We are very excited to announce that Dating Unlocked was awarded the Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival for Best Reality/Lifestyle show! The festival is the longest running film festival in North America, and the 7th longest running film festival in the world and also happens to be the hometown of Dating Unlocked producer and creator, Charlie David.
In 1956, Winnipeg Free Press Film Critic Frank Morris suggested that the festival needed an award to call its own. Recalling his travel from Winnipeg to Yorkton, his suggestion to the film council was based on the golden fields of wheat he drove by. And from there, the Golden Sheaf Award was born.
The Winnipeg Brass Company was commissioned to design and produce the first Golden Sheaf Award for 1958. And while the Sheaf has undergone many changes since its beginnings, including a drastic reduction in weight, it remains a staple of festival and has truly become the unique and respected image of the festival that Frank Morriss had in mind.
Adjudication for the awards is undertaken by over seventy jurors, all of whom are industry professionals, across Canada each year. Films are adjudicated by juries set up from coast to coast, Vancouver to Halifax, and this ensures one of the most rigorous adjudication processes of any festival. (from the festival site)
Dating Unlocked also took home awards from the Tellys - the Silver for Best Online Series: Reality, and the Bronze for Best Online Webseries: Non-scripted. We are so incredibly grateful that our hard work is being recognized by the industry leadership at the Telly Awards.
What are the Telly Awards?
The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. With the recent evolution and rise of digital video (web series, VR, 360 and beyond), the Telly Awards today also reflects and celebrates this exciting new era of the moving image on and offline.
The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. The Telly Awards recognizes work that has been created on the behalf of a client, for a specific brand and/or company (including your own) or self-directed as a creative endeavor. (from their site)