Mark McCaughrean (ESA) collecting the award. Image Credit: Ciência Viva.
The “Once Upon A Time …” cartoons, produced in collaboration between the European Space Agency and Design & Data GmbH for the Rosetta and Philae outreach campaign, have been awarded the “New Media (Non-interactive)” prize at the EuroPAWS Science TV & New Media Festival.
Run by OMNI Communications in London, the aim of EuroPAWS is to highlight the potential for science and technology featuring in television and new media output in Europe. The annual festival and awards recognise the best of European productions involving science across all genres of television and audio-visual media.
The festival and awards ceremony took place in Lisbon, Portugal, on 24–25 November. A total of ten awards were given, with the “New Media (Non-interactive)” award going to the “Once Upon A Time …” cartoons after a session presenting and discussing each of the five short-listed productions, followed by a jury vote.
Rosetta featured prominently in the festival and awards. Shortlisted in the same category as the cartoons was the short science fiction film, “Ambition”, a collaboration between ESA and Platige Image. Documentaries on Rosetta from the BBC and STV/ARTE were also nominated, with the BBC Sky At Night team winning in the “TV General” category for their coverage of the comet landing.
In addition, Mark McCaughrean, Senior Science Advisor at ESA, gave a keynote presentation on Rosetta during the ceremony, and then took part in a panel discussion about the mission and why it gained such a huge public resonance.
We are proud to have received this award and take it as high praise for a great team effort by all those in the ESA communications team and Design & Data who worked so hard on scripting, storyboarding, designing, animating, and producing the cartoon series.