16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival winners:
Two awards were determined by the International Federation of Film Critics:
"Kalavryta - People and Shadows"
Elias Yannakakis, Greece
A collective portrait of the survivors of a WWII-era slaughter of the male populace of a Greek town by occupying Nazi soldiers
"On the Edge of the World"
Claus Drexel, France
An exploration of the nocturnal lives of Paris' homeless.
"Becoming An Actor"
Dimitris Koutsiabasakos, Greece (feature)
Three years in the lives of aspiring drama school students.
"Social Conservatory - Notes"
Thekla Malamou and Alexandra Saliba, Greece (short)
About a collective of professional Athenian musicians who provide free music lessons.
The feature award has been renamed "The Peter Wintonick Audience Award" in honor of the late, beloved Canadian producer, a regular at the festival. This year's winner:
"Four Letters Apart - Children in the Age of ADHD"
Erlend E Mo, Denmark (feature)
Three Danish children diagnosed with ADHD take part in an alternative program for a year.
Emil Langballe, UK (short)
A young Kenyan makes a living wooing romance-seeking female tourists.
Amnesty International Award (Human Rights section):
"Capulcu - Voices From Gezi"
Benedetta Argentieri, Claudio Casazza, Carlo Prevosti, Duccio Servi, Stefano Zoja, Italy/Turkey
Scenes from the occupation of Istanbul's Gezi Park and Taksim Square.
World Wildlife Fund Award (Habitat section):
Cristina Picchi, Russia
Northern Russia and Siberia, captured in the winter.
Docs in Progress Award (€15,000 in-kind services):
"Sad People Factory"
Director: Michèle Dominici, Producers: Karina Si Ahmed, Jean-François Lepetit – Flach Film Production, France
A global, sociological perspective on the epidemic of depression.
EDN Award, presented to an institution, group, or person for outstanding contribution to the development of documentary culture:
Tue Steen Mueller - founding director of EDN