The 2022 edition of the Doc.Sydney Documentary Film Festival took place in wonderful company at Palace Central in Chippendale, home to new release films, international and local art-house cinema. The festival would like to thank all of their guests for coming out and enjoying two evenings of independent documentary cinema.
This year's official selection included 17 wonderful films hailing from Australia, Italy, Canada, USA, the UK, Spain, Israel, Lebanon and Estonia. Doc.Sydney is pleased to share with you today the 2022 award winners, chosen by the jury panel.
Best Feature Documentary Film: A Loss Of Something Ever Felt (Estonia) by Carlos E. Lesmes. “A tangled odyssey takes young Estonian Eeva to the slums of Bogota, Colombia, where the girl searches for her missing, estranged brother. At the same time, she is worried about the condition in which she will find him.”
Best Short Documentary Film: Dancing With Rosa (Spain) by Robert Muñoz Rupérez. “At 84 years of age, Rosa realises that she no longer has the strength to take care of her daughter Eva who has Down syndrome, and she struggles to decide whether or not to put her into a care home. In this intimate portrait, we follow Rosa’s pain of indecision and her unique way of coping.”
Best Extremely Short Documentary Film: Set In Stone (Australia) by Angus Middleton. “A meditation on our movement in time, in place and in growth.”
Best Experimental Documentary Film: Spontaneous (USA) by Lori Felker. “You never know when someone is miscarrying; it could be happening right next to you.”
Best Underground Documentary Film: Unemployment Hotline (USA) by Nikos Campbell. “Unemployment Hotline Is a deeply personal look into people’s experience with unemployment and isolation during this global pandemic. With busy phone lines and rising unemployment numbers, millions of Americans were unheard in this crisis.”
Best Australian Documentary Film: this bond I and Bondi (Australia) by Carolyn Saul. “When the once familiar streets and buildings of the place you grew up in become something else, how do you reconcile your relationship with that place? What happens to your sense of ‘home’? "this bond i and Bondi" is a rumination on memories, change and a very special place.”
Doc.Sydney is part of Doc.World, a global network of Documentary Film Festivals, with festivals in Sydney, Berlin, London and Ghent, and Boston. As a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts, these documentary festivals bring diverse international films to our community and showcase the best regional and international filmmakers.
A special thank you to Palace Cinemas and Tarkovski Agency for their amazing continued support.
A new Call for Entries for Doc.Sydney 2023 has been launched on FilmFreeway, submit your film now: https://filmfreeway.com/DocSydney.
See you next year!