The growth of the IAFOR Documentary Film Award & Festival has been tremendous. This year’s Open Competition was extremely competitive and our judges were faced with many difficult decisions. We truly feel lucky and honored to have such wonderful documentaries to choose from. We’d like to thank everyone who entered. Select documentaries from the Open Competition will be highlighted and screened at future IAFOR academic conferences held around the world. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on screenings and news from this year’s winning entries.
The IDFA Judges would like to recognize the finalists in 2016’s Open Competition for their outstanding work:
Developing the Darkness
Directed by Manuel Pascual
LAST DAYS. LAST SHOT.
Directed by Sumira Roy
Directed by Fernando L. González Mitjáns
2016 Official Selections
Recognized for their excellent work, these documentaries will be featured at future IAFOR academic conferences.
Among the Believers
Directed by Hemal Trivedi & Mohammed Ali Naqvi
BREAKING POINT: The War for Democracy in Ukraine
Directed by Mark Jonathan Harris & Oles Sanin
2016 Award Winners
All three of these films are winners in their respective categories. These documentaries will also be featured at future IAFOR conferences:
Best Newcomer – Mini Documentary
Adi: At the Confluence
Directed by Joor Baruah
Visually impressive! This documentary combined a newsworthy story with an interesting ethnographic dimension.
Compelling story with good cinematography. Provided a wonderful look into the Adi people and culture.
Best Newcomer – Short Documentary
Directed by Rachel Reed & Will Garofalo
An interesting and significant documentary. The use of archival footage was amazing and aided in telling the complete story of discrimination and struggle.
Best Documentary – Grand Prize
PLACEBO: ALT. RUSSIA
Directed by Charlie Targett-Adams
Excellent documentary – original and compelling work.
A beautiful presentation with a lot of effort put into news archive material and capturing the “moment.” Well executed.
A special thank you to our Prize Sponsor, Tentacle Sync, for providing us with wonderful prizes for this year’s competition.