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The Doc/Fest Awards recognise great films and great filmmakers. The 2018 nominated films explore some of the most poignant stories of our times, each through the unique lens of a bold and brave filmmaking. We have invited an exciting group of jurors who offer plural perspectives on the value of non-fiction film, from authors, to artists, musicians and critics.  

Grand Jury Award

Supported by Broadcast & Screen International 
The award honours films that best display excellence in style, substance and approach to documentary filmmaking.


Mark Cousins
Mark Cousins is an Irish-Scottish filmmaker and writer. His latest book is The Story of Looking. His new film is The Eyes of Orson Welles.

GAIKA’s uncompromising approach towards his music results in a myriad of themes and stories. This position within music, culture, fashion and society has cemented his place as one of music’s most prepossessing characters.

Liv Wynter
Liv Wynter is an artist, activist, writer and educator living and working in South London. She
recently resigned from the Tate, and is in grunge band Militant Girlfriend.

The films in this award category are:  

A Northern Soul, Sean McAllister
A Woman Captured, Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Hale County, This Morning This Evening, RaMell Ross
Of Fathers and Sons, Talal Derki
The Silence of Others, Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar
What is Democracy?, Astra Taylor

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Art Doc Award

Supported by MUBI
The award champions bold new creative forms of non-fiction cinema and artists’ film.


Erika Balsom
Erika Balsom is a scholar and critic based in London. She is the author of After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation and the co-editor of Documentary Across Disciplines.

Ashley Clark
Ashley Clark, senior programmer of cinema, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). From London, now working in New York, Ashley is a film programmer, writer and broadcaster. He was behind BFI Black Star, and wrote a book on Spike Lee’s Bamboozled.

Samson Kambalu
Malawi born Samson Kambalu is a London based artist and author. His work has featured at Venice, Liverpool and Dakar Biennials. He is an associate professor of fine art of Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. 

The films in this award category are: 

Black Mother, Khalik Allah
Music For When the Lights Go Out, Ismael Caneppele
Obscuro Barocco, Evangelia Kranioti
The Gospel of Eureka, Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher
The Task, Leigh Ledare
Turtle Rock, Xiao Xiao


The Tim Hetherington Award  

Supported by Dogwoof
The award recognises a film and filmmaker which best reflects journalist Tim Hetherington’s legacy.


Dorothy Byrne
Dorothy Byrne is the Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel Four Television. Programmes she has commissioned have won Emmy, BAFTA and RTS awards. She is a Fellow of The Royal Television Society and winner of the RTS award for her outstanding contribution to journalism as well as a BAFTA Scotland for outstanding contribution to broadcasting.

Ryan Gallagher
Ryan Gallagher is a U.K.-based investigative journalist whose work at The Intercept is focused on national security and civil liberties.

Lydia Ogwang
Lydia is a writer, senior editor at Cléo journal, and film industry professional based in Toronto, Canada. She has written for Cinema Scope, The Brooklyn Rail, TIFF, and Media Diversified.

The films in this award category are: 

Central Airport THF, Karim Aïnouz
Commander Arian, Alba Sotorra
Kinshasa Makambo, Dieudo Hamadi
Laila At The Bridge, Elissa Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei
On Her Shoulders, Alexandria Bombach
The Waldheim Waltz, Ruth Beckermann

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Environmental Award

The award honors films that best address or raise awareness of the environmental challenges faced by the world.


Keith Shiri
Keith Shiri is an international film curator and a Visiting Research Fellow for the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) University of Westminster.

Dawn Walton
Dawn Walton is Founder/Artistic Director of Eclipse - the UK's principal Black-led production company. Dawn has 21 years experience Directing Theatre Film and Radio.

Alissa Wilkinson
Alissa Wilkinson is's film critic and an associate professor of English and humanities at The King's College in New York City. She was a 2017-18 Art of Nonfiction Writing Fellow at the Sundance Institute.

The films in this award category are: 

A Journey to the Fumigated Towns, Fernando Solanas
Ex-Shaman, Luiz Bolognesi
Flow, Nicolás Molina
Into the Okavango, Neil Gelinas
When Lambs Become Lions, Jon Kasbe
Wild Relatives, Jumana Manna 


Illuminate Award

Supported by Wellcome
The award celebrates vibrant and innovative filmmaking exploring the human condition.


Sophie Fiennes
Sophie Fiennes’ films include The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow and Grace Jones - Bloodlight and Bami.

Alessandro Vincentelli
Alessandro Vincentelli is Curator of Exhibitions & Research at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. He previously worked as a Curator at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and at the Arts Council England. He initially trained in Social Anthropology before completing the Contemporary Curating Course at the Royal College of Art, London.

Jason Wood
Jason Wood is the Artistic Director of Film at HOME and Research Professor at Manchester School of Art and Visiting Professor at the University of Salford. The author of numerous books on cinema, including Nick Broomfield: Documenting Icons, he is also the co-director of the recent Always (crashing).

The films in this award category are: 

América, Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside
Ghosthunter, Ben Lawrence
The Dread, Pablo Aparo, Martín Benchimol
The Pain of Others, Penny Lane
Time Trial, Finlay Pretsell
Young Solitude, Claire Simon



Short Doc Award

Supported by Canon
The award presents the best short films in the Festival, made by emerging and established filmmakers from around the world.


Jeffrey Bowers
Jeffrey Bowers is a Senior Curator at Vimeo, where he selects the site’s Staff Picks. Previously, he programmed for the Tribeca and Hamptons Film Festivals.

Liv Little
Liv Little is the founder of gal-dem - an online and print magazine run by women of colour, for everyone. 

Ananda Pellerin
Ananda is the senior editor at Nowness, a global culture channel based in London, UK. She is originally from North America. 

The films in this award category are:
Black Sheep, Ed Perkins
Mini Miss, Rachel Daisy Ellis
Mountain, Grégoire Verbeke
Rebirth is Necessary, Jenn Nkiru
Weltschmertz, Jesper Dalgaard
Zion, Floyd Russ


New Talent Award

The award discovers and honors the future of documentary film, celebrating new talent and fresh perspectives.


Rooney Elmi
Rooney Elmi is ​the ​founder and managing editor of SVLLY(wood), a biannual print and digital movie magazine geared toward radical cinephilia. ​The activist and emerging creative specializes in ​nonfiction ​visual media and pop cultural criticism.

Nelly Ben Hayoun
Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is an award-winning French designer of experiences and filmmaker who creates multi-dimensional experiential projects at the intersection of science, theater, politics and design.

Mads Mikkelsen
Mads Mikkelsen is a programmer at CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival – since 2008 and is currently the Festival's Head of Selection Committee.

The films in this award category are: 

Doel, Frederik Sølberg
For the Birds, Richard Miron
Minding the Gap, Bing Liu
The Distant Barking of Dogs, Simon Lereng Wilmont
The Game, Marine de Contes
The Proposal, Jill Magid


Youth Jury Award

Supported by Yorkshire Building Society
The award is selected by five of the UK’s most passionate and stand out young documentary lovers.

Click here to read about the jurors.

The films in this award category are: 

Amal, Mohamed Siam
Lost Warrior, Søren Steen Jespersen, Nasib Farah
Our New President, Maxim Pozdorovkin
Over the Limit, Marta Prus
Shirkers, Sandi Tan
Tranny Fag, Kiko Goifman, Claudia Priscilla 


Doc Audience Award

Supported by Curzon
The award is voted for by the Sheffield Doc/Fest cinema audiences, recognising the film that receives the highest audience vote during the Festival. In memory of Dr Clifford Shaw.