Juries decided…

ONION AWARD – for best film in the main competition program

Jury members Lena Pasannen, Don Edkins and Vladimir Gojun

WINNER: “Fire at Sea” by Gianfranco Rosi

The Onion Award for the best film in the main program of the MakeDox  festival goes to a film that has an immaculate artistic level and relates a story that is both current and difficult. Its visual language is used with cinematic effect to deal with a topic that is hugely important in today’s world.  The director skillfully and unexpectedly deals with life and death, providing unfolding layers that draws the audience into the intimacy of a crisis nearby to all of us. The jury has unanimously selected Fuocammare – Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi from Italy.”

YOUNG ONION AWARD – for best film in the newcomers competition program

Jury members Mila Turajlic, Iikka Vehkalati and Stefano Tealdi

WINNER: “Martha & Niki” by  Tora Mårtens

“Martha and Niki” is a film with a powerful heartbeat, simple but involving, bringing the audience into one of the strongest subcultures of the young generation. A sensitively crafted film about two girls, their friendship and how they challenge male dominance in the world of hip hop while at the same time searching for their roots.”

SPECIAL MENTION: “The ground we won” by Christopher Pryor

“The ground we won” is a sweeping cinematic film set in the male sub culture in New Zealand where a small community of farmers find content to their lives playing rugby and transferring those bonding rituals to their children.”

SPECIAL MENTION: “Two childhoods” by Vladimir Golovnev

 “Two Childhoods” is a smaller film that leaves us pondering the meaning of history in our lives and in society, questioning empty and living traditions, the role of war in the past and today, and how the gap between generations prepares them for the challenges of a volatile future.”

ONION SEED AWARD – for best film in the student competition program

Jury members Voskresija Andreevska, Natasha Petrovikj and Ivan Shopov

WINNER: “Arlette – Courage is a muscle” by Florian Hoffmann

“First, we’d like to bring out the importance of the subject introduced in the film as the author’s choice. In our opinion, it is extremely relevant to give a word to the people whose voice is undistinguished. And this story relies exactly on that- the struggle of an individual found in a country where violence, fear and prevail insecurity prevail, while hope is nearly gone. It’s truly virtuous when one is determined to give to the utterly silenced in these circumstances. Second, the film has successfully escaped platitude, thus provided a spontaneous and vivacious narration filled with humoristic elements in a dignified manner. Hofmann’s cinematic craftsmanship lies in the power to transmit his own empathy to the viewer and display the universal human aspirations, hopes, values and expectations. Finally, we’d like to point out the rebellion aspect of this film. To prevent someone to tell its story is probably the most horrific act of disempowering, clearly stated in this film when Arlene’s camera is taken away from her in order to prevent her of documenting the horrors around her. To conclude: Storytelling is a courage for it takes courage to tell the story of a disabled storyteller.”

Special mention: “YAAR” by Simon Gillard

” For its unconventional storytelling. With his incredibly powerful visual act, this director shows us that you can successfully tell a catchy story with images, colors and sounds instead of words.”


Jury members Katri Merikallio, Marianne Gysae and Vlatko Galevski

WINNER: ” The Perfect Circle” by Claudia Tosi

“The winning film for the Best Moral Approach Award 2016 stands out strongly not only because of the universal and sensitive issue it addresses but also because of the filmmaker’s approach towards the subjects.  There are no hidden agendas and no interference.  The camera is just documenting what is unfolding.  The film creates a deeper understanding of the inevitable part of life – Death.”

SPECIAL MENTION: “Pearl Button” by Patricio Guzmán

“The film is about Patagonian indigenous people and their fate. Whenever a group of indigenous people is destroyed, we don’t only lose their culture and their language – but we also lose a central part of our whole existence. The film reminds us that to be ethical and brave you don’t need God – nor police.”