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Thessaloniki Doc Fest's Sweet 16: Award Winners and a Look at Future Films from the Region

By Basil Tsiokos | Indiewire March 24, 2014 at 10:16AM

The 16th edition of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, a popular companion event to the city's 55-year-old November fiction fest, came to a close in Greece's second largest city this weekend. Over ten days, the event hosted 185 films, including a healthy representation of new Greek and Balkan regional productions, recent highlights from the festival circuit, and tributes to French filmmaker Nicolas Philibert, in attendance for a nine-film retrospective; and to the late Canadian producer/director, Peter Wintonick, who passed away last November.
A still from "Kalavryta - People and Shadows"
A still from "Kalavryta - People and Shadows"


16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival winners:


Two awards were determined by the International Federation of Film Critics:

Greek Selection:

"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

International Selection:

"On the Edge of the World"

Claus Drexel, France 

An exploration of the nocturnal lives of Paris' homeless.

Audience Awards:

Greek Selections:

"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.

International Selections:

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.

"Beach Boy"

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

This article is related to: Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Documentary, Filmmaker Toolkit: Festivals

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