The award winning films 2017

VIKTOR Main Competition: NOWHERE TO HIDE by Zaradasht Ahmed

From the jury statement: "This year’s winner is not only an essential story, it is timely and it’s also a great example of very good filmmaking. It’s a story about the most important political conflict we’re experiencing told in a simple way, but most of all it’s a story about ordinary people living under extraordinary circumstances. The jury chose the film NOWHERE TO HIDE by director Zaradasht Ahmed, who shows you what makes a refugee."

Special Mention: EL COLOR DEL CAMALÉON (Andrés Lübbert, Belgium/Chile 2016)

Mara Gourd-Mercado (Festival Director, RIDM), Joachim Kühn (Managing Director, Real Fiction Filmverleih), Andy Whittaker (Founder, Dogwoof)

Sponsored by BR Fernsehen and Global Screen, worth 10,000 Euros

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VIKTOR DOK.deutsch: BRUDER JAKOB by Elí Roland Sachs

From the jury statement: “In unpretentious and highly emotional images, the film recounts Jakob's need for spirituality and the power and the relentlessness of religion and family. We are shown the competition between the two brothers, that dialogue is better than exclusion, that understanding must always come before judgement and that a dominant culture that holds good for everyone is not easy to create.”

Jury: Tobias Büchner (Managing Director for Internal Affairs, zero one film), Anja Dziersk (Managing Director, Rise and Shine World Sales), Marieke Schroeder (Managing Director, Thalia Media)

Sponsored by SPIEGEL Geschichte, worth 5,000 Euros.

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VIKTOR DOK.horizonte: MOTHERLAND by Ramona S. Díaz

From the jury statement: "The film moved us deeply with its approach towards a universal, human rights topic that everyone can connect with, regardless of gender and cultural background. With a fine balance between the topic and documentary film technique, the film introduces the spectator to a microcosm that allows a wider insight into Filipino society and reflects how family and tradition impact women's living conditions."

Special Mention: DEAD DONKEYS FEAR NO HYENAS (Joakim Demmer, Sweden/Germany/Finnland 2016)   

Jury: Anna Berthollet (Coordinator Festivals & Non-Theatrical Sales, Taskovski Films), Inti Cordera (Managing Director, DocsMX), Eva Lautenschlager (Department Film, TV and Radio, Goethe-Institut)

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

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FFF-Förderpreis Dokumentarfilm: SALICELLE RAP by Carmen Té

Aus der Jurybegründung: "The filmmaker, producer and writer, Carmen Té, depicts one of the bleakest suburbs of Napels: Salicelle. Nothing works in this prefab housing estate yet some of the residents don't want to accept their fate: the rappers, Luca Blindo and Tony Phone, who use their music to process their anger; the women and mothers who fight for their families and Don Ciro, the parish priest, with his unshakeable confidence and dedication in communicating a different world view to the many children. A signature style, precise observation, emotion and impressive images – all the qualities of "great documentary film" – can be found in this work."

Dagmar Biller (Managing Director, TANGRAM International), Dr. Barbara Fränzen (Director Film Department, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich), Carlos Gerstenhauer (Managing Editor Kinofilm, BR)

Sponsored by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, worth 5,000 Euro

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kinokino Audience Award: MISS KIET'S CHILDREN by Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster

The kinokino Audience Award 2017 goes to the film which has received the most votes in relation to its visitor number. MISS KIET'S CHILDREN won the award with 80 per cent. Alltogether 10,478 votes have been given.

Offered by BR Filmmagazin kinokino

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Megaherz Student Award: PER SONG by Shuchang Xie

From the jury statement: "With sensibility for the interpersonal, this film gives us insight into a circle of friends far away from Europe. As intrinsic the characters and problems may seem to us, though, PER SONG reflects the universality of the awareness of a young generation's life. It is a melancholic contemplation of solitude and search for love. A brave film in form and content, which is not afraid to follow its style stubbornly and forcefully."

Jury: Tobias Gaede (Student, dffb Berlin), Marina Hufnagel (Student, HFF München), Marion Eisenmann (Student, KHM Köln), Beatrice Segolini (Student, ZeLIG Bozen), Rafael Starman (Student, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)

Sponsored by megaherz, presented by arte, worth 3,000 Euro

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ARRI AMIRA Award: CAMERAPERSON by Kirsten Johnson

From the jury statement: "In her film CAMERAPERSON Kirsten Johnson lets the audience experience how beautiful and vivid and, at the same time, unbearably oppressive and ambivalent camerawork for documentary film can be. Her film embarks upon an intelligent and personal essay-like discourse about the various facets of and the tensions within the relationship between the person behind the camera and the world in front of the camera. In the process, her images and scenes achieve great intimacy and poetry. Her core interest is in reporting where the images originate from - with all the adversity, ambivalences and documentary gifts that are generally invisible to the viewer."

Jury: Prof. Michael Leuthner (Professor for camera, Hochschule Macromedia), Anne Misselwitz (camera woman), Prof. Heiner Stadler (Professor for documentary film and TV journalism, HFF München)

Sponsored by ARRI, woth 5,000 Euro.

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DOK.fest Preis der SOS Kinderdörfer weltweit: KOMUNIA by Anna Zamecka

From the jury statement: „In this in-depth film the audience experiences Ola’s life as roller coaster ride between constant, overwhelming demands and serious responsibilities and Ola is portrayed as both a victim of the independence she was forced to develop at a young age and an everyday hero. Anna Zamecka has succeeded in creating an outstanding film that, on the one hand, thrives on its closeness and affection to its protagonist and, on the other hand, has the courage to outline the girl’s possible failings. The family is crowded together at close quarters and the washing machine that makes everything shake on its spin cycle, increasingly becomes a metaphor for Ola’s life.“

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

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Dokumentarfilmmusikpreis: 6 JAHRE, 7 MONATE UND 16 TAGE – DIE MORDE DES NSU (Composition: Elias Gottstein, Direction: Sobo Swobodnik)

From the jury statement: "Elias Gottstein convinces with a courageous composition for a film which is reduced to a minimum. He creates a modern, electronic requiem, consistent and autonomous, and of an oppressive intensity, a contemporary sound collage that doesn't serve the film in a superficial way. The composer subtly weaves musical motifs, which point to the cultural background of the NSU victims, into the sound design and extends the challenging film into a space of reflection."

Sponsored by Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung, suüpported by Förder- und Hilfsfonds des Deutschen Komponistenverbands DKV, worth 5,000 Euro.
The jury

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Pitch Award des Hauses des Dokumentarfilms: AWALATJE – DIE HEBAMMEN by Sarah Noa Bozenhardt

From the jury statement: "Embodied by the two protagonists, tradition and modernity meet in a clash of generations. The director has set herself the task to show methods of midwifery from two different perspectives. The director's strong relationship with the country promises an in-depth and personal insight into the complex topic. The project AWALATJE – THE MIDWIVES convices with the conception of the two protagonists.“

Jury: Anne-Kathrin Brinkmann (ZDF/arte), Petra Felber (BR), Ulla Hocker (ARTE), Diana Kraus (ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel), Jutta Krug (WDR), Carl-Ludwig Rettinger (Lichtblick Film), Marc-André Schmachtel (Goethe-Institut), Siegfried Steinlechner (ORF), Paul Thiltges (Paul Thiltges Distributions), Esther van Messel (First Hand Films), Ralph Wieser (Mischief Films), Marianne Wirth (Solothurner Filmtage)

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


Kompositionsförderpreis: DIE GEHEIMNISSE DES SCHÖNEN LEO (Composition: Alex Maschke, Direction: Benedikt Schwarzer)

From the jury statement: "The close collaboration of composer and filmmaker promises a personal and politically relevant work which needs an independent musical language." 

Jury: Siegfried Friedrich (Composer), Martina Eisenreich (Composer), Paul Hertel (Composer), Kaspar Kasics (Documentary filmmaker, author and film producer), Maria Knilli (Director, Tittel & Knilli Filmproduktion München). 

Worth 2,500 Euro. Dokumentarfilmpreis für junge Menschen (Youth competition for Bavarian filmmakers from age 14 to 24)

1st Prize: TELL ME MR. LO, Maya Duftschmid. Worth 500 Euro, sponsored by SPD-Landtagsfraktion. 
2nd Prize: WO LEBEN ANDERS IST, Theresa Setzer. Worth 300 Euro, sponsored by SPD-Landtagsfraktion. 
3rd Prize:  MEIN SHIRT, Mathis Hauter (with Leon Schreiner, Paul Schober and Eva Böhm). Worth 200 Euro, sponsored by SPD-Landtagsfraktion. 
BLLV-Sonderpreis: DEUTSCH WIE DÖNER (Filmgruppe Röntgenfilm, Röntgen-Gymnasium Würzburg). Worth 300 Euro, sponsored by Bayerischer Lehrer- und Lehrerinnenverband e.V.

Special Mention: STAUFNER G'SCHICHTEN (entstanden unter Birgitta Weizenegger)

Jury: Barbara Hordych (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Julian Monatzeder (Filmmaker), Maya Reichert (, Ingund Schwarz (LAG Theater und Film an den bayerischen Schulen), Moritz Spender (Scholar, Award Winner DOK.fest München 2016)