By Devin Lee Fuller | Indiewire November 16, 2011 at 4:22PM
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam has presented its Dutch Cultural Media Fund's Documentary Award to director Nelleke Koop for the realization of her film "Floating Bodies."
Koop will receive €125,000 in order to produce her film.
Full press release below:
IDFA Press Release: Nelleke Koop wins Dutch Cultural Media Fund's Documentary Award at opening IDFA
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) just officially opened with the screening of The Ambassador by Mads Brügger. Prior to the opening, the chair of the Dutch Cultural Media Fund Jacob Kohnstamm announced the winner of the fund’s 2011 Documentary Award. Nelleke Koop received the award of € 125,000 for the realization of her film "Floating Bodies (Waterlijken)". In her opening speech, festival director Ally Derks highlighted the rich abundance and diversity of documentaries on offer this year. She also turned her attention to the cuts in cultural funding, expressing concern for the future of IDFA’s Jan Vrijman Fund, which financially supports documentary projects in developing countries.
IDFA-Dutch Cultural Media Fund Workshop
The Dutch Cultural Media Fund annually provides the € 125,000 award for the realization of the best film concept developed at the IDFA-Dutch Cultural Media Fund Workshop. The workshop is subsidized and co-organized by the fund.
"Floating Bodies (Waterlijken)" begins with the discovery of a corpse in the water. We follow five central figures as each in turn searches for clues, before the body can be taken back to the family. Attended to by their hands, the meaning of the body is gradually transformed – from lost property back into a human being. Floating Bodies shows us ongoing everyday concerns existing in parallel with care for a mortal body.
After studying painting at the art academy, Nelleke Koop (1977) graduated in 2009 from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy. In 2010, she was given carte blanche to film life on board a navy vessel on a mission to the coast of Somalia for her documentary Midden in de Marine (In the Navy).
The jury, consisting of Gülsah Dogan, Simonka de Jong, Willemien van Aalst, Oscar van der Kroon and Jelle Peter de Ruiter, selected the winning concept from seven film plans that were developed under the guidance of the documentary filmmakers Albert Elings and Eugenie Jansen. The jury report said the following: “The winning film concept takes on a stunning theme. The filmmaker gives expression to a personal fascination that she objectifies both literally and figuratively by having other people talk about it. It makes for a story how the deeply personal can become depersonalized, but nonetheless become human once more. The story starts with an ending and in a strange way ends at a new beginning.”
The participants in the workshop were selected by a commission including representatives of public broadcasters on the basis of a submitted synopsis. One of the public broadcasters will broadcast the winning documentary.