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“5 Broken Cameras” wins at Traverse City Film Festival

The Traverse City Film Festival, the Michigan-based fest founded by Michael Moore, has wrapped and given out prizes to 5 Broken Cameras (pictured) and The World Before Her.
August 7, 2012

The Traverse City Film Festival, the Michigan-based fest founded by Michael Moore, has wrapped and given out prizes to 5 Broken Cameras (pictured) and The World Before Her.

At the eight annual festival, which ran from July 31 to August 5, The Founders Prizes were handed out in three categories. The best picture award went to 5 Broken Cameras, from Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, while the Kubrick prize went to The Story of Film: An Odyssey from Mark Cousins.

Nisha Pahuja’s The World Before Her, which claimed awards at Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs, took the world jury grand prize for best foreign film. In a statement, the judges said: “The filmmaker had amazing access to the subjects, clearly earning their trust and getting them to open up to her and therefore to us. The result is an intimacy that forces us to pay attention, no matter how shocking the images.”

The special jury prize foreign film award went to The Flat from Arnon Goldfinger, a film “that revisits the holocaust in a simple, intimate family story.”

The best American film award was given to Bidder 70, from Beth and George Gage. The U.S. film jury’s statement said: “In an excellent field of non-fiction (documentary) and feature length fiction films, Bidder 70 distinguished itself as a beautifully told story of a hero’s journey filled with passion and sacrifice that tugs at the head and heart to the final scene.”

Detropia, from directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, was named the special jury prize winner for U.S. film.

Finally, Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus won the best film by a first time director prize for their doc Sexy Baby, while Eric Kissack’s Missed Connections won the special jury prize for a first time director.

The remainder of the award winners can be found here.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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