Andreas Koefoed's "At Home in the World" took home the IDFA Award for Best Mid-length Documentary, while Nicole N. Horanyi's "Motley's Law" won a journalist prize for best female-directed film at the awards ceremony on 25 November.
Two Danish directors made it into the spotlight at the Melkweg concert hall in Amsterdam on Wednesday 25 November, as IDFA celebrated the winners of this year's big doc festival closing on Sunday. See trailers below and factsheets right
Andreas Koefoed won the award for Best Mid-length Documentary for "At Home in the World", a fly-on-the-wall of a group of child refugees at a Danish Red Cross school. Will their parents' applications for humanitarian visas be met with approval or rejection? And if they are allowed to stay, will they be able to find their feet in this new culture? These and other difficult questions are examined at intimate range as we follow the everyday lives of Magomed, Ali, Sehmuz, Heda, Amel and their teacher Dorte.
On stage during this 28th IDFA award ceremony was also Nicole N. Horanyi, who received the Alliance of Women Film Journalists' EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary for "Motley's Law." The film, about defence attorney Kimberley Motley who initially came to Kabul out of financial reasons but became increasingly engaged in human rights cases, won a Grand Jury award at DOC NYC earlier this month and also screened at Chicago Film Festival and CPH:DOX.
Nicole N. Horanyi on stage accepting her award for "Motley's Law".
Awards to Co-productions
Danish filmmakers are involved as co-producers on two other IDFA award winners. Recipient of the Special Jury Award for Dutch Documentary is Tom Fassaert's "A Family Affair," which is co-produced by Danish Documentary Production. An honourable mention in the Kids & Docs programme was awarded to Victor Kossakovsky's "Varicella," a Norwegian film made in collaboration with Final Cut for Real of Denmark.
"At Home in the World" is produced by Sara Stockmann for Sonntag Pictures, while distribution rights are handled by DR International Sales. "Motley's Law" is produced by Helle Faber for Made in Copenhagen, with LevelK managing international sales. Both films are made with support from the Danish Film Institute.
IDFA continues until Sunday 29 November, see more at idfa.nl.