For the second time this year, the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival will have an International Competition Section. Ten films of over 50 minutes in length will compete for the Golden Alexander and the Special Jury Award.
The Golden Alexander award is accompanied by a €8,000 cash prize.
Τhe Special Jury Award is accompanied by a €2,000 cash prize.
VR Competition section
The VR Competition section Jury will bestow a Best Film Award accompanied with a 3,000 euro cash prize, sponsored by the Greek Film Center.
The FIPRESCI Awards
This year, the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), comprising distinguished film critics, presents two awards: one to the Best Documentary of the International Competition Program and one to a Greek film that participates in the International Program.
“Human Values Award” of the Hellenic Parliament
The television station of the Hellenic Parliament (Hellenic Parliament TV) presents its “Human Values” award to an International Competition section film.
Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation Awards
Within the framework of the 21th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation will award two prizes:
A €3,000 award to the Greek film (over 50 min.) that will receive the Fischer audience award.
A €2,000 award to the film that will receive the Doc on Air Award.
WWF Greece Award to a film from the “Habitat” segment
The reciprocal relationship between humans and nature is brought to the fore in the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival’s “Habitat” segment, with films that capture the effects of human intervention on the environment and the price paid by humanity. The award is presented by the World Wildlife Fund Greece to the best film of the “Habitat” segment. As WWF Greece points out: “Through truths that concern global threats, such as climate change, and through the exploration of our strange relationship with time, the need for and the overexploitation of our natural resources, and the stark contrasts between the natural and urban landscape, the directors of the documentaries that make up the ‘Habitat’ segment merge realism and art to create works that go beyond the ecological documentary.”
Greek Film Center Awards
In the framework of the 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, the Greek Film Centre will award three prizes. More specifically, the awards are the following:
€3,000 prize award to a documentary participating in the VR Competition.
€3,000 prize award to a documentary participating in Agora Docs in Progress.
€3,000 prize award to a debut documentary feature (min. 50 min.) that premieres in the Greek Program.
Amnesty International Award to a Film from the “Human Rights” segment
There are many reasons why the Amnesty International Award is of great importance to the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. First of all, because it brings in contact two institutions that share a strong sensibility and similar goals. Furthermore, they both operate on a complementary level, with the Festival promoting and screening films by documentarians that reveal the brutal violation of human rights, and with Amnesty International then taking on the difficult task of mobilizing, exerting pressure and raising public awareness. Moreover, receiving recognition by a humanitarian institution such as Amnesty International within the context of a cinematic institution such as the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival is doubly important for a filmmaker, since his/her work is honored both on an artistic and a humanitarian level.
This year, therefore, Amnesty International will be once again actively participating in the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival by awarding a film from the “Ηuman Rights” segment.
Fischer Audience Awards
Two Audience Awards for films over 50 minutes in length (one Greek and one foreign - Peter Wintonick award).
Two Audience Awards for films under 50 minutes in length (one Greek and one foreign).
All Greek films having their first public screening at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, either in the Official Selection (the International, Platform, or screen to Screen programs), are all eligible for the Fischer Αudience Αward for a Greek Film. All foreign films are eligible for the Fischer Αudience Αward for a Foreign Film, except for those presented as part of the tributes.
Youth Jury Awards by the Students of the Thessaloniki Universities
The Youth Jury comprises students of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and will be presenting the Best Film Award and the Special Jury Award. Eligible for these awards are the Greek films participating in the International Program.
The Mermaid Award
The Mermaid Award is an independent prize for the best LGBTQI-themed film from the official selection of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. The prize is awarded by a three-member jury, which this year is made up of Eliana Abravanel (journalist), Miguel Ribeiro (programmer, Doc Lisboa), and Vladan Petkovic (journalist/critic at Cineuropa, Programme director at Kratkofil Plus IFF, and correspondent at Screen International).
WIFT GR Award
The WIFT GR Award is presented by the Greek Chapter of WIFT (Women in Film & Television) to a woman filmmaker of a film selected for the official program of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.
WIFT GR is a professional association adherent to a global network which was founded in 1973 and which is currently counting 40 regional chapters worldwide. More than 14,000 WIFT members are working together towards a common goal; to support and promote the careers and achievements of women who work in the film and television industries, alongside other audiovisual media. WIFT GR members have direct access to a wide range of networking services, job opportunities, training programs, consulting services and financing sources aimed at the completion of film productions.
Greek Association of Film Critics Award (PEKK)
The Greek Association of Film Critics (PEKK) awards, as every year, the Best Greek Film that is screened in the official selection of the 21th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. The decision is made by the General Assembly of the members that have attended the Festival. PEKK was created in 1976, while in 1977, PEKK joined FIPRESCI, and, since then, its Greek members have participated in more than 70 FIPRESCI juries all over the world.