A total of 19 awards, amounting to €75,500 (US$83,370) in prize money, were presented at the 58th edition of the German festival, including seven Golden Doves and one Silver Dove. Altogether, 316 films screened through the festival, which ran from October 26 to November 1.
Staroń’s Brothers follows a pair of elderly brothers living in Poland. The Golden Dove in the International Competition for Long Documentary and Animated Film is worth €10,000.
“In a world struggling under major crisis, we see a film that absorbs its viewer,” reads a statement from the jury. “A spectator becomes a part of the film, like being inside of a painting, and being at the same time reminded of the history by means of art.”
Receiving an honorary mention in the category was Marianna Economou for her doc The Longest Run, about underage refugees in a Greek prison.
Elsewhere, in the International Competition for Short Documentary and Animated Film, Anastasia Novikova’s The Conversation was awarded the Golden Dove for Best Short Documentary Film, while the Golden Dove for Best Short Animated Film went to Georges Schwizgebel’s Erlking. The Silver Dove for Best Short Documentary and Animated film was given to to Lei Lei’s Missing One Player.
Meanwhile, the Golden Dove in the German Competition for Long Documentary and Animated Film was awarded to Tom Lemke’s Land on Water, while the inaugural Golden Dove in the German Competition for Short Documentary and Animated Film went to Benjamin Kahlmeyer for Eisen.
The Goethe Institute’s Documentary Film Prize went to Lutz Dammbeck’s Overgames, while the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury went again to Staroń for Brothers. The FIPRESCI Jury, meanwhile, gave its prize to Crystal Moselle for The Wolfpack, while Patrick Sean O’Brien took home the Young Eyes Film Award for TransFatty Lives.
Finally, winning the Golden Dove for Best Animated Documentary was Betina Kuntzsch’s Spirited Away, while Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman received an honorary mention for their Oscar-shortlisted doc Last Day of Freedom.
For a complete list of award winners, please click here.