In 2023, each of the Doc Alliance festivals has nominated one feature-length and one short film, both eligible for two respective feature and short prizes. This year’s jury members were:

  • Jonathan Ali, programmer and curator (Locarno, Open City Docs, True/False and Sheffield Doc/Fest, Third Horizon Film Festival)
  • Anna Berthollet, CEO, Lightdox (sales and distribution)
  • Arnaud Hée, programmer (Bibliothèque publique d’information in Centre Pompidou)


Death of a City

João Rosas
Portugal, 2022, 116 min

Nominations (full-length films)

In the heart of Bairro Alto, right in the centre of Lisbon, the building of an old printing workshop is demolished to make way for a development of luxury apartments. Seeing this demolition as a perfect image for the death of a certain Lisbon in the wake of the financial crisis and the ensuing real estate and touristic boom, the director proposes to film an urban diary portraying the daily life of the construction site and those who work there. What starts out as a work-centred film turns out to be the story of the director’s relationship with his hometown and with the people who build it, a polyphonic narrative made up of their life stories of labour and immigration, shining a light on the violence and destruction that hide under the progress of our cities.

The Cervix Pass

Marie Bottois
France, 2022, 15 min

Nominations (short films)

1973 saw the creation of the MLAC (Movement for Abortion and Contraception Freedom) in France. Some abortive medical procedures that were still illegal and secrete were sometimes filmed for information and training purposes. In The Cervix Pass, actress and director Marie Bottois documents the insertion of an intrauterine device inside her own body. With both humour and aesthetic precision, she follows the lead of militant and feminist films like Y’a qu’à pas baiser (Carole Roussoupolos, 1971). Her film becomes both a piece of evidence and a piece of history, at a time when women’s sexual and reproductive rights are under attack all around the world.

Nominations (full-length films)

Silent Sun of Russia

Sybilla Tuxen
Denmark, 2023, 80 min

DOK Leipzig
Three Women

Maksym Melnyk
Germany, 2022, 85 min


Nikola Spasic
Serbia, 2022, 90 min

Ji.hlava IDFF

Jan Bušta
Czech Republic, 2022, 77 min

Millennium Docs Against Gravity
Polish Prayers

Hanka Nobis
Switzerland, Poland, 2022, 85 min

Visions du Réel
Nights Gone By

Alberto Martín Menacho
Switzerland, Spain, 2023, 106 min

Guest festival 2023: Dokufest
Disturbed Earth

Kumjana Novakova & Guillermo Carreras-Candi
Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Spain, 2021, 72 min

Nominations (short films)

Nothing Runs Like a Deere

Max Göran
Sweden, 2023, 17 min

May the Earth Become the Sky

Ana Vîjdea
Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, 2022, 15 min

DOK Leipzig
Why My Mum Loves Russell Crowe

Emma van den Berg
United Kingdom, Netherlands, 2022, 25 min

Ji.hlava IDFF
07:15 – Blackbird

Judith Auffray
France, 2021, 30 min

Millennium Docs Against Gravity
waking up in silence

Mila Zhluktenko & Daniel Asadi Faezi
Germany, Ukraine, 2023, 18 min

Visions du Réel

Asli Baykal
Turkey, 2023, 14 min

Guest festival 2023: Dokufest

Dejan Petrović
Serbia, 2021, 19 min