Best International and Local Short Documentary
Michael Graversen is a multi award winning filmmaker. Since Since 2013, Graversen has dealt with migration and refugee issues, starting with the portrait of a children's asylum center in "No Man's Land" (2013), in addition to "Ghosts of Moria" (2022), produced for The Guardian, and "Dreaming of Denmark" (2016), which was selected for 30+ festivals, nominated for a FACT Award at CPH:DOX and won several international awards. In 2022, he directed his personal family story “Mr. Graversen", which was nominated for both a Danish Academy Award (Robert) and Critics Award (Bodil) for documentary film of the year and received Politiken's honorary award at CPH:DOX.
Graversen has also published the books "Moria in Memoriam" and "De uledsagedes bog": The former was voted one of the art books of the year in Weekendavisen and for the latter one he was awarded with the Benny Andersen Prize 2020.
Nik Voigt started his career as a photographer and discovered his love for documentary filmmaking while studying Photography and Film at De Montfort University. He spent ten years after graduating growing in various roles such as cameraman, studio producer, editor, and director in corporate films, broadcast, and advertising.
Nik’s documentary career started in 2014, when Nik visited Georgia and began shooting "Magic Mountain," a documentary film co-directed with Mariam Chachia. This experience reignited his passion for documentary filmmaking. Nowadays, he primarily works as a cinematographer and has nine Director of Photography credits on documentary films that have been shown on Arté and screened at various European festivals.
Nik also trains young filmmakers as a tutor and has been a part of festival juries and selection committees. Nik remains an avid photographer.
Turkan Huseyn graduated from The Department of Cinema Theory at Azerbaijan State Culture and Arts University.
From 2007 she was dedicated to street and portrait photography. From 2007 to 2019, she worked as a director assistant and line producer for various film projects in Azerbaijan.
In 2020 she established her own production company “Chinar Film” and started producing small-budget independent films, mostly documentary projects.
Emin graduated from the United Business Institutes and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
He also completed the cinematography courses at American Society of Cinematographers in 2017 and gaffer courses (workshop by Christian Berger) in 2018.
In 2018 he was awarded with the Tereggi medal, founded by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Emin is a founder of Cinex Production Company, chairman of NGO on cinematography support and a Euronews reporter.
Ammar’s debut feature length film 'A Walnut Tree' had its world premiere at IDFA and North American premiere at Hot Docs. The film won awards from the Moscow International Documentary Film Festival, Jean Rouch Intl. Film Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Film Southasia, Sole Luna DocFilm Festival, among several others. Ammar is a recipient of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award. In 2022, he was awarded the prestigious Berlinale Mastercard Enablement Program for his organisation's work in animation. Ammar’s writing is widely anthologised and his poems have been translated into Russian, Spanish, Bangla, Tamil, and other languages. He has served as main jury at Moscow International Documentary Film Festival, 2022 and for IDFA's Oxfam Global Justice Award, 2015.