Friday, November 25, 2011
Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s 5 Broken Cameras won both the Special Jury Award and the Publieke Omroep IDFA Audience Award. The film provides a first-hand portrait of a Palestinian village's resistance to the surrounding Jewish settlements. The Audience Award comes with € 5.000 cash.
Montreal-based Eyesteelfilm's The Vanishing Spring Light by debut filmmaker Xun Yu won the IDFA Award for First Appearance. Previously, Eyesteelfilm have made other award-winning Chinese co-productions Up the Yangtze and Last Train Home.
Other award winners include the NTR IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary going to Jorge Gaggero's Montenegro; Jessica Gorter's 900 Days winning the Dioraphte IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary; and Micha X. Peled's Bitter Seeds taking the IDFA Award for Best Green Screen Documentary.
Each prize was decided by a jury of 3-5 industry professionals. The jury for Feature Length Documentary consisted of Sandy Lieberson (consultant, USA), Dennis Lim (journalist New York Times, USA) , Suzanne Raes (filmmaker, Netherlands), Moussa Sene Absa (filmmaker, Senegal), and Laila Pakalnina (filmmaker, Latvia).
Planet of Snail wins VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary
The winners of the various IDFA competition programs were just announced in Escape, during the awards ceremony of the 24th IDFA. Seung-Jun Yi’s Planet of Snail (South Korea) won the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary. The Special Jury Award went to 5 Broken Cameras (Palestine/Israel) by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, who also won the Publieke Omroep IDFA Audience Award. The film received financial support from the Jan Vrijman Fund.
VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary
The VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary (consisting of a sculpture and € 12,500) went to Seung-Jun Yi for Planet of Snail (South Korea), which depicts the everyday life of deaf & blind Young-Chan and the love of his life, Soon-Ho.
Planet of Snail was pitched at the FORUM 2010.
Special Jury Award
The jury also awarded a Special Jury Award to directors Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi for 5 Broken Cameras (Palestine/Israel/Netherlands/France). The film is a personal portrait of a Palestinian village resisting encroaching Jewish settlements, as recorded by an inhabitant of the village over a number of years.
5 Broken Cameras received financial support from the Jan Vrijman Fund and was a project at the IDFAcademy’s Summer School in 2010.
Read the jury report VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary.
NTR IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary
Jorge Gaggero received the NTR IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary (€ 10,000) for Montenegro (Argentina), about an old man living with his dogs on a quiet island in a river delta, in a seemingly harmonious symbiosis with a hermit who lives a little way away.
Read the jury report NTR IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary.
IDFA Award for First Appearance
The IDFA Award for First Appearance (€ 5,000) was presented to Xun Yu for The Vanishing Spring Light (China/Canada), which documents the life of the residents of West Street in Dujiangyan City.
Read the jury report IDFA Award for First Appearance.
Dioraphte IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary
The Dioraphte IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary (€ 5,000) went to Jessica Gorter for 900 Days, in which survivors of the siege of Leningrad soberly separate propagandist myth from their horrific personal memories.
Read the jury report Dioraphte IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary.
Publieke Omroep IDFA Audience Award
De Publieke Omroep IDFA Audience Award ( € 5.000) went to 5 Broken Cameras(Palestine/Israel/Netherlands/France) by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi.
View the top 20 Publieke Omroep IDFA Audience Award.
IDFA Award for Student Documentary
Karen Winther received the IDFA Award for Student Documentary (€ 2,500) for The Betrayal (UK/Norway). The film is about Karen, who as a teenager made a crucial mistake as part of the Norwegian squatting scene, and is hoping for forgiveness.
Read the jury report IDFA Award for Student Documentary.
BlackBerry IDFA DOC U Award
The BlackBerry IDFA DOC U Award – a € 1,500 prize awarded by an independent youth jury – went to The Last Days of Winter (Iran) by Mehrdad Oskouei. The film is a portrait of seven Iranian boys in a youth detention centre, who talk candidly about their lives.
Read the jury report BlackBerry IDFA DOC U Award.
IDFA Award for Best Green Screen Documentary
The IDFA Award for Best Green Screen Documentary (€ 2,500) went to Bitter Seeds(USA/India) by Micha X. Peled. Filmmaker Peled investigates why every thirty minutes an Indian cotton farmer commits suicide, and follows one such farmer on his journey to the edge of the abyss.
Read the jury report IDFA Award for Best Green Screen Documentary.
Bitter Seeds (USA/India) by Micha X. Peled also received the Oxfam Global Justice Award during the IDFA Talkshow on Thursday, November 24.
IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling
This year saw the presentation for the second time of the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling (€ 2,500). This went to Insitu (France) by Antoine Viviani. Insitu is a search for creative, artistic ways to intervene in the public space.
Read the jury report IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling.
Saturday, November 19 Last Days Here (USA) by Don Argott and Demian Fenton won the inaugural IDFA PLAY Award for Best Music Documentary.
Facts and figures
Although the festival runs until Sunday, we can justifiably say that the festival will by then have attracted more visitors than last year.
If the trend continues over the next three days, the number of visits will have increased from 180,000 in 2010 to over 200,000. Net takings will have risen from € 850,000 in 2010 to over € 1.000,000 this year.
The number of Dutch and international guests increased in relation to 2010: to 2,670 from 2,477.
Some 5,200 school students from primary and secondary schools visited the schools’ screenings during the past week.
Rankings Audience Award IDFA 2011
1. 5 Broken Cameras
3. The Sound of the Bandoneón
4. Ballroom Dancer
5. Meet the Fokkens
6. Fragments of Palestine
7. Six Million and One
8. Give Up Tomorrow
9. El gusto
10. Kyteman. Now What?
11. The Island President
12. Boy Cheerleaders
13. Going up the Stairs
14. To Be Heard
15. Township to the Stage
16. Skateistan: Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul
17. Mrs Carey's Concert
18. Cinema Jenin
19. In My Mother´s Arms
20. With My Heart in Yambo