Florence November 27th - December 4th 2015

International documentary film festival

Giuria Internazionale

  • Jos de Putter (Netherlands) (+)

    Jos de Putter

    has been making films since 1993. His first film, It's Been a Lovely Day, about the last year of his parents' work on their farm, was highly praised by critics and on festivals worldwide. The film won the dutch film prize for best debut and also set box office records in the Netherlands for documentary film. His second, Solo, the Law of the Favela focused on eleven year old children in the slums of Rio de Janeiro and their dreams to become soccer players. The film won the prestigious Joris Ivens-award at the International Documentary Filmfestival in Amsterdam, 1994. The Making of a New Empire (1999) was made inside Chechnya in a time of war and anarchy, when the country was 'closed'. Also partly set in Chechnya, and highly succesful, was Dans, Grozny Dans (2002). It is the portrait of a youth dance ensemble on their tour through Western Europe and at home, in the ruined city of Grozny. In 2005, Jos de Putter was honoured with a presentation of all his films in the National Gallery of Art (Washington), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (NY), and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in California. Most of his films have also been shown in The Museum of Modern Art (New York). In 2014 Festival dei Popoli dedicated the section "Filmmaker in Focus" to his work and presented the world premiere of the short film The Shot.

  • João Matos (Portugal) (+)

    João Matos

    born in Lisboa where he lives and works, he graduated in sociology and has worked as a producer at Terratreme Filmes and other companies since 2002. He produced films like Lacrau by João Vladimiro (2013), Bab Sebta by Frederico Lobo and Pedro Pinho (2008), Provas, Exorcismos by Susana Nobre (2015), Um fim do mundo by Pedro Pinho (2013), Deportado by Nathalie Mansoux (2012), Revolução industriale by Frederico Lobo and Tiago Hespanha (2014) Linha Vermelha by José Filipe Costa (2011) or As Cidades e as Trocas by Luisa Homem and Pedro Pinho (presented at Festival dei Popoli in 2014). These films were prized and screened in festivals like Cannes, Berlinale, Cinéma du Réel, FID Marseille, Bafici, Roterdam, Visions du Réel, Locarno, Rio de Janeiro, CPH.DOX, Mar del Plata, Viennale or Ficunam. He’s currently producing new films by directors like Tiago Hespanha, Pedro Pinho, Leonor Noivo, Marilia Rocha, João Vladimiro, Valérie Massadian, Gaston Solnicky, Claudia Varejão, Joana Pimenta or Adirley Queiroz. He is also a part of the musical collective München.

  • Eva Sangiorgi (Italia) (+)

    Eva Sangiorgi

    studied a degree in Comunication Sciences at the University of Bologna. Since 2003 she lives in Mexico City where produces projects with contemporary artists. Her lastest work, Lung Neaw, and debut of the contemporany artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, was presented at the Orizzonti Section of the last Mostra del Cinema di Venezia. She has worked as a programmer in several film festivals including the Latin american Film Festival in Bologna, Italy; FICCO, where she is a founding member; the Festival de México y Cine Planeta, in Cuernavaca, Morelos; Los Cabos International Film Festival, where she´s associated programmer. She worked as a guest programmer and correspondent for other events such as the Festival Werkleiz Centre for Media Art of Halle, in Germany, FICValdivia in Chile and Panorama in Brazil. In 2011 she founded the UNAM International Film Festival, focused on arts films and the avantgarde of contemporary cinema, Festival which she’s currently heads. FICUNAM have stayed among the special guests Apichatpong Weetrasethakul, Artavazd Pelechian, Darezhan Omirbayev, Chantal Akerman, Jonathan Rosenbaum for name a few, and has published the first monograph of Masao Adachi, and the Pelechian’s Mounting theory.

The International Jury will assign the following prizes:

  • Best Feature-Length Documentary Award (Euro 8,000, divided equally between the director and the production)
  • Best Mid-Length Documentary (Euro 4.000, divided equally between the director and the production)
  • Best Short-Length Documentary Award (Euro 2.500, divided equally between the director and the production)
  • “Gian Paolo Paoli” Award to the Best Ethno-anthropological Film.

Giuria Cinemaitaliano.info - CG ENTERTAINMENT AWARD

  • Stefano Amadio
  • Antonio Capellupo
  • Carlo Griseri
  • Simone Pinchiorri

The films of the Panorama section compete for the CG Entertainment – Cinemaitaliano.info Award. The winner, chosen by a jury composed by the editors of Cinemaitaliano.info (www.cinemaitaliano.info), will be offered the opportunity to release in DVD in the collection "POPOLI doc" published by CG Entertainment (www.cgentertainment.it).

Jury "Gli Imperdibili" Award

The prize for the distribution in cinemas: "Gli Imperdibili" is made possible thanks to a network of co-operation established with "Quelli della Compagnia" of Fondazione Sistema Toscana, AGIS, ANEC and FICE. The award offers the opportunity to include the winning film (selected in the Panorama section) in the list of films "Gli Imperdibili" proposed by Regione Toscana to the circuit of Arthouse Cinemas in Tuscany (41 cinemas).


The films included in the International Competition compete for MYmovies.it - Audience Award, in collaboration with MYmovies.it. The audience can cast their votes by sending an SMS to +39 3421497201.