Jury Report: IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary 2016

We enjoyed a geographically rich selection of films that provided exposure and insight onto many of the lost significant issues facing the world. In their seriousness and concern, the films focused on the personal toll global policies have on communities, families and individuals. A theme emerged in the detailed analysis of fractured human relationships resulting in tremendous grief and psychosis that is often overlooked in more generalized works. This attention struck us unique and necessary.

IDFA Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary
We were particularly moved by the camerawork in the service of insight and empathy in a non-story driven film. Through the precise shot selection and framing, we are granted a rare chance to see the life and rituals in a humble portrayal of Chechnya society, all the more revelatory because of the patience and restraint showed by the filmmakers.
For its intuitive and layered photography, the IDFA Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary goes to Come Back Free by Ksenia Okhapkina.

IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary
With a sophisticated structure, factual analysis from multiple viewpoints, rigorous investigation of pre-existing footage and an ability to thoughtfully develop tension towards its conclusion, this film reveals truths about human nature during an attack in Jerusalem.
The IDFA Award for Mid-Length Documentary goes to Death in the Terminal by Tali Shemesh and Asaf Sudry.

Jury Biographies

Ryan Harrington is Director of Docs and Specials for Discovery Communications and based in New York. Previously, Harrington served as the Vice President of Artist Programs for Tribeca Film Institute, where he launched many of their worldwide granting and filmmaker support initiatives. He also managed production at A&E IndieFilms, where he championed numerous high-profile feature docs. He is a PGA-nominated and IDA-winning producer as well as a frequent panelist/speaker, jury member, and go-to expert at industry events around the world.

Noe Mendelle is the Director of the Scottish Documentary Institute. She has worked in film and TV as a producer and director for over 30 years, for broadcasting companies such as Channel 4, BBC, Scottish Television, ARTE, Radio e Televisão de Portugal, Danmarks Radio and Al Jazeera. In parallel she is a research professor at the Edinburgh College of Art. She set up the Scottish Documentary Institute in 2003 and its diverse award-winning schemes: Bridging the Gap, BtG+, This Is Scotland, Stories and Edinburgh Pitch. Mendelle is very ambitious for Scottish talent to play a creative key role on the international documentary scene, both as filmmakers and facilitators. She exec produces most films going through SDI, including Norfolk, I Am Breathing, and Future My Love, working with a wide range of emerging and established talent. She has served on juries and panels at festivals around the world and runs documentary workshops, especially in Africa and the Middle East.

Jake Perlin is a co-founder and artistic/programming director of Metrograph, a cinema in Manhattan, and the executive director of Cinema Conservancy, a film production and consultancy non-profit dedicated to American independent film. Cinema Conservancy’s recent co-productions include Hermia and Helena (Matías Piñeiro) and Peter and the Farm (Tony Stone). Previously, Perlin was programmer-at-large for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and was awarded the 2015 Film Heritage Prize from the National Society of Film Critics. He also worked as associate film curator at BAMcinematek for eight years. Perlin is also the founder of Film Desk, a film distribution company specializing in the release of new 35mm prints.

Andrea Prenghyová is a director and the co-initiator of dok.incubator rough cut workshop, based in Prague. She graduated in journalism at Charles University and in documentary direction at FAMU. She was on hand for the start of the Institute of Documentary Film in 2001, which under her 10 years of leadership has developed into the biggest NGO supporting documentary films in the Eastern European countries. From 2003-2007, she was a member of EDN’s Executive Committee. During this period, she also participated in a working group creating the proposal of the new Czech cinema law, and participated in creating the Audiovisual Training Coalition. In 2011, together with DOK Leipzig, Prenghyová started the dok.incubator workshop, focused on the development of films in the rough-cut stage using new tools of documentary marketing and distribution. In the last few years, dok.incubator has developed into a respected brand with films regularly screened at prestigious festivals like Sundance, IDFA, DOK Leipzig Visions du Réel and Hot Docs.

Digna Sinke is an award-winning Dutch film director and producer. She graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy in 1972 in writing and directing fiction films and documentaries. Her first feature film De stille oceaan (The Silent Pacific) was in competition at the Berlinale in 1984. Her feature film Belle van Zuylen – Madame de Charrière won the grand prize at the Mannheim/Heidelberg Festival in 1994. In 2010, she completed her long-term documentary project Wistful Wilderness, which won the prize for Best Documentary at FIFE (Paris) and Neue Heimat Festival in Freistadt. Her latest documentary Under the Surface was nominated for Best Feature-Length Dutch documentary at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2016. In 2001, Sinke took over the production company SNG Film from her late husband René Scholten. Since then she has produced more than 30 films, including An Angel in Doel by Tom Fassaert (Forum Berlinale 2011), Wavumba by Jeroen van Velzen (Best Young Director at Tribeca in 2012) and En amont du fleuve by Marion Hänsel.
Call for Entry: IDFA Bertha Fund December 22, 2016 | The IDFA Bertha Fund is looking for new creative documentary projects from developing countries for both its classic program and the IBF Europe distribution scheme.
Ally Derks receives Pioneer Award December 12, 2016 | Last Saturday, Ally Derks received a prestigious Pioneer Award from the International Documentary Association.
Open Call: Short Web Documentaries November 26, 2016 | IDFA and Jos de Putter from Deep Focus Web Documentaries invite entries for project proposals from talented (young) filmmakers.
And the winners are... November 23, 2016 | At the Awards Ceremony in the Stadsschouwburg, the 14 winners of IDFA 2016 have just been announced.


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