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Grand Jury Award
Supported by Broadcast & Screen International
Chosen from a selection of the best films in the programme, the Grand Jury Award will honour one film that best displays excellence in style, substance and approach to documentary filmmaking. 

Paul Mason

Journalist, Filmmaker
Paul is former Economics Editor at Channel 4 News and BBC Two's Newsnight. Recent work includes #ThisIsaCoup, Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere at Young Vic and PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future.

Anand Patwardhan
Anand is Indian documentary filmmaker. All his films, including War and Peace (2002) and Jai Bhim Comrade (2011), focus on potent socio-political and human rights issues.

Andrea Arnold
Andrea is a British filmmaker. She has directed Academy Award and Cannes Grand Jury Prize winning works. Her films include Wasp, Red RoadFish Tank and American Honey.

The films in this award category are: 

WINNER: City of Ghosts
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Ghost Hunting
The Work

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Art Doc Award
Celebrating new forms of documentary storytelling on the big screen the Art Award recognises bold, innovative non-fiction film.

Nico Marzano
Head of Film Programming at ICA London
Nico curates the Cinema and Film Programme at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (ICA), bringing a unique programme of independent and socially relevant films to UK audiences.

Renée Mussai
Curator and Head of Archive at Autograph ABP
Renée is a London-based curator and scholar of photography, with special interest in African, Black British and diasporic practices. She has worked with photographic arts charity Autograph ABP since 2001, where she is Curator and Head of Archive.

Sophia al Maria
Sophia is a Qatari-American artist, writer, and filmmaker. She studied Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo, and Aural and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The films in this award category are: 

Brimstone & Glory
WINNER: City of the Sun
Do Donkeys Act?
In Time to Come
My Mother is Pink


The Tim Hetherington Award 
Supported by Dogwoof
The award recognses a film and filmmaker which best reflects journalist Tim Hetherington’s legacy. The jury will be chaired by a representative of The Tim Hetherington Trust.

Joanna Natasegara
Founder and Producer at Violet Films
Joanna is an Academy Award-winning producer and Founder of UK based production company Violet Films.

Brenda Coughlin
Brenda is a producer of Academy Award-nominated Dirty Wars (2013) and of three of Laura Poitras’ recent projects: her new film Risk (PXX), Academy Award-winning CITIZENFOUR, and her exhibition Astro Noise.

Wendy Ide

Film Critic
Wendy is a film critic who writes for The Observer and Screen International, and previously wrote for The Times and The Sunday Herald. She programmed the short film strand for the London Film Festival for four years.

The films in this award category are: 

Even When I Fall
Insha'Allah Democracy
Mama Colonel
WINNER: Strong Island
Whose Streets?

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Environmental Award
Supported by Discovery
Environmental Award Supported by Discovery Awarded to the documentary that best addresses or raises awareness of the environmental challenges faced by the world, with the greatest impact.

Hajooj Kuka
Hajooj is a Sudanese filmmaker whose feature documentary, Beats of the Antonov, won the People’s Choice Documentary Award at Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Hajooj also trains young filmmakers across Sudan. 

James Sadri
Campaigner, Organiser
James is Co-Director of The Syria Campaign, a global advocacy group elevating the demands of civilians in the conflict. He has previously worked for Greenpeace, BBC and the UN. 

Liz Cook
Director of Documentary at Kickstarter
Liz is Director of Documentary at Kickstarter. Previously, she worked in India with composer A.R. Rahman, and in NYC for distributer SnagFilms. 

The films in this award category are: 

Chasing Coral
Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas
The Last Animals
WINNER: A River Below
Thank You For The Rain

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Illuminate Award
Supported by Wellcome Trust
The Illuminate Award celebrates vibrant and innovative filmmaking inspired by scientific understanding.

Simran Hans
Journalist, Programmer and Producer at Bechdel Test Fest
Simran is a writer for publications including BuzzFeed, Dazed, The FADER, The Guardian and Sight & Sound amongst others. She also produces and programmes the feminist screening series Bechdel Test Fest.

Chiara Marañón
Programming Director at MUBI
Chiara is the UK Programming Director at MUBI, a unique online cinema that offers a curated selection of classic, cult and festival films to a global audience.

Sophie Monks Kaufman
Sophie is a freelance film journalist and contributing editor of Little White Lies. I Do Not Sleep, her directorial debut, will emerge soon.

The films in this award category are: 

The Departure
The Third Option
WINNER: Unrest
Unseen Enemy
...When You Look Away



Short Doc Award
Supported by Virgin Money
This award celebrates the best short films in the Festival, made by emerging and established filmmakers from around the world.

Eloise King
Executive Producer at VICE and i-D & Amuse, Co-Founder of Women on Docs
Eloise is the UK Digital Programming Executive Producer at VICE & Global Executive Producer of i-D & Amuse, a producer/director, and Co-Founder of Women on Docs.

José Rodriguez
Director of Documentary Programs at Tribeca Film Institute
José is Director of Documentary Programs at Tribeca Film Institute where he oversees the growth and funding for all documentary funds, and holds filmmaker workshops throughout Latin America.

Mustafa Khalili
Filmmaker, Deputy Global Head of Video and Audio at The Guardian
Mustafa is a multi-award-winning filmmaker and Deputy Global Head of Video and Audio at The Guardian, overseeing multimedia news coverage.

The films in this award category are: 

The Fish
WINNER: The Rabbit Hunt
Raj and Rebellion
Waiting for Hassana
War Memorial

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New Talent
This award discovers and showcases the future of documentary film, celebrating emerging talent that presents the world through new eyes and embodies fresh perspective, brilliance and innovation.

Julia Nottingham
Head of Documentary at Pulse Films
Julia runs the feature documentary slate at Pulse Films. Recent credits include Trophy (PXX, Sundance US Doc Competition 2017), One More Time with Feeling (Venice Film Festival 2016), and Sundance Best Director Winner 2016 for All These Sleepless Nights.

Laure Bonville
Film Programmer at BFI London Film Festival
Laure is a film programmer at BFI London Film Festival where she oversees the documentary and non-fiction films and contributes to the French selection. 

Reggie Yates
Reggie is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and director who has established himself as an esteemed documentary maker for the BBC, with more quality programmes set to be filmed this year.

The films in this award category are: 

Antúnez House
WINNER: Artemio
Uriel and Jade
White Mountain
You Are Still Somebody's Someone


Youth Jury Award
Five of the UK’s most passionate and stand out documentary lovers come together at Doc/Fest to select a winner for the Youth Jury prize.

Alex Lancastle
Alex is a Film Production student and aspiring documentary cinematographer. He's shot documentaries, comedy shorts, commercials and was part of the 2016 Doc/Fest film crew.

Chris Middlehurst
Chris has a fascination with watching, making, writing and talking about films and documentaries. He previously worked at the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds.

Claudia Lee
Claudia is an avid film enthusiast and aspiring director and editor. She hopes to create films that capture the essence of the human experience.

Fatima Handulleh
Born and raised in Sweden, Fatima is a law student who's quickly grown to love the legal and political aspects of the documentary film industry.

Parmida Mahalli
Parmida studies Film and Television Production. Born in Iran and raised in Dubai, with a strong interest in women’s rights, she has made documentaries about women around the world.

The films in this award category are: 

WINNER: 69 Minutes of 86 Days
the bomb
Jaha's Promise
Rat Film
The Road Movie


Doc Audience Award Supported by Curzon Home Cinema
Voted for by the Sheffield Doc/Fest cinema audiences, this award recognises the film that receives the highest audience vote during the Festival. In memory of Dr Clifford Shaw.

WINNER: The Work

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