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Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2015 - The Awards
23 March 2015
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The curtain fell on the 17th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Images of the 21st Century with the presentation of this year’s awards, on Saturday March 21, 2015, at the Olympion Theatre. 

Director of the Thessaloniki Film Festival and founder and director of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Dimitri Eipides addressed the audience: “Despite the difficult circumstances of our times, and the terrible financial situation, the documentary as a genre is standing strong and evolving. The documentation of real life though a lens is a medium which is growing in popularity and becoming ever more necessary”. Referring to the films that were screened at this year’s Festival, Eipides said that “they reflect the necessity for information and education and the filmmakers offer us solutions. We are very happy that we were able to host some of them here in Thessaloniki, a city which is recognized around the world for its cinematic activity”.

Festival Director Dimitri Eipides (Photo by Motionteam)

Eipides also referred to the Thessaloniki International Fair “where the Festival was born”, as he said, and added: “In our special screenings we presented Stories of the Fair which documents 80 years of the Fair’s history. The Thessaloniki International Fair deserves a special award to signify the beginning of a new collaboration between us, for the support of the Festival’s Market”. 

FISCHER Audience Awards 2015
The Peter Wintonick Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to:
Virunga by Orlando von Εinsiedel, UK, 2014

The Audience Award for a film under 45’ in the International Selection goes to:
Flame by Dress Code (Dan Covert, Andre Andreev), USA/Bulgaria, 2014

The Audience Award for a Greek film over 45’ goes to:
Paradoxical Fatherland by Nikos Aslanidis, Greece, 2014

The Audience Award for a Greek film under 45’ goes to:
Olympia by Stavros Psyllakis, Greece, 2015

The FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Jury consisting of:
Massimo Lechi (Italy), president
Mo Abdi (UK)
Gia Giovani (Greece)
Yoana Pavlova (Bulgaria)
Kirsten Kieninger (Germany)
Bestows the FIPRESCI award for a Greek film to:

And the FIPRESCI award for an international film to:
Every Face Has A Name by Magnus Gertten, Sweden, 2015

Amnesty International Award
The Amnesty International Jury consisting of:
The representatives of the Greek Section of Amnesty International:
Katerina Kalogera (President of the Greek Section of Amnesty International)
Marianna Leondaridou (Member of the Amnesty International – Thessaloniki Team, in charge of the annual film tribute to Human Rights)
Zoi Mavroudi (Filmmaker, director of the film Ruins)
Yorgos Roussos (Journalist, film columnist at the website
Panayotis Dendramis (Amnesty International member, filmmaker)
Awards the best film dealing with human rights issues to

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait by Ossama Mohammed & Wiam Simav Bedirxan, France/Syria, 2014

Photo by Motionteam
WWF Award
The WWF Jury consisting of:
Yorgos Vellidis (Marketing Director WWF Greece)
Iason Kantas (Press Officer WWF Greece)
Alexandros Kandarakis (Communications collaborator WWF Greece)
Awards the best film in the HABITAT section to:
Virunga by Orlando von Εinsiedel, UK, 2014

Docs in Progress Award 2015

The Docs in Progress international jury, consisting of:
Peter Ηamilton (, USA)
Μadeleine Avramoussis (Arte, France)
Alexandros Christoyiannis (ΟTE TV, Greece)

Awards the best documentary in the Docs in Progress session of the Doc Market to:

The Longest Run, Production Company: Stefi & Lynx, Director: Marianna Economou, Producer: Daphne Panopoulou, Co-producer: Taavi Vartia (Taavia Productions), Key Partner: NERIT, Greece/Finland
The award is accompanied by a 15.000 euro award equivalent to services by the post-production company 2|35  (Greece).
EDN Award 2014
The EDN Award is presented annually during Docs in Thessaloniki to an institution, group or person for outstanding contribution to the development of documentary culture.
The 11th EDN Award is presented to Caspar Sonnen, new media coordinator and curator of IDFA’s (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) DocLab. He receives the award for his pioneering commitment to interactive documentary work and through this creating an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture.

The next Thessaloniki Documentary Festival will take place March 18-27, 2016.

Source: Thessaloniki Documentary Festival official website
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  Stavros Psyllakis
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