Krakow Film Festival 2024

Docudays UA 2024: the complete winners

The 21st Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival has revealed its award recipients across multiple competition categories, celebrating creative documentaries that tackle issues of human dignity, freedom, and equality.

Competition Winners

In the DOCU/WORLD category, A Golden Life directed by Boubacar Sangaré won the Main Prize. The Jury praised the film for its unique cinematic language and portrayal of precarious working youth in a dehumanising industry. Fragments of Ice by Maria Stoianova received a Special Mention for its ability to express social and political truths through personal stories.

Stoianova’s Fragments of Ice also clinched the Main Prize in the DOCU/UKRAINE competition. Nice Ladies, directed by Mariia Ponomarova, received a Special Mention for its evolving narrative in a changing world.

In the DOCU/SHORT category, Under the Sign of Anchor by Taras Spivak won the Main Prize for its depiction of historical memory’s deconstruction and construction. The Kiosk by Daniel Stopa received a Special Mention for its intimate framing and portrayal of protective yet enclosing spaces.

RIGHTS NOW! and Additional Awards

The RIGHTS NOW! award was given to Everything Needs to Live by Tetiana Dorodnitsyna and Andrii Lytvynenko. The Jury highlighted the film’s message on the value of all life and the healing power of kindness. A Special Mention in this category went to A Golden Life for showcasing the human spirit’s resilience.

Fragments of Ice also received the Main Prize from the Student Jury and the Union of Ukrainian Film Critics for its exploration of collective pasts and personal memory. The Andriy Matrosov Prize was awarded to A Bit of a Stranger by Svitlana Lishchynska for its brave examination of identity issues.

Audience and Doc Alliance Awards

The Audience Award went to Everything Needs to Live. Additionally, the Doc Alliance Award for feature-length films was given to The Landscape and the Fury by Nicole Vögele, and for short films, to Crushed by Camille Vigny. Getty Abortions by Franzis Kabisch received a Special Mention.

Festival attendees can still watch the winning films during the audience days from 9-11 June at Zhovten Cinema and other venues.

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