International Feature Competition
Grand Prize for International Feature Competition presented by TV5
Special Jury Prize for International Feature Competition
Giona A. Nazzaro
General Delegate of the Venice International Film Critic’s Week, Giona A. Nazzaro is a member of the artistic team of the IFFR – International Film Festival Rotterdam. From 2010 to 2020, he was a programmer and curator for Visions du Réel – Festival international de cinéma Nyon (Switzerland). Since 2015 he has worked with Italian director Marco Bellocchio’s Bobbio Film Festival and his Fondazione Fare Cinema, and is a member of the Italian Union of Film critics.
Aonan Yang is a Chinese-born, Canadian producer and filmmaker based in Montreal, currently developing multiple co-production projects between Canada and The Netherlands, France and China. His regular collaborators include filmmakers Denis Côté, Laura Bari, Tao Gu and Jacqueline Mills. He was a Canadian Producer in the Spotlights at Cannes 2019. He is the co-founder of GreenGround Productions and CineGround Media.
Shengze Zhu is a filmmaker and producer from China who now lives in Chicago. She co-founded a production collective Burn The Film with Zhengfan Yang, which is dedicated to creating, producing, and supporting innovative moving-image work. Her films include Out of Focus (2014, documentary, Cinéma du réel), Another Year (2016, documentary, Best Film Award at Visions du Réel), and Present.Perfect. (2019, documentary, Tiger Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam).
National Feature Competition
Prizes Awarded :
Grand Prize for National Feature Competition presented by Studios St-Aintoine
Special Jury Prize for National Feature Competition presented by PRIM
After a long-term experience in the banking sector, mainly as a project leader, Anna Bertholet is working successfully with documentaries since 2013. Sales and Acquisition Executive for many years, she launched Lightdox (formerly Sweet Spot Docs) in late 2018. This International Sales and Distribution agency based in Switzerland is committed to powerful documentary storytelling and aiming to accompany documentary producers and filmmakers in the ever-changing market.
Sofia Bohdanowicz is a Toronto-based filmmaker. Her films have been screened at international festivals including BAFICI, Seattle Northwest Film Forum, Cinemateca de Bogotá, DocLisboa and the Festival du nouveau cinéma. In 2017, the Toronto Film Critics Association awarded her the Jay Scott Prize; in 2018, she was a nominee for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award for her film Maison du Bonheur.
Swiss-Moroccan writer and director Halima Ouardiri is a graduate of Concordia University. Her first film, Mokhtar, filmed in Super 16 mm, was selected by more than a hundred international festivals, including TIFF, Berlin and Rotterdam, and won numerous awards. Filmed in a village in the south of Morocco, the film features villagers, numerous goats and an owl. Her new short documentary, Clebs, was screened by many international festivals and won the Crystal Bear and the award for best short film at the Berlin Festival in 2020. She is currently developing her first feature, The Camel Driving School.
Short and Medium-Length Competitions
Prizes Awarded :
Best International Short or Medium-Length
Xi Feng is a Chinese-Canadian film editor based in Montreal. Having lived in China, Canada and France, she has cultivated a unique blend of cultural and artistic sensibility. Xi Feng has worked as editor on award-winning documentaries internationally, including China Heavyweight, L’Africain qui voulait Voler and recently the Crystal Bear-winning Clebs. She’s also an alumna of CFC in 2019 and Berlinale Talents in 2020.
Myriam Magassouba is a director, writer and editor. After studying film at UQAM, she completed a master in film production at Concordia University. She then made several award-winning short films and co-directed and edited the documentary Sur le quai de la gare, which won the Pierre-et-Yolande-Perrault award for best new documentary filmmaker at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. Her short film Là où je suis won more than ten awards and honours, including the Jutra for best short film. Between films, she edits auteur shorts and documentaries.
Philippe U. del Drago
Philippe U. del Drago has worked in the arts and culture for more than 20 years, building bridges between artists and audiences. He also works as a production designer, producer, videographer, photographer and creative director. He is the executive and artistic director of the Festival international du film sur l’art, and serves on the boards of MAPP_MTL and the francophone chapter of Amnesty International Canada.