Pictures of the award ceremony of the 31st DOK.fest

VIKTOR Main Competition 

Christian Sønderby Jepsen (Denmark/Netherlands 2015)
Jacob is 24, a comedian and journalist with a tendency towards black humour. It’s part of his survival strategy as a man with cerebral palsy in a society that revolves around the norm. In a (self) observation that is as entertaining as it is illuminative, he questions what normal really is.

Extract from the jury decision:
The film the Jury has selected is as powerful and eloquent in its subject as in its cinematic storytelling. The story unfolds through masterful editing of layered and nuanced elements to reach a powerful emotional climax.

Peter Jäger, Autlook Filmsales
Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit International
Debra Zimmerman, Women Make Movies
Further information on the jury
Sponsored by Bayerischen Rundfunk and Global Screen, worth 10,000 Euro


VIKTOR DOK.deutsch

igmund Steiner (Austria 2016)
The director, himself a farmer’s son, tells a story closely connected with his own, of generational conflict and agriculture’s demise. Portraits of three fathers who find deep fulfilment in their work and three sons who are turning their back on their family inheritance in pursuit of their own happiness.

Extract from the jury decision:
As representatives of his father the director portrays three farmers and their relationship to the land and their animals. Sensitively, Steiner poses profound questions that are also existentially important in his own biography. He shows us his protagonists exclusively in the fields, woods and meadows. As a result of this formal decision the three men open up with a rare honesty – we get wonderfully close to them.

Dr. Irene Klünder, Haus des Dokumentarfilms
Dr. Seraina Rohrer, Solothurner Filmtage
Peter Schernhuber, Diagonale Graz s
Further information on the jury

Sponsored by Planet, worth 5,000 Euro


VIKTOR DOK.horizonte

Maher Abi Samra (Norway/Lebanon/France/United Arab Emirates 2016)   
For middle-class families in Lebanon, employing a domestic worker is the norm. Agencies arrange the fresh supply of young women from Africa and Asia. Absorbing and agonizing insights into the agencies’ everyday affairs, which lie somewhere between global commerce and slavery.

Extract from the jury decision:
In a very cinematic way the director brings us into the international industry of domestic workers in Beirut. The film shows in a very pragmatic, clear and elegant manner the brutality of the system, never exposing the victims. The DOK.horizonte jury decided to give the prize to this striking film, which raises
awareness of the existence of the outcasts of globalization.

Special Mention:
Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner, Abou Bakar Sidibé (Denmark 2016)
LES SAUTEURS jump – over the fence of the Spanish enclave of Melilla in Morocco. Abou Bakar Sidibé, from Mali, documents life on Gurugu Mountain, where thousands of young men from Sub-Saharan Africa hope to make the leap into the Eldorado of Europe.

Extract from the jury decision:
The jury members decided to give a special mention to a film that gives a strong insight into the life of African refugees from within. Stuck at the Moroccan Spanish border one of the main protagonists was given a camera to witness the daily struggle, dreams, hopes and illusions of young African migrants. Sometimes sad or disillusioned but never without humour, this innovative way of shooting enables us to identify fully with the protagonists.

Artchil Khetagouri, CinéDOC-Tbilisi International Documentary Film Festival
Marina May, Goethe Institut
Jean-Jacques Peretti, Sunny Lab, Sunny Side of the Doc 
Further information on the jury

Sponsored by Petra-Kelly-Stiftung, worth 3,000 Euro


FFF Documentary Talent Award

Jan Gassmann (Germany/Switzerland 2015)
HE: “I find sex pretty good” – SHE: “Maybe in another life.” Jan Gassmann’s explicit crisis film for Generation Y is a warts and all portrayal that closely follows four couples as they search for jobs and get high in a continent on the verge of change.

Extract from the jury decision:
Sex, drugs and the job centre. The generation between 20 and 30 is searching for prospects. To stay? To go? – and, if so, to where? To bed together? Or alone to Genova where there are apparently still jobs? Or to a dealer? Europe in crisis – at first glance it sounds abstract. Jan Gassmann begins by watching just eight people as they go about their daily lives – and then, with a forceful freshness and great formal courage, creates a portrait of a lost generation. An impressive snapshot.

Matthias Leybrand, BR
Mariette Rissenbeek, German Films
Alex Rühle, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Further information on the jury

Sponsored by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, worth 5,000 Euro 


kinokino Audience Award

Stefan Eberlein, Manuel Fenn (Germany 2015)
Jonathan Pang, a businessman from China, wants to transform an old military airport in rural northern Germany into an international commercial centre. Globalisation meets provincial reality in a film that is rich in contrasts.

Awarded by BR film magazine kinokino
The kinokino Audience Award goes to the film wich has received the most votes in proportion to its number of spectators. A total of 7,712 votes were cast. PARCHIM INTERNATIONAL gained 73 percent.


DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (Germany/Iran/Switzerland 2015)
18-year-old Afghan, Sonita, is a rapper. She lives “sans papiers” in Teheran and dreams of a future as a hip hop star. Yet her mother wants her to be married in Afghanistan and her bride price is supposed to pay for the wedding of her older brother.

Extract from the jury decision:
The film SONITA draws us straight into the touching story of a strong-willed girl who fights for freedom and self-determination in her life. She is helped along the way by various people but above all by her charming and open character and her exorbitant strength and creativity. The Iranian filmmaker succeeds in answering the question of what the life of a woman is worth and has created a documentary masterpiece in two respects: her film does not just bring us closer to the thrilling life story of her young heroine but also proves the success of helping and that a film can change the world.

Christine Kehrer, SOS Kinderdörfer weltweit 
Jutta Krug, WDR
Catherine Le Goff, ARTE
Prof. Dr. Heribert Prantl, Süddeutsche Zeitung 
Dr. Wilfried Vyslozil, SOS Kinderdörfer weltweit
Further information on the jury

Sponsored by B.O.A Videofilmkunst, worth 3,000 Euro


megaherz filmschool award

Zahra Vargas (Switzerland 2015)
There are mistakes that we pay for with our life. When Homer, the hunter, and a rare bearded vulture meet, the story ends in tragedy - for both of them. A Kafkaesque exploration of reality and reconstruction.

Extract from the jury decision:
This film not only opens the door to the uncanny world of the protagonists but also invites us to reflect on our society. It questions the moral fabric, its rights and wrongs and everything in between. We hope for the filmmakers’ cinematic vision in all its poetry and understanding of the social construct, to be seen more often in the future.

Vikram Arora, Zelig Bozen
Manuela Bastian, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Sophie Dettmar, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln
Narges Kalhor, HFF
Clara König, Filmakademie Wien
Nils Lehmbruch, IFS Köln
Roxana Richters, DFFB
Sophia Schiller, HFG Karlsruhe
Jörg Volkmar, Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf 

Sponsored by megaherz, worth 3,000 Euro


OmU-Award by Untertitel-Werkstatt Münster

Britta Schöning (Germany 2015)
Britta sets out on a journey to discover the past. When she was 18 months old her mother went on a journey of her own and disappeared forever. A suicide and the nagging question of why.

Extract from the jury decision:
Everyone of us is born into certain circumstances. However it demands great courage to tackle your own history. This film, which tells more than a personal story, moved us deeply. Each of us is born into a particular situation. The director takes us on a journey to discover the past and sensitively confronts herself and the audience with painful issues.

Sponsored by Untertitel-Werkstatt Münster, worth 5,000 Euro 


Nachwuchspreis des Hauses des Dokumentarfilms (Pitch Award)

Walter Solon 

Extract from the jury decision:
For his film, Walter Solon takes on two challenges: first he wants to document an extraordinary music competition that has been organised for 15 years in Jewish communities across
Germany: “JEWROVISION.” At the same time he wants to found a new community himself that will take part in the competition with a critical musical contribution: “MY Jewrovision.”
We anticipate an indiosyncratic, complex film that offers a deep insight into Jewish culture in today’s Germany and at the same time playfully challenges structures of power.

Special Mention:
Sonja Kessler 

Extract from the jury decision:
With her film project Sonja Kessler broaches the issue of lesbian couples’ desire to have babies and the resistance that accompanies this from a consistently personal perspective that goes far beyond a purely topic-driven examination.

Anne-Kathrin Brinkmann, ZDF/ARTE
Petra Felber, BR
Gudrun Hanke El-Ghomri, SWR
Volker Heise, zero one
Jutta Krug, WDR
Catherine Le Goff, ARTE
Dorothee Martin, MFG Medienförderung Baden-Württemberg
Carl-Ludwig Rettinger, Lichtblick Film
Aline Schmid, Beauvoir Films
Beate Thalberg, ORF
Armin Toerkell, Megaherz
Claudia Tronnier, ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Ralph Wieser, Mischief Films 

Sponsored by Haus des Dokumentarfilms Stuttgart, worth 2,500 Euro 



Ernesto Pardo (Regie: Tatiana Huezo / Mexico 2015)
A journey along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, through an overcast, stark and beautiful landscape. The film’s images reflect and contrast the stories of two mothers: one who was kidnapped, imprisoned and traumatised; the other who has spent years searching for her daughter.

Extract from the jury decision:
The oustanding camera work by Ernesto Pardo gives the audience scope to associate with something inconceivable that has still happened. Through their natural closeness and intimacy with the foreign woman, the concrete and apparently simple images create a puzzling blend of dream, nightmare and reality.

Richard Ladkani, Malaika Pictures
Marieke Schroeder, Thali Media
Dagmar Biller, Tangram International
Nicole Leykauf, Leykauf Film
Sven Zellner, HFF München

Sponsored by ARRI, worth 5,000 Euro


German Documentary Music Award

Siegfried Friedrich (directed by
Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode / Germany 2015) 

Extract from the jury decision:
Siegfried Friedrich's score combines the silent film era with modernity and transports them into the present. The film music is impressive for its stylistic diversity, acts as a driving force and works in harmony with the narrative.

Special Mention:
Georg Zeitblom (directed by Nicolas Humbert / Germany, Czech Republic 2016) 

Sponsered by Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung, supported by Förder- und Hilfsfonds des Deutschen Komponistenverbands, worth 2,500 Euro

Composition Funding

John Gürtler (Composition), Elsa Kremser/Levin Peter (Directors)

Sponsored by Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung, worth 5,000 Euro   

Maike Conway, director
John Gürtler, composer
Dr. Paul Hertel, composer
Annette Josef, member of Munich symphony orchestra
Prof. Bernd Wefelmeyer, Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf


Award Videobooks - Mobile Storytelling ( Marketplace)

Isabella Willinger and Stefan Kloos

Jury's statement:
The project convinced the jury through its unusual approach of placing robots in the centre of the story and questioning the future relationship of humans and machines with critical and optimistic hypotheses. The filmmakers tackle the issue with refreshing curiosity and the necessary distance and convincingly described the digital potential of the project. The idea to merge the emotional and the informative layers was particularly promising. WE ARE THE ROBOTS offers a good starting base for a cinematic and digital confrontation with a future that concerns us all.

The project will be adapted as video book - in cooperation with DOCMINE.