Documenta Madrid Festival Announces Award Winners

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Last Friday, the awards for the 2008 Documenta Madrid International documentary festival were announced. An assessment of the year’s competition was also presented, offering the most diverse films in present day documentary cinema that were brought together in Madrid between May 2 to 11.

The documentary “The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories”, by the Bulgarian Andrey Paounov and the British film “Fairytale of Kathmandu” by Neasa Ní Chianáin won the First and Second Prizes of the Jury in the Full-Length Original Documentary category, with monetary awards of 10,000 Euros and 5,000 Euros respectively. In this same category, the Honorary Award of the Jury -which receives a diploma- was given to the Spanish film “Caja cerrada” by Martín Solá and the Audience Award went to the film “Decile a Mario que no Vuelva” by the Uruguayan Mario Handler.

In addition, “Stiller Abtrag” by the German director Wolfram Huke received the First Prize of the Jury in the Original Short Film Section. The Reporting Competition’s First Prize of the Jury was given to the Mexican director Lucía Gajá Ferrer for “Mi vida Dentro”.

Lastly, in the National competition, the Spanish director Iván García Rodríguez won the First Prize of the Jury for Full-Length films for his film “La Sangre Tibia del Hombre”. The winning short film in this national category went to “Jumate/Jumate” by Diogo Costa Amarante.

AWARD-WINNERS V FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DOCUMENTA MADRID

ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY: FULL-LENGTH FILMS

FIRST PRIZE OF THE JURY
THE MOSQUITO PROBLEM AND OTHER STORIES Andrey Paounov (Bulgary)

SECOND PRIZE OF THE JURY
FAIRYTALE OF KATHMANDU, Neasa Ní Chianáin (Ireland – UK)

HONORABLE MENTION OF THE JURY
CAJA CERRADA Martín Solá (Spain)

AUDIENCE AWARD
DECILE A MARIO QUE NO VUELVA Mario Handler (Uruguay)

ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY: SHORT FILMS

FIRST PRIZE OF THE JURY
STILLER ABTRAG Wolfram Huke (Germany)

SECOND PRIZE OF THE JURY
LOVE AND WORDS Sylvie Ballyot (France)

HONORABLE MENTION OF THE JURY
FAMILIA 068 Rubén Margalló Acebrón and Tony Edo (Spain)

AUDIENCE AWARD
MIENTRAS ESPERAMOS de Malin Nicader and Lisa Jonsson (El Salvador – Sweden).

REPORTING COMPETITION

FIRST PRIZE OF THE JURY
MI VIDA DENTRO Lucía Gajá Ferrer (Mexico)

SECOND PRIZE OF THE JURY
4 DE JULIO, LA MASACRE DE SAN PATRICIO Juan Pablo Young and Pablo Zubizarreta (Argentine)

HONORABLE MENTION OF THE JURY
XAVANTE STRATEGY Belisario Franca (Brazil)

AUDIENCE AWARD
OVER THE HILL, Sunny Bergman (The Netherlands)

NATIONAL COMPETITION. FULL-LENGTH FILMS

FIRST PRIZE OF THE JURY
LA SANGRE TIBIA DEL HOMBRE Iván García Rodríguez (Spain)

SECOND PRIZE OF THE JURY
ATLAS BEREBER Moisés Salama Benarroch (Spain)

AUDIENCE AWARD
SAHARA NO SE VENDE Joaquín Calderón Jiménez and Luis Arellano Blasco (Spain).

CERTAMEN NACIONAL: CORTOMETRAJES

FIRST PRIZE OF THE JURY
JUMATE/JUMATE Diogo Costa Amarante (Spain)

SECOND PRIZE OF THE JURY
POR MIS HIJOS Aymée Cruzalegui Bazzetti (Spain)

AUDIENCE AWARD
HARRAGA Eva Fernández Manzano and Mario de la Torre Espinosa (Morocco-Spain)

AVID AWARD FOR BEST EDITING
HARRAGA Eva Fernández Manzano and Mario de la Torre Espinosa (Morocco-Spain)

FILMOTECH
FILMOTECH.COM AWARD
THE CAPTAIN, Sebastián Mantilla (Spain)

MARATÓN MC AVID – HP
MARATÓN MC AVID – HP Xpréssate AWARD
EL VUELO DELÁNGEL, Gustavo Vizoso (Spain)

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