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“Sansón and Me”, “Masters of Light” win Sheffield Doc/Fest

Rodrigo Reyes’ “Sansón and Me” (Mexico/USA) was awarded Best Film at the international competition Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 23-28). Supported by the BBC Studios Documentary Unit, the award is Oscar-accredited.

Particular mentions were made of “One Day in Ukraine” by Volodymyr Tykhyy (Ukraine-Poland) and “After the End of the World” by Nadim Mishlawi (Lebanon).

Best First Feature Award went to Rosa Ruth Boesten’s Master of Light (US-Netherlands). A special mention went to “Julie on Line” by Mia Ma (France).

“Fawley” by Chu-Li Shewring and Adam Gutch (UK) won the award for best short film. This section is powered by WarnerBros OneFifty and is Oscar, BAFTA and BIFA accredited. A special mention went to “Calling Cabral” by Welket Bungué (Guinea-Bissau-Portugal-Brazil)

The Tim Hetherington Award was presented to “LYRA” by Alison Millar (UK). The award is supported by Dogwoof. A Special Mention went to “The Territory” by Alex Pritz (Brazil-Denmark-USA)

The Alternate Realities Award, which recognizes best innovative non-fiction, went to Hannah Conway’s The Sound Voice Project. A special mention went to Rachel Briscoe’s The Acquisitions Panel.

The Youth Jury Prize went to Alis by Nicolas van Hemelryck and Clare Weiskopf (Colombia-Romania-Chile). The award is supported by Warner Bros. Discovery. A special mention was given to “Four Journeys” by Louis Hothothot (Netherlands-China).

The Sheffield Doc/Fest Audience Award for Film went to Kim Hopkins’ A Bunch of Amateurs, while the Audience Award for Alternate Realities went to Diana Markosian’s Santa Barbara.

Three pitch sessions were held during the festival for selected up-and-coming directors to present their non-fiction projects to a jury.

The 2022 Whickers Pitch, Film & TV Funding Award of £100,000 ($123,000) went to Our Hoolocks co-directors Chinmoy Sonowal and Ragini Nath (Liminal Picture Production, India) and second prize went to along with £20,000 to Re-Evaluation director Toby Bull (Snowstorm Productions – UK).

The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch was won by Ben Cheetham, who secured a contract for a 60-minute film and a month of fully paid development and mentoring from an independent producer (£5,000 development fund) to develop the idea further, or a put from indie forward, paid for by Channel 4; plus a week’s training at the National Film and Television School, paid for by Channel 4.

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Charles Jones

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