Magazine article Screen International

Marina Abromovi?: The Artist Is Present Wins Sheffield Special Jury Award

Magazine article Screen International

Marina Abromovi?: The Artist Is Present Wins Sheffield Special Jury Award

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Next year the festival will introduce a new award, The Tim Hetherington Award, presented by Dogwoof.

Matthew Akers' Marina Abromovic: The Artist Is Present has won the Special Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest, which closed yesterday.

The documentary, which won the Panorama Award at the Berlin Film Fetsival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in Sundance, beat off competition from amongst others Alison Kalyman's Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Sean McAllister's The Reluctant Revolutionary.

Jury spokesperson Carol Morley (Dreams Of A Life) said the film "becomes a performance in itself and blurs the boundaries beyond performance, filmmaking and art and questions ideas of authenticity that allow art to come alive whilst giving an insight into a world that is often closed. The jury considered it an intelligent and insightful portrait of a compelling, charismatic artist."

The Festival's Inspiration Award was given to British documentary filmmaker Penny Woolcock, who was attending the festival with two films - One Mile Away about British gangs and the specially commissioned From the Sea To the Land Beyond, produced by Sheffield Doc/Fest, which opened the festival.

The Sheffield Youth Jury Award was presented to Ross McElwee's Photographic Memory. …

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