IDFA ’15: “Don Juan,” “A Family Affair” take feature awards

The 28th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam recognized its opening film, A Family Affair (pictured), with a Special Jury Award during its awards ceremony on Wednesday night (November 25).
November 26, 2015

The 28th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has recognized its opening film, A Family Affair, as well as Jerzy Sladkowski’s Don Juan during its awards ceremony on Wednesday night (November 25).

Don Juan took the VPRO IDFA Award for best feature-length documentary, while Roman Bondarchuk’s Ukrainian Sheriffs won the Special Jury Award in the same category.

The prize for best Dutch documentary was presented to Ester Gould for A Strange Love Affair with Ego, while the Special Jury Award in that category went to Tom Fassaert’s A Family Affair.

The award for best mid-length documentary went to Andreas Koefoed for At Home in the World, while Samir Mehanovic took the Special Jury Award for that category, for The Fog of Srebrenica.

The IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling went to Jan Rothuizen and Sara Kolster for Drawing Room, while Ant Hampton took the IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award for Someone Else.

The First Appearance Award, given for the best debut film, went to Salome Machaidze, Tamuna Karumidze and David Meshki for When the Earth Seems to Be Light, while the Special Jury Award in that category, given in memory of Canadian doc-maker Peter Wintonick, went to Hasssen Ferhani’s Roundabout in My Head.

My Aleppo from Melissa Langer took the ARRI IDFA Award for best student documentary, with Tamar Kay’s The Mute’s House taking the Special Jury Award in that category.

The inaugural award for best children’s documentary went to Ninnoc from Niki Padidar, with an honorable mention going to Victor Kossakovsky’s Varicella.

The IDFA Doc U Award for the youth jury’s favorite film went to Sonita by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami. The Oxfam Global Justice Award, meanwhile, was given to Pablo Iraburu and Migueltxo Molina for Walls. Lastly, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ EDA award for best female-directed documentary went to Nicole Nielsen Horanyi‘s Motley’s Law.

This year’s awards ceremony marked the first year under the revamped awards structure unveiled in September which introduced two awards per competition.

IDFA continues until November 29.

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