‘The Other Side of Everything’ Leads IDFA Winners
By Pat Mullen
Mila Turajlic’s The Other Side of Everything leads the winners of IDFA 2017. The co-production between Serbia, France, and Qatar scored the Dutch festival’s top prize of Best Feature Length Documentary and netted € 15,000. Turajlic’s film about a subdivided apartment in Belgrade offers a powerful metaphor for a divided nation. Back at TIFF, we called it “an interesting and heartfelt film.”
Rober Dosky received the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Documentary Stipend, which offers a purse of € 50,000 thanks to an anonymous donation administered by Cultuurfonds. Dosky’s docs include The Sniper of Kobani, Radio Kobanî, and Meryem. Other winners included Simon Lereng Wilmont for Best Feature-Length Documentary and Ieva Ozolina received a Special Jury Award for First Appearance in memory of late filmmaker and POV editor Peter Wintonick.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Feature-Length Documentary: The Other Side of Everything – Mila Turajlic
Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary: The Deminer – Hogir Hirori and Shinwar Kamal
Best First Appearance: The Distant Barking of Dogs – Simon Lereng Wilmont
Special Jury Award for First Appearance: Solving My Mother – Ieva Ozolina
Best Mid-Length Documentary: The Dread – Martin Benchimol and Pablo Aparo
Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary: Last Days in Shibati – Hendrick Dusollier
Best Short Documentary: Zhalanash – Empty Shore – Marcin Sauter
Special Jury Award for Short Documentary: As We’re Told – Erik Holmström and Fredrik Wenzel
Beeld en Geluid IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary: The Long Season – Leonard Retel Helmrich
Special Jury Award for Dutch Documentary: Alicia – Maasja Ooms
ARRI IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary: Call Me Tony – Klaudiusz Chrostowski
Special Jury Award for Student Documentary: I am – Denise Kelm Soares
Best Children’s Documentary: Lenno & the Angelfish – Shamira Raphaëla
Special Jury Award for Children’s Documentary: L I S T E N – Astrid Bussink
IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling: Cosmic Top Secret – Trine Laier
The IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction: Lauren – Lauren McCarthy
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Documentary Stipend: Reber Dosky
IDFA runs until Sunday, November 26. The winner of the VPRO IDFA Audience Award (€ 5,000) will be announced on Friday evening, 24 November.
Stay tuned for more reviews and interviews from the festival.