ISRAEL / The award winners of the 25th Docaviv


On May 17th Israel’s largest documentary film festival, Docaviv, announced the winners of its 25th edition.

The jury of the National Competition – film-makers Paweł Łoziński, Alon Marom and Paul Sng, the producer Anath Kandell and Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival programmer Angeliki Petrou – gave the Best Film Award to Inbal Perlmutter: If You Let Me Go by Sharon Luzon and Avigail Sperber. This film traces the journey of Rosh Ha’Shana, a young rock star who died aged 26 in 1997.

In the same category, Efim Graboy, director of Lies I Told Myself, and his editor Yosef Grunfeld took the awards for Best Directing and Best Editing. In this intimate film, Graboy returns to his parents’ conflictual relationship, delving deep into long-buried family secrets.

In the International Competition, jury members Marusya Syroechkovskaya, Meital Zvieli, both documentary film-makers, and Sinai Abt, Docaviv’s former director, awarded Best International Film to D. Smith’s Kokomo City and Special Mention to Mstislav Chernov’s 20 days in Mariupol.

All the winners at Docaviv can be seen on the festival’s website.

Sources: Docaviv, Cineuropa

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