After wrapping up last week, the Sheffield Doc/Fest has released its audience award winners, as well as a new award that went to a movie about trying to meditate near Harvey Keitel. Seriously. The jury awards, which ran June 7 through the 12, were announced at the conclusion of the festival. Top winners in the audience choice categories were "Our Curse" for shorts, "Assent" for interactive, and "Still the Enemy Within" as the top feature winner.
Directed by Owen Gower, "Still the Enemy Within" follows the challenges Margaret Thatcher faced in 1984 when miners went on strike. A world premiere at Sheffield, this is one of a number of films to screen in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Jun 18, 1984 so-called Battle of Orgreave.
"Assent" allows viewers a first hand view of the execution of military prisoners in Chile in 1973 through the eyes of the father of filmmaker Oscar Raby, a witness to the events.
The Keitel film, "Everything, Nothing, Harvey Keitel," literally traces the struggles of a man who is trying to meditate when he realizes he is sitting next to Harvey Keitel. Directed by Pejk Malinovski, this audio story won the inaugural In the Dark Sheffield Audio Award. Focusing on visual-free storytelling, the award is part of the festival's efforts to embrace what it calls the new golden age of radio and audio documentary.
The full list of winners is below:
Audience Award: Feature
"Still the Enemy Within," Owen Gower
Audience Award: Short
"Our Curse," Tomasz Sliwinski (also won the student doc award)
Interactive Audience Award
"Assent," Oscar Raby
In The Dark Sheffield Audio Award
"Everything, Nothing, Harvey Keitel," Pejk Malinovski