Director Joseph Mangat’s “Holy Craft” won the Docs-in-Progress Award at an online ceremony Friday evening to close the Cannes Docs sidebar of the Cannes Film Market Online.
“Holy Craft” is a documentary examining the peculiarities of religion, labor and capital intersecting at a Catholic handicrafts factory in the Philippines. The award includes a €10,000 cash prize and professional project follow-up, supported by the International Emerging Film Talent Assn. (IEFTA).
The Impact Award went to “Beauty of the Beast,” an exploration of the world of female bodybuilding, directed by Anna Nemes and produced by Ágnes Horváth-Szabó and András Pires Muhi (ELF Pictures, Hungary). Presented in partnership with Nordisk Panorama, the award offers a two-hour consultation on the ﬁlm’s impact and outreach strategy. The project was presented as part of the Showcase CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator.
The Cineli Digital Award was presented to “The Free Ones”, from director Nicolas Levesque and produced by Levesque and Jean-Philippe Archibald (Canopée, Canada). Presented as part of the Showcase Canada, the film follows four detainees working in a sawmill as they transition back into society at the end of their prison sentences. Paris-based Cineli Digital will provide the filmmakers with a professional DCP.
The VOSTAO Award, which offers French and English subtitles from the Paris-based lab, was presented to “Anhell69.” Directed by Theo Montoya and produced by Juan Pablo Castrillon (Desvío Visual, Colombia), Mario Durrieu and Walter Tiepelmann (996 films, Argentina) and Bianca Oana (Monogram Film, Romania), the film explores the mindset of a generation of Colombian youth grappling with suicide and drug overdoses. Pic was presented as part of the Showcase FIDBA.
The jurors for this year’s Cannes Docs award ceremony were Zane Balčus, a freelance film critic and head of the Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries in Riga, Latvia; Lina Soualem, a French-Palestinian-Algerian ﬁlmmaker and actress whose debut feature documentary, “Their Algeria,” premiered in Visions du Réel; and Lea Maria Strandbæk Sørensen, the impact and workshop manager of Nordisk Panorama’s Impact and Doc Forward Talent Workshops, which provides consultancy on project development and on how to create targeted campaign strategies and outreach.
K. H. N.