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Awards at the 16th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival

Films from five continents documenting major and minor issues of our lives have paraded in Thessaloniki screens opening multiple windows to the world for the audience. Here are the awards.

After nine creative days full of documentary screenings from around the world, the 16th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival pulls the curtain tonight. Films from five continents documenting major and minor issues of our lives have paraded in Thessaloniki screens opening multiple windows to the world and its problems for the audience.

The awards in the different categories were also announced earlier today. Among the winners, the Greek film “Becoming An Actor”, by Dimitris Koutsiabasakos is a study in acting, following a team of ambitious actors from their exams in drama school until their graduation, three years later.

In the over 45 minutes category, the best foreign documentary Audience Award went to the British film “Beach Boy”, directed by Emil Langballe, deals with a young Kenyan man dreaming of a better life while attempting to work as an escort of elderly European ladies vacationing in British resorts.

International Critics Association (FIPRESCI) awarded the Greek film “Kalavryta – People And Shadows”, directed by Elias Yiannakakis presenting the Nazi atrocities in the Greek cityduring occupation and the French film “On The Edge Of The World”, directed by Claus Drexel, shedding a light on the other side of the City of Light – homeless and immigrants spending their time in the Parisian metro.

Here are the main awards.

AUDIENCE AWARDS
 

  • -The Peter Wintonick Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to:

 FOUR LETTERS APART – CHILDREN IN THE AGE OF ADHD by Erlend E. Mo, Denmark, 2013.
 

  • The Audience Award for a film under 45’ in the International Selection goes to:

 BEACH BOY by Emil Langballe, UK 2013.
 

  • The Audience Award for a Greek film over 45’ goes to:

 BECOMING AN ACTOR by Dimitris Koutsiabasakos, Greece, 2014.
 

  • The Audience Award for a Greek film under 45’ goes to:

 SOCIAL CONSERVATORY - NOTES by Thekla Malamou and Alexandra Saliba, Greece, 2014.

FIPRESCI AWARDS

The FIPRESCI award for a Greek film goes to:

  • KALAVRYTA – PEOPLE AND SHADOWS by Elias Yannakakis, Greece, 2014

 
Jury rationale: For investigating what is an ongoing historical trauma for the Greek people, and for documenting the importance of anti-fascist struggle both in the past and with regard to the present.
 
And the FIPRESCI award for an international film goes to:

  • ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Claus Drexel, France, 2013.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AWARD

  • ÇAPULCU – VOICES FROM GEZI by Benedetta Argentieri, Claudio Casazza,

Carlo Prevosti, Duccio Servi, Stefano Zoja, Italy-Turkey, 2013

WWF AWARD

Best film in the HABITAT section:

  • WINTER by Cristina Picchi, Russia, 2013

DOCS IN PROGRESS AWARD

  • SAD PEOPLE FACTORY, Director: Michèle Dominici, Producers: Karina Si Ahmed, Jean-François Lepetit – Flach Film Production, France.

The award is accompanied by a 15.000 euro award equivalent to services by the Authorwave Post Production house (Greece). 

EDN AWARD 2014
 
The EDN Award is presented annually during Docs in Thessaloniki to an institution, group or person for outstanding contribution to the development of documentary culture.
 On the occasion of celebrating the 10th edition of The EDN Award, the 2014 honour is presented to Tue Steen Müller. He receives the award for a lifelong commitment to the documentary genre and for personally contributing to the outstanding development of the European documentary culture.