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Honigmann receives Honorary Film Award

3 April 2013

Heddy Honigmann to be honoured at the Dortmund - Cologne International Women’s Film Festival

Dutch film maker Heddy Honigmann is to receive the Dortmund honorary documentary film award at the upcoming edition of the Dortmund - Cologne International Women’s Film Festival. She is being awarded the prize, endowed with 10,000 euros, for her accomplishments in European documentary film. Honigmann will accept the award in person on 14 April during the official award ceremony. The festival takes place from 9 – 14 April 2013 in Germany.

The prize-winner was chosen by a commission which comprised of Claas Danielsen, director of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentaries and Animation film, Birgit Kohler, codirector of the Arsenal Berlin and member of the selection committee of the Int. Forum / Berlinale, and the director of the Dortmund - Cologne International Women’s Film Festival, Silke J. Räbiger.

Statement of the jury: ‘‘Heddy Honigmann has enhanced international documentary film-making with a very distinct and personal style. As well as her elegant visual composition and careful dramatic structure, her documentary works stand out above all through Honigmann's extraordinary capacity for empathy. Encounters with people stand at the centre of her films - and this is what makes them so unique.“

Honigmann was born 1951 in the Peruvian capital of Lima. Her films, which have won many awards, include Metall and Melancholia, Good Husband - Dear Son, Crazy, Forever and the feature film Tot Ziens. Honigmann's films have been screened worldwide, and she has been honoured with retrospectives in Toronto, Paris, Berlin, Chicago, Madrid, the MoMa in New York, and many other places. Her awards include the Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award (USA 2007), the San Francisco Films Society’s Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award (2007), the Jan Cassies Award for her overall work (NL 2003).

The Dortmund honorary documentary film award is being awarded every two years to an European women documentary film maker who is permanently established in this field and who has made an outstanding contribution to the formal language of the genre and to the discussion on film of the social issues of our time.

-- End of press release --

For more information:

Dortmund - Cologne International Women’s Film Festival: www.frauenfilmfestival.eu


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