Projects from Germany, Spain, Taiwan, Georgia and Denmark win DOK Leipzig industry awards
- The Cineuropa Marketing Prize went to Twice Colonized by Denmark's Lin Alluna, which was presented as part of the CIRCLE Doc Women Accelerator
The industry awards of DOK Leipzig were given out in an online event on Tuesday night.
The newly established Cineuropa Marketing Prize for a project from CIRCLE Doc Women Accelerator went to Greenlandic-Danish-Canadian project Twice Colonized [+see also:
interview: Lin Alluna
interview: Lin Alluna
film profile], the first feature-length documentary from Danish filmmaker Lin Alluna.
The film, co-produced by the Danish, Greenland-based company Ánorâk Film and Canadian companies Eyesteelfilm and Red Marrow Media, follows the renowned Inuit lawyer Aaju Peter who has led a lifelong fight for the rights of her people. When her son dies by suicide, Aaju embarks on a highly personal journey to bring her colonisers to justice.
The EWA Award for a project from CIRCLE, worth €1,000, went to the project Ever Since I Know Myself from first-time Georgian filmmaker and photographer Maka Gogaladze. The director travels to different Soviet-style education spaces around Georgia, comparing the process to her own childhood as detailed in letters from her mother, who insisted that piano or English classes would bring her a better future. The project, described as extraordinarily visual and instinctive, is produced by Tbilisi-based Formo.
In the DOK Industry Co-production Market, the €5,000 Development Prize for the Best Female Director from the Saxon State Minister for the Arts was awarded to Taiwanese filmmaker Fan Wu for her project Xixi, co-produced with the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Romania's Andra Popescu received a special mention for her project Bright Future.
The Zonta Club Leipzig-Elster Development Prize, worth €1,000, was awarded to Jenifer de la Rosa for her project The Daughter of the Vulcano. This social impact documentary begins with the story of the director, who, as a week-old baby in Colombia, survived the eruption of a volcano that destroyed her hometown, killing 23,000 people. Left by her mother at a Red Cross post and later adopted by a Spanish couple, at 30 she returns to Colombia looking for her mother. The film is a co-production between Spanish companies Mayéutica Producciones and Icónica Producciones, and Colombia's Rara Colectivo Audiovisual.
Finally, the D-Facto Motion Works-in-Progress Prize for the outstanding project of the DOK Preview Germany selection, which includes post-production services worth €10,000, went to Viral [+see also:
film profile] by Udi Nir and Sagi Bornstein (Germany/Israel).
Here is the full list of DOK Leipzig Industry awards:
Development Prize for the Best Female Director
Xixi - Fan Wu (Taiwan/Philippines)
Bright Future - Andra Popescu (Romania)
Zonta Club Leipzig-Elster Development Prize
The Daughter of the Vulcano - Jenifer de la Rosa (Spain/Colombia)
CIRCLE Doc Women Accelerator
Ever Since I Know Myself - Maka Gogaladze (Georgia)
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