Observer — competition of documentaries made in the spirit of Direct Cinema
The winners of Observer competition:
Special Diploma by the Jury goes to #YA by Ygor Gama and Florencia Rovlich ― for artistically convincing energy of protest, shown by purely cinematographic means.
Special Diploma by the Jury goes to Better Bodies by Ragnar Bragason ― for purity of genre and humorous and tactful study of the characters’ microcosm.
The Jury Prize and $500 goes to Behemoth - Or The Game Of God by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese ― for radical investigation of humanity with a scalpel-like camera and powerful soundtrack-anesthetic, turning a surgical procedure into artistic experience.
The Audience Prize and $250 goes to 9 days – From My Window in Aleppo
by Issa Touma, Floor van der Meulen & Thomas Vroege.
We would like to thank our jury: Maxim Efros, Edgar Bartenev, Vladimir Nepevny, as well as all the filmmakers-participants: Ygor Gama, Florencia Rovlich, Issa Touma, Floor van der Meulen, Thomas Vroege, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, Ragnar Bragason, Mark Chapman, Jason Keener, Jessica Hutchison, Sean Clark, Igor Elukov, Jessica Bishopp, Isabella Olaguera, Gabrielle Provost, Natasha Kasyanova, Randa Maroufi and Antoine Camard.
The screenings took place in St. Petersburg on the 16th and 17th of April at Fotografika Academy. Photos here.
Films in competition:
by †Ygor Gama, Florencia Rovlich2015
First it’s paint bombs, followed hard by riots.
Tweets proclaim what is to be done. (...)
by †Issa Touma, Floor van der Meulen & Thomas Vroege2015
The first nine days of the rapidly changing uprising in Aleppo, observations recorded by the renowned Syrian photographer Issa Touma from his window in the old city. (...)
by †Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese2015
An itinerant preacher declares to people, their God is in the coffin he is dragging along. (...)
by †Ragnar Bragason2015
A film exploring the relationship between masculinity, the body and progress.
by †Mark Chapman2015
Camrex House is a notorious homeless hostel that for 40 years has upheld a fearsome reputation. (...)
by †Jason Keener2014
In 1988, my Paw Paw Charles took his video camcorder to Collinsville Trade Day to document the popular outdoor market for posterity. (...)
by †Jessica Hutchison2015
On the busy city streets of Melbourne, an astronomer – striving to enlighten people to the wonders of the universe. (...)
by †Sean Clark2014
In the wee hours of the morning, America's largest mall opens its doors almost exclusively to a small group of walkers. (...)
by †Igor Elukov2015
A film about quiet life, snow and wind. (...)
by †Jessica Bishopp2015
Through the hatch of a cafe kiosk at the train station on platform 1, the film unearths the treasures of the everyday. (...)
by †Isabella Olaguera2014
A high school navy JROTC student, Stefan Olaguera, expresses his passion for shining shoes. (...)
by †Gabrielle Provost2015
During the summer fireworks in Montreal, a young girl walks around hoping to sell her load of cotton candies. (...)
by †Natasha Kasyanova2015
Life in the village revolves around the grocery store. All roads here lead to «The Goods». (...)
by †Randa Maroufi2015
A slow meandering camera in an abandoned amusement park in the heart of Casablanca. (...)
by †Antoine Camard2015
Through this intimate portrait, a picture of being youth in Russia. (...)