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Greetings from Free Forests and Earth scoop the top prizes at DocLisboa

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- During the awards ceremony, APORDOC also announced that it is backing the theatrical release of The Dead and the Others

Greetings from Free Forests and Earth scoop the top prizes at DocLisboa
The team behind Greetings from Free Forests collecting their award

Greetings from Free Forests by Ian Soroka and Earth by Hiroatsu Suzuki and Rossana Torres were the big winners at DocLisboa, the 16th edition of which came to a close yesterday. The winners were unveiled on Saturday night, during a ceremony that was followed by the screening of Infinite Football [+see also:
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 by Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu.

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Soroka’s film, a co-production between the USA, Slovenia and Croatia, won the City of Lisbon Award for Best International Competition Film (€8,000), whereas Suzuki and Torres’ effort, which was shot in the Alentejo region, received the Award for Best Portuguese Competition Film (€5,000).

Also in the International Competition, The Guest, which Swiss director Sebastian Weber shot in Poland, pocketed two prizes: the Portuguese Authors’ Society International Competition Jury Award (€2,000) and the Ageas Insurance Award for Best Short Film (€1,000).

Besides Earth, a number of other local titles also made a splash in the winners’ list: Pele de Luz by André Guiomar (Kino Sound Studio Award), Vacas e Raínhas by Laura Marques (Inatel Award), Ashore [+see also:
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 by Leonor Teles (ETIC Award for Best Portuguese Competition Film) and Cidade Marconi by Ricardo Moreira (New Talent Award – TVCine Channels Award for Best First Feature-length Film).

Besides announcing the winners, APORDOC, which organises DocLisboa, also unveiled some of its activities on the horizon for the coming year. The most exciting one is a joint venture with Desforra Apache to ensure the local theatrical distribution of The Dead and the Others [+see also:
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]
 by João Salaviza and Renée Nader, scheduled for March 2019. The film premiered at the latest Cannes Film Festival and received the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section.

Here is the full list of winners at DocLisboa:

International Competition

City of Lisbon Award for Best International Competition Film
Greetings from Free Forests - Ian Soroka (USA/Slovenia/Croatia)

Portuguese Authors’ Society International Competition Jury Award
The Guest - Sebastian Weber (Poland)

Portuguese Competition

Award for Best Portuguese Competition Film
Terra - Hiroatsu Suzuki, Rossana Torres (Portugal)

Kino Sound Studio Portuguese Competition Jury Award
Pele de Luz - André Guiomar (Mozambique/Portugal)

Special Mention from the Portuguese Competition Jury
Vacas e Raínhas - Laura Marques (Portugal) 

Schools Award – ETIC Award for Best Portuguese Competition Film
Ashore [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Leonor Teles (Portugal)

Cross-sectional Competition

New Talent Award – TVCine Channels Award for Best First Feature-length Film
Cidade Marconi – Ricardo Moreira (Portugal) 

Special Mentions
Amanhecer - Carmen Torres (Colombia/Spain)
Paul Is Dead - Antoni Collot (France)

Ageas Insurance Award for Best Short Film
The Guest - Sebastian Weber

Audience Award - Público Newspaper Award
Vadio - Stefan Lechner (Portugal)

INATEL Award
Vacas e Raínhas - Laura Marques

Green Years Competition

Kark/Brussels Airlines Award for Best Green Years Film
After the Fire - Ahsan Mahmood Yunus (Portugal)

Special Walla Collective Green Years Jury Award
Aos Meus Pais - Melanie Pereira (Portugal/Luxembourg)

Doc’s Kingdom Best Green Years Director Award
Song of the Bell - Hosein Jalilvand (Portugal) 

Arché workshops

RTP Award for Best Project at the Post-production Stage – Co-production
Fantasmas: Camonho Longo para Casa - Tiago Siopa
Producer: Primeira Idade (Portugal)

FCSH Award for Best Arché Workshops Project
Viagem aos Makonde Moçambique - Catarina Alves Costa
Producer: Midas Filmes (Portugal)

Arquipélago – Contemporary Art Center Award for Best Project at the Writing Stage
La playa de los encharquidos - Iván Mora Manzano
Producer: Corporación La República Invisible (Ecuador)

Bienal Arte Jovem Award
Amor e Medos Estranhos - Deborah Viegas
Producer: Deborah Viegas (Brazil)

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