Doc/Fest ’15: “Look of Silence” wins audience award

Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence (pictured), a follow-up to 2012's The Act of Killing, has won the audience award for feature docs at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
June 16, 2015

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence (pictured), a follow-up to 2012′s The Act of Killing, has won the audience award for feature docs at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

The six-day UK festival, which ran from June 5 to 10, welcomed more than 3,400 international delegates and hosted 184 screenings, according to festival organizers.

While The Look of Silence picked up the audience prize for feature docs, Matt Houghton‘s Dear Araucaria won the doc short audience award. The nine-minute film centers on John Graham, the crossword creator for The Guardian, who has made cryptic puzzles for the UK outlet over a span of 55 years.

Meanwhile, winning the audience award for the festival’s interactive offerings was Dave Bossert and Theodore Gray’s Disney Animated, which explores the history of Disney animation by giving participants a hands-on approach to the company’s production techniques. Attendees were able to dissect animated clips, animate 3D character models and navigate a timeline of Disney’s animated features.

Elsewhere, the ARTE International Prize – a development award worth €1,500 (US$1,690) – went to Oscar Raby’s Islands, while the ARRI Short Film Challenge was won by Sophia Ollins and her film Knit Me Some Happiness.

The BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Stories Pitch prize went to Rebecca Coxon for Flawed, and The Guardian Documentaries Pitch was won by Kaspar Astrup Schröder for Learning to Forget. Meanwhile, Ana Naomi De Sousa won the International Broadcasting Trust Climate Change Pitch with her film The Architecture of Power and the Channel 4 First Cut Pitch prize went to Luned Tonderai.

Next year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest is to take place from June 10 to 15.

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