24.08.2014

    DokuFest XIII Winners Announced!

    Amer Miftari Ceremonia e mbylljes

For Immediate Release

PRIZREN 24.08.2014 – Following the screening of 107 films in competition in six respective categories, DokuFest announced the 2014 awards as appointed by our international juries. Held at the festival’s Kino Bahçe at the closing ceremony, jury members awarded filmmakers and producers for their excellence in filmmaking. Prizren experienced an unprecedented number of visiting filmmakers, both from the region and international, as well as a record number of industry guests. Altogether, the entire program consisted of 237 films, with dozen of special sidebar programs as well as a 30+ film’s special Focus America program. The festival’s cinemas were visited by 13.000 people over the course of the event which ran from 16 – 24 August. A number of workshops, panels, master classes and debates were also held in the framework of the festival.

Below is full list of awarded films with jury statements:

 

AUDIENCE AWARD: PËRQAFIMI (THE HUG) by Lulzim Guhelli (Kosovo).

PROCREDIT EKO VIDEO:

1st  A Day of Clear Weather by Odeta Cunaj & Alketa Ramaj
2nd Lumenjtë e vdekur by Besnik Boletini
3rd Reka Sitnica by Sonja Ristic

 

NATIONAL COMPETITION – WINNER: SILENCE (HESHTJE) by Bekim Guri (Kosovo).

Jury: Axel Behrens, Kirsten Ruber, Adela Demetja

Jury statement:
Without strictly defining time and place, this film tells a story between a father and his daughter, illustrating the most difficult decision of the father’s life in the midst of the Kosovo War. At the same time, it is a film about the fate of many individuals in wartime around the world, both in past and present times. With no dialogue and told in just a handful of minutes, the director has created a well-balanced and impressively cinematic film. The jury gives the Best National DOX Award to director Bekim Guri for his film SILENCE / HESHTJE.

 

INT’L SHORTS – WINNER:  SUBTOTAL by Gunhild Enger (Norway).

Jury: Mihai Grecu, Montserrat Guiu Valls, Ujkan Hysaj
Jury statement:
We, the jury, felt that this film constantly plays with the audience, creating unexpected moments and absurd situations with a unique sense of humor. The characters are complex and well defined as they go through a chain of situations and events that make each of them behave in a grotesque way. The jury gives the prize for Best International Short Film to director Gunhild Enger for her film SUBTOTAL.

 

GREEN DOX – WINNER: METAMORPHOSEN by Sebastian Mez (Germany).

Jury: Andrea Kuhn, Claire Aguilar, Francesco Giai Via

Jury statement:
The members of the Green Dox Jury would like to thank DokuFest for a wonderful week of warm hospitality and a strong and diverse selection of films.
Our jury came to unanimous decisions on our selections.
The winner of the Green DOX Award goes to a film that takes the viewer to one of the most contaminated places on the planet, a radioactive disaster zone. Rendering the invisible visible, the film unveils the tragic devastation of a region and its people. The Green DOX Award goes to Sebastian Mez’s METAMORPHOSEN.

 

GREEN DOX – SPECIAL MENTION: MY NAME IS SALT by Faridah Pacha (Switzerland/India).

Jury: Andrea Kuhn, Claire Aguilar, Francesco Giai Via

Jury statement:
We would like to give Special Mention to a film that uses powerful visual storytelling to show a respectful and ancient tradition of man working the land. Our Special Jury Mention goes to MY NAME IS SALT by Faridah Pacha.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS – WINNER:  JUDGMENT IN HUNGARY by Eszter Hajdu (Hungary/Germany/Portugal).

Jury: Nenad Puhovski, Enver Robelli, David France.

Jury statement:
Each of the eight films that screened in the Human Rights DOX competition is an accomplishment of revelation, empathy and humanity. Whether quietly or though moral stridency, they amplify the voice of reason in the world through their expert mastery of the documentary art form.

On their own terms, all left a deep and lasting impression on us.Many astounded us. But two of them stood out among them for confident and patient storytelling and its devastating effect on the viewer. This remarkable film is as riveting as any crime drama, but the director’s formal artistic decisions make it much more than that, bringing the viewer not just into the heart of a court of justice, but to the judgment bench itself.As an audience, we sit in judgment of the accused, the justice system, and the human heart. This film displays a paradigm shift of storytelling in the category of human rights and is a towering achievement. The jury awards the Human Rights DOX Award to Eszter Hajdu’s JUDGMENT IN HUNGARY.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS – SPECIAL MENTION: THE MISSING PICTURE  by Rithy Panh (Cambodia/France).

Jury: Nenad Puhovski, Enver Robelli, David France.

Jury statement:
The jury wishes to acknowledge a Special Mention to a film that provides a generous and poetic exploration of the darkest period in the filmmaker’s country’s history. The film is at once defiant and elegiac, steely-eyed and metaphorical, devastating and full of hope. On so many levels this film is a cherished gift. We give a Special Jury Mention to Rithy Panh’s MISSING PICTURE.

 

INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/SHORT DOX– WINNER:
EMERGENCY CALLS (HÄTÄKUTSU) by Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen (Finland).

Jury: Neil Young, Sergio Oksman, David Fisher, Marion Döring, Vassily Bourikas

Jury statement:
The jury awards the prize for Best Short Documentary to a film that is by turns mournful and humorous. This visually striking, aurally ingenious and genre-defying film masterfully evades mere observation or documentation of calamity. Instead, it sets out to examine the innate and essential mechanics that are activated when a fellow human being cries for help.The jury awards the prize for Best Short Film to EMERGENCY CALLS/HÄTÄKUTSUby Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen.

 

INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/SHORT DOX – SPECIAL MENTION:
LA REINA  (The Queen) by Manuel Abramovich (Argentina).

Jury: Neil Young, Sergio Oksman, David Fisher, Marion Döring, Vassily Bourikas

Jury statement:
The jury gives a Special Mention to a film that builds steadily from an innocuous opening to a harrowing finale. We wish to honour director Manuel Abramovich for his film LA REINA/THE QUEEN.

 

INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/FEATURE DOX – WINNER:
DOMINO EFFECT  by Elwira Niewiera and PiotrRosolowski (Poland/Germany).

Jury: Neil Young, Sergio Oksman, David Fisher, Marion Döring, Vassily Bourikas

Jury statement:
The 2014 prize goes to a film that reminds us that, in the field of documentary, issues of access are often the crucial element in the ultimate artistic triumph. We were impressed by the sensitivity and tact with which the real lives of the protagonists are brought to the screen, illustrating romantic love between two individuals that casts a light on the complex relationship between two nations. We honour directors Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski for their film DOMINO EFFECT.

 

INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/FEATURE DOX– SPECIAL MENTION: ENDLESS ESCAPE, ETERNAL RETURN  by Harutyun Khachtryan (Armenia).

Jury: Neil Young, Sergio Oksman, David Fisher, Marion Döring, Vassily Bourikas

Jury statement:
The judges give a Special Jury Prize to a project of grand scale but intimate focus, a character-study of a particular individual that also speaks powerfully about exile, national identity and self-definition. We salute the film ENDLESS ESCAPE, ETERNAL RETURN by Harutyun Khachatryan.

 

BALKAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION– WINNER: EVAPORATING BORDERS by Iva Radivojevic (USA/Cyprus).

Jury: Alexander Weiss, Ivana Todorovic, Charlotte Cook

Jury statement:
For the universal questions it raises about a very complex subject, accompanied by beautiful cinematography and superb directorial artistry, the jury gives the Best Balkan DOX Award to EVAPORATING BORDERS by Iva Radivojevic.

 

BALKAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION BEST – BALKAN NEWCOMER:
WAITING FOR AUGUST  by Teodora Ana Mihai (Belgium).

Jury: Alexander Weiss, Ivana Todorovic, Charlotte Cook

Jury statement:
For its intimate, beautiful and objective portrayal of a family, and the affectionate journey on which the director takes her audience, the jury bestows the Best Balkan Newcomer Award to Teodora Ana Mihai for her film, WAITING FOR AUGUST.

 

BALKAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION– SPECIAL MENTION: 1973 by Stefan Ivancic (Serbia).

Jury: Alexander Weiss, Ivana Todorovic, Charlotte Cook

Jury statement:
The jury for the BALKAN DOX category would like to bestow a Special Mention to a film that takes an outsider and brings him inside – with compassion, respect and intrigue through magical and beautifully composed shots, and a wonderful relationship to music. The jury gives an Honourable Mention to Stefan Ivancic’s 1973.