Best Feature-Length Documentary
Prof. Dr. Nezih Orhon is a lecturer at Anadolu University, Faculty of Communication Sciences. He served as a vice dean and dean in the faculty where he was a faculty member. Currently, he is the head of the Department of Cinema and Television. He continued his education abroad with government scholarships in the United States, Brazil, Norway, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Colombia. currently a lecturer at the University of Rhein-Main in Germany and teaches a “Gender Sensitive-Responsive Media” course. He directs film and “gender equality / women’s rights” training and workshops for institutions such as UN Women and the European Union-Turkey Delegation. In addition to providing consultancy and trainers in many different programs of United Nations organizations, he works on issues that focus especially on young people, especially the communication of “fragile groups”, deals with communication issues in his program “Human Relationships” on NTV Radio. Also the winner of the Turkey Public Relations Grand Prize in the “Health Communication” category.
Most notably, he is 8-year-old Dea’s father and partner.
Nik Voigt is a director, cinematographer and editor with 15 years experience. He graduated with honours from photography and film production at De Montfort University and went on to work for a number of production companies where he learnt his trade making corporate films for many high profile brands before going freelance and entering the world of broadcast. Nik has worked as a studio producer, director, news cameraman and edited TV shows while working with organisations such as Manoto TV and BBC.
Since moving to Georgia 6 years ago, Nik has focused his career on shooting films for cinema and has gained numerous credits on documentary feature films as the Director of Photography. He is directing a documentary feature in Georgia currently, which is planned to premiere this year.
In the last 2 years Nik has also been working as tutor for budding filmmakers and has been running documentary training courses.
Nik believes in the power of storytelling through documentary films to shine a light on the unknown. His passion is to make the strange normal, the outcast included, the helpless supported and the weak strong through the medium of documentary film.
Maria Ibrahimova’s debut film, the documentary MISS GULAG, was produced with support from the Sundance Institute and the Ford Foundation. It premiered at the Berlin Int. FF in the Panorama section, and screened at festivals and on TV around the world including on the BBC. Maria also directed and produced several award-winning short films, and documentaries as well as commercial work through her production company Cinex, based in Baku, Azerbaijan. She is a two-time Berlinale Talent, a EWA Mentee (European Women’s Network), and a Fulbright Fellowship recipient. With the American Embassy she created Women in Motion, a program bringing Azerbaijani female filmmakers into the film industry. She recently produced her first feature film, FISHERMAN’S DAUGHTER, with Russian producer Alexander Rodnyanski (LEVIATHAN, LOVELESS), distributed by Wild Bunch and premiering at the Moscow Int. FF. Currently, she is developing her directorial feature debut HAZEL EYES with Turkish producer Zeynep Atakan (ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA, WINTER SLEEP), which she presented to international producers at the Berlinale Co-Production Market.
Best Short Documentary and Best Local Documentary
Nargiz Mammadli is a researcher of visual arts. She graduated from the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University in Paris III with a degree in Visual Science and Film Studies. Areas of research include video art movement, Moscow conceptualism, and Iranian cinema.
MirBaghir Ismailov is a film director, scriptwriter, DOP, film critic with a demonstrated history of working in filmmaking. Born and based in Lankaran.
Mr. Baghirov is skilled in Tv shows producing, music producing and art events management.
Has been producing movie programmes (shows) on TV since 2008. Editor and co-author of Film Fiction magazine since 2014. Author of the documentaries “Rhapsody” (2015), “The Fog Will Carry Us” (2016), “Bipolar guys” (2018), “Wishes for goldfish and other spices” (2020) and mockumentary “Don’t Shoot Me Close-Up” (2017).
Marika Kochiashvili is a queer Georgian artist, based in London. In 2017 she made her first short experimental film which premiered at the Berlin Porn Film Festival. It triggered a shift in her approach to photography. Having been trained as a journalist, the camera was always a tool for documenting life around her. After making this film, which explored female sexuality, photography became a medium for artistic expression.
Marika has been a Visuals Editor at Reuters for the past nine years working with photographers around the world on their stories and editing stills as well as video.
Her first short film Look at Me Like That was made from a need to deal with the inner world rather than the outer world that saturated her daily life as a journalist.
During the first lockdown, she worked on a series of self-portraits. It was an exploration of her own body and vulnerability. The project became part of I_Residency, commissioned by the Tbilisi Photo Festival. The series “When I Grow Up I’m Going to Kiss You” was shown at Tbilisi Night of Photography in September 2020.
In 2019 Marika made a video “My Girlfriend”, which was published by Georgian literary and cultural magazine, Indigo, in the country where homosexuality is still socially frowned upon.