International Feature Competition
Grand Prize for International Feature Competition presented by TV5
Special Jury Prize for International Feature Competition
Alyx Ayn Arumpac
Alyx Ayn Arumpac is a Filipino filmmaker. Her debut feature Aswang won the grand prizes at RIDM, DMZ Docs, FFD Jogja, Corsica Doc, and is the first documentary film to be awarded Best Picture by the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences in its 68 years. She studied at the Docnomads Joint Master (Portugal, Hungary, Belgium) and the University of the Philippines, and is an alumna of Berlinale Talents, IDFAcademy, and Talents Tokyo.
Mathieu Bouchard-Malo is an editor of feature-length fictional and documentary films. Among others, he has worked on films by Philippe Lesage (The Heart That Beats and Genesis), Jean-François Lesage (La rivière cachée and Prayer for a Lost Mitten), Jean-François Caissy (La marche à suivre and Premières armes), Maxime Giroux (Felix and Meira), Rodrigue Jean (Men for Sale), and Zaynê Akyol (Gulistan, Land of Roses). Bouchard-Malo has also done editing for video installations.
Matthew Rankin was born in Winnipeg. He studied history at McGill University and Université Laval and is the director of some 30 films. His films have been screened at Sundance, Hot Docs, SXSW, Annecy, and Cannes Critics Week. Rankin’s The Twentieth Century was awarded the 2019 Best Canadian First Feature Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Grand Prix at Berlin in 2020.
National Feature Competition
Prizes Awarded :
Grand Prize for National Feature Competition presented by PRIM
Special Jury Prize for National Feature Competition
Marta Andreu founded Walden in 2016, which primarily hosts writing residencies. She was also in charge of Playtime (2004-2019), producing internationally renowned films such as The Land Inhabited, Cuchillo de palo, Dawn, and Oleg and the Rare Arts. Since 2009, this production company has organized international seminars dealing with documentary work and workshops dedicated to writing and creation. Andreu has collaborated with organizations such as Eurodoc, Torino Film Lab, Rough cut Lab (Visions du Réel), World Cinema Fund (Berlin), and Doc Nomads.
Darya Bassel was born in Ukraine. In 2011, she joined the team of Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Kyiv), where she works as a Programmer and Head of DOCU/PRO Industry Platform. Parallel to her work at the festival, Darya also produces. In 2019, together with Vika Khomenko, she launched Moon Man film production. The company focuses on author-driven creative documentary and fiction films. She has served on many festival juries, including Visions du Réel, IDFA, Krakow IFF and others.
Two decades ago, life took an unexpected turn for Marie-Pierre Grenier, and she found herself in the world of sound made for images. Since then, she has worked as a sound designer for nearly a hundred Quebec-made films. An unabashed fan of the documentary form, she is also a filmmaker on the side. Her most recent film, It’s Alright Michel, was released in 2017.
Short and Medium-Length Competitions
Prizes Awarded :
Best International Short or Medium-Length
Mira Burt-Wintonick is an award-winning radio producer and filmmaker living in Montreal. During the past 15 or so years, she’s been co-creator/senior editor of CBC's Love Me, senior producer of WireTap, and producer of the unexpectedly viral video How To Age Gracefully. She recently directed Wintopia, a feature documentary film about her late father, filmmaker Peter Wintonick, and his search for Utopia.
Halima Elkhatabi attended the Institut national de l’image et du son (L’INIS) in Montreal, where she received an excellence scholarship. Since then, she has explored documentary and fiction in different formats, creating short films and documentary podcasts (Nina, La route du bled, Chloé et Abdi).
Oksana Karpovych is a Ukrainian film writer, director and photographer born in Kyiv, living and working in between Montreal and Kyiv. Her debut feature documentary film Don’t Worry, the Doors Will Open won the New Visions Award at RIDM in 2019 and received an honorable mention in the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker category at Hot Docs. In her personal projects, Oksana explores the everyday lives and oral histories of the common people and how state politics invades the personal sphere and influences the communities she intimately documents.