GREEK COMPETITION SECTION
The 1st Prize of the 5th Thessaloniki Documentary Section “Images of the 21st Century”, which is accompanied by a cash prize of 12.000€ is awarded ex aequo to:
“Men at Sea” by Katerina Patroni and
“Are there any lions in Greece?” by Irina Boiko
The 2nd Prize of the 5th Thessaloniki Documentary Section “Images of the 21st Century”, which is accompanied by a cash prize of 6.000€ is awarded to:
“They tell me not to love you –The songs of Smyrna, Constantinople” by Yorgos C. Zervas
The 3rd Prize of the 5th Thessaloniki Documentary Section “Images of the 21st Century”, which is accompanied by a cash prize of 3.000€ is awarded to:
“Freddy” by Theodoros Kalesis
The Jury consisting of * Lakis Papastathis, Filmmaker * Penny Panayotopoulou, Filmmaker * Stelios Kouloglou, Journalist * Miltos Papanikolaou, University Professor * Nikos Yanopoulos, Production Manager would like to thank the Thessaloniki audience, the Greek and foreign directors, the film critics, the producers and all of those who attended the festival.
Honourable mention is given ex aequo to:
“Andreas Embirikos” by Tasos Psarras and “Earthquake” by Yuri Averoff “because they rely on unfamiliar motion pictures of the past, which enrich our perspective, accentuate our feelings of history and pave the way for the pursuit of similar private or public facts that could shine a new light on the history of modern Greece”.
Honourable mention is given to the film:
“The sponge diver’s dance” by Vassilis Vassiliadis “for the very promising beginning of a new documentary filmmaker”.
DEWAR’S AUDIENCE AWARD
The Dewar’s Audience Award which is accompanied by a cash prize of 3.000€ goes to the film:
“Nine Good Teeth” by Αlex Halpern
As members of the Fipresci jury: Stratos Kersanidis (Greece) Necati Sonmez (Turkey) Anette Olsen (Denmark)
We appreciate the high quality of the selection which includes films of different approaches, styles and topics. This great variety of films made it a difficult task for the jury to make a choice. “Mothers of Life” and “Hush!” are just two examples of documentaries that have impressed the jury. However we had to consider only one film from the international section and our choice is:
“Ford Transit” by Hany Abu-Assad for its efforts to give a ironic-humorous and analytical picture of the everyday life of Palestinians, structured as an unusual “road movie”.
For the Greek section the Fipresci prize goes to:
“The Way to the West” by Kyriakos Katzourakis for its treatment of a contemporary problem; the uprooting of people and its innovative integration of fiction and the poetic point of view of the main character.