Ingrid Kamerling wins Mediafonds Kids & Docs Award 2012

Today, the Mediafonds Kids & Docs Award 2012 was presented to filmmaker Ingrid Kamerling. She receives the award, worth € 15,000 for the best youth documentary of the past year for her film Sounds for Mazin. In this, her debut film, Kamerling shows how 12-year-old Mazin finds his way in the world of hearing, which is completely new to him. The award was presented at the close of the congress on Dutch documentary held during IDFA.

Sounds for Mazin by Ingrid Kamerling
Kamerling receives € 15,000 to develop a new documentary aimed at young people. The five-strong children’s jury included Anne van Zon, the main character of the youth documentary Flying Anne and Mack Bouwense, the main character in Ik ben echt niet bang!, Bless Ampomah, Fleur Bastiaansen and Matt Herrijgers. Junior reporters from children’s documentary website Zappechtgebeurd also sat on the jury.
In their jury report, the children said: “We were impressed by all four films. They were all well made. We eventually chose the film that appealed to us most because of the choice of subject and the exceptional way it was made. It is a funny, exciting film that allows you to get into someone else’s head.”

The jury, made up of Menna Laura Meijer, Rita Horst and Tom Fassaert nominated four youth documentaries from 21 submissions:
Achter de toren – Astrid Bussink (KRO)
Als ik in de spiegel kijk – Saskia Gubbels (NCRV / Hollandse Helden)
Het Diepe – Michiel Brongers (NCRV / Selfmade Films)
Geluiden voor Mazin – Ingrid Kamerling (EO / Hollandse Helden)

On behalf of the professionals jury Menna Laura Meijer: “It was abundantly clear to the jury that many exceptional youth films are being made in the Netherlands. We saw characters who draw us into their lives with flair and conviction, humour and sensitivity. Small stories about small events that may otherwise pass us by, but also painful, emotional confessions that hit home with both young and older audiences alike. Dutch youth documentary is much more than a collection of stories. Directors who use their unique imaginations to make the stories momentarily larger than life.”

The Mediafonds Kids & Docs Award 2012 was presented at the close of the congress on Dutch documentary that took place at IDFA. During the congress, various Dutch and international experts discussed the position of Dutch documentary in an international perspective. For many years, IDFA has provided an international platform for (Dutch) youth documentaries.

Geluiden voor Mazin (EO/Hollandse Helden) will be broadcast on 25 November in ZappEchtGebeurd on the Ned. 3 channel, from 12h00 to 13h25 hours.
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