For the second time this year, the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival will have an International Competition Section. Twelve films of over 50 minutes in length will compete for the Golden Alexander and the Special Jury Award.
The Golden Alexander award is accompanied by a €8,000 cash prize.
Τhe Special Jury Award is accompanied by a €2,000 cash prize.
The FIPRESCI Awards
This year, the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), comprising distinguished film critics, presents presents two awards: one to the Best Documentary of the International Competition Program and one to a Greek film that participates in the International Program.
“Human Values Award” of the Hellenic Parliament
The television station of the Hellenic Parliament (Parliament TV) presents the “Human Values Award” to a film from the International Competition section.
Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation Awards
Within the framework of the 20th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation will bestow a €3,000 cash prize award to the Greek documentary over 50 minutes in length that will win the Fischer Audience Award.
WWF Greece Award to a film from the “Habitat” segment
The reciprocal relationship between humans and nature is brought to the fore in the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival’s “Habitat” segment, with films that capture the effects of human intervention on the environment and the price paid by humanity. The award is presented by the World Wildlife Fund Greece to the best film of the “Habitat” segment. As WWF Greece points out: “Through truths that concern global threats, such as climate change, and through the exploration of our strange relationship with time, the need for and the overexploitation of our natural resources, and the stark contrasts between the natural and urban landscape, the directors of the documentaries that make up the ‘Habitat’ segment merge realism and art to create works that go beyond the ecological documentary.”
Greek Film Center Awards
In the framework of the 20th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, the Greek Film Centre will award three prizes. More specifically, the awards are the following:
€3000 prize award to a documentary participating in the VR Competition.
€3000 prize award to a documentary participating in Docs in Progress.
€3000 prize award to a debut documentary feature (min. 50 min.) that premieres in the Greek Program
Amnesty International Award to a Film from the “Human Rights” segment
There are many reasons why the Amnesty International Award is of great importance to the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. First of all, because it brings in contact two institutions that share a strong sensibility and similar goals. Furthermore, they both operate on a complementary level, with the Festival promoting and screening films by documentarians that reveal the brutal violation of human rights, and with Amnesty International then taking on the difficult task of mobilizing, exerting pressure and raising public awareness. Moreover, receiving recognition by a humanitarian institution such as Amnesty International within the context of a cinematic institution such as the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival is doubly important for a filmmaker, since his/her works honored both on an artistic and a humanitarian level. This year, therefore, Amnesty International will be once again actively participating in the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival by awarding a film from the “Ηuman Rights” segment.
Fischer Audience Awards
Two Audience Awards for films over 50 minutes in length (one Greek and one foreign).
Two Audience Awards for films under 50 minutes in length (one Greek and one foreign).
All Greek films having their first public screening at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, either in the International Program or the Greek Panorama, are all eligible for the Fischer Αudience Αward for a Greek Film. All foreign films are eligible for the Fischer Αudience Αward for a Foreign Film, except for those presented as part of the tributes.
Youth Jury Awards by the Students of the Thessaloniki Universities
The Youth Jury comprises students of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and will be presenting the Best Film Award and the Special Jury Award. Eligible for these awards are the Greek films participating in the International Program: International Competition, Kaleidoscope, Human Rights, Memory / History, Habitat, Food vs. Food, >> Film Forward, Music, and Cinema.