Ever since 2008, Doc Alliance has been organising an international award intended especially for first-time directors. The Doc Alliance Selection Award helps up-and-coming filmmaking talents to put their name on the documentary map, providing a prize of EUR 5,000 to support their future projects. In 2016, Doc Alliance again nominated 7 outstanding films that will be vying for the 9th annual Doc Alliance Selection Award. The name of the winning title will be announced on August 7, 2016 during an official ceremony at the Locarno International Film Festival.
Directors on the DAFilms portal
Born in 1979 and raised in Beirut, Kaabour graduated from the Mel Oppenheim School of Cinema and worked at the National Film Board of Canada and the CBC newsroom. His short film "Being Osama" received four international awards and made him the youngest commissioned filmmaker in Canadian television.
Nikos Katsaounis is an award winning documentary director and producer who works out of Brooklyn and Athens. Since the early 2000s he has directed and produced 3 feature documentaries, 100s of short format videos for the web, an award winning cross platform documentary The Prism GR2011, and many corporate communication videos...
Studied filmmaking at the Ateliers Varan and the UK National Film and Television School. Made films in the Balkans, the UK, and the Middle East. Among his recent recognitions are Best Central and East European Documentary at Jihlava IDFF 2012, Best Documentary at London Short Film Festival 2012, Cottbus Discovery Award at Filmfestival Cottbus 2011 (for Mirage) and Best Balkan Documentary at Dokufest 2011 (for A Letter to Dad).
Judith Keil (37) is a documentary filmmaker who lives in Berlin. After studying Germanistik, journalism, theatrical film and television studies at the FUBerlin, she has worked on development and production of several award-winning (including the Adolf Grimme Prize in 2003) film projects. Under the"David Lynch Presents Interview Project Germany", she worked as an interviewer and editor.