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35NOMINATIONS & 15 AWARDS in the last year

The Corona virus has put the whole world to a stop. Now that everyone is in quarantine it seemed a good time to recap and do an update. The past few months we won several nominations and film awards on film festivals world wide. This week on the Torino Underground Cinefest Ton van Zantvoort won the award for best director. There was a fierce competition of 13 films nominated and both fiction and documentary were included. Earlier this year Ton van Zantvoort’s film SHEEP HERO also won a mention for the most original story in Florence. The documentary SHEEP HERO is also nominated for the NL-Award for best RPO documentary of the year in the Netherlands. The NL-Award ceremony was supposed to be on March 25 with Minister Arie Slob, but this event was cancelled because of the Corona Virus. There are three documentaries nominated and the winner will be announced later this year.

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SHEEP HERO screened on more than 75 international film festivals, won 15 awards and no less than 35 nominations.

A year after its release SHEEP HERO is still being selected and nominated by many great international documentary film festivals, such as this month in Washington D.C. on the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital DCEFF.  All future events and festivals where SHEEP HERO is or was selected are now being cancelled, postponed or partly hold online because of Corona quarantine. Besides all the nominations and festivals, the film had a theatrical release in the Benelux and will be theatrical releassed in France. Several broadcasters have also shown the film on tv.

Jury report Torino Underground Cinefest Italy

There were 13 nominations for the feature films and the Jury awarded Ton Van Zantvoort as Best Director for “SHEEP HERO” claiming that “making a documentary appealing is a rather difficult task and Ton Van Zantvoort’s direction succeeds in it superbly! The care for the composition of the shots makes each frame a wonderful bucolic painting. The presence of the camera is never intrusive, managing to give the audience the illusion of really being there, at that precise moment, together with the characters (and sheep) populate this rural reality, framed in a photographic composition “frame as canvas” which is never an end in itself.

For the sensitivity and depth with which he faces the conflict between tradition and innovation, between dream and reality, between security and freedom, between personal and social life, between internal and external world, between simplicity and complexity. For the cleverness in the dual semantic use of the herd: as a real, physical flock to be followed through the great spaces of nature, guided by the best ideals, and as a metaphorical flock to conform to, sacrificing every desire for freedom. For the masterful use of the cinematographic artifice, well masked, almost invisible in unobtrusively telling a necessary story that projects the audience in the cruelty of the human condition. A story in which every feeling reveals itself as pure, spontaneous, sincere, authentic to the point of becoming touching! ”

Also read this wonderful review of Artsettima with references between Marx and Weber

…the capitalist system becomes destiny for the West according to the sociologist Max Weber who, in the metaphor of the steel cage, reveals how the contemporary subject is constrained – oppressive for small fish and functional for the big ones – which condemn man to a condition of tacit alienation.

Stijn Hilgers is held hostage by an invisible cage whose bars, in the form of rules and laws to be respected necessarily, make his possible escape impossible. Still, the pastor tries to force them, embodying idealistic spirits such as to make him a true contemporary hero, through manifestations, conferences, meetings with public bodies and events in the name of creativity.

It seems that for now history has proved Weber right instead of Marx: the invisible steel cage has no destiny, as the communist philosopher believed convinced that it should implode on itself given the obvious internal contradictions, but it is a destiny , the fate of the West reveals the German sociologist.

All awards and nominations below

WinnerBest Documentary FeatureLA Festival of Cinema USA2021Los AngelosApril17
WinnerMinistry of Culture of the Saratov Region awardSaratov Sufferings Film FestRussia2020SaratovNovember25
WinnerFeature-Length Competition Grand Prix 6th Apricot Tree Ujan International Documentary Film Festival Armenia2020YerevanDecember2
WinnerGrand Prix15ème Festival International du film Pastoralismes et Grands EspacesFrance2020GrenobleOctober11
WinnerGrand prize of the city of Innsbruck for the best Environmental documentaryINF Innsbruck Nature FestivalAustria2020InnsbruckOctober9
WinnerChristian Berger Cinematography AwardINF Innsbruck Nature FestivalAustria2020InnsbruckOctober9
WinnerPresident of the Polish Filmmakers Association Award18th Włodzimierz Puchalski International Nature Film FestivalPoland2020ŁódźSeptember23
WinnerBest documentary Salento Int'l Film FestivalItaly2020TricaseSeptember1
WinnerBest NewcomerInternational Green Screen Nature Film Festival Germany2020EckernfördeSeptember14
WinnerBest Documentary Feature AwardFicLaPaz (7th) International Film Festival BoliviaBolivia2020La PazSeptember9
WinnerBest Cinematography Award Woods Hole film festivalUSA2020M.A.August16
WinnerBest Documentary FeatureAlternative Film FestivalCanada2020TorontoJuly6
WinnerBest Cinematography AwardIndie Film AwardsJapan 2020TokyoMay31
WinnerNL Award Best Documentary of the yearNL Media event RPOThe Netherlands2020HilversumApril21
WinnerBest DirectorTorino Underground Cinefest (7th)Italy2020TorinoMarch29
WinnerMost Original Story Honorable mentionFlorence Film AwardsItaly2020FlorenceFebruary 4
WinnerSpecial Jury AwardCinema Vérité Iran2019TehranDecember16
WinnerBest International Documentary AwardFICMAMexico2019Mexico CityDecember3
WinnerBest International Documentary Award and Audience awardNederland International Film FestivalUSA2019ColoradoNovember28
Winner2nd Best International Feature filmFiorenzo Serra Film FestivalItaly2019SassariNovember25
WinnerHonourable mentionCine Eco SeiaPortugal2019SeiaOctober19
WinnerAward of Excellence: Film FeatureAccolade Global Film Competition USA2019CaliforniaAugust21
WinnerBest Documentary FilmNYCA New York Cinematography AwardsUSA2019New YorkJune16
WinnerHonourable mentionFestiver Barichara Green Film FestivalColombia2019SantanderOctober16
WinnerGreen Warsaw AwardMillennium Docs Against GravityPoland2019WarsawMay19
WinnerBest European Cinematography awardEuropean Cinematography Awards/ ECAEurope2019AmsterdamFebruary14
WinnerLa Trois Distribution awardMillennium Documentary FestivalBelgium2019BrusselsMarch28
WinnerBest Film and Best DirectorNVIFF New Vision International Film FestivalThe Netherlands2019AmsterdamFebruary21
NomineeTop 10 best of IDFA AudienceIDFA International Documentary Filmfestival AmsterdamThe Netherlands2018AmsterdamNovember24
NomineeBest Documentary Feature, Best Director, Best EditingIndie Film AwardsJapan 2020Tokyo
NomineeBest motion picture, best documentary and best cinematography nomineePrince of Prestige Acadamy awardUSA2019
NomineeRegional Jury AwardOne World PragueCzech republic2019
NomineeBest International DocumentaryDocville LeuvenBelgium2019
NomineeGrand AngleVisions du RéelSwitserland2019
NomineeBest International documentaryCinema PlanetaMexico2019
NomineeBest International Feature length DocumentaryFICMECCanary Islands2019
NomineePrix du PublicFIDADOCMorocco2019
NomineeIerapetra AwardInternational Documentary Festival of IerapetraGreece2019
NomineeEstonian People' s AwardPärnu Film FestivalEstonia2019
NomineeEco DoxEuropean Film Festival Palić (26th)Serbia2019
NomineeVitranc Award KGIFF Kranjska Gora International Film FestivalSlovenia2019
NomineeBest Green DoxDokuFestKosovo2019
NomineeSoul Ecology AwardGreen Montenegro International Film FestMontenegro2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentaryMakedoxMacedonia2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentarySplit Film Festival (24th)Croatia2019
NomineeBest International Feature filmFestiver Festival Barichara (9th)Colombia2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentaryFlahertiana International Documentary FestivalRussia2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentaryVästerås FilmfestivalSweden2019
NomineeAudience Choice Award and Youth Jury AwardInconvenient Films FestivalLithuania2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentaryOne World SlovakiaSlovakia2019
NomineeBeauty of Nature AwardEkofilm Film Festival (45th)Czech Republic2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentaryEberswalde Film Festival - Provinziale Germany2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentaryPlanet in FocusCanada2019
NomineeBest International Longas AwardCineEco SeiaPortugal2019
NomineeAudience AwardThessaloniki Documentary FestivalGreece2019
NomineeBest Film & Best CinematographyWest Europe International Film FestivalBelgium2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentaryGolden Tree International Documentary Film FestivalGermany2019
NomineeBest Documentary FeaturetteRed Rock Film Festival (13th)USA2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentaryFestival Tutti Nello Stesso PiattoItaly2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentaryLeeds International Film FestivalUK2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentaryStrasburg Film FestivalUSA2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentaryInternational Anthropological Film Festival (8th)Israel2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentaryLIDF London International Documentary FestivalUK2019
NomineeBest International Feature documentaryDOC NYC (10th)USA2019
NomineeFinalistNear Nazareth Festival ( NNF)Israel2019Afula
NomineeFinalist Best Documentary Feature LA Festival of Cinema USA2020Los Angeles
NomineeShanghai TV Festival (26th)Magnolia awardChina2020ShanghaiAugust


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