jury members:

Jane Mote, The Whickers (United Kingdom) 

Patricia Finneran, The StoryBoard Collective (Switzerland) 

Mohamed Saïd Ouma, Documentary Africa Fund (Kenya)



Produced by: Axel Rise Films (Australia), The Why Foundation (Denmark)

Directed by: Chouwa Liang

Logline: With the widespread use of AI chatbots, young urban women in China are trying out a ‘never-ending’ love affair with machines.

Jury’s quote: Our award goes to an important story of post-modernity, unconditional love, and addiction. It is ironic, at times tragic, but very sensitive with well-cast protagonists. The Director is highly articulate, has a good sense of where she wants to take you and asks the right questions. It’s a story that is relevant to this day and age and one that we think is important for the world to see. It happens to be set in China but has universal themes that should concern us all. The winner is Replica – congratulations to Director Chouwa LIANG and her producer Andy Huang.

Prize: €3,000 cash prize + 2 free Market Passes for Suny Side of the Doc 2024

Camels of the Sea

Produced by: Elefant Films (India)

Directed by: Vikram Singh

Logline: “Swimming camels, traveling caravans and nomadic customs collide with extractive capitalism in this portrait of a pastoralist family on the front-lines of India’s brutal march towards becoming a global economic powerhouse.”

Special Mention of the Jury : 2 Market Passes for Sunny Side of the Doc 2024

For Venida, For Kalief

Produced by: Abstract Nomadic Media (United States)

Directed by: Sisa Bueno

Logline: “Via the poetry of Venida Browder, whose transcendent son Kalief Browder became the face of a movement for incarceration reform, this film presents their humanizing story shifting their legacy from their tragic deaths to their lives and afterlives.”

Forgotten Land

Produced by: Purple Mango Pictures Limited (Kenya)

Directed by: Karanja Ng’endo

Logline: “In the aftermath of a devastating drought, a young Maasai student and their family must rebuild their lives while navigating the challenges of education and preserving their traditional way of life.”

Plastic Love!

Produced by: Sybilla Patrizia (Japan)

Directed by: Sybilla Patrizia 

Logline: “From the hands of Tokyo’s trash collectors all the way to a rural Zero Waste village—we follow social trailblazers as they unravel decades of unsustainable practices that have led Japan to become one of the world’s worst, hidden plastic polluters, sparking a search for radical ideas that may save us, and our planet, from a plastic-wrapped future…”

Radioactive Gold

Produced by: The Moving Visuals Co. PTE Ltd (Singapore), Deepak Bara (India)

Directed by: Deepak Bara

Logline: “Chernobyl. Fukushima. Beyond war, the world has seen how the deadly effects of radiation can wreak havoc on people and the environment. But in a sleepy hamlet of India, we investigate a more insidious and overlooked issue that has affected the local population for decades. Is this a massive cover up or larger catastrophe in the making?”

The New Climate Fairytale

Produced by: Cinephage (France), Petra Pan Films (Slovenia)

Directed by: Jean-Robert Viallet

Logline: “Adaptation: the process of changing to suit different conditions. In the wake of the climate crisis, it means changing our way of life to survive its consequences. Is Climate change adaptation a pragmatic new answer or a solution chosen decades ago?”

Tough Old Broads

Produced by: H2L Productions Inc. (Canada), Myna Ishulutak (Canada)

Directed by:  Stacey Tenenbaum

Logline: “Tough Old Broads follows three trailblazing women as they continue to make waves into their older years. With determination and grit, these ladies shed light on what it takes to make it in a ‘man’s world’ and what old age looks like when you’re a self-described tough old broad.”

Waiting For Winter

Produced by: Noyakar Productions (Bangladesh), House on Fire (France)

Directed by: Farid Ahmad

Logline: Bangladesh is the largest river delta in the world where devastating floods occur every summer. When winter arrives, an island reappears in the Jamuna River and a homeless single mother struggles for her dignity, freedom and for a safe home in a world where all odds are against her.

Water on Fire

Produced by: Uhuru Productions (South Africa), LUFILMS (France)

Directed by: Franco Clerc

Logline: “Hit by recurring cyclones, droughts and floods, Madagascar is the first country to experience climate induced famine. A filmmaker sets out to show the rest of the world what is coming if we don’t act on climate. But instead of finding despair, he finds hope in the young activists, from some of the country’s most remote villages.”

Widow Champion

Produced by: Afrofilms international (Kenya), 10th Street Films Llc (United States)

Directed by: Zippy Kimundu

Logline: Thrown out of her home and off her land by her in-laws, a Kenyan widow becomes a fighter for women’s land rights in a deeply patriarchal community. “Widow Champion” Rhoda leads other women to fight for what is rightfully theirs, her story exposing the rift between modern and traditional beliefs.

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