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DOCAVIV 2020

Docaviv reveals its full line-up

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- Taking place online and at drive-ins from 3 to 12 September, the 22nd edition of Israel's biggest documentary festival will include a new competition strand and an award fund of €84,700

Docaviv reveals its full line-up
Once Upon a Time In Venezuela by Anabel Rodríguez Ríos (© TamTam Films)

The Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival Docaviv, set to take place 3-12 September in a hybrid form, combining online and drive-in screenings, has revealed its full programme, after announcing the Israeli Competition line-up back in June (read the news).

The International Competition includes 11 films: Radu Ciorniciuc's Acasă – My Home [+see also:
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(Romania/Finland/Germany), Alexander Nanau's Collective [+see also:
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(Romania/Luxembourg), Teboho Edkins' Days of Cannibalism [+see also:
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(France/South Africa/Netherlands), Valentina Pedicini's Faith [+see also:
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(Italy), Natalija Yefimkina's Garage People [+see also:
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(Germany), Laura Herrero Garvin's La Mami [+see also:
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(Mexico/Spain), Maite Alberdi's The Mole Agent [+see also:
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(Chile/USA/Germany/Netherlands/Spain), Anabel Rodríguez Ríos' Once Upon a Time in Venezuela [+see also:
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(Venezuela/UK/Brazil/Austria), Benjamin Ree's The Painter and the Thief [+see also:
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(Norway), Paloma Sermon-Daï's Petit Samedi [+see also:
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(Belgium) and Bill Ross and Turner Ross' Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (USA).

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“Curated over many months, this selection is not a compromise," says Docaviv's artistic director Karin Rywkind Segal. "Despite the difficulties brought on by the times, the festival will move forward with a rich, up-to-date program, providing viewers with an opportunity to explore, understand, and experience the world of contemporary documentary cinema and the diverse stories it tells. This year's special circumstances will make the festival accessible to new audiences from all over the country, advancing Docaviv's mission to present documentary cinema in Israel's periphery as well. The transition to an online platform is also an opportunity to increase the number of international guests and to broaden the dialogue between international film professionals and Israeli filmmakers.”

In addition to its International, Israeli and Depth of Field competitions, Docaviv is introducing a new competitive category, Beyond the Screen, which features both Israeli and international films whose directors or subjects work to change our social reality. Taken from across the festival's traditional sections Panorama, Arts & Culture and Music, the ten films include hits such as Feras Fayyad's The Cave [+see also:
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, Maasja Ooms's Punks [+see also:
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, Alyx Ayn Arumpac's Aswang [+see also:
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and Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman and Eli Despres' The Fight, as well as Noam Demsky and Ido Bahat's A Waste of Space (Israel), Sabine Herpich's Art Comes from the Beak the Way It Has Grown [+see also:
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(Germany), Shalini Kantayya's Coded Bias (USA/UK/China), Kamal Hachkar's In Your Eyes, I See My Country (Morocco), Mordechai Vardi's Marry Me However (Israel) and Sung-a Yoon's Overseas [+see also:
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(Belgium/France).

Together with the Beyond the Screen award, the festival will give out a total of around €84,700 of prize money split among the winners. The winners of the Israeli, International and Shorts competitions will automatically qualify for Oscar consideration.

The festival's industry section includes one-on-one sessions for participating filmmakers and top industry professionals from around the world; DocLabTLV, the festival's rough-cut workshop, in collaboration with The New Fund for Cinema and TV; the annual student pitching competition; and a distribution meetup held in collaboration with the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum.

The festival will open with the world premiere of Rockfour: The Time Machine by Gad Aisen, which screens in the Israeli Competition, on one of the country's most significant rock bands.

The full programme, including sidebar programmes Masters, Panorama, Music and Arts & Culture, as well as Shorts Competition, can be found here.

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