The Dutch children’s series Kabam! was awarded an International Emmy Award in New York. The KRO-NCRV series, produced by Amsterdam based IJswater Films, won in the Kids: Live-Action category.
The International Emmy Awards recognize the best TV shows made outside the United States. Kabam! is a toddler drama series that zooms in on everyday fears of children. In ten short stories, each time a different student from Master Mo’s (Idriss Nabil) class comes along with a fear of their own.
The series wants to show “that everyone is afraid sometimes”, and that a solution can often be found.
Last year was Kabam! already voted best Dutch fiction series at the Cinekid festival. According to the jury of the festival, the makers showed with their series a feeling for “the small social themes that play a role in the lives of children who are just starting primary school”. The series is directed by Elisabeth Hesemans. Lilian Sijbesma and Floor Paul wrote the screenplay.
The International Emmy Awards were handed out for the fiftieth time on Monday night. Kabam! ends up in a select list of Dutch actors and productions that won the prestigious statuettes.
For example, Pierre Bokma (2007), Maarten Heijmans (2015), Bianca Krijgsman (2014) and Maryam Hassouni (2006) won International Emmys for their acting. Peter R. de Vries took home the famous award in 2008 for his report on the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
Also got youth film The Pocket Knife (1993), TV series All Stars (2000) and TV show The Big Donor Show (2008) Emmys.