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ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival
ZagrebDox 2008 logo.png
ZagrebDox 2008 masthead
Location Zagreb, Croatia
Founded 2005
Awards Veliki pečat
Mali pečat
Number of films 145
Language International

ZagrebDox is an international documentary film festival established in 2005 and held annually in Zagreb, Croatia.

It is the biggest festival of its kind in South East Europe and its goals are to showcase documentary films from the region as well as to provide a meeting place for authors from all over the world, to offer quality documentary features to local audiences and to help promote documentary film as one of the basic film genres. Apart from screenings, the festival usually organizes workshops, presentations and pitching forums designed to help aspiring film authors in developing their projects. In addition to the official competition program (which is divided into a regional and an international category), the festival often features retrospectives of well-known authors and various national cinemas.

The festival is organized by a Zagreb-based film production company called Factum, and is usually held in February . The 2008 edition featured 140 films from 30 countries and attracted an audience of around 20,000 people.


Prizes are awarded in the following categories:

  • The Veliki pečat (Big Stamp) international award for best film in international competition, as voted by jury
  • The Veliki pečat regional award for best film in regional competition, as voted by a jury
  • The Mali pečat (Small Stamp) award for best film made by authors who are under 35 years of age, as voted by jury
  • The T-Com Audience Award for best film overall, as voted by audiences

Award winners[edit]

International competition[edit]

Year English title Original title Director(s) Country
2005 The 3 Rooms of Melancholia Melancholian 3 huonetta Pirjo Honkasalo  Finland
2006 Before Flying Back to Earth Prieš parskrendant į žemę Arūnas Matelis  Lithuania
2007 Civil Status Grajdanskoe sostoianie Alina Rudnitskaya  Russia
2008 War/Dance N/A Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine  United States
2009 Lady Kul El Arab Ebtisam Mara’ana  Israel
2010 Petition Zhao Liang  China
2011 Position Among the Stars Stand van de Sterren Leonard Retel Helmrich  Netherlands
2012 Returns Powroty Krzysztof Kadlubowski  Poland
2013 Kudzu Vine N/A Josh Gibson  United States
2014 The Last Station La Última Estación Cristian Soto and Catalina Vergara  Chile

Regional competition[edit]

Year English title Original title Director(s) Country
2005 Images from the Corner Slike s ugla Jasmila Žbanić Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina
2006 Totally Personal Sasvim lično Nedžad Begović Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina
2007 Europe Next Door Evropa preko plota Želimir Žilnik  Serbia
2008 Weddings and Diapers Darsmat dhe pampersat Casey Cooper Johnson, and
Antoneta Kastrati Cooper Johnson
 United States
2009 The Caviar Connection Kavijar konekšn Dragan Nikolić  Serbia
2010 N/A Totò Peter Schreiner  Austria
2011 Trials, Tribulations and Sustainable Growth of a Cock Život, priključenija i održivi razvoj jednog kokota Vladimir Perović  Montenegro
2012 A Day on the Drina Jedan dan na Drini Ines Tanović Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina
2013 Tzvetanka Youlian Tabakov  Bulgaria
2014 Sacro GRA Gianfranco Rosi  Italy

Best Young Director[edit]

Year English title Original title Director(s) Country
2005 Life in Peace Mirnaya zhizn Antoine Cattin and Pavel Kostomarov  Switzerland
2006 The Angelmakers N/A Astrid Bussink  Netherlands
2007 Grandmothers of Revolution Babice revolucije Petra Seliškar  Slovenia
2008 Audience of One N/A Michael Jacobs  United States
2009 On the Way to School Orhan Eskikoy and Ozgür Dogan  Turkey
2010 Chasm Otchłań Wojciech Kasperski  Poland
2011 Charcoal Burners Smolarze Piotr Zlotorowicz  Poland
2012 The Will Testamentet Christian Sønderby Jepsen  Denmark
2013 Turn Off the Lights Ivana Mladenović  Romania
2014 The Special Need Carlo Zoratti  Italy

Audience Award[edit]

Year Film Director
Direkt (40) Without Dad
(Direkt (40) Bez tate)
Children of the Decree
(Das Experiment 770 - Gebären auf Befehl)
Croatia Nebojša Slijepčević

Romania Florin Iepan
wasn't awarded
Blue Blood
United Kingdom Stevan Riley
All White in Barking
United Kingdom Marc Isaacs
The English Surgeon
Australia Geoffrey Smith
People from the Milky Way
(Ljudi s mliječnog puta)
The Destiny of Line 13
(Sudbina broja 13)
Croatia Miroslav Mikuljan

Croatia Irena Škorić
Waste Land
United Kingdom Lucy Walker
Family Meals
(Nije ti život pjesma Havaja)
Croatia Dana Budisavljević
Gangster of Love
(Gangster te voli)
Croatia Nebojša Slijepčević
Dear Lastan!
(Dragi Lastane)
Croatia Irena Škorić

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

(The Lifetime Achievement Award (Počasni pečat) was introduced at the 2009 edition, for outstanding contribution to documentary filmmaking)

Special awards[edit]

Apart from the regular categories, the festival sometimes awards special prizes, often related to themes of a particular festival edition.

Year Award Film Director
Best film in the
Sports and Music theme program
The Human Hambone
United States Mark Morgan
International Critics' Jury Award
The Devil Came on Horseback
Audience of One
United States Ricki Stern &
United States Anne Sundberg

United States Michael Jacobs
Amnesty International Award
All White in Barking
United Kingdom Marc Isaacs
Movies That Matter Award
Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country
(Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land)
Denmark Anders Østergaard
Movies That Matter Award
The Tinniest Place
Mexico Tatiana Huezo
Movies That Matter Award
The Act of Killing
Denmark Joshua Oppenheimer
Movies That Matter Award
Russia Vitaly Mansky

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