Mexican Dream, by Laura Plancarte, tops the list of winners of DocsBarcelona 2024

The festival reaches 10.000 attendees: 7.000 spectators in theatres, 60% more than in 2023; 700 professionals at its market and 2.300 attendees at its parallel activities


Our Land, Our Freedom receives a Docs&Pearls Special Mention and the Amnistía International Catalunya Award.

Casa Reynal, by Laia Manresa, receives the Docs Award for Best Catalan Film and Un estel fugaç, by Arturo Méndiz and Ignasi Guerrero, a Docs&Cat Special Mention and the Audience Award.

The Docs Nou Talent - Filmin awards the debut Daughter of Genghis and the Docs del Jurado Antaviana the Catalan production Hágase tu voluntad, by Adrián Silvestre.

Barcelona, 11 May 2024 -

DocsBarcelona has presented this afternoon at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) the awards of a 27th edition in which it has offered the public and professionals fifty-one screenings and seventy-three activities, in its programming and industry branches. On the one hand, this year the Barcelona International Documentary Film Festival has reached a provisional balance of 7.000 spectators at its venues (the CCCB and the Renoir Floridablanca Cinemas), almost 60% more than the 4.400 in 2023, and an increase in the daily average from 360 to 600 spectators. Filmin, its online window, will remain open for the next two weeks and will also increase this figure.

Offering looks at colonial pasts, women fighters, the dangers of the digital world or affective networks beyond romantic love, the festival has sold out ten sessions of its programme. It has also brought some fifty filmmakers to the Catalan capital, including John Wilson, Viktor Kossakovsky, Raymond Depardon, Claudine Nougaret and Albert Serra. The festival has counted on the point of view, often silenced, of twenty-three women directors, thirty-eight racialised filmmakers and nine filmmakers who are part of the LGBTIQ+ community.

‘In this 27th edition, we increased by 60% the number of spectators in the cinemas, which reinforces not only the interest of Barcelona's audiences in documentaries but also the local and international creative effervescence of filmmakers who work with reality. The success of this year's edition is also to be found in the renewal of the festival's structure, which has managed to bring together the major issues of concern to creators all over the world. The juries have captured this sensitivity by awarding films with a clear commitment to a decolonial perspective and the empowerment of women,’ explains Anna Petrus, the festival's artistic director.

Likewise, its professional market has also grown, with the accompaniment of fifty-two projects, 65% of them directed or co-directed by women, and the registration of more than seven hundred professionals from sixty countries, 20% more than last year. ‘We close a 27th edition of the DocsBarcelona professional market with record figures in attendance, international representation and impact on the industry, but above all convinced that we are already a point of reference in the professional world of non-fiction in southern Europe. We are not only a meeting place for the local and international industry, but also a market with a forward-looking perspective and critical analysis, covering the multiple forms that the documentary genre is taking", recalls Èric Motjer, director of DocsBarcelona Industry 2024.

In this way, DocsBarcelona reaches 10.000 attendees in 2024: 7.000 spectators in the cinemas, 700 professionals at its market and 2.300 attendees at its parallel activities.

The Docs&Pearls and Docs&Cat section awards

The international jury of the Docs&Pearls Official Selection, made up of Elvira Dyangani Ose, Silvia Albert Sopale, Hugo Jinseok Kang, Efthymia Zymvragaki and Petrula Veljanovska, has recognised Mexican Dream, by Laura Plancarte, with the Docs award for the best film of the event. Hybridising fiction and documentary, the Mexican filmmaker revisits the stereotype of the self-sacrificing Latin American woman, a traditional sufferer of macho violence, through the life of Male, a woman who, like so many in Mexico, leaves her place of origin after leaving a violent relationship to work in other people's houses and to build, in dribs and drabs, a heritage to offer her children and in which to shelter herself. The result is an ode to new principles, support networks and self-respect that crowns the DocsBarcelona 2024 list of winners.

Our Land, Our Freedom, by Meena Nanji and Zippy Kimundu, has received a Docs&Pearls Special Mention from the jury and also the Amnistía International Catalunya Award, dedicated to documentaries in the Official Selection that, due to their subject matter, are involved in the defence of human rights. With this portrait of Wanjugu Kimathi, daughter of Dedan Kimathi, legendary leader of the Mau Mau revolts executed by the British in 1957, the directors fuel the debate on the British colonial past, the ownership of land never returned to its owners after Kenyan independence and the genocide of the Mau Mau people.

The jury of the new Docs&Cat section, made up of Chiara Boschiero, Pau Faus and Sarah Lauzemis, has awarded the Docs for Best Catalan Film, sponsored by La Xarxa Audiovisual Local (XAL), to the documentary Casa Reynal, by Laia Manresa (Morir de dia), about family transmission and the legacy of its memory. Un estel fugaç, by Arturo Méndiz and Ignasi Guerrero, which focuses on perinatal grief from the father's point of view, received a Docs&Cat Special Mention from the jury, as well as the Audience Award, sponsored by Moritz.

The New Talent Docs - Filmin, for debut directors in the Official Panorama Section, went to Daughter of Genghis, by Danish filmmakers and photojournalists Kristoffer Juel Poulsen and Christian Als. The documentary's protagonist, Gerel Byamba, leads a violent feminist gang fighting against Chinese colonialism and foreign exploitation in Ulaanbaatar.

The Antaviana Jury Docs, sponsored by Antaviana Films, has awarded the Catalan production Hágase tu voluntad, in which the filmmaker Adrián Silvestre (Sedimentos, Mi vacío y yo) becomes the protagonist, explaining his reunion, after more than twenty years without speaking, with his father, a man who demands the right to die with dignity.

Young juries

DocsBarcelona dedicates its Doc-U section to the work of higher education centres from all over Spain. Its official jury, made up of Mariona Borrull, Moha Amazian and Claudia Solano, has awarded the Doc-U 16nou to the short film Still, Life, by Priya Woods. The Doc around Europe Award, for international short documentaries participating in this university section, went to Nos Îles, by Aliha Thalien.

_Pelikan Blue_, by László Csáki, wins the DocsBarcelona - Reteena Youth Jury Prize, awarded by young people aged 16 to 21, and Artificial Immortality, by Ann Shin, wins the Docs&Teens Prize, awarded by the students of ESO and Bachillerato of DocsBarcelona.

Finally, the Docs of the Month Award, decided by the audience attending screenings in the Docs of the Month 2023 network of more than 70 cinemas throughout Spain, went to Zimbabue. La lucha por la democracia, by Camilla Nielsson.

The 27th edition of DocsBarcelona also paid tribute to the prestigious tandem of French filmmakers Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret, who received this year's Docs d'Honor Award at the opening ceremony of the event.


Docs for Best Film: Mexican Dream - Laura Plancarte

Docs&Pearls Special Mention: Our Land, Our Freedom - Meena Nanji and Zippy Kimundu

Docs for the best Catalan film: Casa Reynal - Laia Manresa

Docs&Cat Special Mention: Un estel fugaç - Arturo Méndiz and Ignasi Guerrero

Docs new talent - FILMIN: Daughter of Genghis - Kristoffer Poulsen and Christian Als

Docs of the Antaviana Jury: Hágase tu voluntad - Adrián Silvestre

Docs of the Audience - Moritz: Un estel fugaç - Arturo Méndiz and Ignasi Guerrero

Docs of the Month Audience Award: Zimbabue. La lucha por la democracia - Camilla Nielsson

Docs&Teens Audience Award: Artificial Immortality - Ann Shin

Doc-U 16nou: Still, Life - Priya Woods

Docs Young Jury - Reteena: Pelikan Blue - László Csáki

Doc around Europe Award: Nos Îles - Aliha Thalien

Amnesty International of Catalonia Award: Our Land, Our Freedom - Meena Nanji e Zippy Kimundu

Docs of Honour: Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret


DocsBarcelona Award for best project: Adelina - Aurela Berila

HBO Max Award for Best Pitch: Adelina - Aurela Berila

Public Pitch Award by Antaviana Films: Untamed Light - Luis Sampieri

Jacob Burns / Women Make Movies (USA) Artist in Residence Award: Confessions of a Female Gamer - Dolya Gavanski

FipaDoc Award: The Alleyway (Mosque) - Emmanuel Moonchil Park

Premi East Doc Platform: Confessions of a Female Gamer - Dolya Gavanski

Mia Doc Market Award: One Inch Eastward - Irina Maldea

SÓNAR+D New Tech Pitch Award: From Scriptum to Prompt - Cesar Urbina & Angel Urbina

San Sebastian Lau Haizetara Award: Adelina - Aurela Berila

New Tech Pitch Metacampus Award: I M U - Juul Van Der Laan