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As the major component of GZDOC, the Golden Kapok Award Competition received 4542 entries from 122 countries/area in 2018. It sets a new record of the festival’s.


The finalist includes not only the latest productions from renowned directors, butalso first productions from emerging talents. We are impressed by the creativitypresented by the young directors and are pleased to see the huge improvement ofthe domestic productions.


There are 13 winners of 11 awards of GZDOC 2018 Golden Kapok Award Competition. “Best New Media Documentary Award” is first set up in 2018 to meet the trending of newmedia in China.





Best Documentary Feature Winner

《出山记》

Beyond the Mountains

Director: Jiao Bo

ProductionCountry: China

ProductionCompany: Jiaobo Guangying(Beijing) Media Co., Ltd


Introduction

There are 20extremely poor townships in Guizhou Province, and Shichao Township,WuchuanGelao and Miao Autonomous County, Zunyi City, is among them. DaqiVillage is not only the largest village with the largest population in ShichaoTownship, but also the poorest in the poor villages. This documentary recordsthe touching stories and earth-shaking changes during the battle to eradicatepoverty in this village in one year.

Jury Comments

The directorwitnesses the hard and bitter process of reform in remote rural China as hepersonally visited a remote mountain village in Guizhou and stayed there for along period for filming. He reveals the power of culture and explores the depthof humanity with accurate close-ups.


Best Documentary Feature Nominees

《爱与痛的裂痕》

Minding the Gap

Director: Bing Liu

Production Country: USA

Production Company: KARTEMQUINFILMS


Best Documentary Feature Nominees

《超越极限》

Over the Limit

Director: Marta Prus

Production Countries: Poland |Germany | Finland

Production Companies: Telemark |Ventana Film | Marianna Films | Chimney Poland


Best Documentary Short Winner

《暗波》

Dark Waves

Director: Ismaël JoffroyChandoutis

Production Countries: Belgium |France | Switzerland

Production Company: Le Fresnoy

Introduction

In an ultraconnected society wherewaves have almost invaded every space, three electromagnetic intolerant peoplebear witness of survival in a world that seems more and more inaccessible tothem.

Jury Comments

This beautifully composed film capturesa phenomenon of the impact of electromagnetic waves on society. Filmed in anexperimental style with a contemplative mood, this short film takes the viewerto a world that is beyond our ordinary senses, revealing the unescapability ofmodern techniques.


Best Documentary Short Nominees

《醒·狮》

Awakening Lion

Director: Guo An

Production Country: China

Production Companies: GuangzhouSong and Dance Theater | Dragon Vast Media Co., Ltd.


Best Documentary Short Nominees

《落寞的威尔科克斯》

Lonesome Willcox

Directors: Ryan Maxey | Zack Wright

Production Country: USA

Independent production




Best Documentary Director Winner

《脚下的旅程——回家的路》

Journey on Foot –Homeward

Director: Han-Seok KIM

Production Country: Korea

Production Company: KBS


Introduction

Urisamba Ba is a migrant worker who traveled from Guinea Conakry to Senegal to escape from poverty. Paradoxically, the breathtaking Lac Rose is where he must spend harsh days harvesting salt. He has 2 wives and 16 children. He and his family live on a measly $10 per day buthe lives for a dream; that is returning to his father's homeland. Will Urisamba Ba ever reach his father's land with his family?

Jury Comments

The landscape presented in the film is extraordinary,but the story it tells is more attractive with its great contrast compared tothe scenery. The film is about a Senegalese immigrate and his family. Theaudience can feel the difficulties they face in order to survive on this remoteand ruthless land by working in a salt lake. The juries are impressed by thepoetic cinematography and storytelling.


Best Documentary DirectorNominees

《真菌王国》

The Kingdom - HowFungi Made the World

Director: Talas Annamaria

Production Countries: Australia| Canada

Production Companies: Smith& Nasht Pty Ltd | Real to Reel Productions Inc.


Best Documentary Director Nominees

《极地》

Extreme Road

Director: Cheng Gong

Production Country: China

Production Companies: BeijingFive-Star Legend Culture Media Co., Ltd. | Beijing Tiancheng Jiahua CultureMedia Co., Ltd. | Guiyang Tian Cai Minzu Culture Development Co., Ltd. | Horgos Zhongheqiancheng Film Media Co., Ltd. | Bilibili Pictures



Best Documentary Series Winner

《蓝色星球 2

Blue Planet II

Director: James Honeyborne

Production Country: UK

Production Companies: BBC Studios Natural History Unit


Introduction

The production team embraces technological breakthroughs after16 years of the making of Blue Planet. Hosted by Sir David Attenborough, thenew edition reveals the astonishing characters, otherworldly places andextraordinary new animal behaviours. Warm and compelling stories about marinehabitats and their characterful inhabitants will build people’s emotionalrelationship with our oceans and bring a new perspective to this little-knownworld.

Jury Comments

Diving deep into the ocean capturing the secret life ofthe deep-sea creatures, the documentary not only presents the beauty of theworld but also tells a thrilling story. The production of this filmdemonstrates the power of a professional team and its high-quality works.


Best Documentary Series Nominees

《大太平洋》

Big Pacific

Director: Sue Houghton

Production Countries: China| New Zealand | USA | Germany | France | Japan

Production Companies: CCTV DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL | PBS | ARTEm | Discovery | ZDF | NHK


Best Documentary Series Nominees

《来自喜马拉雅的天河》

Sky River of theHimalayas

Directors: Klaus Feichtenberger

Production Countries: China| Austria

Production Companies: China Media Group’s Science and Education Channel (CCTV-10) | China International TelevisionCorporation | Pre TV



Best NewMedia Documentary Winner

《如果国宝会说话》

Every Treasure Tells a Story

Directors: Xu Huan | ZhangYuejia | Feng Lei | Wang Zhe | Pan Yi | Zhu Jie | Cui Yu | Kou Huiwen

Production Country: China

Production Company: China Media Group’s Documentary Channel (CCTV-9)


Introduction

This documentary series follows the historical chronologies of China to present the national treasures. From the Neolithic Ageto Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, the 100-episode documentary leads the viewers cross 8,000 years to meet nearly 100 museums and archaeological research institutes, over 50 archaeological sites and over 1,000 culturalrelics following the footprints of the crew around the whole country. For thefirst time, cultural relics are used for telling stories about culture and sortout the context of a civilization. It is an unprecedented re-cognition of the Chinese civilization and an unprecedented re-discovery of national treasures.

Jury Comments

The documentary series consisting of short episodes demonstrates the significance of national treasures, reminds us of ancienthistory with vivid modern narrations and proves inspiring for the spread oftraditional culture in modern world.


Best NewMedia Documentary Nominees

《穿越贝加尔湖》

China to Siberia:Crossing the Loneliest Lake

Directors: Ivan Xu | Guo Rongfei

Production Country: China

Production Company: Jiemian·Arrowfactory


Best NewMedia Documentary Nominees

《十年:吾儿勿忘》

Ten Years: ForgetMe Not

Director: Fan Jian / Yu Runze

Production Country: China

Production Company: Tencent News




Best International Co-production Documentary With China Winner

《来自喜马拉雅的天河》

Sky River of the Himalayas

Directors: Klaus Feichtenberger

Production Countries: China| Austria

Production Companies: China Media Group’s Science and Education Channel (CCTV-10) | China International TelevisionCorporation | Pre TV


Introduction

Sky River ofthe Himalayas, is the natural history of the Yarlung-Tsangpo/Brahmaputra river system to be shot in China, India and Bangladesh. This innovative series is a comprehensive vision of how tectonics, geology, climate and biosphere (plants,animals, humans) interact to create our living environment.

Jury Comments

It is a story about mountains and waters and a legend about humans and rivers. We really appreciate Sky River of the Himalayas for showing us the wonderful and magnificent frames of previous and present landscapes.


Best International Co-production Documentary With China Nominees

《港珠澳大桥》

The HongKong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

Director: Yan Dong

Production Countries: China| USA | Singapore

Production Companies: China Media Group’s Science and Education Channel (CCTV-10) | Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao BridgeAuthority | Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific | Guangdong Radio and Television station | Zhuhai Broadcast Television Station


Best International Co-production Documentary With China Nominees

《大太平洋》

Big Pacific

Director: Sue Houghton

Production Countries: China| New Zealand | USA | Germany | France | Japan

Production Companies: China Media Group’s Documentary Channel (CCTV-9) | PBS | ARTEm | Discovery | ZDF | NHK



Best Debut Documentary Winner

《爱与痛的裂痕》

Minding the Gap

Director: Bing Liu

Production Country: USA

Production Company: KARTEMQUIN FILMS

Introduction

First-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends intheir Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest tounderstand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they wereyounger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. While navigating a complex relationship betweenhis camera and his friends, Bing explores the gap between fathers and sons,between discipline and domestic abuse, and ultimately that precarious chasmbetween childhood and becoming an adult.

Jury Comments

This coming-out-of-age film isfilmed in a beautiful intimated style over a period of joyful youth to thefirst days of heavily sorrows as grown-ups. Innovative created interviewsituations of the four protagonists are combined with a brilliant montage, sothat audience never loses track. At the end you are deeply touched by their individual fate.

 

Best Debut Documentary Nominees

《黄河尕谣》

Stammering Ballad

Director: Zhang Nan

Production Country: China

Production Company: CNEX Foundation Beijing Office

 

Best Debut Documentary Nominees

《四个春天》

Four Springs

Director: Lu Qingyi

Production Country: China

Production Company: Rivers Pictures Co.,Ltd.


Special Jury Award

《粤韵芬芳》

Loving Cantonese Opera

Director: Lu Chuan

Production Country: China

Production Companies: Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture Press and Publication | Beijing Bojing Culture & Media Co., Ltd.


Introduction

The film takes OuKaiming fromthe Guangzhou Cantonese Opera House as main character, and tells a story of ageneration represented by him, who sticks to Cantonese opera culture, while constantly seeking breakthroughs.

Jury Comments

This film combines narrative methods of traditional operas with the record image language in a creative way. It expresses feelings and delivers warmth. The younger generation canrediscover the charm of Cantonese operas through it.



Best Chinese Documentary For International Communication Winner

《家园 生态多样性的中国》

China Wild

Director: Liu Na

Production Country: China

Production Company: ChinaIntercontinental Communication Center


Introduction

China has the most diversity ecosystems in the world, each ecosystem has its ownunique ecological order. China Wild will tell the story of people and speciesin different ecosystems. The programme shows the rich biodiversity in China'sfive largest ecosystems, and the relationship between human and nature. It presents interesting stories to audiences by diverse species and rare animal behaviors.

Jury Comments

As a female, Liu Na observes the world carefully and vividly narrates moving stories which took place in different ecosystems in the film. She shoots diverse species and extraordinary animal behaviors and portrays them via personification to show the biodiversity of China's five major ecosystems—ocean, forest, prairie, wetland, and city as well as the harmoni-ousand interactive relationship between humans and natural lives which keeps improving.


Best Chinese Documentary For International Communication Nominees

《港珠澳大桥》

The HongKong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

Director: Yan Dong

Production Countries: China| USA | Singapore

Production Companies: ChinaMedia Group’s Science and Education Channel (CCTV-10) | Hong Kong-Zhuhai-MacaoBridge Authority | Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific | Guangdong Radio andTelevision station | Zhuhai Broadcast Television Station


Best Chinese Documentary For International Communication Nominees

《粤韵芬芳》

Loving Cantonese Opera

Director: Lu Chuan

Production Country: China

Production Companies: Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture Press and Publication | Beijing Bojing Culture& Media Co., Ltd.


Documentary to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Reform and Opening-up in China Winner

《创新中国》

Innovating China

Director: Shi Yan

Production Country: China

Production Company: China Media Group’s Documentary Channel (CCTV-9) | ShenZhen Media Group | CCTV Documentary International Media CO., Ltd.



《港珠澳大桥》

The HongKong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

Director: Yan Dong

Production Countries: China| USA | Singapore

Production Companies: China Media Group’s Science and Education Channel (CCTV-10) | Hong Kong-Zhuhai-MacaoBridge Authority

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific| Guangdong Radio and Television station | Zhuhai Broadcast Television Station



《希望的田野·拉林河畔》

By the Lalin Riverside

Director: Shen Shu/Dong Changqing / Yan Zhiyong

Production Country: China

Production Companies: Heilongjiang Broadcasting Station | China Media Group’s Documentary Channel(CCTV-9)



Meanwhile, the result of the GZDOC 2017 Audience Choice Award has come out. Please find below the winning production.


GZDOC 2017 Audience Choice Award

《航拍中国·第一季》

Aerial China

Director: Cui Yi | Zhang Chao

Production Countries: China

Production Country: China