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New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival announces its winners and the echo of the festival at the Garage Screen cinema of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

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New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival announces its winners and the echo of the festival at the Garage Screen cinema of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

The first New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival is taking place from August 14 to 28, 2020. Films from the competition programme as well as works of jury and some out of competition films can be watched online on the Nonfiction.film platform. The international jury was judging the programme remotely and selected the winners on Sunday, August 23.


GRAND PRIX (€15 000)

The Cloud in Her Room (Zheng Lu Xinyuan, Hong Kong, China)

JURY AWARD (€10 000)

Blanco en blanco (Théo Court, Spain, Chile, France, Germany)


Oroslan (Matjaž Ivanišin, Slovenia, Czech Republic)



How to Disappear (Total Refusal: Leonhard Müllner, Robin Klengel, Michael Stumpf, Austria)

Community Gardens (Vytautus Katkus, Lithuania)

Still Working (Julietta Korbel, Switzerland)


Perdikaki (Catriona Gallagher, Greece, UK)

This year’s jury included directors Philip Gröning (Germany), Bakur Bakuradze (Russia) and Isabella Eklöf (Sweden), film producer Thanassis Karathanos (Germany), director of the Sheffield Doc/Fest festival Cíntia Gil (Portugal). Short programme was judged by film director Andrés Duque (Spain), film critic Carmen Gray (Germany), video artist Polina Kanis (Russia) and theater director Dmitry Volkostrelov (Russia).

The festival’s team: Alexander Rodnyansky (president), Alexey Artamonov (programme director), Andrey Kartashov (short programme curator). The festival is organised by the team of New Holland: Cultural Urbanization project.

*The selection of the Jury Award winner was not unanimous. Members of the Main Competition Jury have also decided to award a Special Mention to Oroslan with the following statement: The memory of someone who passed away circulating, within a community, as a thin and discreet thread, becomes the motif for a beautiful portrait of human fragility and its poetic force.

The Garage Screen cinema of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will host an echo of the New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival from August 30 to September 11 and will include screenings of the winning films and some of the premiers from the main competition and out of competition programmes. Some screenings will be followed by Q&As with filmmakers, film critics and discussions with researchers. Until August 28, the competition programme films are also available online on Nonfiction.film platform.

A special programme Inventing the Future dedicated to different concepts of the future and the connections between cinema and modern philosophy will be shown in Garage in full. The programme was named after the work of a young experimental director from Canada Isiah Medina which is based on the book of the same name by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams. Other films include an interview with a cyberfeminist Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival and a poetic video-essay Eurasia (Questions on Happiness) dedicated to Eurasianship by Metahaven, Dutch art and design collective. Screenings of these three films will be followed by discussions with various researchers from Russia.

Another key event of the New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival’s echo will be the Russian premiere of IWOW: I Walk On Water, shot by an African-American director and photographer Khalik Allah. This three-hour cinematic trip through the streets of Harlem in search of enlightenment is one of the brightest and most unconventional documentaries of this year.

Tickets are available at the Garage Screen web page.


August 30, 10 pm, Mom, I befriended ghosts, dir. Sasha Voronov

August 31, 7:30 pm, Eurasia (Questions on Happiness), dir. Metahaven. Discussion

September 1, 7:30 pm, Dedication to Jean-Luc Godard: The Image Book, dir. Jean-Luc Godard, France against Robots, dir. Jean-Marie Straub

September 1, 10:30 pm, Babai, dir. Artem Aisagaliev

September 2, 7:30 pm, Danton’s Death, dir. Andrey Stadnikov

September 3, 7:30 pm, Films of Russian participants of the short competition
Leave of Absence, dir. Anton Sazonov,
News from the Other World, dir. Valentina Beck
Naked, dir. Kirill Khachaturov

September 4, 7:30 pm, IWOW: I Walk On Water, dir. Khalik Allah

September 5, 4:30 pm, Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival, dir. Fabrizio Terranova

September 6, 4:30 pm, Inventing the Future, dir. Isaiah Medina

September 9, 7:30 Short Film Competition winners
Still Working, dir. Julietta Korbel
How to Disappear, dir. Total Refusal (Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf)
Community Gardens, dir. Vytautas Katkus
Special Mention: Perdikaki, dir. Catriona Gallagher

September 10, 7:30 pm, The Main Competition Jury Award winner: Blanco en blanco, dir. Théo Court

September 11, 7:30 pm, The Main Competition Grand Prix: The Cloud in Her Room, dir. Zheng Lu Xinyuan

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