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Danish Director Lea Glob’s ‘Apolonia, Apolonia’ Wins Best Film in IDFA International Competition | New


by Danish director Lea Glob Apollonia, Apollonia won the prize for best film in the international competition at the 35th edition of the Amsterdam International Documentary Festival (IDFA), from November 9 to 20.

The award, which comes with a cash prize of 15,000 euros, was confirmed Thursday evening at a ceremony at the ITA (International Theater Amsterdam) which was broadcast live.

Apollonia, Apollonia, supported by HBO Max and ARTE and sold by CAT&Docs, follows the brilliant young artist Apolonia Sokol over a period of 13 years. It was produced by Sidsel Siersted for Danish Documentary Production.

“This film has characters who breathe life and take us on a journey, opening us up to the worlds of culture and art, business and politics, the mechanics of a success story. It is imbued with love,” said the members of the jury comprising filmmaker Pirjo Honkasalo, IFFR director Vanja Kaludjercic, Egyptian author Yousry Nasrallah, director and editor Mary Stephen and film critic and programmer of the Yoshi Yatabe Festival.

The IDFA award for best achievement in the international competition went to crowdpleaser A lot of noise to die by British filmmaker Simon Chambers and produced by David Rane of Soilsiu Films. The Irish and UK-made film covers the final months of the director’s flamboyant, Shakespeare-loving uncle, David. The award comes with a cash prize worth €5,000.

Also in the international competition, the IDFA prize for best editing (worth €2,500) was awarded to Mario Steenbergen for the documentary by Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster Journey through our world. The intimate film was shot in the directors’ house and garden during the pandemic and also won the award for best Dutch film. The IDFA prize for best photography – international competition was awarded to Paul Guilhaume for Heaven.

In the Envision competition, the prize for the best film worth €15,000 was awarded to Angie Vinchito for Manifest, one of the most discussed films of the festival. This is a found footage film featuring extreme videos shot by Russian teenagers and posted on social media. “The filmmaker blew us away with his ability to structure and edit the found footage of these individual voices into a powerful collective chorus,” said the jury of producer Rosa Bosch, The Match Factory director Thania Dimitrakopoulou, Polish director Pawel Lozinski, visual artist and filmmaker Juanna Manna and artist Kidlat Tahimi.

For its part, the prize for the best production (worth €5,000) at the Envision Competition was awarded to Roberta Torre for The Fabulouswhile the Outstanding Artistic Contribution Award (worth €2,500) was awarded to Ishtar Yasin Gutiérrez for My lost country.

British director Darren Emerson has won the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction, worth €5,000, for his deep virtual reality dive into 1980s rave culture, In pursuit of repetitive rhythms. The other main DocLab award, for digital storytelling, went to Taylor McCue for He fucked the girl out of me, an interactive story about Ann, a trans person who gets involved in sex work with deeply traumatic results. This category also won a prize of €5,000.

Among several special mentions was Mark Cousins ​​for The March on Rome.

Full List of IDFA 2022 Winners

IDFA Award for Best Film – International Competition
Apollonia, Apollonia, dir. Lea Glob

IDFA Award for Best Achievement – International Competition
A lot of noise to die, dir. Simon Chambers

IDFA Award for Best Editing – International Competition
Journey through our worldMario Steenbergen

IDFA Award for Best Cinematography – International Competition
HeavenPaul Guilhaume

IDFA Award for Best Film – Envision Competition
Manifest, dir. Angie Vinchito

IDFA Award for Best Direction – Envision Competition
The Fabulous, dir. Roberta Torre

IDFA Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution – Envision Competition
my lost country, dir. Ishtar Yasin Gutierrez

Special Mention – Envision Competition
ratings for a movie, dir. Ignacio Aguero

IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction
In pursuit of repetitive rhythms, dir. Darren Emerson

Special Jury Prize for Creative Technology
Plastisapiens, dir. Miri Cherkhanovich and Edith Jorisch

IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling
He fucked the girl out of me, dir. Taylor McCue

Special Jury Prize for Creative Technology
His name is my name, dir. Eline Jongsma and Kel O’Neill.

IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary
A way, dir. Ruslan Fedotov

Special Mention – Short Documentary
Holders, dir. Sarah Vangt

IDFA Award for Best Youth Film (14+)
Home is somewhere else, dir. Carlos Hagerman and Jorge Villalobos.

IDFA Award for Best Youth Film (9-13)
ramboy, dir. Matthias Joulaud

Special mention – Children’s film|
Jasmin’s two houses, dir. Inka Achté and Hanna Karppinen

IDFA Award for Best First Feature Film
Etilaat Roz, dir. Abbas Rezaie

Special mention – First feature film
Guapo’y, dir. Sofia Paoli Thorne

IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film
Journey through our world, dir. Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster

Special Mention – Best Dutch Film
In my heart, dir. Saskia Boddeke

Beeld & Geluid IDFA Crop Award
Private images, dir. Janaina Nagata

Special Mention – Beeld & Geluid IDFA Reframe Award
The March on Rome, dir. Marc Cousins

IDFA Forum Award for Best Pitch
Nixs, dir. Kani Lapuerta

IDFA Forum Award for Best Raw Cut
The tuba thieves, dir. Alison O’Daniel

IDFA DocLab Forum Awards
We whisper their names, dir. Omoregy Osakpolor.