The winners of 15th edition of DokuFest were announced at the award ceremony in Prizren.
107 films ran for awards in six competitive categories, as well as the audience award.
The 9-day festival activities included the screening of 238 films representing 57 countries, workshops, panels, debates, masterclasses, exhibitions and a series of live acts under the DokuNights.
Here all the winners:
BALKAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION – WINNER
DEPTH TWO by Ognjen Glavonic
Statement: For a film that we all found to be as cinematically accomplished as it is morally devastating, employing a language to fit its subject that combines audio witness with footage of tragically unpeopled landscapes, putting the viewer in a position of both historical reflection and present outrage, and providing a layered, emotional and intellectual engagement that we won’t soon forget.
BALKAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION – “Special Mention”
SOMETHING ABOUT LIFE by Nebojsa Slijepcevic
Statement: The jury wanted to acknowledge the group of remarkably strong and diverse short films in competition, but the film that stayed with us throughout the week is a film of respectful observation and great curiosity, a compact yet deep portrait of a young woman that has an intimacy born of collaboration.
BEST BALKAN NEWCOMER AWARD
TOURISM! by Toni Gacina
Statement: For a film that approaches with great sensitivity, humor and humanity a subject that another filmmaker might merely mock, a movie that captures a whole ecosystem, from workers to vacationers, from water to air, with an observant, patient and omnipresent camera. This is a filmmaker we are very excited to follow into the future.
BEST BALKAN NEWCOMER – “Special Mention”
DRUMS OF RESISTANCE by Mathieu Jouffre
Statement: For a film that takes the form of conversations, an open exchange of personal recollections, that lets the past emerge as relevant to the present while also using dialogue and the passing down of experience as a tool of resistance.
INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/FEATURE DOX – WINNER
OLEG AND HIS RARE ARTS by Andrés Duque
Statement: Oleg and His Rare Arts is an unusual music documentary which lets the character lead the film, an inimitable title character given the time and space in which to reveal himself in his own good time. The editing is strange and deft, picking up tender, brilliant, telling moments in perfect time, seamlessly transitioning between long and short takes.
INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/FEATURE DOX – “Special Mention”
ON FOOTBALL by Sergio Oksman
Statement: Sergo Oksman’s wrenching film lays out its strategy–a sequence of mostly fixed-camera shots, documenting the filmmaker’s reunion with his estranged father during the course of the World Cup in Brazil–and doesn’t abandon its course even in the face of tragedy: The tragedy of a fan, and the tragedy of a son. The austerity of Oksman’s approach amplified rather than smothers the emotional impact of the images, in a film which eloquently, simply expresses the degree to which sports can act as a conduit for communication between taciturn, withdrawn men.
INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/SHORT DOX – WINNER
IMPRESSIONS OF A WAR by Camilo Restrepo
Statement: Impressions of a War draws a powerful and visceral picture of the last 70 years of internal conflict in Colombia. Departing from the imperfections of local printed newspapers, Camilo Restrepo creates a brilliant universe where these flaws are present in the structure of the film, highlighting a rich and meaningful combination of layers that address historical, political and human aspects of the region.
INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/SHORT DOX – “Special Mention”
THE PARK by Randa Maroufi
Statement: The Park offers a boldly choreographed vision of Moroccan youth. The filmmaker’s deconstruction of a ‘selfie’ phenomenon gives us a heightened awareness of the politics and artful composition of these images. Each frame is loaded with a tableaux of fragile testosterone like ancient friezes about to collapse.
HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD – WINNER
HOMELAND (IRAQ YEAR ZERO) by Abbas Fahdel
Statement: An uncompromising and monumental documentary that patiently reveals the daily routine of an Iraqi family circling on the edge of tragedy, Homeland personalizes the true cost of war through the filmmaker’s respectful gaze.
HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD – “Special Mention”
STARLESS DREAMS by Mehrdad Oskouei
Statement: A documentary film of rare delicacy, Starless Dreams explores the interior world of young imprisoned women in Iran with an indelible emotional precision and sensitivity to its subject.
GREEN DOX AWARD – WINNER
WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE by Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel
Statement: We felt so strongly for the works sincerity, heartfelt dedication and respect to the characters and the people involved. Therefore, we would like to thank the directors and the team for bringing such a huge atrocity that caused lives and threatened the livelihood of so many.
GREEN DOX AWARD – “Special Mention”
THE WOODS DREAMS ARE MADE OF by Claire Simon
Statement: We would like to give a special mention to a work which held such a challenge for us. We thank the director and her team for giving us a chance to look at ecology from a totally different point of view. We thank The Woods Dreams Are Made Of for the challenge.
INT’L SHORTS AWARD – WINNER
IMPORT by Ena Sendjevic
Statement: The jury awards first prize to an intimate look into the absurd nature of new beginnings. Through the use of visual techniques unique to a time gone by, it explores a theme still so relevant today. A quirky look at Migration, Fragmentation, Integration, Acceptance and Family in search of a new normality.
INT’L SHORTS AWARD – “Special Mention”
FRANKFURTER STR. 99A by Evgenia Gostrer
Statement: A snapshot of an ordinary life on any other day uniquely told through a distinctive animation style. A blending of documentary and animation, not frequently combined in storytelling, morph together perfectly to explore this relationship.
NATIONAL COMPETITION AWARD – WINNER
A PERFORMANCE by Dritëro Mehmetaj
Statement: For mastering the short fiction film form in a compelling and complete story of two students and their everyday negotiations on and off stage. The authentic performances, clever scriptwriting,and decisive direction manage to reveal the dreams and struggles of the characters with a care and integrity that refuses easy conclusions about their chosen profession or self-worth.
NATIONAL COMPETITION AWARD – “Special Mention”
I KISSED YOUR KISS ON YOUR GIRLFRIEND’S CHEEK, IT WAS STILL WET by Samuel Weniger, Dardan Zhegrova
Statement: For its ambitious foray into a new direction, with visually alluring images, poetry and sound, that combine to make it into a standout film.
Batusha’s House by Tino Glimman and Jan Gollob
PROCREDIT BANK “EKOVIDEO” AWARD
The winner of the “EkoVideo” environmentally-themed film are: Besnik Boletini, Indrit Loshi, Agon Veselaj