Verzió awarded six creators of outstanding documentary films at the annual awards ceremony on 20 November. This year, over 20,000 viewers attended the festival virtually, which exceeds both the number of previous Verzió festival attendees and the expectations of the organizers.
Thanks to the online nature of the festival, the films this year have been accessible to more people than ever before. Virtual visitors have come not only from throughout Hungary, but from around the world, especially the United States, Romania, the United Kingdom and Austria.
The Award Recipients of the 17th Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival are the following.
You can read the full jury statements here.
Human Rights Film Award: Welcome to Chechnya (USA, d. David France)
Student/Debut Film Award: Sonny (Poland, d. Paweł Chorzępa)
Best Hungarian Film Award: Give Me Shelter (Hungary, d. Mihály Schwechtje)
Audience Award: Terminal Stage (Hungary, d. Ilona Gaal and Balázs Wizner)
Human Rights Special Award: The Earth is Blue as an Orange (Ukraine, Lithuania, d. Iryna Tsilyk)
Student/Debut Special Award: Stunned, I Remain Alert (Brazil, d. Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos and Henrique Amud)