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Welcome to the Festival Website!

The Festival is organized by WACC - World Association for Christian Communication and SIGNIS - the World Catholic Association for Communication.

It is being hosted by the Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication in Kristiansand, Norway in collaboration with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).

Winners at the TV Festival 2007

Winners at the WACC and SIGNIS European TV Festival of Religious Programmes in Norway: from left to right: Piet Halma, IKON, the Netherlands, with the prize for best website, Séverine Boudier-Daude, Présence Protestante, France, winner in the General Category, Roger Childs, BBC, England, winner in the Documentaries/Features Category, Ida Overdijk, IKON, the Netherlands, winner in the Reflection, Worship and Meditation Category, and Mike Peelo, RTE, Ireland, winner in the Documentaries/Features Category. (The BBC and RTE shared the prizes in this combined class). The award was a piece of art by well known Norwegian artist Else Marie Jakobsen. (Photo by Marie-Therese Kreidy).

TV Festival Awards - may 20.th
Download the news release here as a PDF-file

Read keynote-speaker Kjell Magne Bondevik's speech on the TV Festival Saturday 19th May

Download the jury report

Download Mr. Michael Wakelin, Head of BBC Religion and Ethics' speech

The Festival will provide opportunities to:

Present and reward the very best of television programmes that express, explore and examine values in relation to religion, faith and ethics;

Encourage networking & co production between producers and broadcasters of these programmes, particularly in Europe;

Encourage the development of innovative and popular religious broadcasting.

The Festival will also incorporate a high-level Seminar on the theme of:

The Challenge for Religious Broadcasting in a Culturally Diverse Europe

In today's Europe there are impassioned public debates about cultural, social and political and religious diversity, pluralism and identity.

At the same traditional broadcasting, both public and commercial, is being reshaped to face the challenges of economic globalization, privatization, the advent of digital media and the fragmentation of audiences.

In this context what is the place for and the responsibilities of religious broadcasting? What should religious broadcasters be doing to engage with more diverse and demanding audiences? And how can religious broadcasting contribute to better inform and educate the public about religion in today's world? How will religious television broadcasting adapt to the new audio-visual environment?

For further information: waccsignis@mediehogskolen.no

Members of the Festival Jury (pdf) rev.april 27th!

The accreditation form (Word-document) (pdf-version)

The festival programme rev.may 16th (pdf)

Report form the Pre Selection Committee (pdf)

Rules and regulations of the competition (pdf)

Information on the social events during the festival.

Click here to watch some pictures from Gimlekollen Media Centre MhG

Kristiansand view