The 14th edition of the International Documentary and Short Film Festival – DokuFest came to a close the 16th day of August. DokuFest 2015 was dedicated to the theme of Migration with films from all over the world and the Balkan region, masterclasses, workshops, debates and panel discussions.
New ticket sales records were set with 14,000 tickets sold over the course of the event’s nine days. The midnight music shows – DokuNights – sold a record 13,000 tickets for its stellar line-up of international music acts and DJ sets with people dancing until sunrise.
This year’s film program consisted of 228 feature-length and short films, with 124 of those in competition. The winning selections from each competition are listed below. They were announced tonight at Prizren’s Kino Lumbardhi, site of the festival’s closing ceremony. Following the awards ceremony, the closing night film feature was Albert Maysles’ film Iris. This year, DokuFest presented a special strand of the classic cinematic work of Albert and his partner and brother, David. Mr. Maysles passed away this year and the festival honored this legendary and seminal documentarian with special screenings of remastered classics. After the screening, the festivities continued at Lumbardhi with the last act of DokuNights featuring the traditional sounds of Nezafete Shala and family playing a selection of Albanian folk music.
The winning films from each category play one more time at the festival’s various venues throughout the evening.
Below is full list of awarded films with jury statements:
AUDIENCE AWARD: REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF By Cem Kaya
PROCREDIT EKO VIDEO:
1st Je polic i vetvetes by Albulena Veliu
2nd Shit by Vali Gjinali
3rd Ruaje Ambientin by Imer Veliu
NATIONAL COMPETITION – WINNER: TË PAFAJSHMIT by Amir Vitija
Jury: Izer Aliu, Delphine Jeanneret, Bujar Kabashi
Statement: The film uses one of cinema’s oldest mechanisms to keep us in suspense, and slowly reveals an underlying social problem that references the war without forcing us to re-live it.
INT’L SHORTS – WINNER: LISTEN by Hamy Ramezan and Rungano Nyoni
Jury: Laurence Reymond, Gunhild Enger, Diana Nenadić
Statement: Centered on a woman in a burqa willing to express herself, the film describes how language is a paradoxical tool in different hands. This unseen face echoes many social and political issues in a brilliant reflection on the “failed” art of listening.
INT’L SHORTS – SPECIAL MENTION: SUPPORTING FILM by Douwe Dijkstra
Jury Statement: A playful film that uses an impressive mix of techniques to convey the joyful feeling of watching movies.
GREEN DOX – WINNER: VIRUNGA by Orlando Von Einsiedel
Jury: Flo Stone, Vasif Kortun, Sebastian Mez
Statement: W e watched a series of beautiful, sophisticated and widely divergent films in the Green DOX strand. The making of some required robust funding and sizeable teams and post-production, others rigorous research and intricate use of archival footage. Some were extremely candid about their message, others resorted to tools of fiction or meandered subtly through difficult subjects.
All of them were united in their sense of persistence, despair and hope as we sit at the end of fossil-fuel economies that we will either terminate, unless they terminate most of the species on Earth, including humans.
We selected “Virunga” for the intense investigation and collation of emerging stories, for its urgency in pursuit of the noble bravery of its subjects, and its powerful narrative composition.
GREEN DOX – SPECIAL MENTION: WHITE COAL by Georg Tiller
Jury Statement: The Green DOX jury gives a Special Mention to “White Coal” for its delicate and minimal serenity, its captivating images, and economy of words.
HUMAN RIGHTS – WINNER: DEMOCRATS by Camilla Nielsson
Jury: Charlotte Selb, Oskar Alegria, Agon Maliqi
Statement: In this film, the jury found a remarkably refreshing, nuanced and honest approach to a very delicate story – the struggle of individuals and societies to achieve compromise and harmony in the face of divisive and abusive power structures. Through wonderful cinematography and editing, a captivating narrative and stunning behind the scenes access, the director portrays the inner-workings of a rare process for the 21st century – a country’s attempt to set the foundations for human rights and accountable institutions and to challenge raw arbitrary power. The winner of the Human Rights DOX is “Democrats” by Camilla Nielsson.
INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/SHORT DOX – WINNER: THINGS by Ben Rivers
Jury: Ben Fowlie, Thomas Logoreci, Michael Pattison, Lois Patiño, Jean Pierre Rehm
Statement: Best International Short goes to Ben Rivers’ Things for its humorous procession through disparate subjects, brought together in an engaging and personal way.
INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/SHORT DOX – SPECIAL MENTION: SCRAPBOOK by Mike Hoolboom
Jury statement: Special Mention goes to Mike Hoolboom’s Scrapbook for its sophisticated treatment of a cinematic subject that is both personal and historical.
INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/FEATURE DOX – WINNER: MACHINE GUN OR TYPEWRITER by Travis Wilkerson
Jury: Ben Fowlie, Thomas Logoreci, Michael Pattison, Lois Patiño, Jean¬Pierre Rehm
Statement: Travis Wilkerson’s Machine Gun or Typewriter wins Best International Film for its enticingly and politically playful exploration of romance and the city.
INT’L DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION/FEATURE DOX – SPECIAL MENTION: THE ROYAL ROAD by Jenni Olson
Jury statement: Jenni Olson’s The Royal Road is awarded a Special Mention for its encapsulation of a cinematic city through deeply personal and invigoratingly beautiful means.
BALKAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION BEST – BALKAN NEWCOMER: COLONY by Gürcan Keltek
Jury: Pavel Smejkal, Iva Radivojevic, Alexei Dmitriev
Statement: Elements of the landscape unearth traces of tormenting events in this laconic, yet sensitive, film.
BALKAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION – WINNER: FLOTEL EUROPA by Vladimir Tomic
Statement: The director reaches into collective memory and collective experience through a very personal story that transcends and ripples through history to the present day. Escaping. Moving. Waiting. An existence left to float on Flotel Europa.