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DOCUDAYS 2020 Awards

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange triumphs at Docudays

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- Iryna Tsilyk's film has won in both the international and national competitions, while Salt from Bonneville received the Ukrainian Film Institute Award in the Ukrainian Doc Preview industry section

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange triumphs at Docudays
The Earth Is Blue as an Orange by Iryna Tsilyk

The 17th Kiev-based International Human Rights Film Festival Docudays UA took place online from 24 April-3 May and wrapped with Ukrainian filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk's The Earth Is Blue as an Orange [+see also:
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winning the main awards in both the international DOCU/WORLD and the national DOCU/UKRAINE competitions, each worth $1,000. The film world-premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where Tsilyk bagged the Directing Award in the World Cinema Documentary section.

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In the Rights Now! section, the main prize went to the 2019 Sundance hit Midnight Traveler [+see also:
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by Hassan Fazili, which also received the Current Time Award. Special Mentions in this competition were given to the South African-Swedish co-production Buddha in Africa by Nicole Schafer and War Note [+see also:
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by Ukraine's Roman Liubyi, which also received the Audience Award and the Andriy Matrosov Award, given out by the Docudays UA organisers.

Ksenia Okhapkina's Immortal [+see also:
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(Estonia/Latvia), the winner of the Grand Prix in Karlovy Vary's Documentary Competition, received the Teenage Jury Award, and Dutch filmmaker Maasja Ooms picked up a Special Mention for her IDFA prizewinner Punks [+see also:
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In the DOCU/SHORT competition, the main prize went to Enric Ribes' Greykey (Spain) and a Special Mention to Oleksiy Radynski's Circulation (Ukraine). Each of the main awards came with $1,000.

Meanwhile, in the Ukrainian Doc Preview – the festival's industry section, which provides an opportunity for Ukrainian teams to present their full-length documentary projects in production and post-production to festivals, international funds, sales companies and broadcasters – Simon Mozgovyi's project Salt from Bonneville received the Ukrainian Film Institute Award, worth €5,039 (UAH 150,000).

The Current Time Award of $2,000 went to Iron Butterflies, the new project by War Note director Roman Liubyi, while Marta Smerechynska's Diary of a Bride of Christ picked up the East Silver Caravan Award and the DOK Leipzig Award.

The DAE Talent Development Award was bestowed upon The Elf's Tower by Polina Kelm, and the Pitch the Doc Award was given to Plai. Path Through the Mountains by Eva Jishiashvili.

Here is the full list of Docudays award winners:

DOCU/WORLD Competition

Main Prize
The Earth Is Blue as an Orange [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Iryna Tsilyk
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]
- Iryna Tsilyk (Ukraine/Lithuania)
Special Mention
The Cause - Andres Figuered (Venezuela)

DOCU/UKRAINE Competition

Main Prize
The Earth Is Blue as an Orange - Iryna Tsilyk

Rights Now! Award
Midnight Traveler [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Hassan Fazili (USA/Qatar/Canada/UK)
Special Mentions
Buddha in Africa - Nicole Schafer (South Africa/Sweden)
War Note [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Roman Liubyi (Ukraine)

Teenage Jury Award
Immortal [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ksenia Okhapkina
film profile
]
- Ksenia Okhapkina (Estonia/Latvia)
Special Mention
Punks [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Maasja Ooms (Netherlands)

Current Time Award
Midnight Traveler - Hassan Fazili

Andriy Matrosov Award
War Note - Roman Liubyi

DOCU/SHORT Competition

Main Prize
Greykey - Enric Ribes (Spain)
Special Mention
Circulation - Oleksiy Radynski (Ukraine)

Audience Award
War Note - Roman Liubyi

Ukrainian Doc Preview

Ukrainian Film Institute Award
Salt from Bonneville - Simon Mozgovy (Ukraine/Poland/Georgia)

Current Time Award
Iron Butterflies - Roman Liubyi (Ukraine)

East Silver Caravan Award
Diary of a Bride of Christ - Marta Smerechynska (Ukraine)

DAE Talent Development Award
The Elf's Tower - Polina Kelm (Poland/Ukraine)

DOK Leipzig Award
Diary of a Bride of Christ - Marta Smerechynska (Ukraine)

Pitch the Doc Award
Plai. Path Through the Mountains - Eva Jishiashvili (Ukraine)

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