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: