Mstyslav Chernov’s unflinching account of the early days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 20 Days In Mariupol, has received the NPO IDFA Viewers Award at Worldwide Documentary Movie Pageant Amsterdam (IDFA).
The €5,000 prize was awarded on the Royal Theater Tuschinski in Amsterdam on Saturday evening, (November 18) adopted by a particular screening of the movie. The award is predicated on votes by pageant guests who charge the movies immediately following their screenings through a QR code.
Following a gaggle of Ukrainian journalists trapped contained in the besieged metropolis of Mariupol, 20 Days In Mariupol world premiered at Sundance this yr, scooping the viewers award on the earth cinema documentary class. Chernov’s debut characteristic went on to display at CPH: DOX, Cleveland, Docudays, Seattle, DocAviv and Sheffield Doc:Fest the place it picked up the Tim Hetherington award. 20 Days In Mariupol is a co-production between The Related Press and Frontline, and is Ukraine’s entry to the 2024 worldwide characteristic class of the Academy Awards.
This yr, 142 movies competed for the Viewers Award at IDFA. 20 Days In Mariupol took the highest spot with a mean rating of 4.91.
In second place was Zara Zerny’s Echo Of You with a rating of 4.88. The Danish documentary is a young portrait of 9 aged Danish folks speaking about their love lives, rising outdated, grief, and their views on life and dying.
In third place was Agniia Galdanova’s Queendom (with a 4.83 rating), a portrait of Russian non-binary efficiency artist protesting in opposition to the upcoming battle in Ukraine and violence in opposition to the LGBTQI+ group.
Different prime scoring titles had been Ingrid Kamerling’s They And Them (4.82), Lina Soualem’s Bye Bye Tiberias (4.8), Nahid Persson’s Son of the Mullah (4.8), Jordan Bryon and Monica Villamizar’s Transition (4.75), Aliona van der Horst and Luuk Bouwman’s Gerlach (4.74), Mohamed Jabaly’s Life is Stunning (4.71) and Tatiana Huezo’s The Echo (4.71).
IDFA mentioned that it anticipated a complete variety of 245,000 visits in 2023. Through the pageant, the entire variety of screening visits by audiences and college students reached practically 152,000, 3 p.c greater than in 2022. The variety of visits to the pageant’s skilled programme amounted to about 45,000.