Programmers, festival directors, audiences select the best of DAFilms

2020 saw DAFilms celebrate its 15th anniversary marked by record audience interest. In celebration, the platform has curated its traditional Christmas programme «Best of DAFilms», featuring the most popular films that premiered online on the portal this year. The programme is created by DAFilms viewers according to what they watched and searched for the most this year.

Additionally, the seven European festivals associated under the Doc Alliance banner participate in the Doc Alliance Selection Award as a way of looking back on the past year in documentary cinema. The award has been given since 2008 with nominations each coming from by CPH:DOX, Doclisboa, Millennium Docs Against Gravity FF, DOK Leipzig, FIDMarseille, Ji.hlava IDFF, and Visions du Réel. Each of the participating festivals nominates one film for the award and one film critic from their country as a member of the jury. The winner for 2020 was Ghosts: Long Way Home (dir. Tiago Siopa), revealing the rural myths of the Portuguese countryside about the supernatural beings, ghosts, and witches that continue to accompany the locals throughout their daily lives. The film was selected from a group that included: Songs of Repression (dir. Marianne Hougen-Moraga, Estephan Wagner), Never Whistle Alone (dir. Marco Ferrari), Sad Song (dir. Louise Narboni), Wolves at the Borders (dir. Martin Páv), Lessons of Love (dir. Małgorzata Goliszewska, Kasia Mateja), El Father Plays Himself (dir. Mo Scarpelli).

Best of DAFilms 2020

  • The Border Fence (AT, 2018)– dir. Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  • El Mar La Mar (US, 2017) – dir. Joshua Bonetta, J. P. Sniadecki
  • Exotica, Erotica, Etc. (FR, 2015) – dir. Evangelia Kranioti
  • Bridges of Time (LT, EE, LV 2018)– dir. Kristīne Briede, Audrius Stonys
  • This Movie Is a Gift (AT 2019) – dir. Anja Salomonowitz
  • Ama-San (PT, CH, JP 2016) – dir. Cláudia Varejão
  • Baracoa (CH, ES, US 2019) – dir. Pablo Briones
  • Island of the Hungry Ghosts (UK, AU, DE 2018)– dir. Gabrielle Brady
  • Samuel in the Clouds (BE, NL 2016) – dir. Pieter Van Eecke
  • Before Summer Ends (CH, FR 2017) – dir. Maryam Goormaghtigh
  • Our Little Poland (PL 2019) – dir. Matěj Bobřík
  • Photographic Memory (US, FR 2011) – dir. Ross McElwee
  • The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (CA, US 2016) – dir. Brett Story
  • Teach (RO 2019) – dir. Alex Brendea
  • Come Back Free (EE 2016) – dir. Ksenia Okhapkina
  • No Home Movie (BE, FR 2015) – dir. Chantal Akerman
  • Walden (US 1968) – dir. Jonas Mekas
  • Undertow Eyes (BR 2009) – dir. Petra Costa
  • All Inclusive (CH 2018) – dir. Corina Schwingruber Ilić
  • Shooting Crows (CH 2018) – dir. Christine Hürzeler
  • A Man Returned (UK, LB, NL, PS 2016) – dir. Mahdi Fleifel
  • Abiding (NL 2019) – dir. Ugo Petronin

Doc Alliance Selection Award 2020

  • Ghosts: Long Way Home – dir. Tiago Siopa
    • Nominated by Doclisboa

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