At the 10th edition of MakeDox, these are the five categories of awards:
- Onion- for the best film in the Main program
- Young Onion – for the best newcomer’s film
- Sliced Onion- for the best short film
- Onion Seed- for the best film in the Student film program
- Moral Approach Award for the best moral approach in a film
The awards were selected and determined by five commissions of 15 eminent foreign and local authors.
Onion Award – best film in the Main program
jury: Ann Georgette, Ineke Smiths, Victor Edde
Solo – Artemio Benki
This character-driven film manages to bring a multi-layered world to the screen. Through its unusual approach and hypnotic style, the filmmaker unfolds the turmoils of his main character. Solo is a daring and intimate portrait of a gifted musician who tries to get grips on his life, in a sensitive film about people we regard as ‘mad’.
Special mention (City of the dead – Miguel Eek)
This film shows different facets of death through an ensemble of ordinary people. The careful construction and precise cinematography of City of the dead successfully offers an alternative perspective to the one hero on a quest concept of many contemporary documentaries.
Young Onion Award – for the best newcomer’s film
jury: Vincent Deutre, Viola Stephan, Gjorche Stavreski
First, The Young Onion Award Jury on the 10th edition of Makedox Festival wanted to underline the high quality and diversity of our Newcomers selection. It made our choices difficult and exciting. So, we would like to thank all the MakeDox crew for these beautiful moments of cinema in Skopje. Exceptionally, we have decided to give 2 awards.
Honeyland (Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska)
For the beauty and strength of the images, the generosity of its look on an unknown and harsh reality, for the poetry of its visual approach, we decided to give an award to the magnificent HONEYLAND by LJUBOMIR STEFANOV and TAMARA KOTEVSKA.
Woman with the radio…
Gods of Molenbeek (Reeta Huhtanen)
For the intelligence of the cinematographic choices, the way this film allows us to see the big problems of contemporary Europe through the eye of childhood, without any irony or phony distance, for the elegance of the images and the tenderness of the director facing the question of religious communities and globalization, The Young Onion Award Jury on the 10th edition of Makedox Festival also gives an award to the GODS OF MOLENBEEK by REETTA HUHTANEN.
Sliced Onion – for the best short film
jury: Ondrej Kamenicky, Martin Ivanov, Anca Paunescu
Our Song to War – Juanita Rodriguez Onzaga
The Sliced Onion Award for the best short film goes to Our Song to War, a unique cinematic experience in which life and death meet in a magical reconciliatory act.
Onion Seed Award – for the best student film
jury: Jasmin Basic, Martina Valentina Baumgartner, Illeana Stanculescu
La Bestia- Train of the Unknowns – Manuel Inacker
“This is not another documentary about migration: it’s a strong cinematic proposal showing a deep social and political commitment with sincere respect for its protagonists – young people with high hopes. Showing a deep social and political commitment.
The Award for Best Student film goes to “LA BESTIA – TRAIN OF THE UNKNOWNS” by Manuel Inacker
Special mention ( Hey, bro!- Aleksandar Elkan)
We felt the urge to give a special mention
“The form of this film impressively embodies its content. The director proposes his immersive experience to the audience, grabbing us with its rhythm and energy.
The Special Jury Mention goes to: “HEY, BRO!” by Aleksandr Elkan
Best Moral Approach Award
jury: Vivan Storlund, Risto Solunchev, John Parish
The Gods of Molenbeek – Reeta Huhtanen
In considering the moral approach of the film we wanted to take into account the relationship between the filmmaker and the protagonists. In The Gods Of Molenbeek, the children were never patronized or steered by the camera. Everything was shot from their point of view, technically by keeping the camera at the children’s eye level, and emotionally by making their priorities the film’s priorities. The young protagonists from different cultures were able to rough and tumble while simultaneously testing each other’s philosophies and beliefs without prejudice, and we were allowed to share their youthful optimism and openness.