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The Mole Agent triumphs at FIPADOC

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- Maite Alberdi’s movie wins the international competition, Claus Drexel’s Ladies of the Wood nabs the national Grand Prize and Jindřich Andrš’ New Shift dominates the Impact line-up

The Mole Agent triumphs at FIPADOC
The Mole Agent by Maite Alberdi

At the close of an edition unspooling in two stages (held online for professionals in January, and in cinemas in Biarritz from 12 to 17 June for the general public), the 3rd FIPADOC (refocused exclusively on documentaries after 31 editions promoting generalist audiovisual production) has announced its victors for 2021.

The International Competition jury (composed of Danish director Eva Mulvad, her Italian counterpart Stefano Savona and American producer Thom Powers) crowned as its champion The Mole Agent [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maite Alberdi
film profile
]
by Maite Alberdi (a co-production uniting the likes of Chile, the Netherlands, the USA, Spain and Germany), which can now add yet another trophy to its impressive crop of awards (which includes San Sebastián’s Audience Award for Best European Film and a nomination for this year’s Best Documentary Oscar).

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The national competition was won by Claus Drexel’s Ladies of the Wood [+see also:
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, which is produced by Daisy Day Films and will be distributed in France this autumn by Nour Films. Sold worldwide by The Party Films Sales, this sociological, humanist, and intimate documentary lends a voice to transsexual sex workers in the Bois de Boulogne.

As for the two prizes associated with the Impact competition, both of these were snaffled by Czech director Jindřich AndršA New Shift [+see also:
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trailer
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, whilst the accolade for Women in Media (awarded to the best French woman director) went to Sabrina Van Tassel for The State of Texas v. Melissa [+see also:
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(due for French release on 15 September via Alba Films) and the Audience Award (pertaining to the Panorama of French Documentaries line-up) was handed to 7 Billion Suspects: The Surveillance Society by Sylvain Louvet and Ludo G. (a Capa Presse production sold by Newen Connect).

The full list of winners is as follows:

Grand Prize – International Documentary
The Mole Agent [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maite Alberdi
film profile
]
- Maite Alberdi (Chile/the Netherlands/USA/Spain/Germany)

Grand Prize – National Documentary
Ladies of the Wood [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
- Claus Drexel (France)

Grand Prize – Musical Documentary
Sisters with Transistors [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
- Lisa Rovner (UK/France/USA)

Grand Prize – Impact
A New Shift [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Jindřich Andrš (Czech Republic)

Grand Prize - Impact CNC Competition – Images de la Culture
A New Shift - Jindřich Andrš

INA Smart Award
The Book of distance - Randall Okita (Canada)

Digital Storytelling Award
Motto - Vincent Morisset (Canada)

Short Film Award
Souvenir souvenir – Bastien Dubois (France)

Erasmus + Award
Les antécédents familiaux - Mathilde Blanc (Belgium)

Tënk Award
Les antécédents familiaux - Mathilde Blanc

Audience Award
7 Billion Suspects: The Surveillance Society - Sylvain Louvet and Ludo G. (France)

Mitrani Award
The Painter and the Thief [+see also:
film review
interview: Benjamin Ree
film profile
]
- Benjamin Ree (Norway)

Ciné+ Award
The Mole Agent - Maite Alberdi

Women in Media Prize
The State of Texas v. Melissa [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Sabrina Van Tassel (France)

Young Europeans Award
Collective [+see also:
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]
– Alexander Nanau (Romania/Luxembourg)

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(Translated from French)

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