Doc/Fest attendees gathered into Sheffield's premier theatre, The Cruicible, on Tuesday 13 June to celebrate the latest and greatest documentary talent at the annual awards ceremony. Hosted by BBC Radio Sheffield's Paulette Edwards, filmmakers were eager to pick up one of the bespoke trophies designed by local artist Harrison Moore.
GRAND JURY AWARD - CITY OF GHOSTS
Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts came away with the focal Grand Jury Award. On the Jury's behalf, The Guardian's Paul Mason described the film as“ a passionate portrayal of people who took their lives in their hands to fight an evil that looms over the world". Graciously accepting this award over Skype, Matthew was ecstatic to have won.
AUDIENCE AWARD - THE WORK
Jairus Mcleary and Gethin Aldous also had reason to celebrate taking home The Audience Award for The Work. Voted by the Doc/Fest viewers themselves the award marks the audience favourite film from the fest. The documentary follows three men as they participate in an intense group therapy retreat set entirely within one room in California's Folsom Prison.
TIM HETHERINGTON AWARD - STRONG ISLAND
Now in its fifth year, Dogwoof remains the proud sponsor of the Tim Hetherington Award aims to recognise filmmakers that best reflect the legacy of the photojournalist Tim. The award was presented to Yance Ford's Strong Island, an authentic examination into the violent death of the filmmaker's brother and the judicial system that enabled his killer to go free.
A huge well done to all the winners!