DocsBarcelona 2018 ends consolidating the growth that began in the 20th edition of the festival, with an increase of days and audience. The 21st edition of the International Documentary Film Festival of Barcelona has hosted 66 sessions and one month of online screenings reaching more than 20,000 spectators, with an average of 133 people per session, enjoy a program that brought together the most relevant productions of documentary cinema in the internacional scene. Also, the activities dedicated to the industry and professionals have had an extensive follow-up, with 1,800 attendees who have actively participated in the most practical aspect of the event. The festival closed with the world premiere of Sinfonía in a session that had the presence of its directors, Gilbert Arroyo and Andrés Locatelli, and of the famous tenor Juan Diego Flórez, the protagonist of the film that, through a video, has welcomed the attendees.
The great winner of DocsBarcelona 2018 has been The Distant Barking of Dogs, whom the jury chaired by Paco Poch and formed by Jessica Murray, Xavi García Puerto and Montse Armengou has awarded the DocsBarcelona TV3 Award for Best Documentary. Directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont, this film portrays the life of Oleg, a Ukrainian boy, and his grandmother, in a border area where they often live with anti-aircraft fire and missile attacks. The Jury has addressed its motivation to award a “film that takes care of photography with a detailed and delicate observation. A look that allows us to listen to the most vulnerable”. Also, the Panorama jury wanted to give a Special Mention to Miss Kiet’s Children, by Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster, about a Dutch teacher who welcomes and teaches refugee children “because beyond a careful style that puts the focus on children as protagonists, it reveals to us a teacher who is a model example of how to be solidary, peaceful and positive.” Also in the Official Section Panorama, the New Talent Award, awarded to debut filmmakers, has been given to the directors of El Espanto, Martín Benchimol and Pablo Aparo, “because from a peculiar theme through a great staging and time control, half-distance and humour, give us a very human movie that speaks very well about the future of these young directors. ”
The Official Section Latitud, sponsored by Antaviana Films, the Jury formed by Sumpta Ayuso, Anna Rebés and Oriol Font has awarded the Chilean film Robar a Rodin, by Cristóbal Valenzuela, which “it definitely surpasses the fiction, and it takes us through a journey with increasing curiosity and a narration full of surprises”. The What the Doc! Jury has awarded The Prince and the Dybbuk, by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski, “to turn the history of cinema into an existential dilemma through a set of sensations that confronts fantasy and reality, cinema and life “.
The Amnistia Internacional Catalunya Award, awarded by a Jury of members of the organisation has been given by The Congo Tribunal, by Milo Rau. The DOC-U Award, sponsored by 16nou, an exhibition space dedicated to the university documentary talent of Catalonia, has been given to the shortfilm Nobody Is Perfect, by Beatriz Pérez, as “with courage and sincerity portraits a story that breaks stereotypes and brings a social reality to the general public” according to the Jury formed by Laura Ferrés, Félix Colomer and Alba Yruela.
The audience also gives an awarad
In addition to the prizes awarded by the juries of professionals and filmmakers, the audience has a lot to say to DocsBarcelona, with three awards. The Audience Award to any movie in the Official Sections (Panorama, Latitud and What the Doc!), has been given to Petitet, by Carles Bosch, our inaugural film which will be premiered in Commercial Theatres on June 8th. The Docs&Teens Best Film Award, sponsored by ENDESA, given by 3,800 teenagers attending the screenings dedicated to climate change and environment, has been for El Viatge de l’Unai, by Andoni Canela. Finally, the DocsBarcelona of the Month Award has been given to Angry Inuk, by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.
21st editin’s highlights
DocsBarcelona 2018 has consolidated the bet started a year ago with the twentieth edition, with two weeks of documentary programming. The balance could not be more positive, with 20,000 spectators making the 21st edition the most successful of DocsBarcelona so far and marks a new challenge for the next editions of a festival that is already capital in the country’s cultural agenda. The audience has also had the opportunity to talk with the filmmakers and protagonists of the films with 58 Q&A, a landmark of collective success.
DocsBarcelona 2018 Awards
- DocsBarcelona TV3 Best Film Award: The Distant Barking of Dogs
- Special Mention of the Jury: Miss Kiet’s Children
- New Talent Award: El espanto
- DocsBarcelona Latitud Award: Robar a Rodin
- What The Doc! Award: The Prince and the Dybbuk
- Amnistia Internacional Catalunya Award: The Congo Tribunal
- Audience Award: Petitet
- DOC-U Award: Nobody is Perfect
- Docs&Teens Award: El viatge de l’Unai
DocsBarcelona of the Month Award: Angry Inuk