The Jury of the 4th edition of FUTURE DOCS: Barak Heymann & Brigid O'Shea & Natalia Osiatynska & Rada Šešić has announced the following statement:
„All projects submitted to Future Docs 2019/2020 were developed in depth, and some achieved amazingly high quality regarding the proposed narrative structure and visual approach. The Future Docs tutors and the team extend their sincere congratulations and support to all filmmakers, NGO participants and producers who worked very meticulously on the textual proposal and the cinematic material, despite the challenging circumstances around the COVID crisis. However, according to the regulations, we could choose just one project from among the six submitted to award the FUTURE DOCS prize of 5000 US dollars.
After considering topic relevance and the director's cinematic approach within the perspective of our platform’s prerogative to support projects dealing with human rights issues – especially those that might never be made without support from abroad – we have decided to award the FUTURE DOCS prize to THE BARRIER by Masha Novikova, Joakim Demmer and Chiara Minchio. Through the stories of the film protagonists, who risk their lives to protect the lives of others, the film aims to paint the complex situation of contemporary Eastern European societies. Following the main protagonists, whose work takes them to various parts of the countries, far from political epicenters, the film will reveal lesser-known stories of common people who feel political oppression and injustice on their own back. The experienced team of committed filmmakers and the devoted human rights defenders are already deep into preparation for production. An important part of the narrative will be unfolding through the amazingly engaging and not yet seen archival footage, including self-recorded video diaries from the protagonists. We wish them all the best of luck with this risky and demanding film project.
Two non-cash awards were also granted. DAE Encouragement Award (join the Documentary Association of Europe network for free and have some free consulations) goes to HOME OF OUR OWN by Mariam Agladze & Marianna Kaat, a project with a strong cinematic potential, tackling very important human rights issue. It is being developed in promising, interesting collaboration between film directors from Estonia and Georgia and a human rights defender from Lithuania. DOK Leipzig observer award (two free accreditations for DOK Industry Programme Online in 2020) goes to BROKEN HEROES by Oliwia Tonteri, a creative attempt at tackling important and current issue through personal stories from both conflicting sides. We look forward to watching all of the films born out of Future Docs 2019/2020. Stay safe and keep well! Hopefully, see you at the premieres of your films. ”
The award was financed by Nordic Council of Ministers as part of „Docs for Change 2” project conducted by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.