21-29 MARCH 2018
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.
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Awards DOCVILLE 2017
Jury award for Best International Documentary
IN LOCO PARENTIS
From the jury report: We have seen a very strong and diverse selection of documentaries this year. They have captivated us with a wide range of stories and creative approaches.
We want to give a special mention to a story that interweaves original archive, testimonials and animation. Formally inventive, this film keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Our special mention goes to TOWER, directed by Keith Maitland.
Our winner this year was the unanimous choice of the International Jury. This enchanting and beautifully observed documentary makes use of traditional crafting in a powerful and poignant way. Handled with a remarkable lightness of touch, this is a gentle documentary about the art of raising children. Our winner is IN LOCO PARENTIS.
Jury Award for best ConScience Documentary
CITY OF GHOSTS
From the jury report: In the category Films of Conscience the jury was impressed by the diversity of crucially important topics covered by the films using a wide variety of documentary techniques: from artificial intelligence to the porn industry; the issue of a Basic Income for all to the realities of motherhood; from the Occupied Territories of Palestine to the privatised agriculture of Ethiopia via I.F Stone and the lies that all governments tell.
But ultimately the Jury awarded the prize to an astonishing film that tells the story of the extraordinarily brave citizen journalists of a destroyed city. In the face of unspeakable evil - including the brutal torture and murder of colleagues and family - these journalists continue to sacrifice everything to inform the world about the ravaging of their beloved home town. Visually powerful and emotionally devastating, Mathew Heineman’s City of Ghosts is a fitting and powerful testament to the heroism, trauma, passionate commitment and steely determination of the 'Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently' group. We all owe it to them to do everything in our power to stop the wanton slaughter that continues in Raqqa, in much of Syria, and in Yemen.
Jury Award for Best Belgian Documentary
All of the jury for the National Selection were very impressed by the quality and the diversity of the filmmaking in the category. Unfortunately there can only be one winner. For us, this film had an important message to share. It shone a light on a phenomenon that extends far beyond the parameters of this film. What made this documentary special for us was the gentle intimacy it achieved with its subjects, in a difficult environment to film. The result was touching, shocking, entertaining and thought-provoking. We are delighted to say that the winner is Burning Out.
Jury Award for Best Documentary TV-Series
The award for best tv documentary series goes to Steenweg, a 5-part documentary series broadcasted by the now gone tv station Acht
Audience Award DOCVILLE 2017
The Audience Award DOCVILLE goes to Magnus, with an average score of 6.82/7