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Award winners at the 22nd annual Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

 

 

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) ends tomorrow, November 24. The award winners for this 22nd edition were announced during the closing ceremony that took place this evening at the Concordia University's Alumni Auditorium.

 

GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE presented by Bell Media

Present.Perfect. by Shengze Zhu

 

“A complex, cinematic work, a testament to the deep social, political and interpersonal impacts created by the Internet. In exploring a Chinese livestreaming platform, the film dissects the machinery of performance, surveillance, self-exposure and value creation in social media, while also discovering spaces for empathy and connection enabled by the new technology. The jury was impressed by the film’s profound understanding of a present-day flooded with images and representations that are, paradoxically, becoming increasingly unintelligible.

 

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

Heimat Is a Space in Time by Thomas Heise

 

“An epic film, its maker’s distinctive voice shining through as he digs into family archives, testimonials and remnants of the indescribable horrors and upheavals of 20th century Germany. A monument is a memorial to those who are no longer with us, and a place for the living to refresh their memories, and this film is a masterful cinematic monument.”

 

SPECIAL MENTION - INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

143 Sahara Street by Hassen Ferhani

 

“Taking place entirely in a tiny roadside café in a harsh and inhospitable landscape, this film gives us some private moments with Malika and the community, human and non-human alike, that exists around and because of her. The simple, humble cinematic approach results in a richly textured portrait, a tribute to a woman in exile who reigns over a marginal but cherished space.”

 

The jury for the International Feature Competition was composed of Abril Alzaga (executive director of FICUNAM), Denis Côté (filmmaker), Laura Huertas Millán (filmmaker), Ryan Krivoshey (founder and president of Grasshopper Film) and Dennis Lim (director of programming at Film at Lincoln Center).

 

GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST NATIONAL FEATURE presented by Studios St-Antoine

Une femme, ma mère by Claude Demers

 

“This tender, loving film explores the collective memory of film and the imagination to reconstruct the touching personal history of the director’s mother.”

 

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – NATIONAL FEATURE

Wilcox by Denis Côté

 

“This successful cinematic gambit, with breathtaking images and sounds, immersed us in solitude both liberating and poignant.”

 

NEW VISIONS AWARD presented by Post-Moderne and la Société civile des auteurs multimédia

Don’t Worry, the Doors Will Open by Oksana Karpovych

 

“For its beautiful look at the director’s country of origin, for making the camera a travelling companion, for the humanity and humility evident in every frame.”

 

The National Feature Competition jury was composed of Sonia Bonspille Boileau (filmmaker), Stephan Riguet (founder of AndanaFilms) and Alex Moussa Sawadogo (artistic director of the Afrikamera Festival and Ouaga Film Lab).

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM-LENGTH FILM

Faire-part by Rob Jacobs, Anne Reijniers, Nizar Saleh and Paul Shemisi

 

“Through conversations in relation to each other, their environment and the cinematic lens, we are exposed to an inspiring movement. Four filmmakers set on a mission to document a variety of performance artists who use their voice to empower the people on domestic social and political issues.”

 

BEST NATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM-LENGTH FILM presented by Télé-Québec and SLA Location

Homeport by Laurence Lévesque

 

“Connected to the imagery, rhythm and heartbeat of this film, we embarked on a journey of a young family attempting to sustain a living of a dying tradition.”

 

The jury for the short and medium-length competitions was composed of Asinnajaq (filmmaker), Valérie Fouques (Mission leader at CNC) and Carlo Guillermo Proto (filmmaker).

 

MAGNUS-ISACSSON AWARD

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up by Tasha Hubbard

 

“For the urgent nature of the issues the filmmaker addresses from both historical and sociological perspectives, and for the exceptional access to and investment in the tragic events recounted.”

 

The jury for the Magnus-Isacsson Award was composed of Jocelyne Clarke (producer, filmmaker and editor), Alexandre Chartrand (DOC Québec), Miryam Charles (Main Film), Jessica Legault (Cinema Politica) and Hubert Sabino-Brunette (Funambules Médias).

 

STUDENTS’ AWARD presented by Desjardins

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up by Tasha Hubbard

 

“A film that makes an important statement, not least in the context of the Canadian competition; a film that addresses an issue that should inspire each of us to take action.”

 

The jury for the Students’ Award was composed of Victoria Caputo (Dawson College), Kaël McKeown-Opasinski (Dawson College), Ariane Poitras (Cégep André-Laurendeau), Jorge Contreras (Collège de Maisonneuve), Thomas Dufresne-Morin (Cégep Marie-Victorin) and Chloé Sirois (Cégep de St-Laurent).

 

WOMEN INMATES’ AWARD

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up by Tasha Hubbard

 

“For its powerful subject matter, courage to document a disturbing reality and compelling call to action.”

 

The Women Inmates’ jury is composed of five inmates of the Joliette Institution. Claudia, Esther, Roseline, Sophie and Stéphanie chose a winner from a selection of eight films from the official competition and Panorama. This initiative, implemented for the first time in Québec for the RIDM 2011 edition, is made in partnership with the Société Elizabeth Fry du Québec, the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal - project supported by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and Ville de Montréal.

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, presented by Cineplex

Kenbe la – Until We Win  by Will Prosper

 

 

Thanks to the RIDM’s partners

The RIDM wishes to thank its institutional, primary and associate partners for helping make this 22nd edition a memorable one. Thanks to the ministère de la Culture et des Communications, SODEC, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ville de Montréal, Telefilm Canada, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Bell Media, Canal D, the Canada Media Fund, Télé-Québec, FACTOR, Tourisme Montréal, the CSN, Radio-Canada, Université du Québec à Montréal, Concordia University, Post-Moderne, the Société civile des auteurs multimédia (SCAM), Studios Saint-Antoine, Mouvement des caisses Desjardins, PRIM, BDO, the Cinémathèque québécoise, Cineplex, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Candlewood Suites Montréal.

 

Quebec’s only film festival dedicated to documentaries, the Montreal International Documentary Festival presents the best reality‐based films, including the works of established directors and new talents.

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