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Awards of the 20th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival





The Awards


The International Jury of the 20th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival comprised of:

Annika Gustafsson, film critic, journalist (Sweden)

Caroline Libresco, festival programmer (USA)

David Borenstein, film director (USA)

Jan Rofekamp, sales agent, producer (The Netherlands)

Lefteris Charitos, film director (Greece)




THE AWARDS – International Competition_________________________________

Best Documentary - Golden Alexander for a film over 50’ in the International Competition section:

THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS by Simon Lereng Wilmont, Denmark-Finland-Sweden, 2017

The Golden Alexander award is accompanied by a €8.000 cash prize


Special Jury Award for a film over 50’ in the International Competition section ex aequo to:

BARONESA by Juliana Antunes, Brazil, 2017


METEORS by Gürcan Keltek, The Netherlands-Turkey, 2017

Τhe Special Jury Award is accompanied by a €2.000 cash prize



VR / VIRTUAL REALITY FILMS Competition section_________________________

The jury of the festival’s new VR documentaries Competition section comprised of:

Kirsten Kieninger, film critic, film editor (Germany)

George Drivas, visual artist, film director (Greece)

Argyris Theos, director of photography (Greece)


Bestows the best film award ex aequo to:

LIMBO by Shehani Fernando, UK, 2017


THE LAST CHAIR 1&2 by Anke Teunissen & Jessie van Vreden, The Netherlands, 2017

The award is accompanied by a €3.000 prize, sponsored by the Greek Film Centre.



FISCHER AUDIENCE AWARDS 2018______________________________________

- The Peter Wintonick Audience Award for a film over 50’ in the International Selection goes to:
OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki, Germany-Syria-Lebanon, 2017


- The Audience Award for a film under 50’ in the International Selection goes to:
THE LAST HONEY HUNTER by Ben Knight, Nepal, 2017


- The Audience Award for a Greek film over 50’ goes to:
BACK TO THE TOP by Stratis Chatzielenoudas, Greece, 2018

- The Audience Award for a Greek film under 50’ goes to:
PAINTING… by Dimitris Stamatis & Ioanna Neofytou, Greece, 2017



The “Human Values Award” (presented by the Hellenic Parliament) Jury consists of:

Kostas Dimos (Head of Programming)
Aris Fatouros (Program Consultant)
Vassilis Douvlis (Film director)

Awards the best film in the International Competition section to:

THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS by Simon Lereng Wilmont, Denmark-Finland-Sweden, 2017



The ERT Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation bestows:

One award accompanied by a €3.000 cash prize to the Greek documentary over 50’ that wins the Fischer Audience Award. This award goes to:

BACK TO THE TOP by Stratis Chatzielenoudas, Greece, 2018


The Doc on Air award to the best project of the EDN Docs in Thessaloniki, judged by the EDN committee; the award is accompanied by a €2.000 cash prize sponsored by ERT and goes to:

RIDERS OF DESTINY by Michael Niermann (Producer: Ansgar Pohle, 7T1 Media, Germany)



GREEK FILM CENTRE AWARDS______________________________________
The Greek Film Centre bestows two awards:


One to a debut documentary film over 50’ that premieres in the Greek Program section that goes to:

ANTONIS’ VOICE by Christos Kapatos, Greece, 2018

The award is accompanied by a €3.000 prize.


One to a film participating in the TDF Doc Market’s Docs in Progress section that is bestowed to:

TINY SOULS directed by Dina Naser–Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, The Netherlands, France (Production: Dina Naser and Ruba Ghazi Hannun-Mad Moshawash, Co-production: Khaled Haddad-Jordan Prioneers, Palmyre Badinier-Urban Factory).

The award is accompanied by a €3.000 prize.


The GFC also sponsors the €3.000 cash prize to the awarded film of the VR Competition section, as aforementioned.



AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AWARD______________________________________
The Amnesty International Jury consisting of:

Stefania Filippova-Mertzimeki (Special Educational Personnel Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia)

Marianna Leontaridou (Member of Amnesty International Greece, film critic)

Amalia Speleta (Member of Amnesty International Greece, graduate student of the School of Philosophy and Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Aris Dimokidis (Journalist)

Vassilis Loules (Film Director)


Awards the best film in the HUMAN RIGHTS section to:



and presents a Special Mention to the film:

MUHI – GENERALLY TEMPORARY by Rina Castelnuovo & Tamir Elterman, Israel-Germany, 2017



WWF AWARD_________________________________________________________
The WWF Jury consisting of:
Vicky Barboka (“Better Life” Project Associate)

Maria Livanou (Marine Program Associate WWF Greece)

Christi Sotiriou (Head of “Fish Forward” Project)

Iasonas Kantas (Head of Media at WWF Greece)

Awards the best film in the HABITAT section to:

THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN by Julia Dahr, UK-Norway-Kenya, 2017



FIPRESCI AWARD_____________________________________________________

The FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Jury consisting of:

Yael Shuv, Israel – Jury President

Tonči Valentić, Croatia

Joseph Proimakis, Greece


Awards the best film of the International Competition section to:

THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS by Simon Lereng Wilmont, Denmark-Finland-Sweden, 2017


And awards the best Greek film participating in TDF’s international program sections to:

MARBLE HOMELAND by Menios Karayannis, Greece, 2018



Bestows an award to the Greek film:




YOUTH JURY AWARDS_________________________________________________

The Youth Jury, comprised of Fani Chatzi, Nena Chatzisiomou, Alexandra Nikitidou, Sotiria Panantoniou and Antonis Zaoutsos, students of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, bestows two awards:


Best Film Award to:

OBSCURO BARROCO by Evangelia Kranioti, France-Greece, 2018


Special Jury Award to:

A TREE REMEMBERS by Kostas Follas, Greece, 2018



DOC MARKET: DOCS IN PROGRESS AWARDS 2018_______________________

The TDF’s Doc Market - Docs in Progress international Jury, consisting of:
Laia Aubia, Distribution Manager, DocsBarcelona, Spain

Charlotte Madsen, Buyer, SVT, Sweden

Takis Veremis, Distributor, StraDA Films, Greece


Bestows two awards:


The first award of up to €15.000 for post-production services sponsored by 2|35 Inc Post-Production House to:

SEEDS OF COLUMBUS directed by Marianna Economou – Greece (Production: Stefi/Lynx Productions, Spyros Mavrogenis, Co-production: Rea Apostolides - Anemon Productions). 


The second award of up to €6.500 for music and sound services sponsored by MuSou to:

STARING AT THE SUN directed by Atieh Attarzadeh and Hesam Eslami – France, Iran (Production: Etienne de Ricaud, Caractères Productions, Co-production: Hesam Eslami, Atieh Attarzadeh).


and presents a Special Mention to:

GENTLE WARRIORS directed by Marija Stonyte – Lithuania, Esthonia (Production: Giedre Zickyte, Moonmakers, Co-production: Riho Vastrik).



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