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Competitions

Tempo Documentary Festival hosts seven competitions. These are Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Tempo Documentary Award, Tempo Short Award, New Doc, Tempo Pitch, Short Dox Radio and new 2019; Tempo Audio Award.

Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award

Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award is named after the Swedish documentary filmmaker, known for legendary documentaries such as Dom kallar oss mods/They Call Us Misfits and Ett anständigt liv/A Respectable Life. The award was established in 2012 with the purpose to highlight the best foreign documentaries from the past year and the winner receives €2 000. The award is presented with support from The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

 Winner  

The Silence of Others by Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar 

Motivation: 

For an unyielding commitment to documenting the precarious and epic course of justice in post-Franco Spain. With clarity and courage they interrupt decades of silence, giving urgent voice to painful collective memories. Ultimately, the film transforms into a site for healing and the expression of human dignity. 

Honourable mention 

Camorra by Francesco Patierno 

Motivation: 

For its subtle and poetic narration, Camorra delivers a poignant account of a lost city. Devoid of moralisation or judgement, the film pushes the boundaries of the use of archival footage in a lyrical way. 

Tempo Documentary Award

Tempo Documentary Award is Sweden’s largest documentary film competition where the winning director receives 75 000 SEK. The award is presented with support from the Swedish Film Institute.

Winner 

Hamada by Eloy Domínguez Serén 

Motivation: 

A film that depicts a situation of deep frustration, which boils down to the political impact on people’s everyday lives. We want to praise its unusual sense of listening and presence, a quiet sense of humour and a clearly strong feminist perspective – in a magnificent, beautiful film that gives water to the dehydrated, energy to the imprisoned. A strange sense of feeling good in a vulnerable situation, which enables roses to grow in the desert. 

Honourable mention 

The Heart is a Drum by Jacob Frössén 

Motivation: 

A multi-layered movie about what longing – and basically grief – can generate. 

Exquisite, suggestive, naked and with the utmost importance at a time when mental ill-health is still shamed, this film opens up a dialogue about a difficult subject. It manages to show people’s ability to take advantage of light in the darkness. The Heart is a Drum makes our hearts beat faster. 

Tempo Short Award

Tempo Short Award is a competition for best Swedish short documentary, where the winning director is awarded 25 000 SEK. The award is presented with support from the Swedish Film Institute.

Winner 

Excess Will Save Us by Morgane Dziurla-Petit 

Motivation: 

A drastic, fun, dramatic and at the same time very current documentary / film. It describes how xenophobia and spreading rumour leads to a grandiose interpretation of reality and frightening conclusions. It features impressive dramaturgy and photography, and well-presented reality with a drop of artistic construction that forces itself on the viewer. 

Honourable mention 

The Wall by Astrid Askberger 

Motivation: An inspiring short film about normal everyday life in a difficult situation. In five minutes, we are told how adversity and inferiority give birth to ingenuity and cooperation. A simple and professionally told story about how society constantly grows and changes 

New Doc

New Doc is an award for unestablished Swedish filmmakers. The award is given to a promising new documentary film director and consists of 40 000 SEK from regional film bodies Filmbasen/Film Stockholm, Film i Öst,  FilmCloud/ Kultur i Väst, Film i Dalarna, Film Västernorrland, Filmregion Sydost and Kultur i Halland – Film.

Winner 

All we Own (Allt vi äger) by Emily Norling 

Motivation: 

The prize goes to a brave director who makes a personal movie with the participants and not about them. A voice is given to a group that is not often heard. With an open-minded approach and with an empathic feel, we are inspired. A movie that, with its warmth and vulnerability, does not leave anyone untouched. This is a story with the power to change from within. 

Honourable mention 

Proposal against Headscarf (Motion mot huvudduk) by Hanna Hannerz 

Motivation: 

We want to give an honourable mention to a movie that made us laugh and jump. In its simplicity, it shows the humanity behind big decisions. 

Tempo Pitch

Tempo Pitch is a competition where film directors and producers present their new projects in front of a jury and audience. The award consists of 90 000 SEK to be invested in the project. Tempo Pitch is arranged in collaboration with, and financed by, SVT Dokumentär, The Swedish Film Institute and Film Capital Stockholm.

Winner 

Miraklet i Gullspång by Maria Fredriksson 

Motivation: 

Tempo Pitch 2019 goes to a project that, with a clear line of control, unique access and fascinating characters, manages to awaken the jury’s curiosity. With a tantalizing relationship drama, the director manages to portray the deepest blackness through humour. 

In reality there are the most unlikely stories and the jury enjoyed following a journey towards life’s peculiarities and miracles. 

Short Dox Radio

In the Short Dox Radio competition, ten three-minute radio documentaries compete for the prize of 5000 SEK. The winning entry may also participate in the Nordic shortdox competition which takes place in Denmark later this spring. New for 2019 is an upgrade of the prize in collaboration with the production company Munck, which offers studio time and a producer t the winner’s next audio documentary. The award was established by Bengt Bok, a professor of radio production at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. 

Winner 

Min namne är en italiensk discokung av Fredrik Ramel 

Motivation: 

By taking an incomprehensible mystery in earnest seriousness, the programme maker takes us on a journey in sound design, emotions and geography. With rhythmic precision – without pretention – we have been looking for a time that fled, or rather, after the man who took Italodisco to Sweden. 

Tempo Sound Award

The Tempo Sound Award is a newly established prize for this year. It is distributed to the short film, among the competition films in the Tempo Short Award, which has the most thoughtful and creative sound image. The prize consists of 60,000 SEK for use in Momento Studio, equivalent to approximately two weeks in the studio with sound designer. 

Winner: 

Let me Dance (Låt mig dansa) by Camilla Skagerström 

Motivation: 

The Tempo Sound Award 2019 goes to a director who created a daring and expressive sound image 

with strongly composed music that takes a central place in the film, but without being in the way of the story. With a dynamic dramaturgy and pace, the sound strikes in just the ‘right’ places and at the same time dares to be silent when needed. We find that the director has deliberately created a natural place to let the sound tell as well as convey the mood, which gives a feeling that sound and image always belong together. 

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