16 November: Peter Triest wins Mediafonds Documentary Award 2016 at opening of IDFA
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) just officially opened in Carré with the film Stranger in Paradise by Guido Hendrikx. Ahead of the screening, the Mediafonds Documentary Award 2016 (€ 125,000) for the realisation of his film plan Parked Lives was presented to Peter Triest. In her opening speech, festival director Ally Derks referred to the impending demise of the Mediafonds after many years of intensive cooperation. This was also Ally Derks’ last opening speech. Next year, she will be officially stepping down from the festival during the 30th edition of IDFA.
The award, a sum of €125,000, is made available each year by the Mediafonds, intended for the realization of the best film plan from the IDFA-Mediafonds Workshop, a cooperation between IDFA and the Mediafonds. This edition, in which five documentary makers took part, was led by filmmakers Catherine van Campen and Petra Lataster-Czisch.
Parked Lives by Peter Triest
In Parked Lives, Peter Triest portraits one of the more than two million Eastern European truck drivers who spend 46 week of the year criss-crossing Southern and Western Europe. The layered plan makes it clear at different levels how this displaced man is an anonymous but essential link in the way our society is kept working.
The jury said of the winning film plan:
‘After extensive deliberations, the jury chose the film plan in which the maker’s filmic vision of the subject came across the strongest. The maker zooms in and out, with a sharp eye for significant details and the bigger underlying picture. In so doing, he allows us to get to know a world which, although close to us, is completely unknown to most people. It is the portrait of a man, and through him of Europe today.’
The jury was made up of Bregtje van der Haak, Sal Kroonenberg, Kaweh Modiri, Patrick Schonewille and Suzanne van Voorst.
Peter Triest (1973) is a filmmaker, historian and copywriter. Having studied at RITCS, the film academy in Brussels, he switched to history, specializing in the Late Modern Period. His debut film Out of the Desert (2016) is a portrait of American cult musician Howe Gelb. In 2011 he won the award for best government campaign of the year as a communication advisor.
Opening speech Ally Derks
In her opening speech, festival director Ally Derks spoke about the impending scrapping of the Mediafonds and the many years of intensive cooperation between this organisation and IDFA. During the past decades, more than 200 talented young documentary makers were supported in the development and making of 78 creative documentaries.
Ally Derks also spoke briefly about the extraordinarily positive recommendations IDFA received last summer from both the Council for Culture and the Amsterdamse Kunstraad (Amsterdam Arts Council). In spite of the recommendations to honor both subsidy applications in full, both on the grounds of past performance and the plans for the future, neither recommendation was honored. Derks expressed the hope that the Minister of Education, Culture and Science would reverse these decisions.
This was the last opening speech by Ally Derks, founder and director of IDFA. Although she will not be stepping down until the 30th edition of IDFA in 2017, after this edition she will be taking up the invitation from the ‘Robert Bosch Stiftung’ in Germany to live and work as a ‘fellow’ in Berlin. Barbara Visser will take over her duties as interim artistic director.
On the evening of Wednesday, November 23, the awards will be presented in the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam, with the announcement of the winners in the various competitions.
IDFA 2016 runs until Sunday, November 27.