FNE at 6th CineDOC Tbilisi IDFF: Simon Lereng Wilmont's War Film Wins CineDOC Top Prize

The Distant Barking of Dogs by Simon Lereng Wilmont The Distant Barking of Dogs by Simon Lereng Wilmont

TBILISI: Simon Lereng Wilmont's film The Distant Barking of Dogs won the main award of the international competition of the 6th edition of CinéDOC-Tbilisi, the first international documentary film festival in the Caucasus, which concluded on 8 May 2018.

The film is set in Eastern Ukraine on the frontline of the war. The film follows the life of a 10-year-old Ukrainian boy (Oleg) throughout a year, witnessing the gradual erosion of his innocence beneath the pressures of war. Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother, Alexandra, in the small village of Hnutove. Having no other place to go, Oleg and Alexandra stay and watch as others leave the village.

Ten films were in the international competition and a total of 68 films were selected for the competitive sections, which included Focus Caucasus, CivilDOC and CinéDOC Young, and the sidebar sections.

This year's edition is focused on five topics: Shorts Block, Special Screenings, French Program, Guest country Romania and German DOX. The screenings are taking place at cinemas Rustaveli, Amirani and Kolga, and also in other places. The industry programme included masterclasses, trainings, panel discussions and a pitching presentation.

Special Jury Mention went to Marta Prus's film Over the Limit, a Polish/German/Finish coproduction about a gymnast training for the Olympics.


International Competition Main Award
The Distant Barking of Dogs (Denmark, Sweden, Finland)
Directed By Simon Lereng Wilmont

Special Jury Mention International Competition
Over the Limit (Poland, Germany, Finland)
Directed By Marta Prus
Produced by Mariana Filmes, Telemark and Arte Geie

Civil DOC Award:
A Woman Captured (Hungary, Germany)
Directed By Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Civil DOC Special Jury Mention
Still Tomorrow (China)
Directed By Fan Jian

Focus Caucasus Award
Transparent World (Georgia)
Directed By Vakhtang Kuntsev-Gabashvili
Produced by Akrobat
Supported by GNFC

Focus Caucasus Special Jury Mention
Sunny Night (Germany, Georgia)
Directed By Soso Dumbadze, Lea Hartlaub

Student Jury Award
Bobbi Jene (Denmark, Sweden)
Directed By Elvira Lind

Georgian Critics Award
Rezo (Russia)
Directed By Leo Gabriadze

CinéDOC-Young Award
Bashir in Wonderland (Netherlands)
Directed By Els Duran, Evelien Vehof