DOK Leipzig 2018 Awards

A piece of the press release that came out from DOK Leipzig an hour ago, check the whole list and the jury motivations on the festival’s website, link below:

“I Had a Dream” (photo) by Claudia Tosi has won the prestigious Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film, granted by Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR). In the long term observation of the last political decade in Italy, Claudia Tosi and her two protagonists pose the brutal question whether democracy and politics are still alive at all. Goran Dević (from Croatia) received an honourable mention for “On the Water” – a poetical and political study of people on the water.

The Golden Dove in the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film was awarded to the film “Lord of the Toys” by Pablo Ben Yakov who has been the subject of a controversial debate here in Leipzig. By observing a youth culture in a very precisely way, the film reveals a milieu and their frightening use of language and the internet as a platform – with far-reaching impact on everyday-life. 

Ricardo Calil won the Golden Dove in the Next Masters Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film for “Cinema Morocco”. The prize, which is

donated by the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig, provides financial support to kickstart another film project. 

In the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film, “All Inclusive“ by Corina Schwinggruber Ilić won the Golden Dove for best short documentary, while Martina Scarpelli won the Golden Dove for best animated short film for “Egg”. Both can qualify for an OSCAR® (in the categories ‘Short Film’ and ‘Documentary Short Subject’) if they fulfill the Academy’s formal criteria. „You Are Overreacting“ by Karina Paciorkowska has received an honourable mention.

The Golden Dove for the best German short documentary and animated film went to “Marina” by Julia Roesler.

The Golden Dove in the Next Masters Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film went to “Escapar, the Recurring Dream” by Barbara Bohr. “The Republic’s Couriers” by Badredine Haouari received an honourable mention.

The MDR FILM Prize of 3,000 euros for an outstanding Eastern European documentary film went to Ukranian production “No Obvious Signs” by Alina Gorlova. The film tells the story of a Ukrainian soldier who after her service is struggling with panic attacks and has great difficulties finding back to a civilian life.

The Leipziger Ring Audience Award honors documentaries about human rights, democracy and civic action, donated by the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution. This year, the prize went to the film “In Search …” by Beryl Magoko.

Claudia Tosi received all in all three prizes for her film “I Had a Dream” – the most prizes of the evening.

Seven Golden Doves and an overall total of 22 awards (comprising over 78,000 euros) were awarded at this year’s International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. Tomorrow (Sunday), four of the award-winning films, as well as the audience favourites (DOK Buster), will be screened again. A total of 306 films as well as 12 interactive works will have been presented by the end of the festival on Sunday evening.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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