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VdR–Industry 2022, it's a wrap!


The VdR–Industry Awards 2022 were announced Wednesday evening. With more than 2100 accredited people from over 80 countries, the Festival has significantly broken the Industry attendance record of last year's hybrid edition (+27%).
The Festival Awards will be presented on Saturday, April 16. 

We are absolutely overwhelmed by the historic success of this edition. And considering that in 2019, the last Industry edition before the global pandemic, we counted just over 1400 accredited participants from 64 countries, the signal is even more gratifying. The qualitative results are also very exciting. The meetings and events took place in an atmosphere that was as constructive and concentrated as it was relaxed.

27 projects were invited to participate in three key forums – VdR–Pitching, VdR–Work in Progress, and VdR–Rough Cut Lab – that ran as part of the Festival’s Industry activities in Nyon from April 10-14. With its numerous prizes and grants, VdR-Industry and its partners reaffirm their determination to support independent documentary filmmaking in all its diversity.

For over 15 years, Visions du Réel’s industry activities aimed to underline and exalt the variety and richness of creative documentaries while providing precious networking opportunities. Acting as the Festival's professional hub, VdR–Industry is designed as a springboard for projects, facilitating both national and international collaborations and long-term partnerships between the projects’ representatives and the professionals attending the industry events.


VdR–Industry 2022 Awards




visions sud est Award

10’000 CHF in cash for the best project from the South (Africa, Latin America, and Asia) or from Eastern Europe (excluding EU members)

  • La Bonga by Canela Reyes, Sebastian Pinzón Silva 
    Production: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo (La Bonga)


visions sud est Jury

  • Pamela Biénzobas, Programmer and Film Critic, Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland
  • Delphine Jeanneret, Programmer Int. Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland
  • Stefanie Rusterholz, Deputy Head, co-responsible for cinemas and acquisitions, Trigon-film, Switzerland




VdR–Industry Jury 

  • Avi Mograbi Filmmaker, Producer, Israel
  • Carlo Chatrian Artistic Director, Berlinale Film Festival, Germany
  • Isabelle Glachant, Producer, France/China




VdR–Pitching Awards




VdR–Pitching Award
5’000 CHF in cash for the most promising project

  • Anatomy of the Night by Lionel Baier 
    Production:  Agnieszka Ramu (Bande à Part Films)

The Party Film Sales Award
5’000€ in cash for the project with the highest international potential 

  • MAILIN by Maria Silvia Esteve 
    Production: Laura Mara Tablón (Rita Cine) 

RTS Award
Pre-buy of one film  

  • NOOR by Jérôme le Maire 
    Production: Isabelle Truc (IOTA Production), Enrica Capra (Tag Film)    
  • Becoming Roosi by Margit Lillak 
    Production: Margit Lillak & Karolina Veetamm (Tiny Desk Productions)

HEAD–Genève Postproduction Award
Colour grading and creation of the files for diffusion (including accommodation in Geneva)

  • The Monsters - Manuel Abramovich 
    Production:  Juan Pablo Labonia & Manuel Abramovich (Ruido)

TËNK Post-production Award
Sound post-production facilities at Tënk studios (France) – Mixing Studio (2 weeks) and Auditorium (1 week) 

  • MAILIN by Maria Silvia Esteve 
    Production: Laura Mara Tablón (Rita Cine)

Unifrance Doc Award
Subtitles creation and one Unifrance’s membership for the French producer attached to the project

  • A Dog’s Life by Diane Sara Bouzgarrou, Thomas Jenkoe 
    Production: Jean-Laurent Csinidis (Films de Force Majeure)

Cannes Docs Award
Two accreditations for the filmmaker and producer to attend the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes and participate in Cannes Docs

  • Karatara - “Place of Deep Shadows” by Teboho Edkins 
    Production: Don Edkins (Day Zero Films) 

DOK Leipzig Award
Accreditation and accommodation at DOK Leipzig & observer access to the DOK Co-Pro Market for the filmmaker and producer

  • To Use a Mountain by Casey Carter 
    Production: Colleen Casingham (To Use a Mountain LLC)

EFM Award
Two Market Badges for the EFM and a consultation session

  • Wider Than the Sky by Valerio Jalongo 
    Production: Milena Stokar (Aura Film sagl)

DAE Encouragement Award
2x memberships for the network plus 4 free consultations with network members, tailored to the needs of the project

  • Girl-Tubers by Tali Yankelevich 
    Production: Leonardo Mecchi (Enquadramento Produções)




VdR–Work in Progress Awards




VdR–Work in Progress Award    
3’000 CHF in cash for the most promising project

  • The Other Profile by Armel Hostiou
    Production: Jasmina Sijercic (Bocalupo Films)

Lightdox Award
3’000 CHF in cash for the project with the highest international potential

  • 5 Seasons of Revolution by Lina  
    Production: Diana El Jeiroudi (No Nations Film GmbH), Torstein Grude (Piraya Film)

Raggioverde Subtitling Award
Subtitle creation incl. translation in one language

  • La Bonga by Canela Reyes, Sebastian Pinzón Silva 
    Production: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo (La Bonga)

Freestudios Award
Creation of a DCP package

  • Against the Tide by Sarvnik Kaur 
    Production: Koval Bhatia (A Little Anarky Films), Sarvnik Kaur (Snooker Club Films Pvt Ltd), Quentin Laurent (Les Films de l’œil sauvage)




Opening Scenes Awards




TËNK Award
Purchase of distribution rights for one film of the Opening Scenes section and an editing residency at the Documentary Village of Lussas (France) for the filmmaker of the awarded film.

  • Le Cercle vide / The Empty Sphere by Stéphanie Roland
    Production: Natalia Trebik, Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains 

Docs Up Award
A grant of 1’000 € and an individual consultation offered for the next feature length film of a film director from Opening Scenes section.

  • Le Thé et le Temps by Salah El Amri 
    Production: Gabriela Bussmann, Yan Decoppet – GoldenEggProduction / HEAD – Genève


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