Aussie shows honoured in Cannes

Rachel Davis and Amanda Higgs of Matchbox Pictures were given medals for their show, Mustangs FC (Might Mustangs), for being in the final four of the Series section of the awards.

Mustangs is a comedy drama about girls who abandon the sidelines and start the first female team in their local football club.

Produced by Matchbox for the ABC, the series is set in suburban Australia.

The show explores the relationship between team members and the struggle to be taken seriously as an all-girls team.

Ms Davis said they were honoured and humbled to be finalists among such high-standard international competition.

They were up against entries from Germany, Canada and Brazil, which won the section.

Another Australian show, Secret Life of Boys – Season 2, was in the final four of the Digital section.

In Secret Life, Australian girl Ginger flies to the UK to move in with her British aunt and uncle and her four cousins.

It is a co-production from Zodiak Kids Studio for CBBC (Children’s BBC) and the ABC.

Series 1 won the BAFTA Interactive Original award in 2016.

This time it was in the final four of the Kids: Digital section of the IEmmys against an entry from Japan and two from Norway, one of which won.

Industry executives from around the world attended the awards ceremony, held at the Carlton Hotel, in Cannes during the MIPTV entertainment market.

Aussie film production company Matchbox, for the ABC, took out awards at the Emmy Kids Awards in Cannes. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

The International Academy president, Bruce Paisner, said: “This is a difficult world for children to grow up in, with an increasing list of social problems and enormous change.

“The winning programs help entertain, educate and prepare our children for the world they are about to face. This is an honourable task.”

The writer is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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