IDFA Announces Festival Award Winners 2016
After an exciting week of screenings, industry sessions and other festival activities, the winners of this year's IDFA competitions have been announced on 23 November in Amsterdam’s Stadsschouwburg theatre during the 29th IDFA award ceremony.
From among the many outstanding films in competition at this year's edition of IDFA, the final line-up of prize winners has been revealed on Wednesday evening at the IDFA award ceremony in Amsterdam. Zaradasht Ahmed’s "Nowhere to Hide" won the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary and "Still Tomorrow" by Jian Fan earned recognition through the IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary. The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Documentary Award went to Filmmaker Ester Gould (A Strange Love Affair with Ego, Strike a Pose). A total of 16 awards were presented following the initial presentation of the IDFA Alliance of Women Film Journalists' EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary to Maite Alberdi for The Grown-Ups.
The awarded filmmakers, titles and categories are:
Best Feature-Length Documentary
Zaradasht Ahmed won the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary (€12,500) for Nowhere to Hide (Norway/Sweden). The film is an eyewitness report by an Iraqi nurse forced to flee when his home falls into the hands of IS. From the jury report: "The experience was immersive and left us deeply touched. The director respected the unique perspective that only the subject could have and in doing so he gave us an unprecedented window into the real life lasting consequences of war."
Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary
The IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary (€2,500) went to Still Tomorrow (China) by Jian Fan. The documentary is a portrait of Chinese poet Xiuhua Yu, who blossoms from a disabled farmer caught in a loveless marriage into an internet sensation and Chinese media darling.
IDFA Award for First Appearance
Special Jury Award for First Appearance
Best Mid-Length Documentary
Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary
DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award
Award for Dutch Documentary
Special Jury Award for Dutch Documentary
Award for Best Student Documentary
Special Jury Award for Student Documentary
Best Children's Documentary
Special Jury Award for Children's Documentary
Best Female-Directed Documentary
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Documentary Award
Filmmaker Ester Gould (A Strange Love Affair with Ego, Strike a Pose)
IDFA continues until Sunday, 27 November 2016, when the winners of the VPRO IDFA Audience Award will be announced (Source).
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