FRANCE / The results of the 40th URTI International Grand Prix for Author Documentaries

This year’s URTI jury – made up of public television officials from Belgium, Cameroon, Gabon, Kosovo, Morocco, Portugal and Romania – awarded the 40th URTI International Grand Prix for Author Documentaries to Antonio José Almeida’s Portuguese television series “Mysteries of the Human Brain – Mechanism of the Emotions”.


Exponential growth is not limited to 21st century technology. The human brain, considered the fastest growing complex organ in human history, has obeyed the same rule. What could have caused this phenomenon? What has been the role of cooperation and socialization in building human culture? What distinguishes our brain from animals’ brains? Why have we become intelligent and how is intelligence related to emotions? The link between health and emotional life is increasingly evident. What is the impact of our emotions on the brain? Is it possible to die of a broken heart?

The Silver Medal was awarded jointly to Medhin Tewolde Serrano’s “Negra” and Florence Hainaut and Myriam Leroy’s “#SalePute”. The Bronze Medal was won by Naoko Fujimura’s “Fukushima Monologue”. The Martine Filippi Award for Discovery was shared between Iyad Alasttal’s “Gaza, balle au pied” and “New Neighbours” by Antonello Savoca, Gabriele Gravanga, Safia Kessas, Mathieu Neuprez, Dasa Raimanova, Meral Ursu, Nebojsa Slijepcevic, Frans Jennekens and Daniela Drastata. Finally a Special Mention for all the “COVID” documentaries in this year’s competition, in particular “Coronavirus. Life afterwards” by José Antonio Guardiola.

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