Visions du Réel reveals its industry award winners
- Awards for documentary projects have gone to Italy, Serbia and Chile, and three films from the Opening Scenes programme have been picked up for broadcasting
Visions du Réel, Switzerland's most important documentary event and one of Europe's most highly respected documentary film festivals, announced the winners of its industry awards last night.
The visions sud est Award, worth CHF 10,000 and intended to reward one of the five projects taking part in this year's Focus dedicated to Serbia, went to Mladen Kovacevic's Merry Christmas, Yiwu. Kovacevic's latest film, 4 Years in 10 Minutes [+see also:
film profile], also had its world premiere in the festival's official programme.
The Italian project Up to Down [+see also:
interview: Nazareno Manuel Nicoletti
film profile] by Nazareno Manuel Nicoletti received the Raggio Verde Subtitling Award for the best Rough Cut Lab project.
The Chilean-Colombian co-production Lemebel by Joanna Reposi won the Alphapanda Audience Engagement Award for a project in the Docs in Progress section with great potential to engage audiences through online activities, consisting of a six-month social-media campaign.
In the festival's Opening Scenes section for first short films or student shorts, the Prize of the Meta Cultural Foundation, consisting of a residency in Slon, Romania, was awarded to Portuguese filmmaker Laura Marques' Cows and Queens.
The Tënk Award, consisting of the purchase of broadcasting rights for three films from Opening Scenes, went to June Balthazard's La Rivière Tanier (France), Andreas Muggli's Hamama & Caluna (Switzerland) and Sissel Morell Dargis' Plastic.
For a detailed industry report from Visions du Réel, come back to Cineuropa early next week.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Opening Scenes – Tënk Award
La Rivière Tanier - June Balthazard (France)
Plastic - Sissel Morell Dargis (Cuba)
Hamama & Caluna - Andreas Muggli (Switzerland)
Opening Scenes – Prize of the Meta Cultural Foundation
Cows and Queens - Laura Marques (Portugal)
Alphapanda Audience Engagement Award
Lemebel - Joanna Reposi (Chile/Colombia)
visions sud est Award
Merry Christmas, Yiwu - Mladen Kovačević (Serbia/France/Sweden)