The 23rd edition of Docaviv revealed its official award winners on Wednesday (July 7), with top honors going to Summer Nights for best Israeli film and Sabaya for best international film.
Summer Nights, directed by Ohad Milstein, delves into a child’s subconscious as he falls asleep and drifts into the depths of his own mind. Meanwhile, Sabaya (pictured), from director Hogir Hirori, follows the rescue operation to save thousands of Yazidi women and girls taken by ISIS. Docaviv’s best director award, meanwhile, was given to Tomer Heymann for his film I Am Not.
Listen to the Beat of Our Images by Maxime and Audrey Jean-Baptiste won the nod for best short film. Their work uses archival footage to show the effects of forced relocations and accelerated modernization in French Guiana, after Charles de Gaulle’s decision to move the French space program there.
The Beyond the Screen award was given to A La Calle by Nelson G. Navarette and Maxx Caicedo, and the Artistic Vision award in the Depth of Field competition, the strand that recognizes films pushing the envelope in the documentary genre, went to By the Throat from Effi & Amir.
The film festival kicked off on July 1 in a hybrid format with screenings in local cinemas and films available online, along with events throughout the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. The festival was set to run until July 10, but due to high demand for online screenings, festival organizers said they’ve extended their digital program to the end of July.
Docaviv is a qualifying documentary film festival for the Academy Awards, making the winners of the International, Israeli and Short Film competitions eligible for the Oscars. The winner of the best Israeli film category also becomes eligible for a marketing grant for an Academy Award campaign.
The full list of films available for streaming will be announced on July 11. Screenings are geo-blocked and only accessible for audiences in Israel.