Sheffield Doc/Fest reveals award nominees

Organizers of the 17th annual Sheffield Doc/Fest have unveiled the nominees for its eight award categories, with the winners to be announced on November 5.
October 13, 2010

Organizers of the 17th annual Sheffield Doc/Fest have unveiled the nominees for its eight award categories, which include the Special Jury Award, Sheffield Innovation Award, Sheffield Green Award, Sheffield Youth Jury Award, Sheffield Student Doc Award, and BCS Digital Revolutions Awards.

As previously announced, this year’s Inspiration Award, given to a figure in the documentary world who has championed the medium, will be presented to British filmmaker Kim Longinotto, director of Sisters in Law, Rough Aunties and most recently, Pink Saris (UK 2010), which will screen at the fest.

Pink Saris is also among the films nominated for the Special Jury Award alongside Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (U.S., 2010), Jeff Malmberg’s Marwencol (U.S., 2010), Olga Konskaya and Andrei Nekrasov’s Russian Lessons (Norway/Russia, 2010), José Padilha’s Secrets of the Tribe (UK/Brazil, 2010), Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s 12th & Delaware (U.S., 2010), Patricio Guzman’s Nostalgia for the Light (France/Germany/Chile, 2010) and Nicolas Rincon Gille’s The Embrace of the River (Belgium, 2010).

The BT Vision Sheffield Innovation Award goes to a documentary that shows an original or radical approach to form and storytelling. This year’s nominees are Andrei Ujica’s The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauºescu (Romania, 2010), Amy Grappell’s Quadrangle (U.S., 2010), Philippe Braul and David Dufresne’s Prison Valley (France, 2010), Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop (UK, 2010), Clio Barnard’s The Arbor (UK, 2010), Kat Cizek’s Out My Window (Canada, 2010), and Chris Milk’s interactive Arcade Fire video The Wilderness Downtown (U.S., 2010).

The nominees for the Sheffield Green Award, presented to a documentary with an environmental theme, are Michael Madsen’s Into Eternity (Denmark, 2010), Floris-Jan van Luyn’s Rainmakers (Netherlands, 2010), Waste Land from Lucy Walker (UK/Brazil, 2010) and Tommy Pallotta’s Collapsus – Energy Risk Conspiracy (Netherlands, 2010).

The winners will be announced at the BT Vision Doc/Fest Awards Ceremony held on Fri, Nov 5 and the recipient of the Sheffield Doc/Fest Audience Award will be revealed after the festival on Nov 9. For the complete list of nominees, including those in the Youth Jury and Student Doc categories, visit the Sheffield Doc/Fest website.

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