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‘The Distant Barking Of Dogs’

Israeli documentary festival Docaviv has awarded prizes at its 20th anniversary edition, with Simon Lereng Wimont’s The Distant Barking Of Dogs taking the award for best international film 

The film, which follows the life of a ten-year old who grows up on the frontline of a war in Ukraine, was described as “highly accomplished” by jury members Hans Robert Eisenhauer, Anna Zamecka and Avida Livny.

Full list of winners below

It receives a prize of 20,000 ILS ($5,600). An honourable mention went to Ruth Beckermann’s The Waldheim Waltz.

In the Israeli competition, best Israeli documentary film went to Ofir Trainin’s Family In Transition, which takes in a family from the moment the father shares his desire to become a woman. In awarding the 70,000 ILS ($19,600) prize, the separate jury called it “an important and timely film.”

Other awards included the special jury award to Jane Bibi’s The Perfect Housewife and best debut film to Uriel Sinai and Danel Elpeleg’s Wild.

This year’s festival line-up included 125 Israeli and international documentaries.

Docaviv 2018 winners


  • Best International Film - The Distant Barking of Dogs by Simon Lereng Wilmont
  • Honorable Mention - The Waldheim Waltz by Ruth Beckermann


  • Best Short Film - Tracing Addai by Esther Niemeier


  • Best Israeli Documentary Film - Family in Transition by Ofir Trainin
  • Special Jury Award - The Perfect Housewife by Jane Bibi
  • Best Debut Film - Wild by Uriel Sinai and Danel Elpeleg
  • Best Cinematography - Avner Faingulernt for In The Desert - A Documentary Diptych
  • Best Editing - Yithzhak Sverdlov for The Wounded Healer
  • Research Award - Niko Hofinger for You Only Die Twice
  • Best Original Music - Peter Venne for A Sister’s Song
  • AIDC Award for Innovative Filmmaking - A Sister’s Song by Danae Elon
  • Best Director - Avner Faingulernt for In the Desert - A Documentary Diptych


  • Artistic Vision Award Playing Men by Matjaž Ivanišin


  • First Prize My Father’s Son by Hillel Rate (Ma’aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts)
  • Second Prize The Bride’s Tree by Shadi Habib Allah (Sam Spiegel Film and Television School)
  • Third Prize A Train To The Horizon by Sharon Shahanny (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design)


  • The Tel Aviv Zoo Project by Maya Shekel and Yuval Kella

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