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CPH:DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Festival)
Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Founded 2003
No. of films 200
Website www.cphdox.dk

CPH:DOX is the official name for the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, an international documentary film festival established in 2003 and held annually in Copenhagen, Denmark. CPH:DOX has since grown to become one of the largest documentary film festivals in Europe with 97.500 admissions in 2017.[1]

CPH:DOX is devoted to supporting independent and innovative film and to present contemporary non-fiction, art cinema and experimental film. The festival has been recognized for its sharp and daring programme profile with a special focus on exploring the hybrid field between documentary practice and various type of staging - sometimes to controversial effect, as when Harmony Korine won the CPH:DOX Award in 2009 for his film Trash Humpers.

Besides its seven international competitions, the festival presents parallel curated and guest curated sections. In recent years, artists and filmmakers such as Anohni, Harmony Korine, Animal Collective, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Ben Rivers & Ben Russell, Ai Weiwei, The Yes Men, Olafur Eliasson and Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis have curated film programmes exclusively for CPH:DOX. Parallel to this the festival has been presenting retrospective programmes with among others Phillippe Grandrieux, Nathalie Djurberg, Vincent Moon, Charles Atlas, and James Benning & Sadie Benning, as well as installations and exhibitions film and video artists, among them Michelangelo Frammartino, Keren Cytter and Charles Atlas.

The festival also hosts seminars, debates and events as well as the curated concert series AUDIO:VISUALS, where bands and artists such as Animal Collective, The Knife, John Maus, Nan Goldin & Genesis P-Orridge, Patti Smith, Beach House have been performing to original work created for the occasion by visual artists.

CPH:DOX also presents a number of other initiatives parallel to the festival itself. The industry platform CPH:FORUM, with the attached CPH:MARKET for buyers and programmers, is a financing and co-production forum as well as a networking facility which takes place for three days during the festival. In 2011, the related ART:FILM branch was launched with the aim to facilitate the development and actual production of artists' films in the feature length format.

In 2009, the festival launched the international talent development and film production workshop CPH:LAB (formerly known as DOX:LAB) where around 20 filmmakers are invited each year to develop and direct a film in teams of two. CPH:LAB has been a great success with films premiering and winning prizes at film festivals such as Venice, the Berlinale, Rotterdam, and elsewhere.

Following the 2015 edition of CPH:DOX, the festival announced that it will change its dates from November to March, and the first of the new spring editions of the festival was held from March 16-26, 2017, with Kunsthal Charlottenborg as the new festival center. The next edition of CPH:DOX will be held from March 15 - 25, 2018. [2]

Awards[edit]

Juries hand out prizes in seven international competition programmes:

  • The CPH:DOX Award for international documentary features.
  • The NEW:VISION Award for experimental and artists' film.
  • The F:ACT Award for films in the field between investigative journalism and documentary.
  • The NORDIC:DOX Award for Nordic documentaries and artists' films.
  • The NEXT:WAVE Award for emerging filmmakers and artists.
  • The Politiken Audience Award awarded by the audience.
  • The Doc Alliance Award is handed out in collaboration between CPH:DOX and six other European documentary film festivals to one of the seven films nominated by the participating festivals.

Award winners[edit]

(Award winners highlighted in light yellow.)

2003 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
The Damned and the Sacred
(Dans, Grozny dans)
Netherlands Jos de Putter
CPH:DOX Award
Special Mention
Screaming Men
(Huutajat - Screaming Men)
Finland Mika Ronkainen
Amnesty Award
Bus 174
(Ônibus 174)
Brazil José Padilha
Amnesty:Award
Special Mention
Cuban Rafters
(Balseros)
Spain Carlos Bosch &
Spain Josep Maria Domènech

2004 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
Darwin's Nightmare
The 3 Rooms of Melancholia
(Melancholian 3 huonetta)
Austria Hubert Sauper
Finland Pirjo Honkasalo

Amnesty:Award
Justice
(Justiça)
Brazil Maria Ramos
Amnesty:Award
Special Mention
Disbelief
(Nedoverie)
Russia Andrei Nekrasov
New:Vision Award
I Love You All
(Aus Liebe zum Volk)
France Audrey Maurion &
Israel Eyal Sivan
New:Vision Award
Special Mention
Max by Chance
(Rejsen på ophavet)
Gunnar Goes Comfortable
Denmark Max Kestner

Norway Gunnar Hall Jensen

2005 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
Workingman's Death
The White Diamond
Austria Michael Glawogger
Germany Werner Herzog
CPH:DOX Award
Special Mention
Odessa... Odessa!
IsraelFrance Michale Boganim
Amnesty:Award
Viva Zapatero!
Italy Sabina Guzzanti
Amnesty:Award
Special Mention
Shake Hands with the Devil:
The Journey of Roméo Dallaire
Canada Peter Raymont
New:Vision Award
Trains of Winnipeg: 14 Film Poems
Canada Clive Holden
New:Vision Award
Special Mention
Cultural Quarter
United Kingdom Mike Stubbs

2006 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
Black Sun
United Kingdom Gary Tarn
CPH:DOX Award
Special Mention
The Monastery:
Mr. Vig and the Nun
Denmark Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Amnesty:Award
The Prize of the Pole
Denmark Staffan Julén
Amnesty:Award
Special Mention
Voices of Bam
(Stemmen van Bam)
Maquilapolis - City of Factories
(Maquilápolis)
Netherlands Maasja Ooms &
Netherlands Aliona van der Horst
Mexico Vicky Funari &
Mexico Sergio de la Torre
New:Vision Award
(short)
Eine Million Kredit ist normal
sagt mein Grossvater
Austria Gabriele Mathes
New:Vision Award
(long)
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait
(Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle)
Tarachime birth/mother
(Tarachime)
Scotland Douglas Gordon &
France Philippe Parreno
Japan Naomi Kawase

Sound & Vision Award
Dave Chappelle's Block Party
France Michel Gondry

2007 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
Santa Fe Street
(Calle Santa Fe)
Chile Carmen Castillo
CPH:DOX Award
Special Mention
Vesterbro
Denmark Michael Noer
Amnesty:Award
No End in Sight
United States Charles Ferguson
Amnesty:Award
Special Mention
The Not Dead
Umbrella
(San)
United Kingdom Brian Hill
China Du Haibin

New:Vision Award
(short)
France 2007
France Gee-Jung Jun
New:Vision Award
(long)
Dust
(Staub)
A Crime Against Art
Germany Hartmut Bitomsky

Germany Hila Peleg
Sound & Vision Award
Joy Division
United Kingdom Grant Gee
Sound & Vision Award
Special Mention
Pilgrimage from Scattered Points
United Kingdom Luke Fowler

2008 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
Burma VJ
Denmark Anders Østergaard
CPH:DOX Award
Special Mention
Maggie in Wonderland
Sweden Mark Hammersberg, Ester Martin Bergsmark and Beatrice Maggie Andersson
Amnesty:Award
Burma VJ
Denmark Anders Østergaard
Amnesty:Award
Special Mention
Dynamiters, Assassins, Fiends.
United Kingdom Joseph Bullman
New:Vision Award
The Feature
United States Michel Auder, Andrew Neel
New:Vision Award
Special Mention
Morakot
Thailand Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Sound & Vision Award
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
United States Sacha Gervasi
Sound & Vision Award
Special Mention
Gogol Bordello Non-Stop
United States Margarita Jimeno

2009 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
Trash Humpers
United States Harmony Korine
DOX Award
Special Mention
Mr. Governor
Sweden Måns Månsson
Amnesty:Award
Presumed Guilty
Mexico Geoffrey Smith, Roberto Hernández
Amnesty:Award
Special Mention
Defamation
Israel Yoav Shamir
New:Vision Award
shared by: O'er The Land and Trypps 1-6
United States Deborah Stratment / Ben Russell
Sound & Vision Award
La Faute Des Fleurs
France Vincent Moon
Sound & Vision Award
Special Mention
The Delian Mode
Canada Kara Blake

2010 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
Le Quattro Volte
Italy Michelangelo Frammartino
CPH:DOX Award
Special Mention
The Autobiography of Nicolae Cweaucescu
Romania Andrei Ujica
Danish:Dox Award
shared by: The Naked of St. Petersburg and Empire North
Denmark Ada Bligaard Søby / Jakob Boeskov
Danish:Dox Award
Special Mention
Fini
Denmark Jacob Schulsinger
Amnesty:Award
Pink Saris
United Kingdom Kim Longinotto
New:Vision Award
In Free Fall
Germany Hito Steyerl
New:Vision Award
Special Mention
Out
Israel Roee Rosen
Sound & Vision Award
Separado
United Kingdom Dylan Goch, Gruff Rhys
Sound & Vision Award
Special Mention
Backyard
Iceland Árni Sveinsson
Short:Dox Award
Irma
MexicoUnited States Charles Fairbanks
Politiken Audience Award
Lost Inside a Dream – The Story of Dizzy Mizz Lizzy
Denmark Theis Molin

2011 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
Two Years at Sea
United Kingdom Ben Rivers
New:Vision Award
It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthen Our Resolve - Masao Adachi
France Philippe Grandrieux
Amnesty:Award
Crulic - The Path Beyond
Romania Anca Damian
Nordic:Dox Award
Imagining Emmanuel
Norway Thomas Østbye
Sound & Vision Award
Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Nielsdóttir
Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Orri Jónsson & Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
Politiken Audience Award
Pina
Germany Wim Wenders

2012 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
The Act of Killing
Denmark Joshua Oppenheimer
New:Vision Award
Leviathan
United States Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel
Nordic:Dox Award
Searching for Bill
Denmark Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Amnesty:Award
Tomorrow
Russia Andrey Gryazev
Sound & Vision Award
Beware of mr. Baker
United States Jay Bulger
Politiken Audience Award
A Normal Life
Denmark Mikala Krogh

2013 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
Bloody Beans
Algeria Narimane Mari
New:Vision Award
A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
France Ben Rivers & Ben Russell
New:Vision Award
Special Mention
Alexander
Poland Wilhelm Sasnal & Anka Sasnal
Nordic:Dox Award
After You
Sweden Marius Dybwad Brandrud
F:ACT Award
Dirty Wars
United Kingdom Richard Rowley
Politiken Audience Award
Everyday Rebellion
Austria Arash & Arman Riahi

2014 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
The Look of Silence
Denmark Joshua Oppenheimer
CPH:DOX Award
Special Mention
Democrats
Denmark Camilla Nilsson
New:Vision Award
The Dent
Egypt Basim Magdy
Nordic:Dox Award
Olmo & the Seagull
Denmark Lea Glob & Petra Costa
F:ACT Award
E-Team
United States Katy Chevigny & Ross Kauffman
Politiken Audience Award
Just Eat It - A Food Waste Story
Canada Grant Baldwin

2015 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
God Bless the Child
United States Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
CPH:DOX Award
Special Mention
Uncertain
United States Ewan McNicol & Anna Sandilands
New:Vision Award
The Digger
France Ali Cherri
New:Vision Award
Bending to Earth
Italy Rosa Barba
Nordic:Dox Award
Return of the Atom
Finland Mika Taanila & Jussi Eerola
Nordic:Dox Award
Special Mention
Time Passes
Norway Ane Hjort Guttu
F:ACT Award
Among the Believers
Pakistan Hemal Trivedi & Mohammed Ali Naqvi
F:ACT Award
Special Mention
(T)ERROR
United States Lyric R. Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe
Politiken Audience Award
The Fear of 13
United Kingdom David Sington

2017 CPH:DOX[edit]

Award Film Director
CPH:DOX Award
Last Men in Aleppo
Kingdom of Denmark Ferad Fayyas, co-directed by Steen Johannessen
CPH:DOX Award
Special Mention
Gray House
United States Austin Lynch & Matthew Booth
CPH:DOX Award
Special Mention
The John Dalli Mystery
Kingdom of Denmark Jeppe Rønde
New:Vision Award
Life Imitation
China Chen Zhou
New:Vision Award
Special Mention
The Lost Dreams of Naoki Hayakawa
Norway Ane Hjort Guttu & Daisuke Kosugi
Nordic:Dox Award
Land of the Free
Kingdom of Denmark Camilla Magid
Nordic:Dox Award
Special Mention
69 Minutes of 86 Days
Norway Egil Håskjold Larsen
F:ACT Award
Radio Kobani
Netherlands Reber Dosky
F:ACT Award
Special Mention
Trophy
United States Schaul Schwarz & Christina Clusiau
Next:Wave Award
1996 Lucy and the Corpses in the Pool
Argentina Marcos Migliavacca & Nahuel Lahora
Next:Wave Award
Special Mention
Phantom of Illumination
Thailand Wattanapume Laisuwanchai
Politiken Audience Award
City of Ghosts
United States Matthew Heineman

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