“Look of Silence,” “E-Team” win at CPH:DOX

Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence and Katy Chevigny and Ross Kaufmann's E-Team (pictured) are among the prize-winners at Danish documentary festival CPH:DOX.
November 17, 2014

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence and Katy Chevigny and Ross Kaufmann’s E-Team (pictured) are among the prize-winners at the Danish documentary festival CPH:DOX.

The Copenhagen-based event – which just concluded its 12th edition - honors both Danish and international documentaries, and offers six prizes including the DOX:Award, Nordic:DOX award, F:ACT award, New:Vision award, Politikens audience award and the Reel Talent award. The prizes were handed out at a ceremony on Friday (November 14) at the city’s D’Angleterre hotel.

Oppenheimer’s follow-up to The Act of Killing picked up the DOX:Award, which is given to the year’s best international doc, while a special mention went to Camilla Nielsson’s doc on the 2008 Zimbabwe elections, Democrats.

The jury – which included David Wilson, Kidlat Tahimik, Laurence Reymond, Lilibeth Cuenca and Nelly Ben Hayoun – noted that, “for the main award our debate was impassioned, clearly heated and even fiery. Our final decision was not unanimous, but perhaps that is fitting for a film that melds provocation with aesthetic brilliance.”

Meanwhile, the F:ACT award – a prize for in-depth journalism in documentary work that was introduced last year – went to E-Team, which follows a group of human rights activists working in Syria and Libya.

The Nordic:DOX award for best Nordic documentary was given to Lea Glob and Petra Costa’s hyrbid doc Olmo & the Seagull, which follows an actress and her family throughout her pregnancy.

Elsewhere, Basim Magdy’s The Dent, an essay-style film about an anonymous city’s hope of hosting the Olympic Games, won the New:Vision award for artistic work pushing the medium’s boundaries.

The festival’s Reel Talent award – given to “a documentary film director who has shown exceptional filmic vision in one of their first films” – was shared between Olmo director Lea Glob and Camilla Nielsson for Democrats.

Finally, the Politikens audience award went to Grant Baldwin’s environmental doc Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.