The first Britdoc festival,presented in association with Nokia, wrapped on Friday night with 37 UsesFor A Dead Sheep winning the Britishcompetition and The War Tapeswinning the international competition.
Ben Hopkins' 37 Uses ForA Dead Sheep, about the PamirKirghiz tribe, was described by the British jury as "an outstandingachievement in documentary filmmaking which reinvents the form of theethnographic documentary, dealing with the epic theme of modern migration withhumour and great insight."
Deborah Scranton's TheWar Tapes was shot by soldiers onthe frontline in Iraq. The international jury described that film as "abeautifully realised,thoughtfulandintimateportraitofwar."
The FourDocs short filmprize went to Matthew Killip's Master Of Reality and the Channel 4 and ITN Source Archivescompetition winner was Danny Beck's Dao And The Art of Bicycle Invention.
Of the 14 projects pitched during the More4 pitching forum, the prize went to Risky Business 2 by Mike Bonnano of The Yes Men.
The MySpace featured film isBlack Gold by Marc and NickFrancis, which will be promoted on the MySpace global homepage for a week.
Jurors included EM Media'sLizzie Francke, Warp X's Robin Gutch, Debra Zimmerman from Women Make Movies,Shannon Kelley from Sundance and Matt Dentler from SXSW.
The festival, dedicated tofeature documentaries and organized by the Channel 4 British Documentary FilmFoundation, ran July 26-28 at Keble College in Oxford.
Britdocs attracted more than650 delegates for screenings, masterclasses, panels, a pitching session andnetworking events.
Nikki Parrot, one of theproducers of 37 Uses For A Dead Sheep, said: "Finally in the UK we have a festival which recognises theimportance of documentaries. Britdoc is especially welcome for the platform itprovides for British documentaries and support it gives to our documentaryfilmmakers."