2015 was a remarkable year for the IAFOR Documentary Film Award & Festival. New records were set in several areas, from number of entries to representation by country. Our goal to be a global competition which encompasses the world’s many important stories is further realized with each Film Award. We are so thankful and honored by the many documentarians that entered the competition and shared their work with us.
Our final round of judging featured several documentaries of the highest quality. Our judging panel found great merit in all of our finalists’ works and would like to honor them by name in this post:
Angels in Motion
Directed by Austin Smock
How I Became A Refugee
Directed by Marilyn Metta
Directed by Amy Rowland, Nikitha Ranjit & Antoniya Gerimpapazi
Pride, Pole & Prejudice
Directed by Rebecca Graham
Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile
Directed by Norah Shapiro
Directed by Wesley Julian
Directed by Conxi Fornieles
White Mushroom, Black Earth
Directed by Mengxi Rao
2015 Award Winners
Our judges have selected three films from the final round as this year’s Official Festival Selection. All three of these films are winners in their respective categories:
Best Newcomer – Feature Documentary
The Land of Many Palaces
Directed by Adam James Smith & Song Ting
“The Land of Many Palaces is an important and sobering story about the changes taking place in modern day China. The documentary is well-told and beautifully shot.
We are truly in love with this doc. Very stylistically done without narration. The story unfolds naturally and powerfully through image and the voices of the subjects.”
Best Professional – Feature Documentary
Gazelle – The Love Issue
Directed by Cesar Terranova
An interesting story and well executed. The opening is excellent. Wonderful pacing with edits to music. Good choice in music selection throughout. Nice transitions…spot-on! While Gazelle, the doc’s subject, is somewhat self-indulgent (well, it is about a drag artist!), the documentary is nonetheless very compelling and well made.
Best Documentary – Grand Prize
Directed by Elliot Spencer
Stunningly shot. Reminiscent of a “National Geographic” film…the visuals are amazing and it touches on some important issues affecting life in the Solomon Islands.
Really outstanding. All the close-up shots gave us process without “giving away the store” early on. The camera work was excellent!
Wonderful! Texture, closeups, sound, lighting, cinematography all top notch. This is a first-rate example of what a quality documentary should be. A winner!
Once again, thank you to all our entrants, judges, supporters, and audience members. The success of this year’s Film Award & Festival will inevitably lead to a bigger and more dynamic event in 2016.