08 August 2010

Winners of Dokufest announced

The World According to Ion.B wins Best Balkan Documentary Award

1717 Kilometers of summer 2009 and Tobacco Girl won Best Newcomer Award (ex-aequo)

La Bocca Del Lupo wins Best Int’ Feature Documentary Award

Albert’s Wonter wins Best Int’ Short Documentary Award

Special jury mentions went to The Shutdown and The Darkness of Day

Six Dollar Fifty Man wins Best Short Film Award

Special jury mentions went to Focal Point and Tsunami

Vellau Jem (My Brother) wins Best National Film Award

Special jury mentions went to Darka (Dinner) and Iliriana

Garbage Dreams wins Green Doc Award

Special jury mention went to Into Eternity

Enemies of the People wins Human Rights Award

Special jury mention went to Tobacco Girl

The Audience Award goes to Married to Camera

Benigni took DokuKids Award and

The Sorra Prize was awarded to Greetings from Kosovo

Prizren, Kosovo, August 8, 2010 – DokuFest announced the winners of the 9th edition of the festival at the awards ceremony held last night, culminating the 8 day long festival activities that included the screenings of 198 films representing 37 countries, workshops, debates, panel discussions and live music concerts. Festival hosted more than 170 filmmakers from around the globe, making it truly international event.

The Balkan Documentary Competition Award went to Romanian film The World According to Ion.B. by Alexander Nanau. The jury composed of Emel Celebi (Turkey) Mike Palmieri (USA) and Sissi Korhonen (Finland) noted the following about the competition and awarded films:

“The Balkan Documentary competition films were all connected by their shared examinations of traditional values of family and place vs personal values that break with those traditions. Sometimes the characters in the films illustrated the break, other times by the unique craft of the filmmaking itself. The jury felt strongly about three films that managed to explore these themes in unique and special ways.
The jury awards its main prize to a director whose filmmaking skill merges seamlessly with the character he portrays, leaving no opportunity wasted in the telling of his story. It is a deeply intimate portrait told with a grace and humor that won us over unanimously”

Same jury also gave the Best Newcomer Award to two films from Balkan Documentary Competition. The winning films were 1717 Kilometers of Summer 2009 by Slovenian filmmaker Jurij Meden and Tobacco Girl by Macedonian Biljana Garvanlieva. Balkan Documentary Centre from Sofia, Bulgaria sponsored the award.

“The emerging Balkan filmmaker prize is shared between two filmmakers whose approach to their subjects could not be more different from one another, but whose films conveyed a powerful sense of character and place that left a lasting impression on us” the jury noted.

The International Documentary Competition jury composed of Pamela Cohn (USA), Sonja Henrici (Scotland), AJ Schnack (USA), Adriatik Kelmendi (Kosovo) and Doug Block (USA) chose the Italian film La Bocca Del Lupo (The Mouth of Wolf) by Pietro Marcello as Best Int’l Feature Documentary and Albert’s Winter by Danish director Andreas Koefoed as Best Int’l Short Documentary.
The jury also gave two special mentions for Best Int'l Short Documentary. First mention went to Brit Adam Stafford for his film The Shutdown and the second mention to American filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt for his suicide exposé The Darkness of Day. The jury noted the following about the films:

“The jury was incredibly impressed with the breadth and quality of the short films in this year’s international competition. We are giving two honorable mentions to films that expand the documentary form in exciting new ways.¬† Those films are Jay Rosenblatt’s THE DARKNESS OF DAY and Adam Stafford’s THE SHUTDOWN.
The Jury Prize for Short Film goes to a beautiful, emotional and quietly moving portrait of a young boy as he adjusts to his life changing over the course of a single season.¬† The prize goes to Andreas Koefoed’s ALBERT’S WINTER
The feature films in the international competition were also incredibly strong.¬† But there was one film that united the jury, far exceeding our expectations.¬† For its haunting, lyrical and gorgeous depiction of one city and one remarkable love story, the jury is proud to award its prize to Pietro Marcello’s LA BOCCA DEL LUPO / THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF.”

The Short Film Competition jury of Dokufest, composed of Khavn De La Cruz (Philippines), Andamion Murataj (Albania) and Elisabeth Sjaastad (Norway) gave the main award to short fiction film Six Dollar Fifty Man by Marc Albiston and Louis Sutherland from New Zealand. Two special mentions were also awarded; to Iranian film Focal Point by Alireza Khatemi and Ali¬† Seiffofuri as well as to Albanian animation Tsunami by Shaqir Veseli. Here’s the jury citation:

“The 2010 DokuFest short film award goes to a film that - in less than 15 minutes – takes us on a touching, yet unsentimental, journey with its not-so-super hero, eight year old Andy, who is a little different from his classmates.
The directors give us a fresh take on a familiar storyline of the outsider facing playground bullies by defying expectations at every turn of the plot. The casting and direction of the actors are superb, and the visual language of the film is outstanding in its exquisite composition and attention to detail.
The winner of the short film award is THE SIX DOLLAR FIFTY MAN from New Zealand, directed by MARK ALBISTON and LOUIS SUTHERLAND.
Cinema is not just story, much more than Hollywood, and ultimately beyond convention. For its daring and magical portrait of the absurd yet seemingly necessary act of waiting, and that one love that never really comes. The Special Mention goes to the Malaysian-Iranian collaboration FOCAL POINT, by ALIREZA KHATAMI and ALI SEIFFOURI.

The National Competition jury composed of Yll Qitaku (Kosovo), Hans Christian Leitich (Austria) and Gentian Koqi (Albania) awarded a short comedy Vllau Jem (My Brother) by Kosovan filmmaker Burim Baftiu with Best National film award whilst also giving two special mentions. The first mention went to the film Iliriana by Ernest Meholli and the second mention to the film Darka (The Dinner) by Blerta Zeqiri.

The Green Docs Competition jury composed of Nael Marandin (France), Ruben Khachatryan (Armenia) and Jaume Gill (Spain) gave the main award to documentary Garbage Dreams by Mai Iskander from USA and the special mention to the film Into Eternity by Danish director Michael Madsen. The jury noted the following about the winning films:

“We have been seduced by this beautiful and touching testimony of the life of 3 teenagers that sheds light on the environmental and social situation of garbage collection and recycling in Cairo, especially because this film stresses the importance of people's empowerment and local solutions in order to build a society more respectful of the people and our environment.
The Jury has also decided to attribute a Special Mention to Into Eternity by Michael Madsen. The film takes the audience on a fascinating journey into the future raising vertiginous questions about mankind and bringing into light the long term impact, danger and costs of nuclear energy”

The Humar Rights jury composed of Katerina Bartoseva (Czech Republic), Ramadan Klisurica (Kosovo) and Kumjana Novakova (Macedonia) awarded Cambodia/UK co-production Enemies of the People by Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkin with Best Human Rights film at DokuFest while at the same time giving the special mention to Macedonian documentary Tobacco Girl by Biljana Garvanlieva. The jury statement reads;

“The presence of human rights award within an inspiring and prestigious, yet intimate creative documentary festival as DokuFest in Prizren is, comes as a recognition for the powers of creative documentary cinema to provoke and contribute to social justice as a space for alternative, critical and engaged inquiries, alongside its excellence in artistic and aesthetic terms.
Doku Fest 2010 presents its human rights award to Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath's inspiring, brave and illuminating film Enemies of the People.  Through the personal facing the past process and documenting one of the bloodiest regimes humanity has witnessed, the Khmer Rouge, this documentary reflects on both past and present, thus breaking the silence and opening the incontestable "truth" no one is allowed to question.

The Human Rights jury gives a special mention to a poetic confrontation of established social norms and multilayered inequalities in a film "Tobacco Girl" by Biljana Garvanlieva.

The Audience  Award, calculated from the votes casted by the audience went to the film Married to the Camera by Doga Kilcioglu from Turkey.

DokuKids award went to Finnish animation Benigni  by Elli Vuorinen and Sorra Prize to the short documentary Greetings from Kosovo by Suada Jahirovic from Kosovo.

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