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 Tehran, Iran, Massoud Bakhshi earned his high school diploma in photography and cinema (1990) and his BS in Agriculture Engineering (1995). He later studied filmmaking in Italy (1999) and Cultural Financement Formation in France (2005). He has worked as a film critic, screenwriter and producer.
Julian Ballester is a documentary filmmaker from France currently residing in Barcelona. His film Curiol Street was completed as part of his master degree with the financial support of “region PACA”. Having lived in France, Spain and Canada, Julian is passionate about cities, identity and personal and social transformations.
Playwright, stage and film director. Graduated in philosophy and translatology (French, Old Greek) from Charles University, Prague. In 1996, with his brother co-founded D. I. Lebedung, a theatre company based in Louny dedicated to contemporary theatre. Cooperation with the Činoherní studio, Ústí nad Labem. From 2001, creative director, Multiprostor Louny.
Michel Banabila (Amsterdam 1961) is a sound artist, composer, and producer. Banabila's career kicked off with his album VoizNoiz (2000), which received international critical acclaim. He worked/performed in The Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Russia, Japan, Spain, China, USA and Belgium. Banabila has produced musical scores for numerous films, documentaries, theatre plays and choreographies...
Fellipe Barbosa (1980) was born in Rio de Janeiro and completed his MFA in film at Columbia University, New York. His shorts, including the award-winning SALT KISS (2007), have screened at Sundance, Clermont-Ferrand and the New York Film Festival. In 2007, Fellipe was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film...
Jessica Bardsley is a film artist and critical writer exploring experimental non-fiction forms. Her work has screened across the U.S. and internationally at esteemed venues such as RIDM, CPH:DOX, Visions du Réel, Antimatter Film Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Images Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Rooftop Films and more...
Originally from Argentina, self-taught filmmaker Laura Bari currently resides in Montreal. Fascinated by singularity and difference, she chose film as a way to merge Arts, cultures and mental health. Antoine (2009), her first full-length film, was shown at some thirty festivals around the world, winning 15 prizes. Her new opus Ariel (2013) is an intimate and metaphorical portrait of an Argentinean man rebuilding his identity after a terrible accident. Revealing once again the power of imagination through Laura’s unique artistic approach, she pushes the boundaries between real and unreal.