International Documentary Film Festival
22-30 March 2017
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DOCVILLE is a festival dedicated to documentary film, with a strong focus on national and international author driven cinema. Films that not only appeal to the head but also the heart, made by directors with personality and vision. Films that deserve the big screen.


Audience award (Knack Publieksprijs) for Life, Animated

With all votes counted, Life, Animated wins the DOCVILLE Audience Award, after winning the Award for Best International Documentary as well.

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Film about autism wins Jury Award at DOCVILLE

On Saturday, May 7th, the 12th edition of DOCVILLE was festively concluded with the Belgian premiere of 'Where to Invade Next' by...

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Awards DOCVILLE 2016

Jury award for Best International Documentary


The Jury Prize for Best International Documentary, purchased by CANVAS, went to the touching ‘Life, Animated’ by Roger Ross Williams, who had already been selected for DOCVILLE once before, in 2014 with ‘God Loves Uganda’. 'Life, Animated' tells the story of the autistic Owen Suskind who connects to his parents using quotes from Disney movies. 'Life, Animated' has already won several awards including at the Sundance Film Festival (USA).

Jury Award for best ConScience Documentary


In the section ConScience, the jury chose ‘This Changes Everything’ by Avi Lewis, after the book with the same title by Naomi Klein. The film argues that global warming is not necessarily the end of humanity, but simply the beginning of a new relationship between man and nature. The film fits in beautifully with the trend of documentaries with a positive message, films that advocate a different way of life and provide practical solutions. There was also a Special Mention for ‘The Girl Who Saved My Life' by Hogir Hirori, who visited the festival earlier this week to present his film to the audience.

Jury Award for Best Belgian Documentary


The Award for Best Belgian documentary, donated by SABAM, went to ‘Reach for the Sky' by Steven Dhoedt. His film follows several South Korean teens who are prepping for the Suneung test, a final exam for students. In light of this film, we organized a DOCVILLE + session in which we discussed the sense and nonsense of elite schools, with Steven Dhoedt as one of the panelists

Jury Award for Best Documentary TV-Series


Out of the five nominees, the jury selected 'Stuff' by Jan Antonissen and Guillaume Graux. The four-part series tells the story of famous and less famous doping sinners, active in different sports. The series was created with the support of the Fonds Pascal Decroos.

Audience Award DOCVILLE 2016


A few days after the end of the festival, all audiences votes were counted. It was a very close call, but in the end Jury Award winning film Life, Animated also won the Docville audience award