Awards for 2017

Special Mention of the Jury


Filmschool Award


Viktor Award



Motherland: Ramona S. Diaz
"The film moved us deeply with its approach towards a universal, human rights topic that everyone can connect with, regardless of gender and cultural background. With a fine balance between the topic and documentary film technique, the film introduces the spectator to a microcosm that allows a wider insight into Filipino society and reflects how family and tradition impact women's living conditions."


Nowhere to Hide: Zaradasht Ahmed
"This year's winner is not only an essential story, it is timely and it's also a great example of very good filmmaking. It's a story about the most important political conflict we're experiencing told in a simple way, but most of all it's a story about ordinary people living under extraordinary circumstances. The jury chose the film NOWHERE TO HIDE by director Zaradasht Ahmed, who shows you what makes a refugee."



Brother Jakob: Eli Roland Sachs
"In unpretentious and highly emotional images, the film recounts Jakob's need for spirituality and the power and the relentlessness of religion and family. We are shown the competition between the two brothers, that dialogue is better than exclusion, that understanding must always come before judgement and that a dominant culture that holds good for everyone is not easy to create."

SOS-Kinderdörfer Award



Komunia: Anna Zamecka
"In this in-depth film the audience experiences Ola's life as roller coaster ride between constant, overwhelming demands and serious responsibilities and Ola is portrayed as both a victim of the independence she was forced to develop at a young age and an everyday hero. Anna Zamecka has succeeded in creating an outstanding film that, on the one hand, thrives on its closeness and affection to its protagonist and, on the other hand, has the courage to outline the girl's possible failings. The family is crowded together at close quarters and the washing machine that makes everything shake on its spin cycle, increasingly becomes a metaphor for Ola's life."



Cameraperson: Kirsten Johnson
"In her film CAMERAPERSON Kirsten Johnson lets the audience experience how beautiful and vivid and, at the same time, unbearably oppressive and ambivalent camerawork for documentary film can be. Her film embarks upon an intelligent and personal essay-like discourse about the various facets of and the tensions within the relationship between the person behind the camera and the world in front of the camera. In the process, her images and scenes achieve great intimacy and poetry. Her core interest is in reporting where the images originate from - with all the adversity, ambivalences and documentary gifts that are generally invisible to the viewer."

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