The 16th Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival ended with a grand ceremony at the Yugoslav Film Archive. Over 100 films were showcased across 13 program units, emphasizing fresh expressions and visually striking documentaries.
A Field Guide to Coastal Fortifications by Tijana Petrović won Best Film (Serbian Competition), exploring the human-nature relationship with visually stunning craftsmanship. ThIIIrd by Karim Kassem claimed Best Film in the International Competition, immersing viewers with compassionate storytelling. The International Competition Special Mention went to Adieu Sauvage (dir. Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento). Editing and Cinematography awards were bestowed on Invoked (Luka Papić and Srđa Vučo) and Aurora’s Dream (Dragana Jovanović), respectively.
Anna Hints received the Eurimages Audentia Award for Best Female Director for Smoke Sauna Sisterhood, providing a safe space for women to share stories and cleanse body and soul. Zsófia Paczolay’s Budapest Silo was awarded Best Film in the Short Film competition for its powerful portrayal of the connection between a man and a space.
The festival celebrated exceptional documentaries that captured hearts and amplified diverse voices. The 16th Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival demonstrated the power of storytelling and the importance of solidarity in creating meaningful connections.