‘The Other Side of Everything’ Leads IDFA Winners

The Other Side of Everything


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: ZhalanashEmpty 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.


The Other Side of Everything – Toronto Int'l Film Festival trailer from Mila Turajlic on Vimeo.