Wednesday, 26 June 2013

And the winner is... - Open City Docs finishes with an awards ceremony hosted by Jeremy Irons

Open City Docs Fest 2013 finished on Sunday evening with an awards ceremony hosted by Jeremy Irons. After four days of events, including film screenings, workshops, panel discussions, master classes amongst others, festival goers congregated in the Cinema Tent to hear Irons give the verdict on the award nominees.
Jeremy Irons at the award ceremony
As guests sipped on Aspall's Cuvée Chevalier or Beefeater Gin cocktails, Irons explained that he and his fellow jurors had faced some tough decisions. Open City Docs Fest's bold programming - covering a wide range of viewpoints and stories and exploring cinematic and political issues - had led to an extremely high standard of beautiful and thought-provoking films.
Jurors included:
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum
  • BAFTA Award-winning director and producer Molly Dineen
  • Sundance Award-winning director Kim Longinotto
  • Emmy-winning director of digital documentary Highrise, Katerina Cizek
  • Producer of Into the Abyss, Andre Singer
  • Director Brian Hill (Secret History of Our Streets).

After detailing exactly what it was that separated the wheat from the chaff, and set an Open City Docs award-winning documentary apart from its rivals, Irons proclaimed Matthew's Laws, directed by filmmaker Marc Schmidt the winner of the Grand Jury Award.
Matthew's Laws
Award winners:
  • Grand Jury Award
  • Winner: Matthew’s Laws, directed by Marc Schmidt
  • Emerging International Filmmaker Award, sponsored by Aspall Cyder
  • Special mention: Wonder House, directed by Oonagh Kearney
    Winner: Karaoke Girl, directed by Visra Vichit Vadakan
  • Emerging UK Filmmaker Award, sponsored by The British Council
  • Winner: Black Out, directed by Eva Weber
  • Best City Film Award, sponsored by Publica
  • Winner: The Venice Syndrome, directed Andreas Pichler
  • Best Short Documentary Award, awarded by the London Short Film Festival
  • Winner: The Whistle, directed by Grezgorz Zariczny
    Special mention: FilmStripe, directed by John Blouin
  • MyStreet Awards, awarded by the Grand Jury
  • Winner: Richard, directed by Matt Hopkins
    2nd prize: Niche in the Market, directed by Rod Main
    3rd Prize: Blaenau, directed by Eira Wyn Jones

We at Open City Docs Fest would like to congratulate all the nominees and also give our thanks to our excellent juries.

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