On Sunday, August 7, young director Zaynê Akyol became the 9th winner of the unique Doc Alliance Selection Award that is awarded since 2008 by the international Doc Alliance platform. The Kurdish director based in Canada received the award during an award ceremony at Locarno IFF. Along with the award, the filmmaker also received financial support of 5.000 euro for her future film.
DOC ALLIANCE SELECTION // 2016
Doc Alliance Selection Award: Award Supporting Debuting Filmmakers
Discovering new film talents has become an inherent part of the brand of the European Doc Alliance Selection Award awarded by the independent Doc Alliance platform uniting seven key European documentary festivals since 2008. The festivals have chosen seven remarkable films and filmmakers, one of whom will become the ninth holder of the award this year.
The financial contribution of 5000 euro and Doc Alliance Selection Award 2016; such is the reward waiting for the future eighth winner of the documentary award of the Doc Alliance festival platform. Awarded since 2008 by seven documentary festivals CPH:DOX Copenhagen, Doclisboa, Docs Against Gravity FF, DOK Leipzig, FID Marseille, Jihlava IDFF and Visions du Réel Nyon, the award represents a key project of the Alliance (along with the documentary portal DAFilms.com) whose goals include collaboration between film festivals, support of quality documentary projects as well as looking for new solutions of their public presentation.
“Our main goal is primarily to promote quality documentary films rather than the brands of the individual festivals. Joining forces for the purpose of supporting new filmmakers and projects; that is where we see the sense of our common activities,” says project manager Nina Numankadić about the long-term activities of the Doc Alliance platform.
Each of the participating festivals has nominated one film that they consider worthy of notice. The selection of seven competition films focuses primarily on film debuts by emerging filmmakers whose work should definitely not be overlooked. At the same time, the festivals also nominate a local film critic who will take part in the final decision-making process.
“The very fact that they have been nominated represents a great benefit to the filmmakers. All of the Doc Alliance festivals have agreed to screen three of the films nominated in the given year and to make the rest of the films accessible in their video library,” says Nina Numankadić about the organization of the award.
Nominated by Visions du Réel
“Gulîstan, Land of Roses“ is a documentary that tells about the mysterious journey of Gülistan, a young woman who left Canada, her adopted country, to enlist in the Kurdish guerillas. She fought with her comrades until her death in 2000. From Canada to the borders of Turkey and Iraq the film retraces the steps leading to Gülistan’s tragic death. Who was she? What really happened to her? What were her reasons for joining the guerillas? ...
Nominated by Docs Against Gravity FF
The most important music event of the 1980s in Poland. A unique place, identified with freedom, escape from everyday life, from dullness and hopelessness. The place of rebelling and fighting for young people's identity. One of the most important culture-creating places on the map of Poland. Perceived as the nest of evil and debauchery by the older generation. However, from a time perspective it can be seen as the only “normal” place in the Polish sea of abnormality and socialist greyness...
Nominated by CPH:DOX
Fragment 53 is a feature-length documentary film on war considered in its necessary and universal dimension, faced both as an actual and archetypical event. The phenomenon has been investigated on the field in Liberia, a country of peculiar, radical and unsettled conflicts, presenting sceneries, personalities and events ascribable to the essential warfare that the authors aim to evoke...
Nominated by Doclisboa
The Forensic Psychiatric Hospital is a medium-security level, closed structure, with a rehabilitation component. The service provided includes psychiatric, psychological, medical, therapeutic and social care. The 32 men who inhabit the unit were considered exempt from punishment by the court. They feel time going by. Slowly. The film settles in this individual time.
Nominated by Jihlava IDFF
Like the steam that silently appears and then disappears over a flowing river, the life of every human is just as fleeting, and this particularly applies in the case of artists. The transience of their fame is the main topic of this documentary, which provides a glimpse into the lives of three ageing jazzmen: trumpeter Laco Deczi, saxophonist Ľubomír Tamaškovič, and contrabass player Ján Jankeje, who fled from the Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia to the West, where their stars shone alongside those of the world’s famous musicians...
Nominated by FIDMarseille
Maestà, the Passion of Christ is the first long feature of the French artist Andy Guérif. It consists in a film adaptation of “The Passion of Christ”, a 14th century polyptych of 26 panels painted by Sienese master Duccio di Buoninsegna. The whole cycle of the Passion of Christ is re-interpretated in split-screen by actors, in a setting that reproduces the primitive lack of perspective. One after the other, each panel hosts a part of the story, and the coherence of the painting blends in the movement, giving a new perspective on the painting.
Nominated by DOK Leipzig
Train to Adulthood is a coming of age story about three children who work passionately at the Children’s Train, a small gauge railway built in 1948 by the communist leaders of Hungary. The sixty-six-year-old wagons still run every day carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers a year. Both in the communist times and today the Train has been entirely operated by the children themselves.