On Saturday, May 26, in Bydgoszcz, the jury: Michał Bukowiński, Maciej Cuske and Karolina Leśnik chose the recipient of the Main Award – the Bydgoszcz ART.DOC AWARD out of 13 films of the Main Competition. The jury also decided to give two special mentions: the Jury Mention and the District Bar Association in Bydgoszcz Mention.
The Main Award – the Bydgoszcz ART.DOC AWARD of 5 000 PLN has been awarded by the jury to “Minding the Gap” by Bing Liu. The jury says: “for a touching portrayal of growing up, dealing with childhood trauma, looking for yourself within yourself and in other people around us; for a special film form which allows us to understand the passion that the characters of the film have for skateboarding”.
The jury also gave out two specials mentions. The Jury Mention goes to “Genesis 2.0” by Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev. “For a unique ‘journey’ joining the prehistory and the future of our planet, for a metaphysical reflection on the dangers of scientific developments; for wonderful cinematography of the expedition to New Siberia, presenting the prose and the beauty of that part of the world and of the characters’ lives” – said the jury.
The District Bar Association in Bydgoszcz Mention went to Mila Turajlic, the director of “The Other Side of Everything” “for a moving film story about the fact that freedom and democracy are at the same time a beautiful dream and a hard task”.
This is the fourth award given to “Minding the Gap” during the 15th Film Festival. The film by Bing Liu has also won the Main Competition of the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival and the Grand Prix – the Bank Millennium Award, which was funded by Bank Millennium. The film also received the Lower Silesia Grand Prix. The award was funded by the Marshall of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship. Bing Liu’s “Minding the Gap”, by the decision of the audience, also received the Warsaw Documentary Award, funded by the City of Warsaw.
The Bydgoszcz Annex to the 15th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival was organized once again in cooperation with the ART-HOUSE Foundation.