SHEFFIELD – Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar’s The Silence of Others and Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap took home top prizes at the 25th annual Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards.
The six-day UK festival handed out awards at a Tuesday evening (June 12) ceremony at the Sheffield City Hall Ballroom, hosted by BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Paulette Edwards.
“The 25th edition of Doc/Fest has been a chance to celebrate extraordinary storytellers from debut directors to established names, all forming part of the new wave of documentary makers for a brave new world,” said Elizabeth McIntyre, CEO and festival director at Sheffield Doc/Fest, in a statement.
Carracedo and Bahar’s The Silence of Others (pictured), which had its world premiere earlier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival, took home the Grand Jury Award. Special mention in the category went to Bernadett Tuza-Ritter’s A Woman Captured.
Filmed over six years, the 96-minute film reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day.
A jury statement read, “The Silence of Others is a deeply inspiring and captivating film that makes us grateful that people are dedicated to a fight and put their lives on hold for justice. This is combined with a real filmmaking sensibility.”
Liu’s coming-of-age saga Minding the Gap, meanwhile, was feted with the New Talent Award and the Doc Audience Award, which carries a £1,000 (US$1,300) cash prize. The film, which held its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, documents the lives of three skateboarding friends in their rustbelt hometown hit hard by decades of recession.
A special mention in the category went out to Jill Magid’s The Proposal.
For its artful exploration of subject matter with local and global impact, the Environmental Jury Award was given out to Jumana Manna’s Wild Relatives, which details the lives of people and plants alike between two distant spots of the earth, the Antarctic and Lebanon.
The Tim Hetherington Award, which carries a prize of £2,000, went to Dieudo Hamadi’s Kinshasa Makambo. The film follows three Congolese activists as they attempt to mobilize a rebel generation in the face of secret police. Now in its sixth year, the Tim Hetherington Award recognizes the films and filmmakers that best reflect journalist Tim Hetherington’s legacy.
Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside’s América was honored with The Illuminate Award, which carries a prize of £1,000 and explores the screen chemistry between vibrant storytelling and innovative filmmaking inspired by science. The doc trails the stories of three brothers coming together to care for their ailing 93-year-old grandmother.
Find a full list of the Sheffield Doc/Fest awards below:
GRAND JURY AWARD
Winner: The Silence of Others
Special Mention: A Woman Captured
Winner: Minding the Gap
Winner: Wild Relatives
TIM HETHERINGTON AWARD
Winner: Kinshasa Makambo
ART DOC AWARD
Winner: Music When the Lights Go Out
NEW TALENT AWARD
Winner: Minding the Gap
Special Mention: The Proposal
YOUTH JURY AWARD
SHORT DOC AWARD
Winner: Black Sheep
Special Mention: Weltschmerz
ALTERNATE REALITIES VIRTUAL REALITY AWARD
Winner: Face to Face
Special Mention: Vestige
ALTERNATE REALITIES INTERACTIVE AWARD
Winner: The Voice of the Unicorn
Honorable Mention: Terminal 3
ALTERNATIVE REALITIES AUDIENCE AWARD
Winner: Grenfell: Our Home
Winner:Kim Snyder’s Notes from Dunblane: Lessons From a School Shooting
WHICKER’S WORLD FOUNDATION AWARDS
Funding Award Winner: Mirror Mirror on the Wall
Funding Award Runner Up: Disappearing Village
BBC Northern Docs Pitch Winner: Knife Crime: The Final Chapter
The Real Stories Special Relationship Pitch: The Truffle Trip
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation X Guardian Pitch:
The Hope That Kills You
The Poverty Project
Five Days at the Food Bank
The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch:
The Boiler Room Pitch:
To be announced