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Winners of the 10th PLANETE+ DOC FF

During the award ceremony in Kinoteka cinema the winners of the 10th PLANETE+ DOC FF have been announced
On Saturday, 18th May 2013, during the awards ceremony at Warsaw’s Kinoteka, we learned the winners of the 10th PLANETE+ DOC FILM FESTIVAL – one of the most important documentary film festivals in Europe, which takes place on 10th-19th May in Warsaw, on 12th-19th May in Wroclaw, and on 17th-19th in 20 cities throughout Poland during the “PLANETE+ DOC weekend”.

An international jury comprising of Dorota Kędzierzawska and Joonas Berghäll gave the main award of the 10th PLANETE+ DOC FILM FESTIVAL – the MILLENNIUM AWARD, along with a EUR 8000 prize sponsored by the festival’s Patron Bank Millennium, to the film “Forget Me Not” by David Sieveking (the creator of “David Wants to Fly”, which received a Special Mention in the same competition during the 2010 PLANETE+ DOC festival). “Forget Me Not” is in the Jury’s opinion “an incredibly subtle, painfully honest, touching, beautiful, and wise film in which – led by the director – we draw closer to the protagonists step by step, slowly entering their world, and hold our breath in anticipation of the inevitable.” The Jury also awarded an Honorable Mention to Michał Bielawski’s “Mundial: The Highest Stakes” – “an emotional, intense snapshot of an event shown from two different perspectives. The cinematic equivalent of a clear-cut goal”.

An international jury comprising of Eva Küpper, Frank Poulsen Piasecki, and Łukasz Maciejewski, gave the MAGIC HOUR AWARD for the best mid-length film, along with a EUR 4000 prize sponsored by the Polish Film Institute to “Matthew’s Laws” by Marc Schmidt. “The film captivated us with its deeply respectful, loving human perspective and powerful storytelling. Throughout the film we remain in direct eye-contact with the main character which gives a brutal, yet disarming insight into the vulnerable inner life of a deeply troubled mind” – we read in the verdict. The jury also awarded Honorable Mentions to “Joanna” by Aneta Kopacz – for “remarkable sensitivity, perfectly matched with an exquisite, poetic cinematography” - and “Women and the Passenger” by Patricia Correi and Valentina Mac-Pherson which surprised the jurors by “revealing that the most innocent and charming, romantic beliefs in love can be found in very unlikely places”.

A jury comprising of Artur Reinhart, Tomasz Wolski, and Joanna Stankiewicz, gave the CANON CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD, along with a EUR 4000 prize sponsored by Canon Polska to “Elena” by Petra Costa for “an incredible portrayal of sorrow and longing through evocative imagery”. An Honorary Mention went to “The Last Station” by Christian Soto and Catalina Vergara, singled out by the jury as “a touching portrait of old age with a consistent visual style”.

THE AUDIENCE AWARD, along with a EUR 2000 prize sponsored by the PLANETE+ documentary channel and the nc+ digital platform, went to “The Act of Killing” by Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, and Christine Cynn, in which the authors convinced Indonesian criminals to reenact events from 50 years ago in front of the camera.

A jury comprising of: Michał Piróg, Katarzyna Guzek, and Katarzyna Ugryn, gave the GREEN CROSS WARSAW AWARD for the best ecology-themed film, along with a EUR 3000 prize sponsored by Green Cross Poland to the film “Human Scale” by Andreas M. Dalsgaard, which shows that “the improvement of living standards, which begins with changing the conditions of everyday life, can lead to a shift in how we think about the broader implications of our influence on the ecosystem”. The jury expressed their hope that the film will “inspire the creation of a new generation of green cities”. The jury also awarded an Honorary Mention to “Carbon Rush” by Amy Miller for “pointing out the global problem of emissions trading – a mechanism that was supposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions”.

In the competition for the best film about human rights, the jury, comprising of Draginja Nadaždin, Tadeusz Sobolewski, and Mirosław Chojecki, gave the AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AWARD, along with a EUR 3000 prize, to “Gulabi Gang” by Nishtha Jain for “an inspiring, moving film about women from the rural areas of southern India who, against traditional social divisions and despite their lack of education, find the courage to push back against violence towards women, and other forms of human rights abuse”. The jury also awarded an Honorary Mention to the film “Nowhere Home” by Margreth Olin for an “insightful and empathetic look at the situation of refugees and migrants in Europe, and for bravely bringing up questions about the authors’ own society and its values”.

for the best film about music, along with a EUR 1000 prize, went to “The Ghost of Piramida” by Andreas Koefoed. The jury, comprising of Andrzej Smolik, Ola Bilińska, and Łukasz Kamiński, praised the film for “abandoning the literal approach to its musical subject and fusing it seamlessly with the other narrative threads; for jumbling various orders – the musical, the natural, the spiritual, and many others that are even more subtle; for pervasive, unassuming metaphysics”.

A jury comprising of Anna Baumgart, Paulina Reiter, and Łukasz Mojsak, gave the DOC ART AWARD for the best film about art, along with a EUR 1000 prize, to the film "A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman 3D" by Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, and Ben Timlett. “The film captivates the viewer with its dazzling visuals, which are, however, not and end in itself, but are instead intrinsically tied to the story and convey its essence perfectly” – we read in the verdict. An Honorary Mention went to “Journal de France” by Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret for “a story about a man delivered by way of hypnotic video-collage that merges grand historical narrative with the personal life and musings of its subject”.

On 19th May, during an official gala at the Lower Silesian Film Centre in Wroclaw, the winner of the GRAND PRIX OF LOWER SILESIA – AWARD FROM THE LOWER SILESIA PROVINCE MARSHAL, awarded since 2012, along with a EUR 3000 prize, was announced. The recipient of the award – "The Act of Killing” by Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, and Christine Cynn was selected from among the 18 films entered into the Millennium Award competition by a jury comprising of Kinga Wołoszyn-Świerk, Stanisław Bereś, and Paweł Jarodzki.

The winner of the ARTHOUSE CINEMAS NETWORK AWARD, who will receive the Arthouse Cienmas Network’s aid in domestic distribution of the film, will be selected by the audience of “PLANETE+ DOC festival weekend” (17th-19th May). The winner will be announced by the end of May 2013.

On 17th May, in Warsaw’s Kinoteka, we have learned the recipient of the “FOCUS” MAGAZINE AWARD for the biggest personality of the festival. The award went to Jean François André Clervoy - a French engineer and astronaut, veteran of three space missions organized by NASA.

The 10th PLANETE+ DOC FILM FESTIVAL took place on 10th-19th May in Warsaw at the Kinoteka and Iluzjon cinemas, on 12th-19th May at the Lower Silesian Film Centre in Wroclaw, and on 17th-19th in 20 cities throughout Poland during the “PLANETE+ DOC weekend”.

The 11th PLANETE+ DOC FILM FESTIVAL will take place on 9th-18th May 2014.

You can learn more about the PLANETE+DOC FILM FESTIVAL at www.planetedocff.pl and www.facebook.com/PlaneteDoc.

The festival’s patron is BANK MILLENNIUM.

The main Partners of the festival and the sponsors of the Audience Award are the PLANETE+ documentary channel and the nc+ digital platform.

The PLANETE+ channel helps us understand the complex and ever-changing world we live in. It’s a channel that expands one’s horizons, shapes opinions, and stimulates discussion by addressing issues close to people’s hearts. The best films screened during the festival can later be viewed on PLANETE+. More information at www.planeteplus.pl and www.facebook.com/PLANETEplus.

nc+ is a modern digital platform with the most diverse program selection on the market. It was created from the merging of two leading platforms – CYFRA+ and n. It offers 130 select high quality channels, 50 of which come in HD format. nc+ gives you the most prestigious sport events and the latest blockbusters straight from the big screen, available on six Premium channels from the CANAL+ family: CANAL+ Family HD, CANAL+ Family2 HD, CANAL+ Film HD, CANAL+ Film2 HD, CANAL+ HD, and CANAL+ Sport HD.

nc+ also offers the latest in user-friendly technologies, including PVR (personal video recording); MULTIROOM – TV in up to 6 rooms at once; VOD+ and netVOD+ - programs and films on demand, available after connecting a decoder to the Internet; nc+ GO – a mobile app that allows you to watch TV on your tablet or smartphone. By combining the biggest offer of select content and the latest technology, nc+ redefines modern entertainment.

Another one of the festival’s partners, and a sponsor of the award for the best film in the Green Cross Warsaw Award section is Green Cross Poland (GCPL) – the Polish branch of Green Cross International, the third largest non-profit environmental nongovernmental organization in the world.

Green Cross began its operations in Poland in February 2010, and has since implemented numerous projects aimed at developing new solutions for environmental protection and sustainable development.
Green Cross Poland serves as a platform for dialogue between the worlds of business, government, nongovernmental organizations, and science. Strategic workshops, high-rank debates, cooperation between Polish and foreign partners – these are just some of the actions undertaken by GCPL in three key spheres: green economy, water management, and green cities and communes. the organization actively participates in public consultations for legal acts and international strategies.

Green Cross International was founded by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993. For the past four years, the President of the Board of Directors has been Jan Kulczyk. The Polish branch of Green Cross was founded in February 2010 by Dominika Kulczyk-Lubomirska. www.greencrosspoland.org