23 - 31 AUGUST 2013, PRIZREN




Prizren, July 15, 2012 - At the award ceremony held today in Prizren DokuFest announced awards winners for its six competitions. Several other awards were also given, including audience award, Best Pitch Award and award for best amateur video in Green Category culminating 9-day festival activities that included screening of 171 films representing 40 countries, workshops, panels, debates, master classes, exhibitions and a series of live acts under DokuNights strand.

Festival hosted more than 300 filmmakers and film professionals with a record number of 25.000 attendances to screenings and other activities.


Festival’s flagship award for Best Balkan Documentary went to the film Sofia’s Last Ambulance by Ilian Metev.  A story of one of only 12 ambulances serving Bulgarian city of Sofia was so captivating and here’s what jury noted about it:

For being an amazing film in its sharp yet peaceful gaze at the characters it portrays with intimacy, that powerfully succeeds to represent the reality that surrounds them. The filmmaker uses with great ability the cinema's potential to articulate what is in the frame with what is not shown, to express the essence of human being in relation to the world and its meaning”.

Same jury also awarded Croatian filmmaker Dana Budisavljevic with Best Balkan Newcomer award for her film FAMILY MEALS. The award is handed on behalf of Balkan Documentary Center and is sponsored by Foreign Ministry of Bulgaria. Bellow is what jury noted about the film:

“The jury considers that the director's cinematographic approach reflects a way of looking at reality that promises a personal voice, which should be encouraged”.


The jury for Balkan Documentary Competition was comprised of Marta Andreu, Spain (Coordinator DocMontevideo), Srdjan Keċa, Serbia (filmmaker, Letter to Dad, Mirage) and Cinta Peleja, Portugal (Festival director DocLisboa).


Best International Short Documentary was awarded to Ben Rivers for his film Sack Barrow with jury noting the following:

“A film about how the passing of time (the "slow action" of historical change) shapes and molds not only the world that surrounds us, but also the material medium of film. In 20 minutes a vanishing world is created before our eyes and ears in a cinematic gesture that borders on painting and sculpture, but ultimately transcends physical reality in an act of permanent becoming. Sack Barrow is filmmaking in the most literal sense of the word.


 An Honorable Mention under the Intl. Dox Short goes to PIATTAFORMA LUNA, “Yuri Ancarani's oddly compelling short about divers aboard an underwater vessel, and the various protocols that they need to follow in order to accomplish their job. Ancarani delivers the story through wit and observation, yet slyly never fully disclosing the context behind the divers' deep-sea expedition. With exquisite visuals and a "grabber" of a final shot, this short film maintains an uneasy tone throughout that manages to enliven the subjects' actions even more”.

The Best Intl Dox Feature is awarded to Jerome Le Maire's TEA OR ELECTRICITY, a meditative look at a village on the cusp of modernity and how the arrival of progress into that village stirs up resistance among the people. “With careful and mature restraint, Le Maire presents the painstaking endeavors of a community reluctantly embracing their future - and brings the audience into an environment that is intriguingly isolated from the modern world and detached from the conventional parameters of modern living”.

The winners were chosen by a jury comprised of Martijn te Pas, Netherlands (programme coordinator IDFA), Elena Fortes, Mexico (Director of Ambulante Festival), Samira Makhmalbaf, Iran (Fimmmaker, Apple, Blackboards), Jose Rodriguez, USA (Programme Assistant, Tribeca Film Festival) and Mads Mikkelsen, Denmark (Programmer CPH:DOX).


In Human Rights Competition of the festival a film about extraordinary struggle of Uganda’s small LGBT community took main prize. This is what jury noted about the film:

“For its honest and sensible portrayal of an extraordinary struggle for justice and dignity the Human Rights Jury would like to award CALL ME KUCHU. CALL ME KUCHU witnesses the incessant fight of Uganda’s fearless and equally fragile LGBT community who, in the face of extreme hatred and hostility, raise their voice against homophobia and religious extremism”.


Human Rights Jury was comprised of Özge Calafato, Turkey (Programmer, Abu Dhabi Film festival), Ben Blushi, Albania (Writer and politician) and Angle Sanchez, Spain (Play-Doc Festival Co-director).


Just Do It – A Tale of Modern day Outlaw by Emily James walked away with best Green Documentary of the festival. Bellow is what jury noted about the film:

“The jury found the documentary inspiring, encouraging and motivating. It
enables the viewer to change his perspective from exploitation to
exploration, that you are not a victim of the circumstances. The
documentary is applicable to the situation in Kosovo, in relation to the
coal power plant. It captures the viewer with the message «if you have it
in your heart, you can just do it»”.

Same jury also watched amateur films that were submitted through an open call and decided to award Briljant Pireva’s short as Best Amateur Green Video.

The jury for Green Dox Competition was comprised of Christine Hille, Germany (Head of Industry, DokLeipzig), Kushtrim Ahmeti, Kosova (Activist) and Mexhide Spahija, Kosova (Executive Director, FIQ)


A short film called COULD SEE A PUMA by Eduardo Williams from Argentina was awarded with Best Short Film at DokuFest with jury noting this about the film: “For an imaginative and cinematic trip deeper and beyond the limits of conventional realism” whereas recent Cannes Palme D’Or winner SILENT by Turkish filmmaker Rezan Yeşilbaş was awardee with Special Jury prize.

Two honorable mentions were awarded also, first one going to Polish short FROZEN STORIES by Gregorz Jaroszuk and the second to British short SUNNY BOY by Jane Gull.

The jury for Int’l Short Film Competition of DokuFest was comprised of Bujar Alimani, Albania (Filmmaker, Amnesty), Karen Reis-Nordentoft, Denmark (Nordisk Panorama- Arhus Festival Director) and Mikhail Zheleznikov, Russia (Filmmaker, Together, Booths).


In National Film Competition section a short fiction by Albanian filmmaker Sabir Kanaqi titled MATANE LUMIT took the main prize. Here’s what jury said about the film:

"Matane Lumit" was the unanimous first choice film of the three jury members for the National Competition of the 11th Dokufest. The film shines out with a sensible told story, a well-thought cinematography and a young, honest director whose bold, visual statement we believe will stand as a testimony of his future film endeavors. Sabir Kanaqi most certainly has a great potential and his attention to the complexities of human emotions will earn him future positive acclaim”.

The jury of National Film Competition was comprised of Alush Gashi, Kosova (Manager, INIT Communication Agency), Stefan Staub, Switzerland (Programmer, Winterthur Short Film festival) and Nurhan Qehaja, Kosova (Visual Artist).


After careful counting of the ballots the Audience Award was awarded to Albanian short film DITA E FUNDIT E LORO SHESTANIT by Sokol Keraj.


Long time festival partners BDC (Balkan Documentary Center) also handed out several awards, including that of Best Pitch to the Greek project They Call Them Jazz by Marineta Mak Kritikou and Yiota Skouvara. The panel of juries of BDC also awarded three projects with the opportunity to pitch at Co-Productions Market of DokLeipzig. Beside the Greeks two other teams will be pitching there and they include Serbian director/producer duo Iva Brdar and Jovana Papovic who are behind behind the project Valya, The Translator and Bulgarian project Dogumentary with director/producer team of Ilina Perianova and Svetislav Draganov.