Twelve Films nominated for „Leipziger Ring“ Film Prize
Twelve films partake in the competition for this year's coveted film prize, the “Leipziger Ring”. The award ceremony on the 29th of October (7:00pm) will again be hosted with the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution by the Nikolai Church in Leipzig, where the winning film will be shown. The prize of 5,000 Euros will be awarded this year for the fifth time at the International Documentary and Animated Film Festival. Once again this year, admission to the ceremony is free of charge.
Key themes of the nominated films are the rebellion against oppression and abuse of power in North Africa, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Another film deals with Edward Snowden, who has disclosed the surveillance practices of the US Secret Service, the NSA, and since then lives in Moscow, in hiding from the prosecution of the US Department of Justice. Also nominated is a Dutch-Kenyan production about election practices in rural Kenya.
The decision on the award-winning film is made by an independent jury as part of the 57th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. The award ceremony is scheduled for the 29th of October (7:00pm) in the Nikolai Church in Leipzig. Leipzig's mayor Burkhard Jung, who is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees, will look back on the past five years of the Foundation's work. Once again this year, the winning film will be screened at the ceremony. The Foundation warmly invites you to a small reception in the Alten Handelsbörse (Old Stock Exchange) afterwards.
Through the award, the Foundation would like to pay tribute to an artistic documentary film that either displays exemplary citizen engagement for democracy and human rights, or was made under a high level of personal dedication and courage of the director in a situation where freedom of speech and the press are restricted.In addition to the prize money, the winner receives the “Leipziger Ring” statuette, which commemorates the major demonstrations in Leipzig Old Town Square in the autumn of 1989, and the burning candles that protesters held in their hands as a sign of non-violence.
Previous winners include Iranian documentary filmmaker Nahid Persson Sarvestani (2013), the Berlin film team Dirk Heth and Olaf Winkler (2012), Iranians living in exile in France who had to remain anonymous for security reasons (2011), and the New Zealand filmmaker Briar March with a film about a South Pacific island whose inhabitants struggle against the climate-related threats to their homeland.