Of Men and War wins IDFA feature-length award
The winners of IDFA’s various competition programs were announced at the festival’s award ceremony this weekend.
Laurent Bécue-Renard won the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary for Of Men and War (France / Switzerland). The film is about a group of American Iraq veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Director Bécue-Renard follows the group for many years during therapy sessions in a clinic for veterans.
In addition, the jury presented the Special Jury Award to Something Better to Come (Denmark / Poland) by Hanna Polak, who for fourteen years followed young girl Yula and those who share her fate, living in the biggest waste tip in Europe, just outside Moscow.
Julia Mironova won the NTR IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary for Kamchatka – The Cure for Hatred (Russia).
The IDFA Award for First Appearance was presented to Gábor Hörcher for Drifter (Hungary / Germany). In addition, the jury presented the Peter Wintonick Special Jury Award for First Appearance worth € 4,000, an incentive award in memory of Canadian filmmaker Peter Wintonick who passed away last year. The award went to Nadine Salib for Mother of the Unborn (Egypt / United Arab Emirates).
The IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling went to Serial (USA) by Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder.
The next IDFA will take place from 18 through 29 November 2015. Read more about IDFA in the EDN Festival Calendar.
See a list with all festival winners at the IDFA web site.