Doc/Fest honors Nick Broomfield, reveals award nominees

Sheffield Doc/Fest has named documentarian Nick Broomfield the recipient of this year's Inspiration Award, and has also revealed nominees for its award categories.
May 11, 2011

Sheffield Doc/Fest has named documentarian Nick Broomfield the recipient of this year’s Inspiration Award, and has also revealed nominees for its award categories.

The Inspiration Award is given to someone who has championed documentary and helped get great work into the public eye. British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield – who is also giving a Masterclass on June 12 – is being given the nod this year.

In addition to the Inspiration Award, Sheffield has also revealed nominees for the Special Jury Award. Up for the award are At Night I Fly from director Michel Wenzer, which follows New Folsom Prison’s long-running arts in correction program; Alma Har’el’s Bombay Beach which documents the forgotten California holiday spot; and Calvet from director Dominic Allan, which follows French painter Jean Marc Calvet. Also nominated are Barbara Kopple’s Gun Fight, which looks at gun politics in the U.S.; Danfung Dennis’ Hell and Back Again, in which the acclaimed war photographer-turned-filmmaker follows a U.S. sergeant in Afghanistan and back home; and Position Among the Stars, the last film in Leonard Retel Helmrich’s trilogy. Lastly, Steve James’ The Interrupters, which follows ex-Chicago gang members as they unite to stop crimes, is also up for the award.

The jury for that category includes UK writer and critic Danny Leigh, Sundance Film Festival senior programmer David Courier, Artificial Eye Film Co. MD Louisa Dent, London Indian Film Festival head of events Satwant Gill, and American Documentary/’POV’ series producer Yance Ford.

The nominees for the Sheffield Innovation Award, given to a cutting-edge documentary from the Doc/Fest program, include Condition One, a mobile media tech site where filmmakers, photojournalists and visual storytellers create immersive experiences; Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles from Jon Foy; and Asif Kapadia’s Senna, which looks at the life of Formula One champion Ayrton Senna. Also up for the honor: The Nine Muses from John Akomfrah uses Homer’s Odyssey to tell the story of Britain’s post-war mass migration, while Ulrike and Eamon Compliant from director Blast Theory uses doc elements and interactive narrative to go inside the minds of Ulrike Meinhof of the Red Army faction or Eamon Collins of the IRA. Also nominated is Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons’ Welcome to Pine Point, a web story about an abandoned mining town.

The jury for the Sheffield Innovation Award includes Channel 4′s Kate Quilton, American producer Sandi DuBowski, and Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Shari Frilot.

The  Sheffield Green Award nominees for Doc/Fest films that address major environmental challenges include If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, from Marshall Curry; Emily James’ crowdfunded Just Do It and Last Days of the Arctic from Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson, which uses photographer Ragnar Alexsson’s black and white images to tell the epic narratives of the northern hemisphere.

Also up for the award are Adam Wakeling’s crowdfunded feature Up In Smoke;  David York’s Wiebo’s War, on the rural Canadian community that was vilified in the media for its sabotage campaigns against gas pipelines; and Anthony Baxter’s You’ve Been Trumped, which focuses on Donald Trump’s project to build the world’s greatest golf coast on one of Britain’s last stretches of wilderness.

Deciding the winner are Gareth Roberts, founder member and director of Regather Co-Operative; Jason Silva, filmmaker, TV personality with Hybrid Realities Institute; ARTE G.E.I.E.’s Olaf Grunert; Renews’ Seb Kennedy and journalist Sue Vincent.

The Sheffield Youth Jury Award has a jury made up of five young people from the ages of 16 to 21. The nominated films include Albino United from directors Marc Hoeferlin, Juan Reina, Barnaby Broomfield, which follows the world’s first albino football team; Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams; Mika Kaurismaki’s look at South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba, Mama Africa; Planet Kirsan from director Magdalena Pieta, which tells the story of  Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the ex-Soviet state of Kalmykia, who built an extravagant Chess City in the middle of a barren landscape; and We Are Poets from Sheffield-based directors Alex Ramseyer-Bache and Daniel Lucchesi, which follow the Leeds Young Authors as they prepare for the most prestigious poetry slam competition in America.

Nominees for the Student Doc Award include Anello from Brazilian film school student Roberta Fortuna; Born in USSR from Simona Zemaityte; Eighty Eight from Josh Bamford, Seb Feehan and Hannah Bone; Get Rhythm from Gualtiero Fisauli; Abuelas from Afarin Eghbal; Humanoids, directed by Mariana Oliva; Messenger of the Great River, directed by Noble Fox; Over to you, Trygve from Håvard Fossum; and The Art of Remembrance from Raul Paz Pastrana.

Vice Magazine’s head of post production, Al Brown; architect Funsho Parrott; Channel 4′s Ravi Amaratunga; BBC ‘Storyville”s Shanida Scotland and filmmaker Will Woodward make up the Student Doc Award jury.

The results of the Sheffield Doc/Fest Audience Award will be announced on June 13.

All of the winners will be announced at the Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards Ceremony on June 12.

Sheffield Doc/Fest takes place on June 8 to 12.

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