Florence October 10th – 17th, 2017

International documentary film festival


  • Sebastian Mez (Germany) (+)

    Sebastian Mez

    Sebastian Mez is a filmmaker, video- and soundartist. He studied at Filmakademie Baden Württemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany specializing in film directing. His experimental short film Clean Up was shown at more than 40 international film festival (including Festival dei Popoli) and won several prices. Ein Brief aus Deutschland, which takes a special approach onto the subject of modern slavery and prostitution in Europe, won the international middle length competition at Visions du Réel in Nyon in 2011. Metamorphosen was his first feature lenght film, which premiered at the Berlinale 2013, followed by numerous festivals and awards worldwide, including Festival dei Popoli. His experimental work Substanz was nominated for the Filmkunstförderpreis of the National Gallery in Berlin 2015. In 2016 his Remains from the Desert won the Festival dei Popoli as Best Short Film. Sebastian lives and works in Berlin.

  • Andréa Picard (Canada) (+)

    Andréa Picard

    Andréa Picard is a film curator and writer based in Toronto and Paris. She has worked for The Toronto International Film Festival since 1999, and was a longtime film programmer at Cinematheque Ontario. Since 2006, she has been the chief curator of Wavelengths, the Festival’s critically acclaimed avant-garde film, video and installation program named in honour of Michael Snow. She publishes internationally on film, art and architecture, and writes a quarterly Film/Art column for Cinema Scope magazine. In 2017, she was appointed Artistic Director of Cinéma du Réel in Paris.

  • Madeline Robert (France) (+)

    Madeline Robert

    Madeline Robert is a member of Visions du Réel's (Switzerland) selection committee since 2015.  After various experiences in festivals, in France and elsewhere, she dedicates her career to documentary films and settles in Lussas (France) in 2008, within the Documentary Village. There, she founds the production company Les Films de la caravane where she currently works and mainly produces first documentary films. In 2012, she takes part in setting up the Doc Corner, a space dedicated to documentary films within the Cannes Festival Film Market. She is also involved in the new SVOD Plateform dedicated to creative documentaries: Tënk.

The International Jury will assign the following prizes:

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


The films of the International Competition and Italian Competition compete to the "The Gaze of the Other. The Challenge of Dialogue between Cultures and Religions" Award (1.500 euro) bestowed by the Istituto Sangalli per la Storia e le Culture Religiose di Firenze.

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  • 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).


The winner will be screened for a week at the Cinema La Compagnia during a period of time to be agreed with the production/distribution. The prize will be awarded by the head of programming of the Cinema La Compagnia in conjunction with its staff. La Compagnia is a project promoted by Regione Toscana: a theatre, in the center of Florence conceived and managed by Fondazione Sistema Toscana for all those who cultivate the passion for documentary films, experimentation, audiovisual culture in all its forms.


MYMOVIESLIVE! is the streaming platform of MYmovies.it offering on demand a precious selection of films from the international film festivals. Thanks to the part- nership with the Festival dei Popoli. If you vote, via the Web App on the back of the brochure, for the films of the International Competition and the Italian Competition, you will receive a free subscription to MYMOVIESLIVE UNLIMITED! for 3 months.