Prizewinners

2016 CDS Filmmaker Award: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami "Sonita"

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sonita Sonita, directed by Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, is the winner of the 2016 CDS Filmmaker Award, presented on April 10 at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina. The annual award of $7,500 recognizes a documentary film that combines creativity and experience in examining contemporary society, heightens awareness of a compelling issue, and serves as a potential...

2015 CDS Filmmaker Award: Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones "Last Day of Freedom"

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Juries and Full Frame audiences selected the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award, a $7,500 annual prize juried by CDS representatives created to honor and support documentary artists whose works are potential catalysts for education and change, who best connect the power of the documentary tradition with community life, and who best lead viewers to understand and reflect on themselves...

2014 CDS Filmmaker Award: Darius Clarke Monroe "Evolution of a Criminal"

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced the 2014 festival award recipients on April 6, 2014, the last day of the seventeenth annual event. While a number of films screened out of competition, the forty-eight films in the NEW DOCS program were eligible for this year’s awards—thirty-three features and fifteen shorts selected from over twelve hundred submissions, including ten World and...

2013 CDS Filmmaker Award: Kalyanee Mam "A River Changes Course"

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced the 2013 festival award recipients on April 7, 2013, the last day of the sixteenth annual event. Ten awards and two Honorable Mentions were given. This year's CDS Filmmaker Award went to director Kalyanee Mam for her documentary film A River Changes Course. Mam spent two years in her native country working on the film, which travels from the...

2012 CDS Filmmaker Award: Fernand Melgar "Special Fight"

Sunday, April 15, 2012

At the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (held April 12–15 in downtown Durham, North Carolina), twelve awards were presented, including a Special Jury Award and two Honorable Mentions, to eleven different titles. The Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award went to Fernand Melgar for Special Flight (Vol Spécial), an intimate, emotional, and provocative film that focuses on the...

2011 CDS Filmmaker Award: Peter D. Richardson "How to Die in Oregon"

Sunday, April 17, 2011

How to Die in Oregon, produced and directed by Peter D. Richardson, is the winner of the 2011 CDS Filmmaker Award, presented on April 17 at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina. The eleventh film to win the award, How to Die in Oregon takes a piercingly close look at the struggle of terminally ill patients as they consider whether to end their own lives under Oregon’...

2010 CDS Filmmaker Award: Robin Hessman "My Perestroika"

Saturday, April 10, 2010

My Perestroika, directed and produced by Robin Hessman, is the winner of the 2010 CDS Filmmaker Award, presented in April at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina. The tenth film to win the annual award, My Perestroika is an intimate and beautifully crafted film that follows five ordinary Russians (and former schoolmates) from their sheltered Soviet childhoods through...

2009 CDS Filmmaker Award: Anders Østergaard "BURMA VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country"

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country, directed and cowritten by Anders Østergaard, is the winner of the 2008 CDS Filmmaker Award, presented at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina. The ninth film to win the annual award, Burma VJ is a provocative and riveting documentary that recounts the story of tenacious group of independent video journalists who risk their...

2008 CDS Filmmaker Award: Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers "Lioness"

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Lioness, directed and produced by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, is the winner of the 2008 CDS Filmmaker Award, presented at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina. The eighth film to win the annual award, Lioness tells the story of a group of women soldiers sent into direct ground combat in Iraq, a violation of official U.S. military policy, and the psychological and...

2007 CDS Filmmaker Award: Kaoru Ikeya "The Ants"

Monday, April 2, 2007

Director Kaoru Ikeya has been selected to receive the 2007 Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award for his powerful and compelling film The Ants, which explores an eighty-year-old veteran's quest to document the story of Japanese soldiers who were ordered to fight in China after World War II. The film raises complicated questions of how history gets written, the politics of remembrance,...

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