The12th Sheffield International Documentary Festival (October 10-16) has awardedits top prize, the Jerwood First Cuts DocumentaryAward, to Sasha Maja Djurkovic's Last MenStanding.
Djurkovic is a student at the National Film and
Thejury was comprised of Storyvillecommissioner Nick Fraser, director Jean-Pierre Gorin,ARTE's Olaf Grunert, indieWIRE's EugeneHernandez, and director Penny Woolcock.
Theysaid: "Beautifully shot and well edited, the director provided a fresh take onfamiliar territory. We particularly admired the films attention to the creativepotential of empty moments and we encourage this director to go out and use hercreativity and craft skills to explore the world in new ways and break awayfrom film school mores."
In one new festivalprize this year, the Sky One Development Prize, two winners each won £5,000 tocreate a documentary for Sky One: Bruce Goodison ofBe Good Films for his idea Kathy Burke on the Celebrity Baby Trade and Giles Hartley ofDoghouse Productions for his idea JackDee's Guide to Being Happy.
The winner of theChannel 4 Sheffield Pitch Event was Havana Marking with her pitch Crippendales,about a wheelchair-bound man who dreams of becoming a stripper.