Idfa – Innovative Jury Method?

How should a jury work? Is there a recipe? No, of course not. Should a jury talk after each screening or… how to remember the films you have seen?

The idfa jury 2014 for First-Appearance competititon did like this, an idea to copy? Read about it:

On the first day we were clear about one matter: not to talk about the films right after we had seen them. We all needed to digest the films properly and not too quickly.
So, after the last film on our schedule, we came together to finally discuss the films. One of our jury members, came up with the great idea to take a pair of scissors and cut the 15 films out of the catalogue… only the image, the title of the film and the director. When we placed the colorful cutouts on the table, it looked like a game of Memory… you know the cards you have to turn around and remember the images…Well that’s what we finally did… trying hard to remember all these 15 wonderful films… after 3 hours of playing, certainly not cheating… we sincerely hope that we we have turned the right ones around:

The Peter Wintonick Award
The jury is proud to give the Peter Wintonick award to a film that embodies Peter’s passionate commitment to films that take risks, push boundaries, and illuminate the unending complexity of the human condition. The winning film takes us inside a small rural village, where a woman struggles with the expectations and traditions of her family, her culture, and her community. The film is compassionate, poetic and strikingly candid and we think Peter would approve.
The winner of the Peter Wintonick Award goes to MOTHER OF THE UNBORN by director Nadine Salib.

Best documentary in the First appearance section:
A beautifully executed, riveting portrait of a young teenager who cannot seem to reconcile his passionate ambition with his inability to get his personal life in first gear. The film is compassionately observed, beautifully photographed, delicately edited with a flawless sound design and never seems to take a wrong turn. Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the First appearance section is: DRIFTER (photo) by Gábor Hörcher.

The members of the jury:


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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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