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Virunga triumphs at ZagrebDox


- Oscar nominee wins the Big Stamp in the International Competition, and Hungarian film Cain's Children gets the main award in the Regional Competition

Virunga triumphs at ZagrebDox
Virunga by Orlando von Einsiedel

The 11th International Documentary Film Festival ZagrebDox (22 February - 1 March) wrapped up with UK production Virunga [+see also:
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by Orlando von Einsiedel winning the main award, the Big Stamp in the International Competition. 

The Oscar-nominated film received the award from a jury composed of Croatian director Vinko Bresan, Hungarian director Ágnes Sós and producer Hans Robert Eisenhauer. They also gave out two honorable mentions, to Virpi Suutari's Garden Lovers (Finland) and Hanna Polak's Something Better to Come (Denmark). 

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In the Regional Competition, the Big Stamp went to Hungarian-French co-production Cain's Children [+see also:
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by Marcell Gerö. A special mention was given to the Bosnian production Russian directed by Damir Ibrahimović and Eldar Emrić by a jury comprised of producer Heino Deckert, cinematographer Marius Iacob and author Ivana Simić Bodrožić.

Another Hungary - The Life of a Village - Fragments by Dénes Nagy won The Little Stamp for Best Film by a young film-maker under 35 years of age from the jury consisting of directors Carlo Zoratti and Hrvoje Mabić, and curator Jelena Pašić. The jury decided to give a special mention to Croatian director Igor Bezinović's Veruda - A Film About Bojan.

The Movies That Matter Award for the film that best promotes human rights went to US production Rich Hill by Tracy Droz Dragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, while Virunga received special mention from the jury comprised of film-makers Vitaly Mansky and Tamara Erde and politicologist Ana Matan

Another US film, Maidentrip by Jillian Schlesinger, received the Teen Dox Award for the best film about issues concerning the younger generation. The jury was made up of a group students from a Zagreb high school.

Finally, the Audience Award went to Croatian director Eva Kraljević's I Like That Super Most the Best.

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