Awards and juries

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Discover the DocsBarcelona 2021 awards.

With a cash prize of €5000 and a festival statuette. This award is applicable to the films of the Official Section – Panorama that do not compete for the New Talent Award, produced after January 2018, that have not been released commercially in Spain (in commercial cinemas and / or VOD) and that have not been broadcasted on television in Spain.

Award-winning movie: Gunda by Victor Kossakovsky

DocsBarcelona Panorama Jury

This award is applicable to the films of the Official Section – Panorama that are the filmmaker’s first feature-length film and consist of a statuette (also in case of co-directing). This award is given by the DocsBarcelona Panorama Jury. This award is not compatible with the DocsBarcelona Award for the Best Documentary. In the event that the final selection does not have a minimum of 5 films that can qualify for this award in accordance with the above provisions, the festival organization may also establish films that are the second feature film of his/her director (also in case of co-directing) and these will automatically qualify for the New Talent award.

Award-winning movie: Inside the red brick wall by Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers

Addressed to films selected for the so-called section that includes documentaries from Spain, Portugal and Latin-American countries. This prize is awarded by the DocsBarcelona Latitud Jury and sponsored by Antaviana Films, it consists of 3000€ worth in services of completion work for the director’s next film (finishing, conformation, color correction, sound, DCP copy) and a statuette. This award has an expiring date of 2 years after the Awards ceremony for its execution.

Award-winning movie: El secreto del Doctor Grinberg by Ida Cuéllar

Amnesty International Catalunya

This award is applicable to any of the films (in the Official Sections Panorama and Latitud) with a theme or topic that defends the rights proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the freedom of speech and the values shared by International Amnesty, and it also shows a remarkable use of cinematographic elements in the fight for transforming reality. This award consists of a statuette and is given by the Amnesty International Catalunya Jury.

Award-winning movie: Room without a view by Roser Corella

This award is applicable to all the films of the DOC-U Section. This award is given by the DOC-U Jury and consists of a statuette and a 1000€ worth in renting material, sponsored by 16nou.

Award-winning movie: La ermitaña by Anna Hanslik

All the films of the Official Sections (Panorama and Latitud) will compete for this award. The audience of the films will grant this award. The winning film will be the one who gets the best score in the audience votes. This award, sponsored by Moritz, consist of a cash prize of 1500€ and a statuette. The award is given by the festival’s audience.

Award-winning movie: El retorn, la vida després de l'ISIS by Alba Sotorra

The audience of the Docs&Teens Section will grant this award. The winning film will be the one who gets the best score in this section. This award is given by the audience and consists of a statuette.

Award-winning movie: El niño de fuego by Ignacio Acconcia

Films within the Official Sections (Panorama and Latitud) that are part of the Reteena Itinerary, a special selection made up for the Reteena Festival organization, collaborators of the DocsBarcelona Festival, which are eligible for this award. The special selection is based on films within the three official sections that stand out and are considered for young audiences. This Award is given by the Reteena Young Jury and consists of a statuette.

Award-winning movie: El retorn, la vida després de l'ISIS by Alba Sotorra


DocsBarcelona Panorama Jury

Awarded a doctorate in Audiovisual Communication by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, she currently teaches at the Faculty of Communication and International Relations Blanquerna of the Universitat Ramon Llull and the Faculty of Communication Science at the UAB. A freelance journalist since 2006, she is the Spanish correspondent for the British trade magazine Screen International; she also writes for Sight & Sound and works for the San Sebastian International Film Festival. As a journalist, she has worked for the Catalan daily Avui - in the International and Culture sections, and as Paris correspondent - and, as a freelancer, for the TV programme Cinema 3, for Televisió de Catalunya. She has written and directed two feature films La doble vida del faquir (The Magicians, 2005) and Màscares (Masks, 2009), jointly with Esteve Riambau. Both premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. She is a member of the Catalan, Spanish and European film academies.

Jordi Cuixart i Navarro (1975) is a Catalan businessman and activist. He is the president of Òmnium Cultural, one of the main non-governmental organisations in Europe, with more than 180,000 members and 60 years of history, focused on the promotion of Catalan language and culture, as well as defender of civil and human rights and the right to self-determination. Cuixart is a political prisoner sentenced to 9 years for sedition. He has been imprisoned since October 2017 as part of his role in a peaceful demonstration, some days before the referendum on self-determination in Catalonia was held on 1 October 2017. Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, World Organization Against Torture and the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention have all agreed that he was just exercising his rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. From the first day he spent in prison, he claims for non-violent mobilization as he tells in his book We'll do it again (2020). Jordi Cuixart is the son of a working class family and he has always defended migration as a structural reality and a source of social richness for Catalonia. He left school at 16 and started work in a factory. In 2003, when he was 28, he started his own company, Aranow, which specialises in the manufacture of packaging machinery and exports 90% of its production worldwide. He is a father of two sons of 4 and 1 year old.

Garbiñe Ortega is a film curator from Spain. Her practice focuses on curatorship, education, building audiences, and the creation of specific frameworks that amplify collective cinematographic experience. Her curatorial work has been programmed internationally at Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York), Tate Modern (London), Film Museum de Viena, National Gallery of Art (Washington) and Pacific Film Archive (California), among others. She was the co-director of programming at Ambulante, Mexico (2015). She edited the books Correspondencias (2018), To light, to love, to time: Jonathan Schwartz (2019), Meditaciones sobre el presente: Ute Aurand, Helga Fanderl, Jeannette Muñoz, Renate Sami (2020) and Cartas como películas (2021). She teaches at Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola (San Sebastian) and ESCAC (Barcelona). Currently, she is the artistic director of the festival Punto de Vista.

Petra Seliškar passionate documentary filmmaker devoted to creative documentaries and little life pleasures. Petra Seliškar (b. 1978 in Ljubljana) is a director, producer, lecturer and festival art director and programmer living in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Skopje, N.Macedonia. She studied documentary directing at the Amsterdam Film Academy. Petra holds an MA degree in Media Studies from the Sheffield Hallam University in UK. She made three feature length documentaries (The Grandmothers of Revolution, Mother Europe, My World Is Upside Down) and produced many more, all of which had extensive festival tours, won international awards and were sold to European broadcasters. In 2003, she founded Petra Pan Film. In April 2010, Petra Seliškar was appointed Artistic Director and Programmer of the Makedox Creative Documentary Film Festival in Macedonia, one of the unique creative documentary festivals in the region, which she has developed into an important creative meeting place of the international non-fiction industry. She is a member of the Balkan Documentary Distribution Network, MOVING DOX, a member of the European Film Academy, mamber of DAY. She works as advisor and tutor and has served on many international festival juries and selection committees. She has been an active part of the European film festival landscape. Her company Petra Pan Film has produced and co-produced over 20 feature length documentaries and fiction and documentary series in the last 18 years, receiving numerous international awards.

Her creative strength can be seen in her documentaries: The grandmothers of revolution, Mama Europa, My world is upside down and coproductions such us Mostar united , Perfect circle , 18Comidas, Days of madness , Beyond boundaries , Wonder when You’ll miss me

DocsBarcelona Latitud Jury

Codirected the award-winning feature documentary “Tchindas” (2015), awarded 13 times in festivals such as Outfest Los Angeles (US), nominated at the African Oscars (AMAA Awards) and broadcasted at PBS (US). He has just directed the TV doc “Freshwater Fish (in Saltwater)”
(2018), awarded by the Spanish TV Academy. More recently, “The Writer From a Country Without Bookstores”, awarded in Italy at the DIG Awards for the best investigative journalism. He has published three books and currently works as a freelance for several televisions.

Pere Sallent Puigcercós (Cerdanyola, 1961), is a third-generation film exhibitor. He studied Economics at the UAB and his first job was to manage the family-run cinema, the Kursaal de Cerdanyola, which, after many changes, became the Point 11 Sales Cinemas. He participated in the design and construction of numerous multiplexes, among which were the Punto 10 cinemas in Alzira (Valencia) and the Cinemas Full 28 cinemas in Cornellà. With his own architectural patents, he is currently working on a project called "Full. Building the cinema of the future." It is a project that reinvents the multiplex cinema concept and proposes a radically new "Cinema Palace", capable of prospering in a future environment where cinemas will share its premieres with streaming channels.

Doctor in Audiovisual Communication and Advertising in the field of Audiovisual Studies from a gender perspective. She specializes in Feminist studies in Social sciences, Peace journalism and Educommunication. She dedicates her work as an independent researcher to feminist analysis and criticism of the media, especially focused on film and television series. She is a professor of the Master in Gender and Communication and of the Master in International Health and Cooperation (both from the UAB), and lectures in the area of Feminisms and sexual diversity of the Degree in Social Education from the UOC. She is also part of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the Ibero-American Network of Audiovisual Narratives (INAV from its acronym in Spanish) and the Observatory on Information Coverage of Conflicts (OCC) of the UAB. Additionally she is co-coordinator of Acció Estudi at Dones Visuals and research delegate of the Association of women in film and audiovisual media (CIMA).

DOC-U Jury

She co-directed her first film Les Amigues de l'Àgata (2015) with Laia Alabart, Laura Rius and Marta Verheyen. Acclaimed by film critics, it ended up being released successfully in cinemas throughout Spain and being nominated for best film at the Gaudí Awards of the Catalan Film Academy.

As a director, she has participated in the collective piece Chantal Akerman un rècord (2016) with Francina Ribes as a tribute to the filmmaker Chantal Akerman. She has also worked as an assistant director in the film Els dies que vindran by Carlos Marqués-Marcet, which won the Biznaga de oro for Best Film at the Malaga Film Festival. She is currently developing the feature documentary Otredades with Nora Haddad and produced by Amor&Lujo.

Carolina Ciuti (Pistoia, Italy, 1990) is a contemporary art curator and researcher in the fields of visual and performing arts. She graduated in History of Art from the University of Florence (2009-2012) and then she specialized in Contemporary Art with a Master's degree from the Sotheby's Institute of Art in London (2013-2015).

She currently serves as artistic director of the LOOP video art festival in Barcelona, where she started working in 2015 as a curator. At LOOP, she has produced exhibitions, film programmes and performances by internationally recognized artists such as: Regina de Miguel, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Aleksandra Mir, Muntadas, Steina and Woody Vasulka and Anton Vidokle. She curated the group exhibitions And If Seeing Was Fire (Filmoteca de Catalunya, Barcelona), One Day I Stumbled Upon A Meteorite (Fabra i Coats – Contemporary Art Centre of Barcelona), PRODUCE, PRODUCE, PRODUCED (Real Cercle Artístic, Barcelona), the projects Francesca Banchelli: Before The Name (MACBA, Barcelona) and TRANSEUROPE EXPRESS (OfficeCafè, Pistoia), and the video programmes presented by LOOP at Cinéphèmère-FIAC Paris (editions 2017, 2018, 2019).

She was editor of the publications I Have A Friend Who Knows Someone Who Bought a Video, Once (LOOP Barcelona, Mousse Publishing, 2016) and Before The Name: a book on an itinerant performance project (RAM Editions, 2018). Ciuti is a permanent collaborator of the magazine of contemporary culture and economics La Maleta de Portbou, and she has frequently contributed to the art catalogues of the publishing house Istituto Italiano Edizioni ATLAS.

In 2017, she co-founded the art collective CRiB to create hybrid projects straddling the visual arts, theatre and performance. Whether through writing, curating, or research, all of Carolina's projects denote a deep interest in the notion of 'time', its representation in the philosophical and cultural sphere, and its influence on the construction of identities.

Heidi Ramírez is a photographer, video editor and poet based in Barcelona. Her work Her work focuses on self-portrait as a counterpoint of representation, and on the senses as a means for generating new dynamics in audiovisual creation. Some of her work is part of Hamaca, a platform working to preserve the most representative video art works since the 70s. She graduated in Audiovisual and Show Production in 2017 and is currently studying Creative Documentary Film Making and Contemporary Photography at Fuga Foto.

Reteena Young Jury

I am studying a college course in Audiovisual Production. I am passionate about art in all its forms, especially cinema and theatre. I hope to one day become a music video director or a stage manager.

I’m studying Audiovisual Communication at the UAB. I also participate in a radio program where I have a section dedicated to discovering female filmmakers. I'm a big fan of cinema, the kind that catches you because of the unique world it depicts. What I enjoy the most is analysing films and focusing on the little details that manage to make each of them special and different from the rest. @ptorne124

I am a student of Audiovisual Communication and Multimedia at ERAM College. I completed an internship at Atiende Films and in 2019-2021 I was part of the team of Young Programmers Moving Cinema programming at the Filmoteca de Catalunya, assisting at sessions at l’Alternativa – Barcelona Independent Film Festival, and developing a collection of films at Film. I am passionate about images, graphic design, and art house films, and in particular film reviewing, music production and documentary creation. @ albertlr2000

My name is Joaquin and I am fascinated by everything related to images and imagination. I am passionate about filming and watching everything I can, when I can. I aspire to nothing more than to continue living filming and watching. It is a privilege for me to be able to participate in this Young Jury, but not as a judge, rather a viewer eager to be conjured and transformed by all the works of the festival. You can find me on my Youtube channel.

I am a student of Audiovisual Communication, Advertising and Public Relations. I love photography and art, and I am passionate about cinema. I’m especially interested in the Nouvelle Vague and experimental cinema. My taste is eclectic; I like both abstract and realistic proposals, and I have a predilection for dramas. Watching a film or any audiovisual work is a full experience, to which we surrender, we expose ourselves and during that time we are vulnerable to it, and I think that seeing what effect it will have on us is exciting.

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