Film Guide 2019

Section
Documentary Competition

Discover thrilling new talent in our prestigious competition section. Each year, the Competition Awards honor emerging narrative and documentary directors who represent cinema’s next generation of innovative film artists.

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2019 Documentary Competition Award Winner

2019 Documentary Competition | feature documentary Jury selection for Best Documentary Feature OVERSEAS, directed by Sung-a Yoon Director Sung-a Yoon receives a $3,000 cash prize as well as a film production package of in-kind goods and services, wi …


CUNNINGHAM

2019 Documentary Competition | feature documentary | 93 min • WINNER: Special Jury Prize for Artistic Vision for director Alla Kovgan In the past century of choreography, Merce Cunningham is perhaps the most iconic name of his medium, with an ever-evolvin …

Directed by Alla Kovgan

OVERSEAS

2019 Documentary Competition | feature documentary | 90 min New York Premiere • WINNER: Best Documentary Feature Director Sung-a Yoon receives a $3,000 cash prize as well as a film production package of in-kind goods and services, with a total value of over $25,000. In one …

Directed by Sung-a Yoon

PAHOKEE

2019 Documentary Competition | feature documentary | 112 min New York Premiere In their striking feature film debut, HIFF alums Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan immerse themselves in the rural town of Pahokee—a small, close-knit community nestled within the Florida Everglades …

Directed by Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan

RED PENGUINS

2019 Documentary Competition | feature documentary | 80 min US Premiere Complete with gangsters, strippers, and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink, RED PENGUINS tells the wild forgotten true story of capitalism and opportunism run amok in Moscow. Shortly after the …

Directed by Gabe Polsky

TALKING ABOUT TREES “الحديث عن الأشجار”

2019 Documentary Competition | feature documentary | 94 min US Premiere • WINNER: Special Jury Prize for Indomitable Spirit of Storytelling Reunited after years in exile, Ibrahim, Soliman, Manar, and Altayeb, the members of the “Sudanese Film Club,” come together …

Directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari