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
Thomas Ladenburger was born in 1975 in Ellwangen/Jagst. His studies began at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studies almost 2 years with a major in Interdisciplinary Media. Then he returned to Germany and continued his studies at the University of Arts Berlin where he graduated with his Masters in 2005...
Born in Tehran in 1982, Arash Lahooti is a filmmaking and editing graduate. He is a director, producer, and editor of documentary films and a member of the Iranian Union of the Documentary Filmmakers. His first feature documentary is Trucker and the Fox which has been screened in over 45 festivals and received 9 awards.
Penny Lane has been making award-winning documentaries and essay films since 2002. Her films have screened at Rotterdam, AFI FEST, The Media That Matters Film Festival, Rooftop Films, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, MoMA's Documentary Fortnight and many other venues...
Aurore Laurent and Adrien Viel are filmmakers and photographers. Inspired by filmmakers like Dreyer, Herzog and Tarr, and influenced by anthropology, they wish to speak of the realities of the contemporary world and human encounters that they find far more entrancing than fiction...
After turning 30 and becoming a mother, Isabelle Lavigne turned her attention to a women’s world, making La nuit, elles dansent (At Night, They Dance). She remains as interested as ever in the intersections between social order and difference, observing a family of belly dancers who – by simply making a living – transgress against moral order.
Khoa Dinh Le, born on June 2nd, 1980, in Thailand is a multi-talented Americanized Film Director, Film Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Photographer, and Businessman. He is the founder of the production and media company “Kvibe Productions, LLC” since 2004. Khoa is best known for his work ethics and ability to quickly adapt to anything that challenges his creativity.
Born in Liege in 1969, Jerôme le Maire began studying journalism and communication at the Free University of Brussels and then started to study for a degree in film-making at the 'Institut des Arts de Diffusion'. For six years, as he kept writing, he directed several corporate films and had a career as assistant to the director for many feature and short films of all types.
Tiago Leão was born as a fimmaker and screenplayer. In 2005, he has co-directed, together with Laura Silleras, his first fictional short film, titled Poker. His passion for documentary arrives when he studies with Margarida Cardoso, Ateliers Varan and directors Catarina Mourão and Catarina Alves Costa...