with messianic delusions, began shooting on August 16 and will run for 22 weeks in different locations across Catalonia, Spain.

Pablo Berger’s “Blancanieves” Wins Big at the Goya Awards

Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves has proven to be the belle of the ball at this year’s Goya Awards…

The 49-year-old Spanish director’s silent, black-and-white film, a retelling of the Snow White story, earned 10 statues, including the top prize for Best Film, at the Spanish Film Academy‘s annual awards show, Spain’s equivalent of the Academy Awards.


Maribel Verdu, who said she’s “grown to enjoy playing the bad guy,” won her second Goya for her role as the evil stepmother in Blancanieves. The 42-year-old Spanish actress edged out Naomi Watts, Penélope Cruz and Aida Folch for the award.

Blancanieves’ re-imagined Snow White, Macarena Garcia, was named New Actress. It’s the 24-year-old Spanish actress’ first starring role.

Paco Delagado, currently nominated for an Oscar for his costume design work for Les Miserables, won the Goya for his work on Blancanieves, which included the creation of 18 different costumes for Verdu’s character.

Meanwhile, Juan Antonio Bayona’s dramatic The Impossible, which has broken box office records in Spain, scored five awards, including the Goya for Best Director.

Bayona brought down the house when he left the stage after receiving his Goya to present it to Maria Belon, the mother of the real-life family that survived the 2004 tsunami upon which the film is based.

Here’s the complete list of winners:


Juan Antonio Bayona for The Impossible

Jose Sacristan for The Dead Man and Being Happy

Maribel Verdu for Blancanieves

Original Screenplay
Pablo Berger for Blancanieves

Adapted Screenplay
Javier Barreira, Gorka Magallon, Ignacio del Moral, Jordi Gasull and Neil Landau for Tad, the Lost Explorer

Supporting Actor
Julian Villagran for Grupo 7

Supporting Actress
Candela Pena for Una Pistola en Cada Mano

Honorary Goya
Concha Velasco

Production Design
Sandra Hermida Muniz for The Impossible

Artistic Director
Alain Bainee For Blancanieves

Kiko de la Rica for Blancanieves

Special Effects
Pau Costa and Felix Berges for The Impossible

Paco Delgado for Blancanieves

Bernat Vilaplano and Elena Ruiz for The Impossible

Peter Glossop, Marc Orts, Oriol Tarrago for The Impossible

Original Score
Alfonso Villalonga for Blancanieves

Original Song
No Te Puedo Encontrar from Blancanieves

New Actor
Joaquin Nunez for Grupo 7

Makeup and Hair
Sylvie Imbert and Fermin Galan for Blancanieves

New Actress
Macarena Garcia for Blancanieves

New Director
Enrique Gato for Tad, the Lost Explorer

Animated Feature Film
The Adventures of Tadeo Jones

Documentary Film
Sons of the Clouds, The Last Colony

European Film
Untouchable (France)

Ibero-American Film
Juan de los Muertos (Cuba)

Animated Short
Jaime Maestro for El Vendedor de Humo

Fiction Short
Esteban Crespo Garcia for Aquel no Era Yo

Documentary Short
Sergio Oksman for A Story for the Modlins

“Blancanieves” Earns 18 Goya Award Nominations

Pablo Berger‘s silent black-and-white reinterpretation of the Snow White fable, Blancanieves, is this awards season’s Goya darling.  

The 49-year-old Spanish director’s film, hailed as an homage to 1920s European silent films, leads the pack with 18 nominations for the Spanish Film Academy‘s Goya Awards, Spain’s equivalent to the Oscars.


Blancanieves, which recently debuted in the U.S. at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, received nominations in the best picture, best director, best original screenplay and best editing, best original music and best original song categories.

In addition, six of the films stars earned nods, including Maribel Verdú in the Best Actress category, Daniel Giménez Cacho in the Best Actor field and Macarena García in the Best Actress Revelation category.

“We are very, very happy. We ran for 18 possible nominations and we got 18,” said Blancanieves producer Ibon Cormenzana. “We’ve sold to many territories and in two weeks we’ll release in theaters in France. I think we’ve benefited from the success of the The Artist.”

Meanwhile, Alberto Rodriguez’s Unit 7 earned 16 nominations, Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible received 14 nods and Fernando Trueba’s The Artist and The Model picked up 13 nominations.

The Impossible’s Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor will compete for lead actress and supporting actor thanks to a change in the Spanish Academy’s rules that allows non-Spanish speaking actors who participate in Spanish productions to compete for acting honors. That translates to Watts vying for the lead acting nod against Verdu’s evil step-mother from Blancanieves, Penelope Cruz from Volver a nacer and Aida Folch‘s muse-like performance in The Artist and the Model.

Blancanieves’ Cacho, Model’s Jean Rochefort, Unit’s Antonio de la Torre and veteran actor Jose Sacristan from The Dead Man and Being Happy will compete for the lead actor statue.

In Spain, Bayona’s film has broken box office records, where it is just about to hit the 42 million euro mark at the box office.

“Our objective is to sell more than 6 million tickets,” said Impossible producer Ghislain Barrois.

The Spanish academy will dole out the awards on February 17 at a gala ceremony in Madrid.

Spain’s “Blancanieves” to Be Released in the U.S. Next Month

Spain’s reimagining of Snow White will be hitting theaters in the United States next month…

Blancanieves Poster

In October, Cohen Media Group acquired the rights to Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves, which has been described as an homage to the black-and-white Golden Age of Europe’s silent cinema. But now they’ve announced plans to release the film in January.

Blancanieves, Spain’s entry in the Oscars’ Foreign-Language Film category, tells the story of Snow White in 1920s Spain. It stars Macarena García as Carmen and Maribel Verdú as her stepmother Encarna.

The film will open in the U.S. on January 18th.

Berger’s “Blancanieves” to be Released Stateside

Pablo Berger’s critically acclaimed Blancanieves, a re-telling of Snow White set in 1920s Spain, will be distributed in the United States…

Blancanieves Poster

Cohen Media Group has acquired the rights to the 49-year-old Spanish director’s silent, black-and-white film, which has been selected as Spain’s official entry in the Academy Award’s foreign language category.

Blancanieves recently won the Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and a best actress nod for the film’s 24-year-old Spanish star Macarena Garcia.

No word yet on when the film will make its way to U.S. theaters.