DOCVILLE WINNING FILMS!
Jury award for best International documentary: Happiness (Thomas Balmès)
(Honorable mention Dal Profondo by Valentina Pedicini)
Con-Science award winner: Virunga (Orlando Von Einsiedel)
Jury award for best Belgian documentary: What About Eric? (Lennart Stuyck and Ruben Vermeersch)
(Honorable mention Desert Haze by Sofie Benoot)
BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY
First we have an honorable mention for DAL PROFONDO.
With remarkable powerful imagery we descend into the underworld.
A place where it's almost impossible to film,
yet the director succeeds in triggering our imagination.
The winning film, on the other hand, takes us to higher grounds.
Deep in the Himalayan mountains we find ourselves in an isolated world, where time didn't effect the culture.
With the introduction of television and internet, everything is about to change.
Two wonderful characters take us on a journey through time.
The beautiful & consistent photography still leaves room for the unexpected.
HAPPINESSS is truly a bright cinematic experience.
CON-SCIENCE AWARD WINNER
As far as this jury could judge by the selection it was presented, there seems to exist a tacit understanding among documentary filmmakers that any critical artistic and journalistic discourse on the chaos of today's world must deal with subjects like the looming ecological disaster, unchecked corporate and political power, the conflicts they engender and the often high collateral damage they inflict on ordinary people. In one way or another all movies in this selection deal with these issues and with the way they are interconnected, and thus are characterized by a sense of urgency and a need for commitment.
Hence the ConScience Award had to go to the filmmaker who succeeded in transforming the abstract pattern of a global conflict into a gripping, urgent, under-reported and human story, that clearly marks what is at stake in a visual style and language that catches all relevant and often difficult to predict developments of its subject in a coherent and moving film. The jury had a long and intense discussion, which as such already illustrates the impact of this documentary, and finally decided with a majority of votes to attribute the Docville ConScience Award to Orlando von Einsiedel for his movie Virunga.
DOCVILLE TURNS 10!
DOCVILLE has been brightening the cinema landscape for a decade now. The festival has evolved into Belgium’s leading platform for documentary cinema, a broad genre festival, focusing on national and international documentary author’s cinema.
In honor of the festival’s 10th edition DOCVILLE is kicking it up another notch. The program includes over 100 long and short documentaries from 26 countries, spread over more than 140 screenings and events. Most of the films on the bill are premiering at DOCVILLE. They are screened in the presence of their directors, who introduce the film or discuss it after the screening. At other screenings, specialists make sure the films are well framed. We are also proud to introduce the DOCVILLE + sessions, a series of debates around three topical themes.
>> Catalogue DOCVILLE 2014 (ISSUU)
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GREAT FILMS, FABULOUS GUESTS
DOCVILLE is very pleased to welcome a growing number of intruiging guests. One of the main guests is Freda Kelly, former secretary of the Beatles and the subject of Good Ol' Freda. Freda, together with director Ryan White, will be present during both screening of the film.
Point and Shoot tells the unlikely story of Matthew VanDyke, a naive young American and amateur documentary filmmaker who, in search of adventure, buys a motorcycle and travels across the Middle East. By coincidence, he ends up in Libya, where rebels have taken up arms against Gaddafi. Matthew himself will be present at the festival to Q&A his film.
Don’t miss the opening film, Watermark, either, presented by Canadian director Jennifer Baichwal. Well known Austrian director Erwin Wagenhofer will be Q&A-ing during the Belgian premiere of Alphabet.
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The festival is proud to introduce a new concept. In DOCVILLE + sessions, we focus on a number of current issues addressed in certain films at the festival. DOCVILLE presents three debates, each preceded by a film screening, with a panel of specialists. Access to the debates is free. You do need a ticket for the screening.
>> DOCVILLE+ Sessions
ACTIVITIES FOR FILM PROFESSIONALS
DOCVILLE is not just a film fest for lovers of documentary cinema, but also a meeting point for film professionals from Belgium and abroad. DOCVILLE offers a series of activities for professionals, film students and aspiring filmmakers.
>> Activities for film professionals
FILMPROFESSIONALS - REQUEST ACCREDITATION
Via this page you can request an accreditation for the 19th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival DOCVILLE 2014. Please fill in the following form. We will inform you as soon as we can whether you request is accepted (this usually is more a formality for foreign guests).
Acceditation passes are strictly personal. With them you can get one ticket (or two where applicable) for each screening at the festival, as long as there are tickets available.
Accreditation will only be granted to those who are professionally active in (short) film related activities.
>> APPLY FOR ACCREDITATION HERE
DOCVILLE 2015 !
The next edition of Docville will take place between May 1st-9th. Submissions open end of July.
101 Feature-length and short documentaires, 26 countries represented, 140 screenings and events.
Most of the selected docs will have their national première and will be screened in the presence of the director. If the director can't be present, the festival tries it best to have someone else able to Q&A the screening. New this year are the DOCVILLE+-sessies, a debatseries of 3 current hot topics.
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>> Programming schedule
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BECOME A DOCVILLE VIP
AND PICK YOU FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY
Good news for avid fans of documentary films: DOCVILLE has launched the DOCVILLE VIP pass. This pass, available for the small price of 45 euros, gives you access to all regular film screenings on DOCVILLE 2014.
But there is more: all DOCVILLE VIPs decide together who will go home with the first-ever DOCVILLE Audience Award. Only VIP pass holders are entitled to vote. Finally, there are also many small benefits linked with the DOCVILLE VIP pass; a drink with other pass holders, substantial discount in our DVD shop and much more.
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