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Estonian-Polish project The Last Relic wins the East Doc Platform Award


- Three other Polish projects have been awarded, while other prizes have gone to Russia, Belarus, the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Estonian-Polish project The Last Relic wins the East Doc Platform Award
The Last Relic by Marianna Kaat

East Doc Platform (3-9 March), the biggest documentary industry event in Eastern Europe, taking place alongside the Prague One World Human Rights Film Festival, gave out its awards last night at the closing ceremony.

The East Doc Platform Award, worth €7,500, went to Estonian filmmaker Marianna Kaat's The Last Relic, a co-production by Tallinn-based Baltic Film Production and Poland's Arkana Studio.

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The Polish-German project Angels of Sinjar. Yazidis - 21st Century Genocide, directed by Hanna Polak, received both the HBO Europe Award, consisting of €2,000 for project development, and the Czech TV Co-production Award, worth €5,800.

The Current Time TV Award went to two projects, each receiving €1,500: Ksenia Gapchenko's Holy Culture (Russia) and Liuba Ziamtsova's The Place of Love (Belarus).

The Czech Project Amoosed! by Hana Nováková won the Golden Funnel Award, while the IDFA Forum Award went to Journey to the End of the Night by Ksenia Elyan (Russia/Estonia).

Peter KerekesWishing on a Star (Italy/Austria/Czech Republic/Slovakia) pocketed the prize that takes it to Speed Meetings at DocsBarcelona, while two Polish projects will go to the DOK Leipzig Co-Pro Meetings and Dok Preview presentation, respectively: Malgorzata Goliszewska and Katarzyna Mateja's Lessons of Love, and Oleksiy Radynski's Hacking Friendship.

At the If/Then Short Pitch, the Czech-German-UK co-production Blackandwhite by Zoe Eluned Aiano and Anna Benner won $20,000 in production support from IF/Then, as well as a year-round ongoing mentorship and participation in a year-long distribution initiative managed by the Tribeca Film Institute.

Finally, the Sheffield Doc/Fest Award, consisting of an invitation to the UK festival's market, went to the best project presented at the Czech Docs… Coming Soon session, which this year was Francesco Montagner's In the Name of Allah.

For our full report from the East Doc Platform, check Cineuropa early next week. 

Here is the full list of award winners:

East Doc Platform Award
The Last Relic - Marianna Kaat 
Producers: Marianna Kaat, Dorota Roszkowska 
Production companies: Baltic Film Production (Estonia), Arkana Studio (Poland)

HBO Europe Award 
Angels of Sinjar. Yazidis - 21st Century Genocide - Hanna Polak
Producers: Hanna Polak, Simone Baumann 
Production companies: Hanna Polak Films (Poland), Saxonia Entertainment GmbH (Germany)

Czech TV Co-production Award
Angels of Sinjar. Yazidis - 21st Century Genocide

The Current Time TV Award
Holy Culture! - Ksenia Gapchenko
Producer: Maria Chuprinskaya 
Production company: Ethnofund (Russia) 

The Place of Love - Liuba Ziamtsova
Producer: Maria Yahorava 
Production company: Illusion Film Company (Belarus)

Golden Funnel
Amoosed! - Hana Nováková
Producer: Kateřina Traburová
Production company: GURU Film (Czech Republic)

IDFA Forum 
Journey to the End of the Night - Ksenia Elyan 
Producers: Max Tuula, Maria Gavrilova, Alexander Rastorguev 
Production company: Marx Film (Estonia)

Speed Meetings at DocsBarcelona
Wishing on a Star - Peter Kerekes
Producers: Erica Barbiani, Ralph Weiser, Peter Kerekes, Petra Oplatková
Production companies: Videomante (Italy), Mischief Films (Austria), Artcam Films (Czech Republic), Peter Kerekes Film (Slovakia)

DOK Leipzig Co-Pro Meetings 
Lessons of Love - Malgorzata Goliszewska, Katarzyna Mateja 
Producer: Anna Stylinska 
Production company: Warsaw Film Center (Poland) 

DOK Preview Presentation
Hacking Friendship - Oleksiy Radynski 
Producer: Lyuba Knorozok 
Production company: Lyuba Knorozok (Poland) 

Sheffield Doc/Fest Award
In the Name of Allah - Francesco Montagner
Producer: Pavla Janoušková Kubečková 
Production companies: nutprodukceFAMU Prague (Czech Republic) 

If/Then Short Pitch Award
Blackandwhite - Zoe Eluned Aiano, Anna Benner
Producers: Linda Dedkova, Martin Hůlovec
Production company: Punk Film (Czech Republic)

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