The 3rd edition of BIFED – Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary (Bozcaada, TURKEY) has ended the 16th of October.
Here you have the awards’ list.
GAIA STUDENT AWARD
Zeynep Altay, Turkey, 2016, 18’
Special mention goes to “Qillit” for finding a strong subject and film efforts to tell unknown story.
“Arlette: Courage is a Muscle”
Florian Hoffman, Switzerland/Germany, 2015, 84’
The Gaia Student Award goes to “Arlette: courage is a muscle” for telling a subject oriented story with an artistic eye. The film successfully captures what it means for a young girl to be alone, alienated, in a culture that is miles away from her war torn country.
FETHI KAYAALP GRAND PRIZE
Metin Kaya, Turkey, 2015, 47’
We chose “Sigh”, because of its amazing raw access to the subject matter; of the risks that the filmmaker has taken, of the respectful depiction of labor and the struggle for survival of both people and animals.
“Daughter of the Lake”
Ernesto Cabellos, Peru, 2015,88’
We chose “Daughter of the Lake” because of its poetic and mythical approach to its subject matter and because of its successful combination of a lyrical depiction and documentation. It reminded us once again that the seemingly never-ending struggle for survival is universal.
“No Word for Worry”
Runar Jarle Wiik, Norway/Myanmar/Thailand, 2014, 89′
We chose “No Word for Worry” because of its choice of an original story and a touching character, and its approach to storytelling, because of its ability to depict larger economic and political contexts in a subtle way, because of its success in incorporating the contemporary with the traditional in the form of a personal and geographical journey.
“The Day the Sun Fell”
Aya Domenig, Switzerland/Finland, 2015, 78’
We chose “The Day the Sun Fell” because of its unique and refreshing personal approach to a universal subject; because of how it gently and sensitively takes a story from the past and connects it to the present in a critical way, because of how successfully it incorporates archival material into the storytelling.
FETHI KAYAALP GRAND AWARD
“Good Things Await”
Phie Ambo, Denmark, 2014, 95’
We chose “Good Things Await” because of its impressive depiction of a person’s relationship to animals and nature; because of its successful storytelling in which the director keeps us present and engaged in the story throughout the film. As the name implies this is a story from the future and the main character not only inspires all those around him, but also through the film inspires us as viewers. We also wish to compliment this film’s impressive cinematography and musical score.