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‘A Syrian Love Story’ Wins Grand Jury Prize at Sheffield Doc/Fest

'A Syrian Love Story' Wins Grand Jury Prize at Sheffield Doc/Fest

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The Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 award winners were announced this morning by British comedian, Jeremy Hardy. See the full list below:

The Inspiration Award: was awarded to former festival director, Heather Croall. 

The Tim Hetherington Award: Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land”) 

The Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Grand Jury prize: “A Syrian Love Story” (dir. Sean McAllister)

The jury for this year’s Grand Jury Prize included: Kaleem Aftab;(Journalist / UK), John
Akomfrah (Smoking Dog Films / UK), Ruby Chen (CNEX / China), Sigrid
Dyekjaer (Producer / Denmark)  and Alexandra
Hannibal (Tribeca Film Institute /

Speaking of “A Syrian Love Story,” Chen, said “the Jury were enamored by this Bergmanesque portrait of a relationship and love, taking place against an ever-changing and tumultuous backdrop. Delivering unusual gender portraits it explores vulnerabilities, looking at the concept of belonging, providing a unique and intimate portrait of disillusionment.”

The Environmental Prize: “How to Change the World” (dir. Jerry Rothwell) 

The Sheffield Youth Jury Award: “3½ Minutes, 10 Bullets” (dir. Marc Silver) 

The Student Doc Award sponsored
by London Film Academy: 
Archipelago” (dir. Benjamin Huguet)

The Short Doc Award:  “Starting Point” (dir. Michal Szczesniak)

The Interactive Award: “Clouds Over Sidra” (dir. Gabo Anora and Chris Milk)

The In The Dark Audio Award: “The Woman on Ice,” produced by Rikke Houd, Third Ear of Denmark.

The Sheffield Doc/Fest Audience Award will be announced on Monday June 15, 2015. This award gives Sheffield’s public audience and delegates the chance to celebrate their favorite film shown in the festival.

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