CinéDOC-Tbilisi 2014 - Awarded Films

At the closing ceremony of CinéDOC-Tbilisi 2014 our international jury awarded five documentaries from the International Competition and Focus Caucasus sections. In the CinéDOC Young section our young audience voted for the best documentary for children and one film received the pubic award as well.

Jury members of the International Competition: Simone Baumann (Germany), Luciano Barisone (Swtserland), Nana Janelidze (Georgia).

Best film of the international competition: Judgement in Hungary by Hestzer Hajdu.

Jury Statement: The jury decided unanimously to award the best film of the international competition to a very challenging cinematic work in terms of content and form: a film that shows clearly the dramatic situation of a country crossed by an emerging wave of racism. with this award, the jury wants to highlight the civic courage of the filmmaker.”

The special mention of the International Competition: Ne Me Quitte Pas by Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden.

Focus Caucasus Competition

Jury members of Focus Caucasus Competition: Darya Bassel (Ukraine), Mélanie de Vocht (the Netherlands), Stephan Wackwitz (Germany).

Best film in Focus Caucasus Competition: Blood by Alina Rudnitskaya.

Jury Statement: The film we choose is originally made and gives a unique insight into the lives and routines of 3 women working for a travelling blood donation centre. The filmmaker was able to give a view of the poor Russian countryside of contemporary Russian society while portraying unforgettable characters living absurdest, sad and funny moments at the same time. It’s an indirect critical image of the malfunctioning social system in Russia nowadays where donating blood is not an ethical deed but an economic necessity.

The Special Mention of Focus Caucasus: Zelim’s Confession by Natalya Mikhaylova.

Jury Statement: This film is a beautiful, straightforward and artistically very effective first-person-narrative about unchecked power of criminal state structures being directed against a decent, honest, brave and likable human being. It tells about human dignity in face of torture and degradation, the deep moral repugnancy of Russian ‘security’ forces and about the necessity for the free world to grant asylum to victims of political repression. In spite of the horrible conditions and events the film talks about, it conveys a message of hope and an inspiration for moral resilience.

The Special Mention of Focus Caucasus: Biblioteka by Ana Tsimintia.

Jury Statement: The film captures an unadorned life of one particular library, which is trying to survive, thus reveals the trivial reality of post-soviet existence. It is a beautifully and professionally made example of observational cinema, where the camera focuses not on individuals but on the institution thus gives us a picturesque image of the life of ordinary people who seemed to have been forgotten by everyone after their epoch collapsed. Ultimately the filmmaker offers us an ending where women library workers are celebrating and dancing, which emphasizes a victory of human spirit over any circumstances.

CinéDOC Young Competition

Festival's Special Jury: The youth gave the main award of this section to the film The Barrel by Anabel Rodriguez Rios.

The Public Prize – Do You Believe in Love? by Dan Wasserman.