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SIGNIS Awards Thai, Asian and World Media in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, October 21, 2009 (SIGNIS) - In the realm of the SIGNIS World Congress, SIGNIS-Thailand organized its annual Catholic Media Awards 2009 for productions that promote the value of life and human dignity. During the ceremony, SIGNIS-Asia gave its Media Awards 2009 and three outstanding communicators received the SIGNIS-World Life Achievement Award.

One of the main media events in Thailand, the Catholic Media Awards is aimed at supporting programs and media products that are beneficial to society, and at raising the awareness of the society to values like harmony, unity and peace. In the TV Drama category, the awards went to Khon Thai Hua Jai Mai Tor (Thais Never Give Up), Khun Phra Chuay (Oh My God) and Pan Saeng Rung (One Thousand Rainbows). The Advertisements awards were for Angel, Big Daddy, Prevention and Khon Thais. The winner of the Thai Movie award was Sam Chuk (Give it a Chance).

The theme of the SIGNIS-Asia Media Awards (SAMA) 2009 was the same as the Congress theme: "Media for a Culture of peace - Children’s Rights, Tomorrow’s Promise". The SAMA 2009 awarded short films (1 or 15 minutes) from various member countries of SIGNIS-Asia. In the 15 minutes film category, the award went to Monster And I from Hong Kong, which tells the story of a child entering into his own imaginary world to escape from his violent father. Affix of Violence from Thailand won the 1 minute film category.

By giving the SIGNIS World Life Achievement Awards, SIGNIS wanted to recognize three SIGNIS members who have made outstanding contributions in the field of Catholic communication. Born in Havana in 1922, Georgina Preval Valdés-Miranda was given the prize for her decades of work in the promotion of quality film and service to the Church in Cuba. A second Award went to Fr Larry Hannan in recognition of his vision, of his dedication as well the impact of his work in the field of media education in Fiji and all over the world. The final Life Achievement Award was given to the Head of the Organizing Committee of the Congress, Dr. Chainarong Monthienvichienchai for his decades of work in many sectors of Church media and education in Thailand, Asia and the world. A former president of Unda, he is the Director of Asian Research Center for Social Communication and religion (ARC) and President of the Asian Communication Network).

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