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Winners of the 5th Cebu International Documentary Film Festival 2016


We present the list of winners of the 5th Cebu International Documentary Film Festival that was held from August 20th – 27th in Cebu (Philippines).

Best Documentary Award

Good Night Sarajevo
Good Night Sarajevo by Olivier Algora and Edu Marin – Spain | 2014 – 62 min.

During the siege of Sarajevo, Boris Minic – a much loved broadcaster on national radio – was a voice of the reason. The city was held hostage for just under four years – the longest siege of A capital city in modern history. The scars still remain. Twenty years on, Minic returns home. Taking the filmmakers and audiences alike on a very personal tour of his beloved city. From open markets and the radio station to his old apartment, Goodnight Sarajevo is a powerful documentary that explores the public and private memories of one of the most harrowing moments in twentieth century history.

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Best Short Doc Award

Miedo (Fear) by Elisa Fernanda Pirir Ruiz – Norway | 2013 – 17 min.

The hardest thing about moving to another country for me wasn’t to make new friends, learn a new language or learn how to ski, but to be afraid. In 2007, when I was 16 years old and moved to Tromsø, I got diagnosed with psychosis. I never dared to tell anyone. I was embarrassed and scared. In 2011 the doctors found out that my problems were caused by something physical. My friends and family were so happy, not because my symptoms changed, but because I no longer had a psychiatric diagnosis.

Best Narrative Feature

Pop Up by Stuart McBratney – Australia | 2015 – 91 min.

Pop-Up is a feature-length ensemble drama told in three interweaving parts. Shot on location in Newcastle, Australia, and Transylvania, Romania, it tells the stories of Mick, Rada, and Neil. Their backgrounds are poles apart, and in one moment their lives change forever.

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Best Short Narrative

El Audífono (The Earpierce) by Samuel Quiles Palop – Spain | 2015 – 14 min.

Fernando and Perfecta are a married couple who have been married for 50 years. He is an amateur magician, who is a bit deaf and forgetful. He uses his magic to draw his wife’s attention. However, she only cares about her cats, because they disappear in strange circumstances. One day, Perfecta finds out that Fernando is the one who is responsible for the cats disappearance and the strange death of her beloved cats, so she takes revenge in their anniversary dinner.

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Best of the Fest

Getting Fat in a Healthy Way
Getting Fat in a Healthy Way by Kevork Aslanyan – Germany, Bulgaria | 2015 – 22 min.

In a world where gravity is weak and skinny people fly into the sky, Constantine has never left the apartment he shares with his father Atanas. One day the beautiful stewardess who moves into the building will change Constantine’s life forever.

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Best in Content: Humanity Award

MAngo Dream
Mango Dreams by John Upchurch – India | 2015

A Sikh partition survivor with early onset dementia and a Muslim rickshaw driver who lost his wife in communal riots, come together for an unusual trek across India. On the way, they form an unlikely friendship and help each other find the peace they both have been longing for.

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Special Jury Mention for Best Director

Fallen Leaves
Fallen Leaves (Lystopad) by Masha Kondakova – Ukraine | 2014 – 21 min.

It’s autumn in the outskirts of Kyiv. One morning Valya, a lonely 40 year old caretaker, is burning fallen leaves in the forest nearby. Before long she bumps into a charming stranger who soon manages to seduce his way into her flat. Once inside, Valya subtly and gradually becomes a hostage in her own home.

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Best Cinematography

Never Forget
Never Forget by John Bling – Vietnam | 2016 – 95 min.

Director Jon Bling’s transnational film puts the spotlight on a young woman’s journey of the heart as she deals with intergenerational and intercultural gaps. When Kim, a young Vietnamese Australian woman, hears about her estranged father’s death, she returns to Vietnam for the first time in 10 years to begin the process of reconciliation and healing. Caught between two worlds, Kim must decide what she wants to learn and take from her homeland. In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), she gets reacquainted with an old extended family friend, Bao, who gives her a local view of the city. As she explores the dynamics of the place she had left behind, the tension between wanting to forget the past and always remembering begins to fade. With its completely bilingual dialog, the film shows the language limitations of a Westernized generation and the emotional confusion that comes with navigating what it means to be Vietnamese in today’s hybridized world. (Vietfilmfest 2016 Catalogue)

Best Animation

Araan by Jorge Dayas – Spain | 2015 – 6 min.

A little girl is waiting at home the arrival of his father. In a snowy forest, paratroopers face an enemy who surprised them with machine gun fire and artillery. All of them fall into the ambush except one, which has endured the attack, entrenched among the trees.

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To know more about the festival you can see the FESTIVAL PROFILE or go to the official website to know all the screening times and dates HERE.

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