DOK LEIPZIG 28. OKTOBER – 3. NOVEMBER 2019
62. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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Award Winners 2019

GOLDEN DOVE  INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION LONG DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM

Audrius Mickevičius, Nerijus Milerius
Exemplary Behaviour (Pavyzdingas elgesys)
Lithuania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Italy 2019

 

Jury statement:

It’s at the darkest of times, when we’re confronted with the worst that we discover our true selves and that the human spirit shines the brightest. With grace and dignity, the filmmakers take us on a unique and unexpected journey of redemption. For its deep and humane portrayal of existence behind bars, the jury awards the Golden Dove International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film to Audrius Mickevičius and Nerijus Milerius for Exemplary Behaviour.
 

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along with 10,000 €, granted by Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk

 

Jury: Goran Dević (Croatia), Iris Elezi (Albania), Jacqueline Zünd (Switzerland)

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SHORT DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILMGOLDEN DOVE SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM

Elena Kondrateva

Puberty (Perekhodnyj vozrast)
Russia 2019

 

Jury statement:
The Golden Dove Documentary Film goes to Elena Kondrateva for PUBERTY. We were excited to see a film about people normally hidden from the screen, shown with unusual intimacy. The story of one woman trying to overcome borders in more than one sense has the confidence to be completely honest visually and emotionally.

 

Jury: Jennifer Lynde Barker (USA), Mait Laas (Estonia), Charlie Phillips (UK)

 

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along with 5,000 €

 

Jury: Jennifer Lynde Barker (USA), Mait Laas (Estonia), Charlie Phillips (UK)


The winners of Golden Doves in the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film will qualify for consideration for the annual ACADEMY AWARDS® provided that the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

 

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SHORT DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILMGOLDEN DOVE SHORT ANIMATED FILM

Amir Houshang Moein
Am I a Wolf? (Gorgam-o-Gale Mibaram)
Iran 2018

 

Jury statement:
In the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film the Golden Dove Animated Film goes to Amir Houshang Moein for AM I A WOLF? The filmmaker has brought life to a story that magically takes us from figurative reality into the abstract world of emotions and dreams. It evokes a sense of fully realised children’s imaginations where pictures become reality.

 

 

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along with 5,000 €

Jury: Jennifer Lynde Barker (USA), Mait Laas (Estonia), Charlie Phillips (UK)

 

The winners of Golden Doves in the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film will qualify for consideration for the annual ACADEMY AWARDS® provided that the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Honorable Mention INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SHORT DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM

Jafar Najafi
Asho
Iran 2019

 

Jury Statement

The Film ASHO shows us an Iranian boy who is one isolated drop in the ocean but represents something larger: about the tensions between tradition and globalisation and the effect that global culture has on traditional roles.

 

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GOLDEN DOVE NEXT MASTERS COMPETITION
LONG DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM

Julia Gutweniger, Florian Kofler
Sicherheit123 (Safety123)
Austria, Italy 2019


Jury Statement

The filmmakers have turned the dry topic of landslide prevention into a masterful work with a droll undertone. Through revealing camera work and precise editing, they have made a strong statement about the absurdity of male efforts to control the majestic forces of nature.


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along with 10,000 €, granted by the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig as a start-up funding for the next film project


Jury: Petri Kemppinen (Finland), Wieland Speck (Germany), Tan Pin Pin (Singapore)

HONORABLE MENTION NEXT MASTERS COMPETITION
LONG DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM

Fernanda Pessoa
Arid Zone (Zona árida)
Brazil 2019


Jury Statement

The Brazilian filmmaker visits her former host family in Arizona after 15 years. With her disarming way of questioning, she discovers the definition of conservatism as understood by her friendly middle-class guardians. She very skillfully unwinds the impact of Americana and subtly leads the audience into understanding the colonialism that affects us all.


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GOLDEN DOVE NEXT MASTERS COMPETITION
SHORT DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM

Mykyta Lyskov
Deep Love (Kokhannya)
Ukraine 2019

 

Jury Statement

The award goes to Mykyta Lyskov for DEEP LOVE. Mykyta Lyskov is that rare director who can combine specific local references with complete accessibility for everyone. We love his allegorical understanding of human experience where symbols and music combine as in a circus. Mykyta Lyskov shows all the potential to go beyond animation and the short film, suggesting he will be a master.

 

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along with 5,000 €, granted by the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig as a start-up funding for the next film project


Jury: Jennifer Lynde Barker (USA), Mait Laas (Estonia), Charlie Phillips (UK)

GOLDEN DOVE GERMAN COMPETITION
LONG DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM

Ute Adamczewski
Zustand und Gelände (Status and Terrain)
Germany 2019

 

Jury Statement

Ein Film, der uns Orte und Landschaften zeigt, aber keinesfalls zur Entspannung einlädt. Erzählt wird von den Anfängen einer Gewaltherrschaft mit einer Akribie, die offensichtlich macht, dass es sich eben nicht um den Beginn einer Schreckenszeit handelt, sondern um die Fortsetzung eines längst grausam fruchtbaren Bodens. Hinzu kommen beißende Nadelstiche der Gegenwart. Ein Film, der uns strapaziert mit seiner wiederkehrenden Genauigkeit der Zeitberichte, von dem wir uns sogar manchmal wünschen, dass er endlich vorbei wäre. Doch dann erkennen wir, wie viel Hoffnung in all dem steckt, denn wir erfahren sehr viel von Menschen aus dem aktiven Widerstand – damals wie heute. Nicht nur ein sehr wichtiger, sondern auch ein äußerst formstarker Film. Die Goldene Taube Deutscher Wettbewerb langer Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm geht an Zustand und Gelände von Ute Adamczewski.

 

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along with 10,000 €, granted by Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH

Jury: Leopold Grün (Germany), Marie Ketzscher (Germany), Stefan Tolz (Germany)

GOLDEN DOVE GERMAN COMPETITION
SHORT DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM

Mila Zhluktenko
Opera Glasses (Binokl)
Germany, Ukraine 2019

 

Jury Statement

There are plenty of red carpets for major stars, maybe enough. A very different location provides the scene for this film, a scene in which, for once, the staff and the guests play the main roles. With a subtle sense of humour, sensual imagery, precise sound design and an ability to unobtrusively follow the introverts while leaving the extroverts space to play to the gallery, the director provides entertaining – in the best sense of the word – observations on the soiree crowd and society in general. The cloakroom of an opera house becomes the stage, and we find ourselves waiting full of anticipation for the next act. The Golden Dove German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film goes to Mila Zhluktenko for Opera Glasses.

 

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along with 5,000 €


Jury: Leopold Grün (Germany), Marie Ketzscher (Germany), Stefan Tolz (Germany)

Honorable Mention GERMAN COMPETITION
SHORT DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM

Matisse Gonzalez
Gravedad
Germany 2019

 

Jury Statement

Personal happiness is the holy grail, melancholy a hurdle to be cleared on the path to achieving it. But not so in this film. Employing a distinctively compressed and yet imaginative style, the director creates a world in which melancholia plays an integral role. There is laughter and there are tears – because, after all, there are good days and bad days. An Honourable Mention goes to Matisse Gonzalez for GRAVEDAD.
 

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Honorable Mention GERMAN COMPETITION
SHORT DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM

Tom Salt
The Last Painting
Germany 2019

 

Jury Statement

A human life told through elegiac images and associative montage but with no words. Through watching creativity at work, a sense of a story emerges. The reduction of means creates a sensual force. A son describes his father – a very special kind of legacy. The second Honourable Mention goes to Tom Salt for THE LAST PAINTING.
 

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HEALTHY WORKPLACES FILM AWARD

Maya Kosa, Sergio Da Costa
Bird Island (L’île aux oiseaux)
Switzerland 2019

 

Jury Statement

The jury was captivated by the analogy between an injured birds’ recovery and the main protagonist’s rehabilitation. It tells a beautiful story of care and healing with minimalist yet precise use of cinematic language. The harsh depiction of life and death of birds, rats and mice is finely balanced by the film’s intelligent, empathetic and even humorous approach to human fragility. The Healthy Workplaces Film Award goes to Maya Kosa and Sergio Da Costa for BIRD ISLAND.

 

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for the best work-related documentary or animated film along with subtitling in a selection of EU languages and with a prize money of 5,000 €, granted by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in the amount of 4,000 € granted by the DEFA Foundation for an outstanding long German documentary film in the German and International Competition


Jury: Antje Ehmann (Germany), Chico Pereira (Spain), Peter Rimmer (UK)

DEFA SPONSORING PRIZE

Itay Marom
Resonance
Israel, Germany 2019

 

Jury Statement

A film about nervousness and calmness, and about perfecting the use of human vocal mechanisms. We experience a masterclass in the best sense. But there is more: The intimacy involved in the collaboration between singers and their coaches can border on invasiveness. We reflect on pressure and competition, we sense how the sombre architecture of a space can be filled with passion and sensuality. Here, dramatic function and form intertwine perfectly. The DEFA Sponsoring Prize goes to Itay Marom for RESONANCE.

 

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in the amount of 4,000 € granted by the DEFA Foundation for an outstanding long German documentary film in the German and International Competition

 

Jury: Leopold Grün (Germany), Marie Ketzscher (Germany), Stefan Tolz (Germany)

GOETHE-INSTITUT DOCUMENTARY FILM PRIZE

Narges Kalhor
In the Name of Scheherazade oder der erste Biergarten in Teheran
(In the Name of Scheherazade or the First Beergarden in Tehran)
Germany 2019

 

Jury Statement

The film we have chosen is not only a satirical comment on commissioning editors but also a humorous yet sincere play of questions of identity, affiliation and power structures. A kaleidoscope of narratives and stylistic elements. It tells very human stories by interweaving its multiple protagonists, such as a struggling filmmaker, a homosexual Syrian asylum-seeker and a German-Iranian female beer brewer, with surreal elements from “One Thousand and One Nights”. Subtle and powerful, the film challenges the gaze of the Occident towards the Orient and vice versa.

 

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for the best long German documentary film (75 min and longer) in the Official Selection along with the purchase of the licence, subtitling in up to eight languages and a prize money of 2,000 €


Jury: Farah Batool (Goethe-Institut Delhi), Judith Schulde (Goethe-Institut Headquarters Munich), Katinka Zeuner
(Germany)

MDR FILM PRIZE

Michał Bielawski
The Wind. A Documentary Thriller (Wiatr. Thriller dokumentalny)
Poland, Slovakia 2019

 

Jury Statement:

The Wind. A Documentary Thriller is a work that proves once again just how much imagination and fascination can spring from documentary film if a subject is framed as precisely and powerfully and a story is told as artfully as it is here. Michał Bielawski demonstrates that he is a true virtuoso in observing, narrating, calling and documenting, and not just in Eastern European settings. Despite the film’s title and initial appearances, The Wind is about so much more than a weather event in the Carpathian Mountains of Poland. The Halny, the wind of the title, is a very particular meteorological phenomenon that blows through the Polish Carpathian Mountains in spring and autumn. It is a legendary visitor, full of mystery, inexplicable, secretive and widely feared; it fells trees, drives people to suicide, causes calls to the emergency services, brings on heart attacks, it is both the siren song and the deafening roar of Mother Nature. Meteorologists can survey and measure it, but they can’t tame it: the wild movement of the molecules and the invisible force fields that press upon the soul. Wind is narrated as a force of nature and as a metaphor. Like fate itself, the wind blows in and stirs up lives, leaving people defenseless where it drops them. The film has but a few protagonists, but those few suffice for the viewer to develop a sense of the way life is lived where the relationship between human and nature is particularly intense. The camera observes, soberly, precisely, without false empathy but with a sure sense of distance and scale. It never forces itself into the foreground, nor does it engage in cheap showmanship. The result is gripping snapshots full of authenticity, silent observation and spookily beautiful images of a darkly mysterious enchanted forest, still and silent before the advent of the storm, wild and wind-swept after its passing.

The imagery is masterfully compiled and compressed to build a monumental narrative about humans and nature. There are scenes that burn into the mind’s eye and there are feelings that take root and cannot be erased so easily. A woman sings hymns to her trees, hugs them, strokes them and is then shown standing among the bent and broken trunks and branches, distraught and in mourning. A farmer tilts like Don Quixote at the windmill he built himself. Nothing in this film is by chance. The Wind intends to unsettle, and it achieves its aim without leaving us overly despondent. At the end the farmer has repaired his wind turbine and it is turning again in anticipation of the next time Halny blows through. It will be torn to shreds again and it will be repaired again. And if the farmer himself doesn’t do it, then his children will. You might see it in their eyes. 

 

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for an outstanding Eastern European documentary film in the Official Selection, along with 3,000 €

FILM PRIZE LEIPZIGER RING

Natalia Preston
Girls of Paadhai
Germany 2019


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audience award for an outstanding documentary film about human rights, democracy or civil engagement

Prize of the Interreligious Jury

Audrius Mickevičius, Nerijus Milerius
Exemplary Behaviour (Pavyzdingas elgesys)
Lithuania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Italy 2019

 

Jury Statement

Solidarity has no borders and this work depicts a common pain. EXEMPLARY BEHAVIOUR opens the window of the prison in a powerful artistic style, showing us the humanity of people sentenced to life behind bars.

 

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for a film in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film comprising 2,500 €, by the Interreligious Roundtable Leipzig and the VCH-Hotels Germany GmbH in the “Verband Christlicher Hoteliers e. V.” including the Hotel MICHAELIS in Leipzig

Jury: Tom Alesch (Luxembourg), Aurite Kouts (France), Majid Movasseghi (Switzerland), Anne-Kathrin Quaas (Germany)

The Interreligious Jury is appointed by INTERFILM and SIGNIS.

VER.DI PRIZE FOR SOLIDARITY, HUMANITY AND FAIRNESS

Ute Adamczewski
Zustand und Gelände (Status and Terrain)
Germany 2019

Jury Statement

In precise images and with relentless focus, the film portrays oft-forgotten scenes of Nazi crimes: camps even in tiny hamlets and villages – all planned and laid out long before 1933. Violence against nonconformists originates at the heart of society, then and now, continuously. In view of the high degree of artistry it displays and its relevance to today, we respectfully award the ver.di Prize to Ute Adamczewski for the film STATUS AND TERRAIN.

 

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for a film in the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
Jury: Eva Brackelmann (Germany), Martin Klindtworth (Germany), Bettina Reichmuth (Germany), Moritz Schlingmann
(Germany), Bärbel Winkler (Germany)

Honorable Mention ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness

Therese Koppe
Im Stillen Laut (A Quiet Resistance)
Germany 2019

Jury Statement

An Honourable Mention goes to A QUIET RESISTANCE by Therese Koppe. The touching portrait of two women, creative artists in the GDR, is a memorable affirmation of how a social niche can evolve into a space of individual freedom.

 

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Young Eyes Film Award

Jacqueline Zünd
Where We Belong
Switzerland 2019

 

Jury Statement

“Normal is different for each one of us,” says a young girl in Jacqueline Zünd’s documentary when talking about her various homes. Where is my home? This question occupies the minds of children whose parents have split up. Using a close-up perspective and special lighting effects, this film gives an intimate insight into the thoughts and emotions of its five protagonists. Three stories detail their inner conflicts, all skillfully accompanied by music. The director manages to foreground the children, to show their perceptions in an emotionally lucid way and so to invite discussion. WHERE WE BELONG is not just the title of the film, it is also a constant issue for the protagonists with whom we can easily identify. The film answers our desire to raise awareness for children whose parents have split up. No one should have to choose between one’s parents!

 

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granted by Leipziger Stadtbau AG, awarded by the Youth Jury in cooperation with Filmschule Leipzig e. V. to a film

in the Official Selection, along with 2,000 €

Jury: Eloise Jerothe, Oskar Fürnberg, Luzie Kühn, Marie-Kristin Liebau, Nathan Wild

INTERNATIONAL CRITICS PRIZE (FIPRESCI PRIZE)
(Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinémathographique)

Audrius Mickevičius, Nerijus Milerius
Exemplary Behaviour (Pavyzdingas elgesys)
Lithuania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Italy 2019

 

Jury Statement

The FIPRESCI jury at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film has decided to award the International Critics Prize this year to a film in the International Competition that starts out as a personally motivated journey into a claustrophobic world of extreme social exclusion and leads from there to a meditative reflection on the human condition. The film explores a place where men who have been sentenced to life-long imprisonment live in a limbo of complete solitude, hoping for release back into human society without knowing if this ever will happen. Their hope is to find forgiveness for the murders they committed. The filmmaker’s journey starts out with his own unwillingness to forgive his brother’s murderer, a man whose sentence was suspended early on in his term. In the end, the filmmaker frees himself by overcoming his personal bitterness and by renouncing his own potentially brutal desire for revenge. This journey into grace unfolds in a strikingly concise cinematic style, leaving us deeply affected. We award the FIPRESCI Prize to EXEMPLARY BEHAVIOUR by Audrius Mickevičius and his co-director Nerijus Milerius.

 

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for a film in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film comprising 2,500 €, by the Interreligious Roundtable Leipzig and the VCH-Hotels Germany GmbH in the “Verband Christlicher Hoteliers e. V.” including the Hotel MICHAELIS in Leipzig

Jury: Tom Alesch (Luxembourg), Aurite Kouts (France), Majid Movasseghi (Switzerland), Anne-Kathrin Quaas
(Germany)

MEPHISTO 97.6 AUDIENCE AWARD

Dina Velikovskaya
Ties Uzy
Germany, Russia 2019

 

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for the best animated film in the Official Selection

 

 

 

GEDANKEN-AUFSCHLUSS

Maria Arlamovsky
Robolove
Austria 2019

Jury Statement:
DOK Leipzig 2019 had many intriguing films in its programme, and choosing a winner was far from easy. But finally, we agreed on ROBOLOVE by director Maria Arlamovsky. The film looks at humanoid robots, machines that imitate the appearance and movement of human beings. It features engineers from all over the world – from Japan to Germany to the USA – telling us about the intentions of their creations and the technical challenges they have to master on the way to perfection. We were particularly impressed by the vast range of possibilities opened up by this technology. In the domestic sphere, these robots are created primarily to cater to the emotional and sexual needs of consumers. All of us probably have been facing that approach in some area of our lives, and each of us can and should find our own answers to the inevitable moral questions. In comparison to the technology’s commercial potential, however, this kind of use is trivial. As we were watching the film, we were having visions of airports with more robots than human personnel, or care homes where the patients are nursed and cared for by humanoid machines. On the one hand, the range of possibilities offered by this technology is beguiling, but nonetheless we find ourselves asking whether a system which gradually renders human-to-human contact obsolete is really the way ahead. How far are you personally prepared to share all your thoughts and feelings with the rest of the world via a robot? Questions like this occupied us for many hours and were the subject of much debate. And although opinions differed, the fact that the film left such a lasting impression on every jury member means that it deserves to win.

 

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awarded by a jury of juvenile and young adult prisoners of JSA Regis-Breitingen

DOK Neuland Award

María Belén Poncio, Damián Turkieh
4 Feet: Blind Date
Argentina 2018

 

Jury Statement:

With 4 FEET: BLIND DATE, Argentine filmmaker María Belén Poncio and VR director Damián Turkieh have succeeded in creating an intense and at the same time sensitive immersive VR short story that provides insights into the thoughts and feelings of a teenager in a wheelchair. The main character Juana is on her first blind date with a boy she found on the Internet, but who doesn‘t know about her disability. Together they explore their sexuality and discover their bodies. The bias of people without disabilities and the problems posed by an inaccessible city encountered by Juana are subtly conveyed. At the same time, 4 FEET captures the general awkwardness and insecurity of a teenager‘s first date. Made as a 360-degree film, 4 FEET gives the fictional story a high amount of realism and authenticity. Juana’s real experiences become intimate moments in the VR which can be witnessed by the audience. Colourful, illustrative motifs appear when Juana sinks deeply into thought or feels a strong emotion. All effects are very carefully and sparingly dosed. Especially memorable is the chosen perspective of the camera, which remains at eye level with Juana at all times. This is accompanied by the strong performances of the main actors overall. 4 FEET creates great closeness, touches and inspires.

 

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for an outstanding work in the interactive and immersive exhibition along with 1,000 €, granted by DREFABRIK

Jurymitglieder: Michael Baur (Germany), Jonas Hansen (Germany), Christoph Rieth (Germany), Anastasia Ziegler (Germany)

 

 

DOK INDUSTRY: DEVELOPMENT PRIZE FOR THE BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR OF THE SAXON STATE MINISTER FOR THE ARTS

Godisamang Khunou
Black Women and Sex
South Africa

 

Jury statement:
We on the jury were so proud to review the 20 projects that were selected
for the inaugural Female Director Prize for the DOK Co-Pro Market.
The projects spanned the globe and truly demonstrate the uniqueness and
universality of female driven stories. The project selected showcases black
female sexuality in Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia, through the eyes of a
trans woman, an entertainer, and a mother who has the audacity to believe
and teach that God meant for sex to be equally pleasurable for both men
and women. For her unique and brave voice, and for tackling a topic that
will certainly resonate with women throughout the African diaspora, we
award this inaugural prize to Godisamang Khunou for Black Women and
Sex.

 

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Honourable Mention


My Missing Aunt
Yang Juyeon
South Korea

 

DOK Co-Pro Market: Current Time TV and DOK Co-Pro Development Prize

Giedrė Žickytė
Irena
Lithuania, Germany

 


for an outstanding project from Central or East Europe, endowed with US$ 2,000 

 

DOK Co-Pro Market: EWA WOMEN’S TALENT DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Alina Gorlova
Between Two Wars
Ukraine


Anna Savchenko
72 Hours
Belgium, France, Belarus

 


for the best project in the Circle Women’s Doc Accelerator, endowed with 1,000 € and mentoring from EWA members and DOK Leipzig

 

This year the price was split to award two projects. The financial support goes to Between Two Wars by Alina Gorlova
and Anna Savchenko will receive mentorship support to further develop her project 72 Hours for one year.

DOK Co-Pro Market: Zonta Club Leipzig Elster Female Talent Development Prize

Godisamang Khunou
Black Women and Sex
South Africa

 


a travel and accommodation bursary valued at 1,000 € to help a female talent develop her network and skillset

 

 

 

 

DOK Preview Germany: D-FACTO MOTION WORKS-IN-PROGRESS PRIZE

Christoph Eder
Who Owns My Village
Germany

 


post-production services amounting to 10.000 € for an outstanding project from DOK Preview Germany