Thessaloniki Doc Fest names winners

Italy, Love It or Leave It (pictured), Sayome, This Is Not a Film and My Journey to Meet You were among the winners at this year's Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, which wrapped this past Sunday.
March 20, 2012

Italy, Love It or Leave It was named the audience award winner for international feature docs at the conclusion of the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, which wrapped this past Sunday (March 18).

The Greek festival honored the film from Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi (pictured) as winner of the audience award for an international film over 45 minutes, while the international short doc audience award winner was Ora by Philippe Baylaucq.

Greek long-form doc Encardia, The Dancing Stone by Angelos Kovotsos took home the audience award for a Greek film, while The Blind Fisherman by Stratis Vogiatzis and Thekla Malamou won the audience award for a Greek film under 45 minutes.

The FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) jury gave an award for best Greek doc to Sayome by Nikos Dayandas, while the international film award went to Jose Alvarez’ Canicula, which documents the everyday life of the Totonac people.

This Is Not a Film (In Film Nist) by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb took home the Amnesty International Award, while the WWF Award went to ¡Vivan Las Antipodas! from Victor Kossakovsky.

ERT3 (Greek Public Television)’s broadcasting award was given to Expropriation (Apallotriosi) by Manos Papadakis and A Few Brave People (Bir Avuc Cesur Insan) by Ruya Arzu Koksal. Each doc wins an award totalling €1,500.

Meanwhile, My Journey to Meet You, directed by Marco Simon Puccioni, was named the winning project of the Doc on Air Award, given to the best EDN Pitching Forum project. Puccioni’s prize equals  €7,000.

“Being a father is a challenge for every man. Being a father as a gay man in nowadays Europe is a battle against legal obstacles and – more hard to fight- against prejudices and moral bigotry,” stated the competition jury of My Journey to Meet You. “The awarded documentary brings a personal story to a political level. It challenges the values of our society and asks important questions without giving easy or ideological answers.”

Lastly, Diana El Jeiroudi and Orwa Nyrabia, representatives of the Syrian Documentary Festival DOX BOX team, were named as EDN Award winners. The annual presentation spotlights an institution, group or person for their outstanding contribution to the development of documentary culture.

The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival took place from March 9-18.

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