THE WINNERS OF THE XV EDITION OF THE RELIGION TODAY FILM FESTIVAL

Trento
Saturday, 20 October, 2012
The documentary “Football is God” (by Ole Bendtzen, Denmark, 2010, doc, 53') is the winner of the Grand Prize “In the Spirit of Faith” at the XV edition of the Religion Today Film Festival. Today, 20 October 2012 at 20.30, at the Teatro San Marco in Trento the following prizes were awarded to the winners. 
The international jury (composed of Farzam Amin Salehi, Roberta Cortella, Lassaad Jamoussi, Kjartan Leer Salvesen and Gilli Mendel) awarded “The Mill & the Cross” (by Lech Majewski, Sweden-Poland, 2010, film, 96') as best film; a special mention went to “Sa Gràscia” (by Bonifacio Angius, Italy, 2011, film, 73').
The Prize for best Short went to “Sister of Mine” (by Oshrat Meirovitch, Israel, 2011, short, 24'). “Football is God” also won best documentary; and in the same category a special mention went to “Gunnar goes God” (by Gunnar Hall Jensen, Norway, 2011, doc, 86').
Alongside the prizes awarded by the International Juey, the SIGNIS Jury (World Catholic Association for Communication), composed of Jenna Hill, Sandro Lafranconi and Maria Dulce Araujo Evora awarded the SIGNIS Prize to “The Pillars” (by Moustafa Zakaria, EAU, 2012, short, 16'), with a special mention going to “Football is God” and “Kaddish for a friend” (by Leo Khasin, Germany, 2011, film, 93').
 
 
WINNERS and JURY COMMENTS
 
International Jury
 
Grand Prize “In the Spirit of Faith”
FOOTBALL IS GOD, by Ole Bendtzen, Denmark, 2010, doc, 53'
As the Jury members believe that cinema belongs to the common people and this documentary is deeply concerned with their lives and beliefs. 
 
Best feature film
THE MILL & THE CROSS, by Lech Majewski, Sweden-Poland, 2010, film, 96'
For its grand narrative and picturesque style and for its profound look inside the history of the life and art of Flemish people. 
 
mention
SA GRÀSCIA, by Bonifacio Angius, Italy, 2011, film, 73'
Because of its nice review of the history of Italian cinema and the deep relationship Sardinian people have with religion. 
 
Best short
SISTER OF MINE, by Oshrat Meirovitch, Israel, 2011, short, 24'
Because of its profound gaze into the life of a young woman and the prejudices around her. 
 
Best documentary
FOOTBALL IS GOD, by Ole Bendtzen, Denmark, 2010, doc, 53'
Because of its new approach towards religion and its relation to common people’s lives and its cinematographical values. 
 
mention
GUNNAR GOES GOD, by Gunnar Hall Jensen, Norway, 2011, doc, 86'
Because of its new and curious approach towards documentary film-making.
 
 
SIGNIS Jury
 
Premio SIGNIS
THE PILLARS, by Moustafa Zakaria, UAE, 2012, short, 16'
For its skillful combination of cinematographic aesthetics with a theme which is both very current and somewhat problematic: that of the emancipation of women, at the same time revealing the crisis of men and the beauty of the family. All this within the framework of religious values in contrast with real life. 
 
mention
 
FOOTBALL IS GOD, by Ole Bendtzen, Denmark, 2010, doc, 53'
The director captures the instinctive need for something absolute through the unbridled enthusiasm of the documentary’s protagonists for their favourite team. Boca becomes a catalyst for the need for happiness which is ultimately a need for God to try and escape from poverty and hardship. 
 
KADDISH FOR A FRIEND, by Leo Khasin, Germany, 2011, film, 93' 
Despite many difficulties the film tries to reveal the positive things which are in all people and which enable us to live together in peace. 
 
Special juries
 
Province of Trento Special Jury 
“Conflicts. Religions and (non)violence” Prize
DOLPHIN BOY, by Dani Menkin e Yonatan Nir, USA, 2011, doc, 72'
 
don Silvio Franch Interreligious Jury Trento 
“Dialogue and identity” Prize
TORN, by Ronit Kerstner, Israel, 2011, doc, 72'
 
mention
KADDISH FOR A FRIEND, by Leo Khasin, Germany, 2011, film, 93'
 
Journalists of the City of Trento Special Jury
“Religion and society” Prize
 
EX AEQUO
THE FURIOUS PROPHET, by David Sipos, Slovenia, 2011, doc, 20';
URBAN TUNDRA, by Robi Uppin and Maria Kivirand, Estonia, 2012, doc, 14'
 
Arco Special Jury
“Women, couples, religions” Prize
MOTHER INDIA, by Raffaele Brunetti, Italy, 2011, doc, 61'
 
mention
THE GIFT, by Evgenij Isachenko, Belarus, 2011, short, 12'
 
Pergine Valsugana Youth Jury
“Religions and cinematographic styles” Prize
LIMEN (OMISSION), by Emiliano Dante, Italy, 2012, film, 93'
 
mention
SA GRÀSCIA, by Bonifacio Angius, Italy, 2011, film, 73'
 
Fondazione Unico1 Special Jury 
“Love thy neighbour” Prize
MODEST RECEPTION, by Mani Haghighi, Iran, 2012, film, 95'
 
Lisignago Special Jury
“Exploring the differences” Prize
 
EX AEQUO
MASHTI ESMAEIL, by Mahdi Zamanpoor, Iran, 2012, doc, 30';
MY AUSTRALIA, by Ami Drozd, Israel, 2011, film, 96'
 
Students Special Jury
“Fraternity of Nomadelfia” Prize
DAVID, by Joel Fendelman-Patrick Daly, USA, 2011, film, 90'
 
mention
STAND UP! - CABARET, by Asi Tzobel, Israel, 2011, corto, 29'