1. Best Newcomer Short

    Lines of Flight
    Sal Brown & Martin Wood
    United Kingdom

    About the Film
    Insightful with a little frisson of fear, "Lines of Flight" invokes the connection between industrial cities and the upland moors of the northern English Pennines by counterpoising the confines of modern life, be they social, psychological, or physical, with the captivating experience of free solo rock climbing. With a focus on the adventure and sheer joy of escaping the form-imposing abstractions of economic, social, and organisational constraint in some of the most beautiful parts of Britain, “Lines of Flight” appeals to both climbing and non-climbing audiences.

    About the Director
    Martin Wood is a teacher, researcher, theorist, writer and now film maker. In the past he has served at leading public research universities in the UK. He coordinates the Arts of Design and Management Research Cluster in the RMIT Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work. Martin's research and scholarship is currently concerned with questions pertaining to the meaning, purpose and scope of arts-based production and dissemination of social science knowledge.

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  2. Best Professional Short

    The Spoiler
    Sanne Rovers
    The Netherlands

    About the Film
    In this coming-of-age film we follow the dynamics within a group of friends who are building a 8.5 metre high float for the Grand Parade with carnival. The friends are put more and more under pressure as carnival approaches.

    About the Director
    Sanne Rovers (1981) studied Language and Culture at the University of Utrecht. In 2009 she made her first feature documentary in Venezuela, named 'Servicio2'. This documentary tells us the story about two women who are locked-up in a living of a psychiatric hospital. In the year 2011 and 2012 Sanne attended a workshop at IDFA. During this workshop she made her second film ‘Wild Lily’. This documentary is about a little girl who has to move from a squathouse in the forest to a townhouse in a small village. 'Wild Lily' was selected for the Prix de Jeunesse. In the year 2013 Sanne made a short documentary about the dynamics within a group of friends who are working together in a carnival society, 'The Spoiler'. In the same year she formed part of the collective that developed and produced the documentary ‘Don’t Shoot the Messenger’, about the Occupy Movement in Amsterdam.

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  3. Best Newcomer Feature

    A Place for Everyone
    Angelos Rallis & Hans Ulrich Gößl

    About the Film
    Is it possible to create "A Place for Everyone", for victims and killers, after a genocide took place? As small children Benoite and Tharcisse, the two protagonists of this documentary film, grew up next to each other and played together on the same fields in a small village in the mountains of Rwanda. What separated them is the fact that Benoite belonged to the ethnic group of Tutsis and Tharcisse to the one of Hutus.

    During the genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994 Benoite's entire family got killed, whereas Tharcisse's father was among the ones carrying out the killings. Two decades later, perpetrators and survivors live again together door to door in Tharcisse’s and Benoite’s home village. “A Place for Everyone” portrays how this traumatized society struggles with a fragile reconciliation process in the aftermath of its genocide.

    Filmed over a period of four years and through the perspective of Benoite and Tharcisse the documentary film “A Place for Everyone” raises questions on the psychological and sociological impact of genocide and portrays a generation of young survivors full of hidden desire for love, hate and forgiveness.

    About the Directors
    Angelos Rallis, born in 1979, is a Greek National who studied social sciences, filmmaking and photography in Athens, Stockholm and London. He worked for several years for the Greek National Television as a Director as well as photographer on his own long term projects and for press agencies in the UK, Belgium, China, Central Asia and Africa. He currently lives and works between UK and Greece.

    Hans Ulrich Gößl, born in 1979, is an Austrian national, studied communication science and European politics in Vienna, London and Bruges. He lives and works as a communication specialist and audio-visual producer in Brussels and has been traveling to Rwanda since 2007 with an Austrian development organization.

    A Place for Everyone is their first film.


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  4. Best Professional Feature

    Himself He Cooks
    Valérie Berteau & Philippe Witjes

    About the Film
    Tons of colorful fruits and rice, giant cooking-pots, anonymous volunteers moving in unison to feed the visitors: we observe a langar, the Sikh tradition of a common canteen where all are served for free regardless of background. Set in the Golden Temple of Amritsar, a prominent place of Sikh worship, this beautiful, wordless film captures the spontaneous choreography of hundreds of people preparing 100,000 meals a day to reveal the unique face of this sacred place. Himself He Cooks is at once a striking visual essay, offering insights into the meaning of charity and philanthropy, and a profound meditation on food as the nexus of culture, nature, and human necessity.

    About the Director
    Valérie Berteau was born in 75, and now lives and works in Brussels. In the nineties, she started traveling and becoming involved in photography. After completing studies in visual communication, photography and video she began to work as a photojournalist and in film production. Her work is now mostly focused on filmmaking, especially documentaries. She is involved as coordinator of many projects with associations and NGO’s.

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  5. Grand Prize Winner & Best Newcomer Mini

    The Changing Place of Making
    Jack Weisman

    About the Film
    The Changing Place of Making is a process of understanding inherent legacies passed from one generation to another. Through examining the dynamics between myself, my father, and his craft, I am also accepting his legacy. Creativity was a not chosen activity.

    About the Director
    Jack Weisman is a student filmmaker at York University in Toronto Ontario. He has been playing with video cameras since he found one in a trashcan at age 13. Jack's won several prestigious grants and awards for his work with Developing Pictures, a non-profit production company founded with his friends in High School. In addition to the US and Canada he's made films in Kenya, Haiti, Peru, and Venezuela. His student film from Sophomore year premiered as part of the Cannes Short Film Corner. His most recent film, The Changing Place of Making, was recently accepted to premiere at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal and is the Grand Prize Winner of the IAFOR Documentary Film Award 2014.

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IAFOR Documentary Film Award


Proudly supported by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), the IAFOR Documentary Film Award is a global competition celebrating the best in documentary filmmaking. Documentary has a rich history of exposing truths, telling stories, raising awareness…

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Proudly supported by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), the IAFOR Documentary Film Award is a global competition celebrating the best in documentary filmmaking. Documentary has a rich history of exposing truths, telling stories, raising awareness and creating discussion – all practices valued at IAFOR.

In this competition, content is king. We welcome submissions drawing on compelling subject matter from any imaginable topic. Production quality is valued, but not the sole basis for judgment. This is an open competition, welcoming storytelling from both amateurs and seasoned professionals.

The IAFOR Documentary Film Award 2015 is hosted by The Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication (MediAsia2015) and The Asian Conference on Film & Documentary (FilmAsia2015).


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