The 2005 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam wrapped up this weekend with Adan Aliaga's "My Grandmother's House" (La Casa de Mi Abuela) awarded the VPRO Joris Ivens Award for best feature film in competition. The Spanish documentary is story of a grandmother and her grandchild living life in a Spanish industrial town. Nikolaus Geyrhalter's "Our Daily Bread" won a special jury award in the Joris Ivens competition, winning a 12,500 Euro prize. Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi's "Sisters in Law," which opened the festival on November 24th, won the audience award, winning a 4,500 Euro award.
In the Silver Wolf competition, for films under one hour in length, Arunas Matelis' "Before Flying Back to Earth" was selected as best short documentary, winning the 10,000 Euro award. It follows the day-to-day routine of kids in a leukemia ward in Lithuania. The festival awarded its first Silver Cub Award this year, honoring Samantha Rebillet's "Butterfly Man" as the best documentary under 30 minutes, including a 5,000 Euro prize.
Astrid Bussink's "The Angelmakers," about a series of arsenic murders involving women in Hungary who killed their husband or relatives and went to prison, was presented the First Appearance Award, honoring a film by a first-time director, including a 2,500 Euro prize.
Among other prizes, Micha X. Peled's "China Blue" won the Amnesty International - DOEN Award, including a 5,000 Euro award. Ray Westler's "Shadya" won the Golden MovieSquad DOC U! Award, selected by a jury of young people.
Organizers noted that IDFA welcomed its one millionth visitor this year, seeing a slight jump in ticket sales compared to last year.