The year’s winners of the eight competition awards at Copenhagen’s CPH: DOX festival were announced at the festival’s closing gala at the city’s Teater Bremen.
The main CPH: DOX award went to British director Ben Rivers for his film Two Years At Sea, with an engagingly tongue-tied Rivers on hand to accept his award.
The jury said that the film was awarded for its convincing depiction of the euphoric feeling of being immersed in an elemental environment. “An enigmatic work that emanates from another place and time and justifies its own existence,” the jury added.
The annual Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, which ran November 3-13 and is headed by festival director Tine Fischer, opened with the world premiere of Christian Bonke and Andreas Koefoed’s Ballroom Dancer, and following the awards staged a special screening of the recently wrapped film Turning, a collaboration between director Charles Atlas and singer Antony.
The complete CPH:DOX 2011 award winners are
DOX:AWARD: Two Years at Sea
NEW:VISION AWARD: It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve - Masao Adachi
Special Mention: Führung
NORDIC DOX AWARD: Imagining Emanuel
AMNESTY AWARD: Crulic - The Path Beyond
DANISH:DOX AWARD: The Will
Special Mention: 1/2 Revolution
SOUND & VISION AWARD: Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir
POLITIKEN’S AUDIENCE AWARD: PINA 3D
DOC ALLIANCE AWARD: The Good Life