DOK Leipzig 31. Oktober – 6. November 2016
59. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar– und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 31 October – 6 November 2016
59th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film

Preisträger

Award Winners 2015

International Competition Long

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove International Competition Long

Wojciech Staroń (Poland) for the film Bracia (Brothers)

 

Jury Statement

In a world struggling under major crisis we see a film that absorbs its viewer, a spectator becomes a part of the film, like being inside of a painting and being at the same time reminded of the history by means of art. For its extreme poetry and great cinematography the jury gives the Golden Dove to “Brothers”.

 

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International Competition Long

Honarary Mention

Honarary Mention
Honarary Mention International Competition Long

Marianna Economou (Greece) for the film The Longest Run (O pio makris dromos)

 

Jury Statement

An important film the jury wishes to be seen all over the world, a very emotional and coherent documentary that brings current affairs to another level by telling its story with a tender approach to its characters. The jury finds the film being important and timely.

 

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International Competition Short Documentary Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove International Competition Short Documentary Film

Anastasia Novikova (Russia) for the film The Conversation (Razgovor)

 

Jury Statement

For creating a compelling portrait sensibly conveying the feeling of loneliness approaching at the end of one’s life.

 

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International Competition Short Animated Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove International Competition Short Animated Film

Georges Schwizgebel (Switzerland) for the film Erlkönig (Erlking)

 

Jury Statement

The animation entries offered us a great variety of techniques, styles and voices. One film stood out to us for its pure visual storytelling brilliance and masterful animation.

 

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International Competition Short

Silver Dove

Silver Dove
Silver Dove International Competition Short

Lei Lei (China) for the film Missing One Player

 

Jury Statement

For its original playful craft, sensitivity to details and unique humour.

 

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German Competition Long

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove German Competition Long

Tom Lemke (Germany) for the film Land am Wasser (Land on Water)

 

Jury Statement

Silvio, the farmer, lives in a village that has already been deserted and can be destroyed at any time by the lignite excavators. His unspectacular every-day life will become a metaphor for self-assertion and non-alienated work. Text and images develop such a high persuasive power that the viewer thinks to have joined the life of the protagonist.

 

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German Competition Long

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention German Competition Long

Stefan Eberlein, Manuel Fenn (Germany) for the film Parchim International

 

Jury Statement

The film takes us, unexpectedly and in a sensitive way, from a planned large-size project in the East German province to the vulnerable inner life of a Chinese investor who initially seems to be unapproachable. The film proves that waiting patiently pays off in life, especially when shooting a documentary film.

 

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German Competition Short

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove German Competition Short

Benjamin Kahlmeyer (Germany) for the film Eisen

 

Jury Statement

'Eisen' are the only syllables the refugees are able to pronounce in the name of the city of Eisenhüttenstadt. The life in the first-stop processing point for asylum seekers is sketched out with a few sentences and pictures. The scenes turn into a kind of a round dance outlining a room, in which one can sense the still unspeakable and the still invisible that accompanies, and hassles, those shown in the film.

 

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German Competition Short

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention German Competition Short

Annelie Boros, Vera Maria Brückner (Germany) for the film Mars Closer

 

Jury Statement

The film familiarizes ourselves with the project of an incredible trip to Mars by the very personal accounts of two would-be travellers to this planet. By its stunning images and its excellent production, the film thus conveys the feeling as if this unprecedented One Way Trip had already started.

 

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German Competitions

DEFA Sponsoring Prize

DEFA Sponsoring Prize
DEFA Sponsoring Prize German Competitions

Matthias Koßmehl (Germany) for the film Café Waldluft

 

Jury Statement

Asylum seekers and tourists live together under the same roof in an inn in front of a spectacular alpine setting, with the inn having certainly seen better days. All those who live here have made their own painful experience with an escape from one’s own country and being an alien somewhere else – including the personnel and the pragmatic innkeeper. The film shows in its pleasant but by no means euphemistic way, how prejudices can be overcome and how something like a community develops. A modern „folkloristic“ film in the best way possible.

 

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Next Masters Competition

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove Next Masters Competition

Klára Trencsényi (Hungary) for the film Train to Adulthood (Reményvasút)

 

Jury Statement

To an acutely observed documentary which sets an anachronistic utopian project against the harsh realities of life faced by two families in present day Hungary. The Next Masters Award goes to the beautifully photographed and edited film “Train to Adulthood” by Klára Trencsényi.

 

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Next Masters Competition awards

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention Next Masters Competition awards

Denis Klebleev (Russia) for the film Strange Particles (Strannye chasticy)

 

Jury Statement

For a film which empathetically and vividly portrays how difficult it can sometimes be to communicate with each other, and how we can inhabit entirely different mental spaces while sharing the same physical space, I would like to give an Honorary Mention to Strange Particles by Denis Klebleev.

 

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International Competition Animated Documentary

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove International Competition Animated Documentary

Betina Kuntzsch (Germany) for the film Wegzaubern (Spirit Away)

 

Jury Statement

Visually stunning, contradictory, serious and funny, media-reflective investigation of gender roles. The film is a brilliant symbiosis of found footage animation and a collage of mental institution reports on female artists.

 

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International Competition Animated Documentary

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention International Competition Animated Documentary

Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman (USA) for the film Last Day of Freedom

 

Jury Statement

A clear and insightful use of animation exposing the victimization of one man failed by the system over and over again.

 

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Awards for the best film about the subject of work

Healthy Workplaces Film Award

Healthy Workplaces Film Award
Healthy Workplaces Film Award Awards for the best film about the subject of work

Alejandra Tomei, Alberto Couceiro (Germany) for the film Automatic Fitness & Rita Bakacs (Germany) for the film Tagelöhner Syndrom (Work For One Day)

 

Jury Statement

These two films – we think – are very much elated – one is about having no work, the other about being overworked. We would like to make a joint award because these two films support each other and are complimentary, and should be shown together.

 

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For an outstanding Eastern European film

MDR Film Prize

MDR Film Prize
MDR Film Prize For an outstanding Eastern European film

Anca Damian (Romania, France, Poland) for the film The Magic Mountain (La montagne magique)

 

Jury Statement

The animations, drawings and watercolors, photographs and collages give the film an air of laconic storytelling and naive charm. All the harder does the cold-blooded reality become manifest. 'The Magic Mountain' is a work that impressively bears witness to how the medium film is able to repeatedly reinvent itself.

 

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Prize of the United Services
Trade Union ver.di

Marianna Economou (Greece) for the film The Longest Run (O pio makris dromos)

 

Jury Statement

Yes, there are women, indeed, who shoot long documentaries – and masterly as well. We have found one of them.

 

In her still, complex film she introduces us to two unobtrusive boys who got stranded on their long journey somewhere half way between the war zones in the East and Germany in the West. In the oppressive narrowness of the juvenile prison in Central Greece only their comradeship, their unwavering confidence and their immense willingness to integrate help them. And the telephone – the only means of communication with their families.

 

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For the best long German documentary film

Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize
Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize For the best long German documentary film

Lutz Dammbeck (Germany) for the film Overgames

 

With his clever way of editing, a high material density und a big sense of aesthetics and humour, the filmmaker succeeded in creating a work that challenges the viewer extremely and rewards him at the same time.

 

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Prize of the Ecomenical Jury

Wojciech Staroń (Poland) for the film Brothers (Bracia)

 

Jury Statement

After 80 years in exile the two brothers Mieczysław and Alfons come back to their home in Poland. A new start? A resumé? Alfons is painting and get international recognition as an artist, his brother Mieczysław is tired. Scenes of great closeness and sometimes funny arguments convey the strong connection between the brothers.

 

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Young Eyes Film Award

Patrick O’Brien (USA) for the film TransFatty Lives

 

Jury Statement

What makes life worth living? With his unbroken will to live Patrick O’Brien encourages us to cope even with a heavy blow with a certain degree of humour and by mobilizing one’s own forces.

 

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Prize of the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique

Crystal Moselle (USA) for the film The Wolfpack

 

Jury Statement

Movies are a window to the world. They can transform our lives, educate us and help us to keep our sanity in the face of a reality which can become a prison. Through cinema we can bond in unexpected ways, find communities, families, or tribes.

 

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By Counting the votes of the audience

DOK Neuland Audience Award

DOK Neuland Audience Award
DOK Neuland Audience Award By Counting the votes of the audience

Owen Harris, Niki Smit (Netherlands, Ireland) for Deep (Multiplayer)

 

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By Counting the votes of the audience

mephisto 97.6-Publikumspreis

mephisto 97.6-Publikumspreis
mephisto 97.6-Publikumspreis By Counting the votes of the audience

Florian Grolig (Germany) for the film In the Distance

 

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