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Here are the nominees for the 2022 Doc Alliance Awards

On 24 May, the Doc Alliance Awards will be presented in Cannes, as part of the Marché du Film industry programme. The awards support emerging talents in European documentary film, honouring one short and one feature documentary film. Both prizes are endowed with 8,000 Euro.

The films competing for this year's Doc Alliance Awards are chosen by the seven European documentary film festivals that make up the Doc Alliance network. Each festival has nominated one short and one feature-length documentary film from its past programme.

Our DOK Leipzig nominees are the feature-length film Nasim and the short film Light Years. In Nasim, filmmakers Ole Jacobs and Arne Büttner follow the Afghan Nasim and her family in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. The film was part of our German Competition in 2021 and was honoured with the DEFA Sponsoring Prize, ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness. Light Years by Monika Proba was shown in the International Competition Short Film last year. The film follows the two men as they try to face their situation between religious obligations, family expectations and their tender friendship.

Nominated for Best Feature Film:

  • 5 Dreamers and a Horse (AM, DE, CH, DK, GE), by Aren Malakyan and Vahagn Khachatryan, nominated by Visions du Réel
  • A Night of Knowing Nothing (FR, IN), by Payal Kapadia, nominated by FIDMarseille
  • The Eclipse (NO), by Nataša Urban, nominated by CPH:DOX
  • Kapr (Kapr Code) (CZ, SK), by Lucie Králová, nominated by Ji.hlava IDFF
  • Nasim (DE), by Ole Jacobs and Arne Büttner, nominated by DOK Leipzig
  • The Pawnshop (PL), by Łukasz Kowalski, nominated by Millenium Docs Against Gravity
  • Yoon (PT), by Pedro Figueiredo Neto and Ricardo Falcão, nominated by Doclisboa

Nominated for Best Short Film:

  • Abyss (DK), by Jeppe Lange, nominated by CPH:DOX
  • Aralkum (UZ, DE), by Daniel Asadi Faezi and Mila Zhluktenko, nominated by Visions du Réel
  • Beautiful Solution (CZ), by Eliška Cílková, nominated by Ji.hlava IDFF
  • Joanna d'Arc (PL), by Aleksander Szamałek, nominated by Millenium Docs Against Gravity
  • Light Years (PL), by Monika Proba, nominated by DOK Leipzig
  • In the Billowing Night (FR), by Erika Etangsalé, nominated by FIDMarseille
  • Peace (PT), by José Oliveira and Marta Ramos, nominated by Doclisboa

Who decides about the winners?

The winning films will be decided by a jury of seven international film critics and film professionals, also selected by network’s festivals. This year’s jury members are Esther Buss (Spiegel, Jungle World), Frederik Bojer Bové (POV.International), Teresa Vieira (Antena 3, Cineuropa), Nepheli Gambade (Critikat), Leila Basma (DOK.REVUE), Nicolas Wadimoff (filmmaker, producer) and Michał Walkiewicz (Filmweb).

We keep our fingers crossed for all nominees, and we are looking forward to celebrating the winners in May!