TBILISI: Simon Lereng Wilmont's film The Distant Barking of Dogs won the main award of the international competition of the 6th edition of CinéDOC-Tbilisi, the first international documentary film festival in the Caucasus, which concluded on 8 May 2018.
The film is set in Eastern Ukraine on the frontline of the war. The film follows the life of a 10-year-old Ukrainian boy (Oleg) throughout a year, witnessing the gradual erosion of his innocence beneath the pressures of war. Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother, Alexandra, in the small village of Hnutove. Having no other place to go, Oleg and Alexandra stay and watch as others leave the village.
Ten films were in the international competition and a total of 68 films were selected for the competitive sections, which included Focus Caucasus, CivilDOC and CinéDOC Young, and the sidebar sections.
This year's edition is focused on five topics: Shorts Block, Special Screenings, French Program, Guest country Romania and German DOX. The screenings are taking place at cinemas Rustaveli, Amirani and Kolga, and also in other places. The industry programme included masterclasses, trainings, panel discussions and a pitching presentation.
Special Jury Mention went to Marta Prus's film Over the Limit, a Polish/German/Finish coproduction about a gymnast training for the Olympics.
COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS
International Competition Main AwardThe Distant Barking of Dogs (Denmark, Sweden, Finland)Directed By Simon Lereng Wilmont
Special Jury Mention International CompetitionOver the Limit (Poland, Germany, Finland)Directed By Marta PrusProduced by Mariana Filmes, Telemark and Arte Geie
Civil DOC Award:A Woman Captured (Hungary, Germany)Directed By Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Civil DOC Special Jury MentionStill Tomorrow (China)Directed By Fan Jian
Focus Caucasus AwardTransparent World (Georgia)Directed By Vakhtang Kuntsev-GabashviliProduced by AkrobatSupported by GNFC
Focus Caucasus Special Jury MentionSunny Night (Germany, Georgia)Directed By Soso Dumbadze, Lea Hartlaub
Student Jury AwardBobbi Jene (Denmark, Sweden)Directed By Elvira Lind
Georgian Critics AwardRezo (Russia)Directed By Leo Gabriadze
CinéDOC-Young AwardBashir in Wonderland (Netherlands)Directed By Els Duran, Evelien Vehof