Macedonian documentary Honeyland directed by Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska won the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in the United States in the world documentary competition out of 12 documentaries from around the world.
The film was a clear favorite with the jury, earning three separate prizes. Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov were also awarded the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Impact for Change and Honeyland cinematographers Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma received the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography.
Honeyland follows 50-year-old Atidze, the last female beehunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when, a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood. The film is an exploration of an observational indigenous visual narrative that deeply impacts our behaviour towards natural resources and the human condition.
Honeyland is produced by Atanas Georgiev and Ljubo Stefanov through Trice Films and Apollo Media. Germany's Deckert Distribution has the international rights.
The full list of winners:
U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Grand Jury Prize: ClemencyAudience Award: Brittany Runs a MarathonDirecting: Joe Talbot, The Last Black Man in San FranciscoWaldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Pippa Bianco, ShareSpecial Jury Award for Vision and Craft: Alma Har’el, Honey BoySpecial Jury Award for Creative Collaboration: The Last Black Man in San FranciscoSpecial Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance: Rhianne Barreto, Share
U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Grand Jury Prize: One Child NationAudience Award: Knock Down the HouseDirecting: Steven Bognar & Julia Riechert, American FactorySpecial Jury Award for Moral Urgency: Jacqueline Olive, Always in SeasonSpecial Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker: Liza Mandelup, JawlineSpecial Jury Award for Editing: Todd Douglas Miller, Apollo 11Special Jury Award for Cinematography: Luke Lorentzen, Midnight Family
WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Grand Jury Prize: The SouvenirAudience Award: Queen of HeartsDirecting Award: Lucía Garibaldi, The SharksSpecial Jury Award for Originality: Makoto Nagahisa, We Are Little ZombiesSpecial Jury Award: Alejandro Landes, MonosSpecial Jury Award for Acting: Krystyna Janda, Dolce Fine Giornata
WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Grand Jury Prize: HoneylandAudience Award: Sea of ShadowsDirecting Award: Mads Brügger, Cold Case HammarskjöldSpecial Jury Award for Impact for Change: Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov, HoneylandSpecial Jury Award for Cinematography: Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma, Honeyland
NEXT Audience Award: The InfiltratorsNEXT Innovator Award: The InfiltratorsAlfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize: The Boy Who Harnessed the WindSundance Institute NHK Award: Taro Aoshima, Planet KorsakovSundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Awards: Carly Hugo & Matt Parker (Share) AND Lori CheatleSundance Open Borders Fellowship Presented by Netflix: Talal Derki (Of Fathers and Sons) AND Chaitanya Tamhane AND Tatiana Huezo (Night on Fire)