Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

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Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
Location Yamagata, Japan
Founded 1989
Number of films 238
Language International
http://www.yidff.jp/home-e.html

The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival is a documentary film festival held biennially in Yamagata, Japan.

It was first held in October 1989, which makes it one of the longest running documentary film festivals in the world and the most distinguished such festival in Asia. Its emphasis is on showcasing best achievements in documentary filmmaking, as well as promoting and popularizing the genre and documentary filmmaking in the region.

The festival was most recently held in October 2007. 1,633 films from 109 countries were submitted, with 238 films screened as part of the international and regional competitions. The festival attracted an audience of around 23,000 people.[1] Since 2001, the competition includes films shot in DV. In 1991, a Young Asian Talents section was established.[2]

Awards[edit]

A number of prizes are awarded at the festival, including:

  • For films in the international competition:
    • Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize (The Grand Prize)
    • Mayor's Prize (Prize of Excellence)
    • Special Jury Prize
    • Runner-up Prize
  • For films in the regional competition:
  • Overall:
    • Citizens' Prize, voted for by the festival audiences

Award winners[edit]

1989 YIDFF[edit]

The first festival edition was held 10–15 October 1989. Along with the competition screenings, the festival hosted a retrospective of films by Robert and Frances Flaherty and a comprehensive screening of Japanese documentaries from the first half of the 20th century. In total, 80 films were seen by an audience of around 12,000.

Award Film Director
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
(The Grand Prize)
The Crossroad Street
(Skersiela)
Soviet Union Ivars Seleckis
Mayor's Prize
(Award of Excellence)
Route One USA
France Robert Kramer
Runner-up Prize
The Eye above the Well
(Het Oog boven de put)
Nobody Listened
(Nadie escuchaba)
Weapons of the Spirit
(Les Armes de l'esprit)
Netherlands Johan van der Keuken

Spain Jorge Ulla, &
Spain Néstor Almendros
France Pierre Sauvage

Special Jury Prize
Time Has No Name
(Tiden har inget namn)
Sweden Stefan Jarl
Encouragement Prize
Over the Threshold
United Kingdom Christine Lloyd-Fitt, &
Japan Yoshi Tezuka
Citizens' Prize
Weapons of the Spirit
(Les Armes de l'esprit)
France Pierre Sauvage

1991 YIDFF[edit]

The second festival edition was held 7–13 October 1991. Along with the competition screenings, the festival hosted a program devoted solely to Asian films, as well as a selection of Japanese films from the post-WWII period. In total, 153 films were shown, which attracted an audience of around 14,000.

Award Film Director
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
(The Grand Prize)
Stubborn Dreams
Hungary Béla Szobolits
Mayor's Prize
(Award of Excellence)
Locked-Up Time
(Ha-Behirah V'Hagoral)
Germany Sibylle Schönemann
Runner-up Prize
American Dream
OnceThere Were Seven Simeons
(Reiz dzivoja septini Simeoni)
United States Barbara Kopple
Soviet Union Herz Frank, &
Soviet Union Vladimir Eisner
Special Jury Prize
Canticle of the Stones
(Le Cantique des pierres)
State of Palestine Michel Khleifi
Encouragement Prize
Children of Mini-Japan
(Kutty Japanin Kuzhandaigal)
India Chalam Bennurkar
Citizens' Prize
Children of Mini-Japan
(Kutty Japanin Kuzhandaigal)
India Chalam Bennurkar

1993 YIDFF[edit]

The third festival edition was held 5–11 October 1993. Along with the competition screenings, the festival hosted a selection of Asian films, as well as a selection of films focusing on native peoples from North and South America, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The Shinsuke Ogawa Award for most promising Asian film director in the New Asian Currents program was introduced. In total, 139 films were shown. As an illustrative example, one of the official selections, Le pays des sourds (In the Land of the Deaf) focused primarily on Deaf communities in France; but the documentary also featured a brief segment identifying commonalities in French Sign Language and Japanese Sign Language. The event attracted an audience of around 20,000 people.

Award Film Director
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
(The Grand Prize)
Black Harvest
Australia Robin Anderson
Australia Bob Connolly
Mayor's Prize
(Award of Excellence)
Zoo
United States Frederick Wiseman
Runner-up Prize
Living on the River Agano
(Agano ni ikiru)
Loss Is to Be Expected
(Mit Verlust ist zu rechnen)
Japan Makoto Satō

Austria Ulrich Seidl

Special Jury Prize
Elegy from Russia
(Le Cantique des pierres)
Russia Aleksandr Sokurov
Shinsuke Ogawa Award
My Time with the Red Guards
China Wu Wenguang
Citizens' Prize
In the Name of God
(Raam Ke Naam)
India Anand Patwardhan

1995 YIDFF[edit]

The fourth festival edition was held 3–9 October 1995. Along with the competition screenings, the festival hosted a retrospective of films from the early days of cinema in honor of the Lumière brothers' cinematograph centennial. In total, 278 films were shown, which attracted an audience of around 21,000 people.

Award Film Director
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
(The Grand Prize)
Choice and Destiny
(Ha-Behirah V'Hagoral)
Israel Tsipi Reibenbach
Mayor's Prize
(Award of Excellence)
Metal and Melancholy
(Metaal en melancholie)
Netherlands Heddy Honigmann
Runner-up Prize
Screenplay: The Times
(Drehbuch - Die Zeiten)
Picture of Light
Germany Barbara Junge, &
Germany Winfried Junge
Canada Peter Mettler
Special Jury Prize
Father, Son, and Holy War
(Pitra, Putra Aur Dharamyuddha)
India Anand Patwardhan
Shinsuke Ogawa Award
The Murmuring
(Najeun moksori)
South Korea Byun Young-Joo
Citizens' Prize
Screenplay: The Times
(Drehbuch - Die Zeiten)
Germany Barbara Junge, &
Germany Winfried Junge
FIPRESCI Award
The Square
(Guang Chang)
Last Farewell USSR
China Duan Jinchuan, &
China Zhang Yuan
Ukraine Oleksandr Rodnyansky
FIPRESCI
Special Mention
Embracing
(Ni tsutsumarete)
Japan Naomi Kawase
We Love Cinema Award
Last Farewell USSR
Scenes of Violence
(Katatsumori)
Ukraine Oleksandr Rodnyansky
Japan Naomi Kawase

1997 YIDFF[edit]

The fifth festival edition was held 6–13 October 1997. In all competitions and programs 187 films were shown, and attendance was around 23,000.

Award Film Director
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
(The Grand Prize)
Fragments: Jerusalem
(Shivrei T'munot Yerushalayim)
Israel Ron Havilio
Mayor's Prize
(Award of Excellence)
Africa, How Are You with Pain?
(Afriques: Comment ça va avec la douleur?)
France Raymond Depardon
Runner-up Prize
Paper Heads
(Papierove hlavy)
Tu as crié: Let me go
Slovakia Dušan Hanák

Canada Anne Claire Poirier

Special Jury Prize
La Comédie-Française
ou l'amour joué?
United States Frederick Wiseman
Shinsuke Ogawa Award
Out of Phoenix Bridge
(Hui dao feng huang qiao)
China Li Hong
Citizens' Prize
Private Wars
Philippines Nick Deocampo
FIPRESCI Award
Homesick Eyes
(Wang hsiang)
Taiwan Hsu Hsiao-ming
FIPRESCI
Special Mention
London Brief
United States Jon Jost
We Love Cinema Award
Out of Phoenix Bridge
(Hui dao feng huang qiao)
Neon Goddesses
China Li Hong

Hong Kong Yu Lik-wai

1999 YIDFF[edit]

The sixth festival edition was held 19–25 October 1999. Apart from the usual international and regional competition programs, a retrospective of films by Joris Ivens was shown. In total 188 films were shown, and attendance was around 20,000.

Award Film Director
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
(The Grand Prize)
Images of the Absence
(Buenos Aires, meine Geschichte)
Germany German Kral
Mayor's Prize
(Award of Excellence)
Belfast, Maine
United States Frederick Wiseman
Runner-up Prize
Sweep It Up, Swig It Down
(Kehrein, kehraus)
Happy Birthday, Mr. Mograbi
(Yom Huledet Same'ach Mar Mograbi)
Germany Gerd Kroske

Israel Avi Mograbi

Special Jury Prize
The Underground Orchestra
(Het Ondergrondse orkest)
Netherlands Heddy Honigmann
Shinsuke Ogawa Award
Swimming on the Highway
(Hui dao feng huang qiao)
Taiwan Wu Yao-tung
Citizens' Prize
Living Amongst Lions
(Leve blant løver)
Norway Sigve Endresen
FIPRESCI Award
Divorce Iranian Style
United Kingdom Kim Longinotto
Iran Ziba Mir-Hosseini
FIPRESCI
Special Mention
The New God
(Atarashî kamisama)
Japan Yutaka Tsuchiya
NETPAC Award
Shiro the White
Japan Katsuyuki Hirano
NETPAC
Special Mention
Annyong-Kimchi
I Love (080)
Japan Tetsuaki Matsue
Taiwan Yang Li-chou

2001 YIDFF[edit]

The seventh festival edition was held 3–9 October 2001. Apart from the usual international and regional competition programs, retrospectives of films by Robert Kramer and Fumio Kamei were shown. In total 183 films were shown, and attendance was around 18,000.

Award Film Director
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
(The Grand Prize)
The Land of the Wandering Souls
(La Terre des âmes errantes)
Cambodia Rithy Panh
Mayor's Prize
(Award of Excellence)
In Vanda’s Room
(No Quarto da Vanda)
Portugal Pedro Costa
Runner-up Prize
Mysterious Object at Noon
(Dokfa nai meuman)
6 Easy Pieces
Thailand Apichatpong Weerasethakul

United States Jon Jost

Special Jury Prize
A2
Japan Tatsuya Mori
Shinsuke Ogawa Award
Soshin: In Your Dreams
Australia Melissa Kyu-Jung Lee
Citizens' Prize
A2
Japan Tatsuya Mori
FIPRESCI Award
In Vanda’s Room
(No Quarto da Vanda)
My Friend Su
Portugal Pedro Costa

India Neeraj Bhasin

NETPAC Award
My Migrant Soul
Bangladesh Yasmine Kabir
NETPAC
Special Mention
Pansy & Ivy
Mysterious Object at Noon
(Dokfa nai meuman)
South Korea Kye Un-kyoung
Thailand Apichatpong Weerasethakul

2003 YIDFF[edit]

The eighth festival edition was held 10–16 October 2003. In total 177 films were shown, and attendance was around 19,000.

Award Film Director
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
(The Grand Prize)
Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
China Wang Bing
Mayor's Prize
(Award of Excellence)
Stevie
United States Steve James
Runner-up Prize
Gift of Life
S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine
(S-21, la machine de mort Khmère rouge)
Taiwan Wu Yii-feng
Cambodia Rithy Panh
Special Jury Prize
Purity
(Tehora)
Israel Anat Zuria
Shinsuke Ogawa Award
Wellspring
China Qing Sha
Citizens' Prize
Purity
(Tehora)
Israel Anat Zuria
FIPRESCI Award
Three-Five People
China Li Lin
FIPRESCI Award
Special Mention
A Short Journey
Thailand Tanon Sattarujawong

2005 YIDFF[edit]

The ninth festival edition was held 7–13 October 2005. Apart from the usual regional and international competition programs, the festival screened a selection of films about Zainichi Koreans, as well as screenings of personal documentaries in collaboration with Visions du réel. In total 145 films were shown, and attendance was around 20,000.

Award Film Director
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
(The Grand Prize)
Before the Flood
(Yan mo)
China Yifan Li
China Yu Yan
Mayor's Prize
(Award of Excellence)
Route 181: Fragments of a
Journey in Palestine-Israel
State of Palestine Michel Khleifi
Israel Eyal Sivan
Runner-up Prize
Foreland
(Voorland)
About a Farm
(Hiljainen tila)
Netherlands Albert Elings, Eugenie Jansen

Finland Mervi Junkkonen

Special Jury Prize
Darwin's Nightmare
Austria Hubert Sauper
Shinsuke Ogawa Award
The Cheese and the Worms
(Chizu to ujimushi)
Japan Haruyo Kato
Citizens' Prize
In the Shadow of the Palms
Australia Wayne Coles-Janess
FIPRESCI Award
The Cheese and the Worms
(Chizu to ujimushi)
Japan Haruyo Kato
Community Cinema Award
Darwin's Nightmare
Austria Hubert Sauper

2007 YIDFF[edit]

The tenth festival edition was held 4–11 October 2007. Apart from the usual regional and international competition programs, the festival also screened a program devoted to German documentaries focused on German history. In total 238 films were shown, and attendance was around 23,000.

Award Film Director
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
(The Grand Prize)
Fengming, a Chinese Memoir
(He Fengming)
China Wang Bing
Mayor's Prize
(Award of Excellence)
Encounters
(Encontros)
France Pierre-Marie Goulet
Runner-up Prize
Potosi: The Journey
(Potosi, le temps du voyage)
M
Israel Ron Havilio

Argentina Nicolás Prividera

Special Jury Prize
Tarachime birth/mother
(Tarachime)
Japan Naomi Kawase
Shinsuke Ogawa Award
Bingai
China Feng Yan
Citizens' Prize
Mr. Pilipenko and His Submarine
(Herr Pilipenko und sein U-Boot)
Back Drop Kurdistan
Germany René Harder, &
Germany Jan Hinrik Drevs
Japan Masaru Nomoto
Community Cinema Award
Bingai
China Feng Yan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "YIDFF 2007 Information". Yamagata IDFF. 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  2. ^ Lamant, Ludovic. "Words from a festival programmer". Cahiers du cinéma (Cannes). Special Issue (May 2008): p. 20. ISSN 0008-011X. 

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