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Roberto Minervini’s The Other Side wins the Doc/it Professional Award


- The 2017 edition, which features a new prize intended to recognise all professions – from producers to editors – will be organised in conjunction with Roma Lazio Film Commission

Roberto Minervini’s The Other Side wins the Doc/it Professional Award
The Other Side by Roberto Minervini

Doc/it – the Association of Italian Documentary Makers has summoned professionals from the documentary world to announce the winners of the sixth edition of the Doc/it Professional Award. The Other Side [+see also:
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interview: Roberto Minervini
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by Roberto Minervini came out on top at the 2016 edition, winning a €1,000 prize in addition to the Margutta Digital Award, which consists of colour correction for the victor’s next documentary film. The Other Side also snagged the Quaderno del Cinemareale Special Mention, which entails the publication of a study on the creative process that led to the creation of the film in one of the magazine’s upcoming issues. The Other Side was produced by Okta Film and Agat Films & Cie, and was distributed by Lucky Red.

There were five finalists for the Doc/it Professional Award: the other films in the running besides The Other Side were Napolislam by Ernesto Pagano, Grozny Blues [+see also:
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by Nicola BellucciRevelstoke, Un bacio nel vento by Nicola Moruzzi and Dreams of the Salt Lake [+see also:
interview: Andrea Segre
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by Andrea Segre. The finalists at this edition, which were voted on by the Academy members, were selected from among the documentaries that came out in 2015 and which had signed up for the prize. The preliminary round of voting, which led to the handing out of the awards, saw an excellent turnout by those involved in the world of Italian documentaries: an Academy made up of more than 70 professionals, including writer-directors, producers, festival directors, critics and technicians, had the opportunity to watch the 75 titles in competition via streaming video on the platform, and then cast their votes.

Pagano’s Napolislam, produced by La Doc & Isola Film and distributed by I Wonder Pictures, won the 100 Autori Award, worth €500, and the AAMOD – Labour and Democratic Movement Audiovisual Archive Award. Meanwhile, Bellucci’s Grozny Blues, produced by Soap Factory and released by Antipode, pocketed the Stadion Video Award. Moruzzi’s Revelstoke, Un Bacio nel Vento, produced by Schicchera Production, won the Lo Scrittoio Award. Lastly, Segre’s Dreams of the Salt Lake, produced by Ambleto Srl and Rai Cinema, and distributed by ZaLab, received the Issaverdens Award. 

The awards ceremony was also the chance to announce the next edition of the Doc/it Professional Award, which will take place in 2017 in conjunction with the Roma Lazio Film Commission and will see a Special Award handed out for the best work from the area in order to show appreciation for the professionals working across the Lazio region. The main novelty at the next edition will be the fact that an award will be presented to all those professions that contribute so much to putting together a documentary work: producers, writers, directors, cinematographers, sound recordists and editors. The new and improved Doc/it Professional Award will shine a spotlight on the entire Italian documentary industry: the prize will attract a high level of media coverage, and it is intended to promote documentary culture and keep the relationship with the audience itself alive.

(Translated from Italian)

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