“Homeland,” “Among Us” win at RIDM

Abbas Fahdel's Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) (pictured) picked up two prizes at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) this weekend.
November 23, 2015

Abbas Fahdel’s Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) and Guido Hendrikx’s Among Us were among the documentaries that took home prizes from the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) this weekend.

The grand prize for best international feature was presented to Fahdel’s Iraq/France copro. The film also won the People’s Choice Award at the festival. Daniel Hui’s Snakeskin (Singapore/Portugal) received a special mention in the best international feature category.

The best international short film award, meanwhile, went to Hendrikx’s Among Us (Netherlands), with a special mention going to ell pis son char from Loic Darses. The best international medium-length film prize was awarded to Khalik Allah’s Field Niggas (USA). Chloe Mahieu’s and Lila Pinell’s Business Club (France) received a special mention.

The award for best editing in an international feature went to Saskia Berthod and Chantal Piquet for their work on Anna Roussillon’s Je suis le peuple (France/Egypt). Diego Romero Suarez-Llanos took the international cinematography honor for his work on Roberto Minervini’s The Other Side (France/Italy).

Jean-Francois Lesage’s Un amour d’été won the grand prize for best Canadian feature, while Danae Elon’s P.S. Jerusalem took home the student award. The latter winner is selected by a jury made up of six Montreal-area students. The selected film must have also screened in the Canadian competition.

The prize for the best new talent from Quebec/Canada was awarded to Genevieve Dulude-De Celles for her doc Bienvenue a F.L. The award is presented to the best first film screening in the Canadian Feature competition. The jury also gave André-Line Beauparlant’s Pinocchio a special mention in the category.

The Magnus Isacsson Award, presented to an up-and-coming Canadian director for a project that explores social issues, was given to Jean-Sebastien Francoeur and Andrew Marchand-Boddy for Retour aux sources. Manoir, from Martin Fournier and Pier-Luc Latulippe, also received a special mention from the jury.

Finally, the Women Inmates’ Award was presented to Francoeur and Marchand-Boddy’s Retour aux sources. The winner is selected by a jury comprised of five women from the Joliette Institution, who choose their favorite film from a selection of nine projects which screened in the Official Competition and Panorama programs.

(From Playback Daily)

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