Docaviv has announced the winners of its 24th edition. The official award ceremony was held on 1 June, but the festival still runs through 5 June at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and select venues around the city.
The festival’s biggest award, the Frank Lowy Award for the Best Israeli Film was given to Itamar Alcalay and Meital Zvieli for The Camera of Dr. Morris, a bittersweet portrait about local Eilat celebrity Dr. Morris, his family, and crocodile Clarence, who grew up in their garden, told through Morris’ forgotten videotapes.
In the International Competition, Diem Ha Le’s Children of the Mist took home took home top honours. The film is a story of a bold teenage girl from the Hmong community in North Vietnam, caught between the cruel tradition of kidnapping girls for the purpose of marriage and her wish to continue her childhood and go to school. The jury also awarded a special mention to Igor Ivanko’s tender portrait of his grandfather Fragile Memory.
Eliane Esther Bots’ In Flow of Words won the Short Film Award, while Gad Aisen and Manor Birman’s 40 Steps was honoured with the Bey9n the Screen award.
Finally, the Artistic Vision Award in the Depth of Field Competition went to Gods of Mexico by Helmut Dosantos.