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Flahertiana announces the best documentaries of 2017

Today, on the 21st September of 2017, the IDFF Flahertiana announced the winners of its 17th edition. Prizes were awarded in 3 competitions: International, National and Student.

"First of all this festival was huge. All filmmakers of "Russian Flahertiana" came to present their films. This year we have an enormous amount of guests — 124 people! Together with our German colleagues for the first time we've held the international pitching. This is the direction we plan to really work on — to involve the best experts, buyers and producers. The main output of this festival is that now we totally understand the way of the development of the festival. Another direction of this development — educational — was discussed on the Perm Media Education Forum which was part of the festival. For the first time on this platform, the Ministry of Education of the region was present which is a very important and good sign. Regarding the number of viewers of this edition of Flahertiana, we have just started to summarize the scores but the total amount approaches 15 thousand", — comments Pavel Pechenkin, the President of "Flahertiana".

In his turn, the President of Perm State University, Vladimir Malanin, this year was awarded the nominal Nanook — traditional award of the festival — for his contribution to VUZ-Flahertiana project. "Several years ago Pavel brought me to the orbit of "Flahertiana" and ever since the whole university is orbiting around. "Flahertiana" have found the good audience here and we hope that for many years to follow PSU will become if not a home then a platform of future festivals", — notes Vladimir Malanin.

Right after the festival the project "Echo of Flahertiana" starts. The festival invites to cooperate various platforms all over the world to screen the best documentaries made in Flaherty's aesthetics and traditions. The first screenings will be held this weekend already in Premier Cinema Center. The "Echo of Flahertiana" is planned for the whole next year.


Special Award of the Jury and Flahertiana Organizing Committee for the Contribution of the Documentary Cinema

Michael Glawogger


International Competition

Big Golden Nanook — Grand Prix for the Best Film of the Festival

Calabria, Pierre-Francois Sauter, Switzeland

Silver Nanook — Award for the Best Artistic Solution

Zona Franca, Georgi Lazarevski, Chili, France

Silver Nanook — Award for the Discovery of New Subjects and New Heroes

The Grown Ups, Maite Alberdi, Chile, The Netherlands, France

Special Jury Mention for Complicated and Complex Characters’ Images Created by the Author

Communion, Anna Zamecka, Poland

Special Jury Mention for Vivid Metaphorical Portrayal of Palestine-Israel Conflict Tragedy

Waiting for Giraffes, Marco de Stefanis, The Netherland

Audience Award

The Competition, Evgeny Khovaev, Russia


National Competition “Russian Flahertiana”

Small Golden Nanook — Award for the Best Film of National Competition

In the Eye of the Storm, Elizaveta Kozlova, Russia

Special Jury Mention

The Last Waltz, Julia Bobkova, Russia

Special Jury Mention

Rural Projectionist, Alersandr Kalashnikov, Russia

Kompanion Publishing House Prize

Incence-Navigator, Aleksandr Kuprin, Russia


Student Competition

Award for the Best Student Film

Property of the Republic, Anna Kuznetsova, Russia

Special Jury Mention

Beauty, Kristina Kuzhakhmetova, Russia

Special Jury Mention

Sister, Anastasia Kuzyakova, Russia

Festagent Special Prize

Property of the Republic, Anna Kuznetsova, Russia