4 films from last year’s DokuFest were among the awarded films at the 6th Annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, handed out last night in New York’s Museum of Moving Images.
The opening film of the 11th edition of DokuFest, “5 Broken Cameras“, a documentary collaboration between Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi about Israeli settlements encroaching upon Burnat’s Palestinian village, was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking.
“I personally feel it’s one of the most beautiful pieces of artistic cinema. You don’t see this on the evening news. You don’t see Palestinians portrayed this way.” Michael Moore said of 5 Broken Cameras, accepting the award on behalf of Burnat and Davidi.
Other winners include Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims winning Outstanding Achievement in Debut Feature Film for “Only the Young”, Jeff Orlowski winning Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for “Chasing Ice” and Wojciech Staron winning Spotlight Award for “Argentinian Lesson“.
All 4 films were part of the programme of DokuFest 2012. Wojciech Staron also led a master class on cinematography using excerpts from his films Argentinian Lesson and Siberian Lesson.
The Cinema Eye Honors were founded in 2007 to recognize excellence in artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking. It remains the only international nonfiction award to recognize the whole creative team, presenting annual craft awards in directing, producing, cinematography, editing, composing and graphic design/animation.