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The lovers of Axos awarded at Thessaloniki Documentary Fest

Awards Ceremony held Saturday 15th at the Olympion concluded an 8 day long festival that screened over 150 films to a crowd of about 40 000, despite extreme weather conditions (strong sun that got all crowds on bar terraces...)

The final ceremony concluded with a poignant screening of the documentary "as seen through these eyes", about drawings and paintings from children in the concentration camps.
Party followed at the Santé Bar

The folllowing prizes were delivered.
THE HELLENIC RED CROSS AUDIENCE AWARDS

Hellenic Red Cross Audience Award for a film over 45’
A Greek production, accompanied by a cash prize of 4.000 € to the film Birds In The Mire by Alinda Dimitriou

A Foreign production, accompanied by a cash prize of 4.000 € to the film As seen through these eyes, USA, by Hilary Helstein.

Hellenic Red Cross Audience Award for a film under 45’

A Greek production accompanied by a cash prize of 2.000 €, to the film The Archelon Bubble by Eleftherios Fylaktos

A foreign production accompanied by a cash prize of 2.000 €, to the film City of cranes, UK, by Eva Weber.


THE FIPRESCI AWARDS

This year’s The FIRPESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Jury consisted of:
Michel Euvrard, President (Canada)
Caroline Buck (Germany)
Matti Rämö (Finland)
Alex Leo Serban (Romania)
Vassilis Kehagias (Greece)

The FIPRESCI Awards go to:
A Greek production, to the film The Lovers From Axos by Nicos Ligouris
A foreign producion, to the film Be Like Others, Canada/USA/UK/Iran by Tanaz Eshagian

MINISTRY OF MACEDONIA - THRACE AWARD

The Ministry of Macedonia - Thrace Award, for a film in the Portraits – Human Journeys section goes to the film The Mirror and the Knife by Dimitris Vernikos. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of 6,000 €.

GREEK FILM CENTER AWARDS

The Greek Film Center, gives the following awards:

- Award for a medium length documentary, accompanied by a cash prize of 2000 € goes to the film Etel Adnan Words in Exile, by Vouvoula Skoura.
- Award for a medium length documentary accompanied by a cash prize of 2000 € goes to the film Alex by Alexandros Papanikolaou and Emily Yiannoukou.
- Award to a feature length documentary accompanied by a cash prize of 3.000 € goes to the film Birds in the Mire by Alida Papadimitriou.
- Award to a feature length documentary accompanied by a cash prize of 3.000 € goes to the film The Third Takis, by Katerina Patroni.
- Award to a feature length documentary accompanied by a cash prize of 3.000 € goes to the film The Lovers of Axos by Nicos Ligouris.
- Award to a feature length documentary accompanied by a cash prize of 3.000 € goes to the film The Mirror and the Knife, by Dimitris Vernikos.

ERT3 (Greek Public Television) BROADCASTING AWARD

The Jury consisting of:
Nelli Zika – Tsemelegou – Greece (ERT 3 Administration Committee)
Yorgos Botsos – Greece (Director)
Phaedon Lazaridis – Greece (Head of Educational and Cultural Screenings Office)

The ERT3 Greek Public Television awards the best film in the Stories to Tell section to:
The lovers of Axos by Nikos Ligouris. The award includes one broadcast of the film on ERT3 which is equivalent to the sum of 3,000 €.

THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AWARD

The Amnesty International Jury consisting of:
Stelios Kouloglou – Greece (Journalist)
Pavlos Nerantzis – Greece (Journalist)
Tassos Teloglou – Greece (Journalist)
Katerina Kalogera – Greece (Director, scriptwriter)
Nikolas Kominis - Greece (Photographer)
Irini Tsolaki – Greece (Member of the Board, Greek Section of Amnesty International)
and
Hans Thoolen – Greece (President of the Martin Ennals Awards for Human Rights Defenders)


Awards the best film in the Human Rights section to:

The Price of Sugar, USA by Bill Haney

THE WWF AWARD

The WWF Jury consisting of:

Konstantinos Liarikos – Greece (Head of Environmental Programs WWF Greece)
Yorgos Vellidis – Greece (Head of Communications, WWF Greece)
and
Kostas Livadas - Greece (Composer - lyricist)

Awards the best film in the Habitat section to:

About Water: People And Yellow Cans by Udo Maurer, Austria / Luxembourg, 2007

Watch the awards ceremony video on fest21.com

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