DOKLeipzig 2014/ 9/ Winners

The winners have been found. And apart from “my” main prize the juries agreed with me, awarding “Les Regles du Jeu” and “Toto and his Sisters”. Here is the press release and notice that you can find the motivations on the site of the festival:

DOK Leipzig awarded the prestigious Golden Doves on Saturday night. 17 prizes worth a total of 66,500 Euros were presented at the 57th edition of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films. This makes DOK Leipzig the most highly endowed documentary film festival in Germany. The biggest German documentary film festival has been screening 368 films during the festival week which ends tomorrow.

The Golden Dove in the International Competition Documentary Film was awarded to “Les règles du jeu” (“Rules of the Game”) by French directors Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard. The Prize is endowed with 10,000 Euros, donated by the MITTELDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK, and was presented by the MDR’s artistic director, Prof. Dr. Karola Wille.

The Golden Dove for the best Animated Film, endowed with 5,000 Euros, was awarded to the Swedish entry “Still Born” by Åsa Sandzén. The Silver Dove in the International Competition Animated Film, endowed with 2,000 Euros, went to Daisy Jacobs from the United Kingdom for her film “The Bigger Picture”.

The Golden Dove in the German Competition Documentary Film, endowed with 10,000 Euros, was awarded to “Domino Effect” by two Polish directors living in Germany, Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski.

The Talent Dove of the Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig, the main prize in the Young Cinema Competition, went to Hamza Ouni for “El Gort”, a Tunisian-United Arab Emirates co-production. The prize money of 10,000 Euros is intended as startup funding for the Tunisian director’s next documentary film project.

In the International Short Documentary Competition, the Dutch entry “Escort” was awarded a Golden Dove. Director Guido Hendrikx receives prize money to the amount of 3,000 Euros, donated by TELEPOOL GmbH.

The Golden Dove for the Best Animated Documentary was awarded to Roberto Collío for the Chilean production “Muerta blanca” (“White Death”). This prize for a hybrid of animated and documentary film, which is unique in the world, is endowed with 3,000 Euros.

The Healthy Workplaces Film Award, endowed with 5,000 Euros donated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), was awarded to French director Paul Lacoste for his film “Vendanges”

(“Harvest”). The MDR Film Prize for an outstandingEast European documentary, endowed with 3,000 Euros, went to Ukrainian filmmakers Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov and Dmitry Stoykov for their film “All Things Ablaze”. The DEFA Sponsoring Prize for an outstanding German documentary, along with a grant to the amount of 4,000 Euros, was awarded to Thomas Heise for his film “Staedtebewohner”.

The Documentary Film Prize of the Goethe Institute, endowed with 2,000 Euros, went to Maurizius Staerkle-Drux for his film “Die Böhms – Architektur einer Familie” (“Concrete Love”, Germany, Switzerland).

The Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, endowed with 2,000 Euros donated by the VCH-Hotels Deutschland GmbH – im Verband Christlicher Hoteliers e.V., including the MICHAELIS Hotel in Leipzig, went to Romanian director Alexander Nanau for “Toto şi surorile lui” (“Toto and His Sisters”).

The FIPRESCI Jury awarded its prize to “Spartacus & Cassandra” by Ioanis Nuguet (France). Romanian director Alexander Nanau received the Prize of the Trade Union ver.di, endowed with 2,500 Euros, for “Toto şi surorile lui” (“Toto and His Sisters”). The Prize of the Youth Jury of the Leipzig Film School went to Tehran-born director Ayat Najafi for his film “No Land’s Song” (Germany, France). The mephisto 97.6 Audience Award was determined by audience vote and went to Norwegian-born Academy Award® winner Torill Kove for her animated film “Moulton og meg” (“Me and My Moulton”).

The “Leipziger Ring” Film Prize of the Peaceful Revolution Foundation, endowed with 5,000 Euros, was awarded on Wednesday night at the Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church) in Leipzig. It went to US American filmmaker Laura Poitras for her film “CITIZENFOUR”:

Please find a detailed list of all award winners including all Special Mentions and jury statements attached at from 11 p.m.

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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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