On Friday, November 22, WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival Executive Director Hunter Todd and Artistic Director Kathleen Haney presented a Special Jury Award for Outstanding Creative Excellence to Idaho Public Television for winning more Remi Awards for Creative Excellence than any other production company or television network in the 52 year history of the film festival.
WorldFest is the largest film and video competition in the world in terms of number of actual category entries, with more than 4,500 category entries received in 2019. There are 200 sub-categories for competition, allowing each film to compete in its own individual genre. WorldFest is also the film festival with the longest continuous management in the world with executive director Todd at the helm for 53 consecutive years. WorldFest began in August 1961 as an international film society, screening independent, foreign and art films.
“Idaho Public Television has consistently entered brilliant documentary and news programs in our international television competition over the past 25 years, and subsequently been awarded more Awards for Creative Excellence than any television network, production company or television producer group in the world!” Todd says. “IdahoPTV has produced programs dealing with all aspects of Idaho, its people, the countryside, its culture and way of life, the great natural beauty of the state, and the many unique people and places.”
Haney says, “Idaho Public Television has captured the very heart and soul of the great state of Idaho, its people and its beauty over the past several decades!”
The Board of Directors of WorldFest presented this Remi Special Jury Award for Creative Excellence to Idaho Public Television in the form of the Gold Remi Statuette, the symbol of the very best in production values in television, cable and the web. This marks the first time in the 53-year WorldFest history that such a Special Award has been made, representing more than 100 Remi Awards presented to Idaho Public Television over the past three decades.
Ron Pisaneschi, IdahoPTV general manager, says he is honored to accept this incredible award on behalf of his entire staff. “We display our awards from WorldFest on the walls of our Boise station because we are proud that such an important festival recognizes our efforts. This Special Jury Award was a complete surprise. We are thrilled that Chairman Hunter Todd and Artistic Director Kathleen Haney came all the way to Boise to present it.”
The Remi Award is named after Frederic Remington, the brilliant and creative artist who captured the spirit of Texas and the West with his exceptional paintings and sculptures.