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VdR–Industry Awards!

It’s been a week already and today is the last day of VdR–Industry. Opening Scenes Lab, In Between, Pietro Marcello’s Masterclass, the 3rd and last Industry Talk and of course the VdR–Industry Awards.

VdR–Industry announces its Awards

The VdR-Industry Awards 2021 were announced yesterday evening. The ceremony took place as a hybrid event in Nyon and on the VdR–Industry online platform. With its numerous prizes and grants, VdR-Industry and its partners once again reaffirm their determination to support independent documentary filmmaking in all its diversity.

Our prestigious jurors have given 17 awards in total to the selected projects, including:

visions sud est Award (10’000 CHF) dedicated to the Global South and East projects has been given to The Vanishing by Rama Thiaw, produced by  Yannis Gaye (Boul Fallé Images), Sénégal, and Jean-Laurent Csinidis (Films de Force Majeure), France.

Discover the complete list of awarded projects here


Opening Scenes Lab

This year, Opening Scenes Lab activities took place both online and on-site. Opening Scenes Lab is a tailor-made programme for filmmakers presenting their first short film or student film in the Official Selection. It offers the filmmakers the opportunity to get better acquainted with the international market and its decision makers.

The last few days have been very fertile for the 18 filmmakers. They had personal tutoring with Teboho Edkins and Wouter Jansen, they also participated in different talks and sessions to understand how to work with a producer, how to set up a festival’s strategy and what could be distribution opportunities for their short films.


In Between

In two artists’ work sessions, In Between is an event meant for artists, producers and other professionals from both the visual arts and film contexts to meet and work around the development of two projects. The first session took place yesterday online in a fruitful atmosphere, looking forward to follow the second one today.


Industry Talk 3
Filmmakers and Producers at Work

A panel focused on the situation that filmmakers are facing now and might have to deal with in the near future. The discussion A panel focused on the situation that filmmakers are facing now and might have to deal with in the near future. The discussion will be specifically focused on the work, the shooting conditions, the changes and adjustments needed. How can filmmakers adapt (or not) to new realities? Filmmakers, directors and producers are exchanging on these topics. 

Sébastien Lifshitz Film Director, France
Gaston Solnicki, Film Director, Argentina
David Epiney & Eugenia Mumenthaler, Producers, Alina Films, Switzerland
Myriam Sassine, Producer, Abbout Productions, Lebanon 

Francesco Giai Via, Venice International Film Festival, Italy

Date and Time: Wednesday, 21st April at 18:00

Discover the live on our Forum page or on our Facebook page.

Masterclass of Pietro Marcello will take place this afternoon!
As part of our Ateliers 2021, Italian director Pietro Marcello (Bella e PerdutaMartin Eden) will give today a Masterclass live from Paris 15:00 to 18:00.

This Masterclass will be broadcasted from our Visions du Réel Studio in Nyon. Pietro Marcello is invited in collaboration with the Haute école d'art et de design - Genève (HEAD).

Watch this event live on our Forum in French. You’ll find the English version on our Facebook page. The original version in Italian is on YouTube.

This Masterclass will be moderated by Rebecca De Pas (Visions du Réel). 

Image: Pietro Marcello, copyright: Francesca Errichiello

Screenings on-site

Image: Edna by Eryk Rocha

  • The First 54 Years. An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation by Avi Mograbi is being screened in Nyon today, in presence of the filmmaker. You can find the Q&A here. Avi Mograbi was also part of the Industry Talk on Filmmaking and Resistance
  • The Moon Represents My Heart by Juan Martín Hsu will be screened in World Premiere at 14:15 (swiss time) in Capitole Leone and will be followed by a Q&A.
  • Edna by Eryk Rocha is part of the International will be screened in World premiere at 18:00 (swiss time) in Capitole Leone

New Releases and Films still online

Image: The Mushrooms Speaks by Marion Neumann

Each day, new releases are made available at 11:00, 15:00 and 19:00 and on for 72 hours. Today 14 films are being released and more than 50 films are still available on

  • The Mushrooms Speaks by Marion Neumann
    is being released today at 11:00 in World Premiere.
  • My Quarantine Bear by Tomasz Wolski is presented today at 15:00 in International Burning Light in World Premiere.
  • Non-Stop by Aitziber Olaskoaga will be screened at 18:00 (swiss time) in Capitole Leone and is also being released online today at 15:00 (swiss time).



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