And the winners 2024 are …

The Doc Alliance Alliance Award winners were announced at Docudays UA.




The winners of the Doc Alliance Award 2024 have been announced on June, 6th at the closing ceremony of Docdays UA in Kyiv.

The Doc Alliance Award for Best Feature Film, endowed with 5,000 EUR, went to “The Fury and the Landscape“ by Nicole Vögele. The film is a cinematographic essay exploring the issues of displacement, flight and violence. In the Bosnian-Croatian border region near Velika Kladuša, today’s refugees meet locals who themselves once experienced war and flight. The film is about memories of war that are awakened, about barely healed scars that open up, about existential encounters between people who are united in suffering.

The jury praised the filmmaker “for its bravery and a keen sense of solidarity combined with mesmerizing camerawork”. Vögele sheds light on a refugee crisis exposing the hypocrisies of global politics “with a unique, warm distance between the filmmaker and the protagonists”.

The Doc Alliance Award for Best Short Film, endowed with 3,000 EUR, went to “Crushed“ by Camille Vigny. In her film the director tells from a first-person perspective her story of the domestic violence she suffered when she was 18. Using a powerful visual metaphor, Vigny created a highly courageous political statement about the devastating impact of this abusive relationship as well as a personal blood-curdling cry from the dark.

The jury praised Vigny “for her audacity, her brilliant insight into the use of cinematic language, for her lucid elaboration of a personal trauma”. “Eros and Thanatos defy the natural instinct of survival: smashed car sheets become the metaphor of potentially wounded bodies, danger shows its dark fascination.”

The winning films were selected by a jury of three film professionals with different experience in the industry: Olivia Cooper Hadjian, programmer and film critique (Cahiers du Cinéma), Beatrice Fiorentino, Artistic Director of Venice Film Critics’ Wee and Marko Grba Singh, filmmaker and the Artistic Director at Beldocs.

“getty abortions“, a short documentary by Franzis Kabisch, received a Special Mention by the jury. The film was nominated by DOK Leipzig.

A selection of nominated short films are available on the streaming platform from June 6 until June 16.