El lugar más pequeno (The Tiniest Place) from Mexican director Tatiana Huezo received two awards during the closing of the DOK Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film in Leipzig, Germany, this past weekend.
The film, which recounts the stories of several survivors of the civil war in El Salvador, took the Golden Dove from the international jury, as well as the prize of the German trade union Ver.di, awarded by the jury of the department of media and arts.
Another multiple award winner was Work Hard – Play Hard from Germany’s Carmen Losmann for ZDF/ARTE, a film about the work place of the future and our roles within it. The doc took prizes from the jury for healthy workplaces, the ecumenical jury and the FIPRESCI Award from the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique.
The award for the best international documentary short went to Kirkcaldy Man from UK director Julian Schwanitz, which documents the filmmaker’s search for lost darts legend Jocky Wilson. The Talent Dove, awarded to a filmmaker who displays extraordinary talent in doc-making, went to Israel’s Tamar Tal for Hatzalmania (Life in Stills).
The Golden Dove for best German documentary went to Louisa from Katharina Pethke which tells the story of the “sensuous emancipation” of the film’s deaf protagonist.
The 54th edition of the festival ran from October 17-23. According to organizers, attendance was strong, with at least 38,000 people viewing films during the fest and 1431 industry professionals from 58 countries accredited, a number that matches last year’s record.
“I find it deeply moving that so many young people are filling our festival cinemas to see challenging documentary and animated films,” said festival director Claas Danielson just prior to the end of this year’s edition. “With many screenings being sold out entirely, we are almost reaching the end of our capacity limits. This makes clear just how enormous the need is for documentary films that communicate a deep understanding for the world and for the age in which we live – and this need is ever growing.”
For a full list of DOK Leipzig winners, click here.