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International documentary film festival

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

JURY STATEMENT
"The jury would like to acknowledge and compliment this year’s selection of films which we feel has been very strong in regards to exploration of the possibilities of the medium. We believe that experimentation is central to the evolution of new ways of seeing and understanding - inclusive of the risk of not achieving conventional perfection. So many of the presented films had outstanding character or diversity of form and strategy, aligned with their subject matter."

"It is never an easy, and is even sometimes an inappropriate task, to isolate one film from the rest. This year was especially difficult since many films had comparable outstanding qualities, varied in nature, and worthy of regard in the spirit of documentary filmmaking."

International Jury of the 55th Festival dei Popoli
Ann Carolin Renninger
Martin Pawley
Peter Mettler

Best Feature-Length Documentary Award
MAIDAN (Ukraina/The Netherlands, 2014)
by Sergei Loznitsa
Timely in this current passage of History, the filmmaker calmly and masterfully engages in the unfolding of a people’s unrest with a conflicted system.

BEST MID-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
MEMORIA OCULTA (Mexico, 2014)
by Eva Villaseñor
A subjective attempt to revive a lost fragment of time. A research process, beginning with her exterior relations, then leading us into a unique imagistic inner reality – an intimate personal space.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT AWARD
ESCORT
(The Netherlands, 2014)
by Guido Hendrikx
Witnessing the methods of handling human beings in a polite yet inhumane construction, the film deftly reveals the deep undercurrents of the evolving conditions of global migration and displacement.

GIAN PAOLO PAOLI AWARD to the BEST ETHNO-ANTHROPOLOGICAL FILM

YAAR (Belgium, 2014)
by Simon Gillard
A tactile, sensuous, poetic exploration of a peoples relationship to the ground on which they live, dangerously exploited, intoxicatingly mined, this film treads a fine but powerful line of ambiguity that provokes perception itself as an important component of ethno-anthropological filmmaking.

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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY IN FLORENCE AWARD TO THE BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM

Students Jury:
Danielle Doss
Emma Eccleston
Tyler Harris
Fransheska Savinon
Rosie Sherman
Carlotta Fonzi Kliemann (tutor)

SUF AWARD TO THE BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM
YAAR (Belgium, 2014)
by Simon Gillard
Without a need for words, the mesmerizing visuals brilliantly capture the traditions, culture, labor, and craftsmanship in a community in Burkina Faso.

SPECIAL MENTION
ESCORT (The Netherlands, 2014)
by Guido Hendrikx
For bringing forward a new perspective on a sensitive and controversial issue, such as the deportation of immigrants in European countries, with a great sense of immediacy and urgency.

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PREMIO MYMOVIES DALLA PARTE DEL PUBBLICO - AUDIENCE AWARD

TOTO SI SURORILE LUI /TOTO AND HIS SISTERS (Romania, 2014)
by Alexander Nanau

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PREMIO CINEMAITALIANO.INFO – CG HOME VIDEO

Cinemaitaliano.info Jury
Stefano Amadio
Antonio Capellupo
Carlo Griseri
Simone Pinchiorri

SMOKINGS (Italy/Switzerland, 2014)
by Michele Fornasero
Per aver descritto con lucidità l’incredibile avventura sui generis dei fratelli Messina, documentando con maestria e passione il loro profilo pubblico e quello privato.

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PREMIO "GLI IMPERDIBILI"

"Gli Imperdibili" Award Jury
Patrizia Gambini (Presidente ANEC Toscana)
Marco Lasagni (Segretario AGIS ANEC Toscana)
Mario Lorini (Presidente FICE Toscana)
Gianluca Guzzo (CEO MYmovies.it)
Camilla Toschi (“Quelli della Compagnia” Fondazione Sistema Toscana)

I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER (Italy/Germany, 2014)
by Hannes Lang
Si ritiene che il film per l'attualità del tema trattato e per lo sguardo inusuale con cui viene raccontata e descritta l’evoluzione dell’economia globale, possa inserirsi con successo all'interno dei circuiti di distribuzione tradizionale. Si ritiene inoltre che possa essere inserito anche all'interno di percorsi didattici dedicati alle scuole: occasione preziosa per discutere dei legami tra la condizione economica e quella umana del nostro pianeta.

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