IDFA ’13: Awards noms announced

In addition to its usual categories, this year's awards ceremony will also feature a special jury prize for emerging filmmakers named in honor of recently deceased Canadian filmmaker Peter Wintonick (pictured).
November 28, 2013

The International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) has announced the nominees for its awards ceremony, to be held on Friday as the 26th edition of the festival winds down.

Nominees for the feature-length documentary category, spotlighting docs longer than 60 minutes, include Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case from Andreas Johnson (Denmark); Ne me quitte pas from Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels von Koevorden (The Netherlands/Belgium); and Song from the Forest by Michael Obert (Germany).

Nominees in the mid-length documentary category, for films up to 60 minutes, include Kismet by Nina Maria Paschalidou (Greece / Cyprus); Pussy vs. Putin by Gogol’s Wives Productions and Anonymous Anonymous (Russia); and Soul Food Stories by Tonislav Hristov (Bulgaria / Finland).

Films up for the IDFA Competition for First Appearance include Ariel by Laura Bari (Canada); Judgment in Hungary by Eszter Hajdú (Hungary / Germany); and My Name is Salt by Farida Pacha (Switzerland / India). In addition to this award, the jury will present a special award in honor of late Canadian filmmaker Peter Wintonick, dubbed the Peter Wintonick Special Jury Award for First Appearance, worth 2,500.

Nominees for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling include Hollow by Elaine McMillon (U.S.); I Love Your Work by Jonathan Harris (U.S.); and the Arcade Fire interactive video Just a Reflektor, by Vincent Morriset and Aaron Koblin (U.S./Canada/UK).

A full list of nominees can be found at


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