Award winners

The second edition of Al Jazeera Documentary Industry Days @ AJB DOC, which took place in Sarajevo, an event that supports the expansion of documentaries worldwide, including international co-productions, and matches key decision-makers with interesting projects, has revealed the winners for this year’s event.


Main Awards

MAIN PITCH $25,000 (The co-production award in this category is presented by Al Jazeera Documentary Channel) – THE RABBIS INTIFADA, Heather “Chana” Tenzer

MAIN PITCH €8,000 (The co-production Award presented by Al Jazeera Balkans) – THE SREBRENICA TAPE, Chiara Sambuchi

WORK IN PROGRESS $15,000 (The co-production award in this category is presented by Al Jazeera Documentary Channel) – UNTIL THE BUZZING STOPS, Abd al-Kader Habak

WORK IN PROGRESS €7,000 (The co-production Award presented by Al Jazeera Balkans) – BITTER SUGAR, Ana Barjadze

BALKAN STARS $10,000 (The co-production award in this category is presented by Al Jazeera Documentary Channel) – I DON’T WANT TO, Hanis Bagashov

BALKAN STARS €5,000 (The co-production Award presented by Al Jazeera Balkans) – ANOTHER FILM ABOUT THE WAR, FATHER & HOME, Damir Markovina


Partner Awards

CROATIAN RADIOTELEVISION (HRT) – HRT TV AWARD $5,000 – CORDON, Anton Mezulić

FILM CENTRE OF MONTENEGRO BALKAN STAR AWARD €5,000 – ANOTHER FILM ABOUT THE WAR, FATHER & HOME, Damir Markovina

BH TELECOM AWARD €2,500 – THE SREBRENICA TAPE, Chiara Sambuchi

SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC (Invitation and two accreditations to Sunny Side of the Doc 2023) – SOLO, Amine Boukhris & BITTER SUGAR, Ana Barjadze

CANNES DOC AWARD (Two complimentary Marché du Film badges & a special spotlight on the winning project at Cannes Docs 2024, a program of the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes) – MY MOTHER AND I, Dilpak Majeed & BITTER SUGAR, Ana Barjadze 

BELDOCS (Invitation to pitch a project at Beldocs IDFF 2023) – REAR ADMIRAL, Mladen Ivanović

PROGRESS FILM AWARD (Video Archive worth €3,000) – MOSCOW NIGHTS, Irina Maldea

RADIO AND TELEVISION OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (In-kind award of archive material worth € 5,000) – PARTISAN NECROPOLIS, Chris Leslie

THE INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY (IDF) – EAST SILVER CARAVAN AWARD (One year of festival distribution service. During the year, films are submitted for consideration to international film festivals) – DECEMBER, Grzegorz Paprzycki

EURODOC AWARD (Participation in a 5-day Eurodoc Session and a year-long membership worth € 3,000) – JANA, Maaria Sayed

DOHA FILM INSTITUTE - DFI PRODUCERS LAB AWARD (Selection of one project to participate in the DFI Producers Lab 2023) – SOLO, Amine Boukhris

JCC: CARTHAGE FILM FESTIVAL - TAKMIL - CARTHAGE PRO AWARD (Postproduction support) – MY MOTHER AND I, Dilpak Majeed from Iraq

MIA, INTERNATIONAL AUDIOVISUAL MARKET - MIA AWARD (Attendance in the MIA Co-Production Market and Pitching Forum) – ANOTHER FILM ABOUT THE WAR, FATHER & HOME, Damir Markovina

MOVIES THAT MATTER IMPACT AWARD (One project will be selected to attend the Festival, Industry Days Film & Impact, which will include free accreditation and accommodation) – BITTER SUGAR, Ana Barjadze

SHEFFIELD DOCFEST AWARD Industry pass for Sheffield DocFest 2024) – SOLO, Amine Boukhris

THE AL JAZEERA DIGITAL DOCUMENTARY AWARD (An award of $5,000 supports emerging documentary filmmakers who show promise of adapting long-form stories to digital format, including short documentaries) – DECEMBER, Grzegorz Paprzycki

AJD Industry Days ran from Sept. 9-11, during which 22 projects from Southeast Europe, Caucasus and MENA were presented.