D20 Nomination Competition Section

D20 Nomination Competition is the main section of West Lake International Documentary Festival. Its aim is to highlight outstanding documentary filmmakers, all the while encouraging documentary filmmakers to be curious and persistent on their journey of creation. The festival conducts an open call for submission and the recommendation by international film selection consultants. The submission opens to feature-length documentaries (60 minutes and above), short documentaries (less than 60 minutes) and documentary series (2 episodes or more, or associated series) completed after 1st January, 2018.

The competition begins with the selection committee conducting the first round of evaluation of works from all over the world. Afterwards, the professional judges invited by the IDF Academic Committee conduct a re-evaluation and then vote, selecting 20 documentaries to be nominated in D20 Nomination Competition. The jury of the D20 Nomination is formed by international and Chinese scholars, directors and producers, all invited by the IDF Academic Committee. The finalists compete for a grand prize of 650,000 RMB.

 

* for more details please refer to the announcement of open call for entries of D20 Nomination Competition Section of 2019 the 3rd West Lake International Documentary Festival

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2018  IDF Best Feature-Length Documentary
24th Street
  • Country/Area of ProductionChina
  • Language of DialogueChinese
  • Runtime88 min
  • DirectorZhiqi PAN
  • Type of WorkFeature-Length Documentary
  • ProducerRuby CHEN, Violet Du FENG, Richard LIANG, Yoko Imai
Introduction: In 2010, Hangzhou, China, a 24th street under construction attracted a large number of migrant workers to make a living setting up a shanty town. More than 30 years ago, Su left his hometown with his girlfriend Qin. After settling at the shantytown, they opened a simple restaurant. But, with no legal permit and…
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2018  D20 Best Documentary Series
Ten Years: Forget Me Not
  • Country/Area of ProductionChina
  • Language of DialogueChinese
  • Runtime4 Episodes
  • DirectorFAN Jian, YU Runze
  • Type of WorkDocumentary Series
  • ProducerTencent News
Introduction: Ten years ago, a sudden earthquake caused many families to be shattered. Atop the ruins, people who lost their livelihoods marched forward with optimism and looked back to the tragedy with tenderness. These infants born after the earthquake are not the witnesses of the disaster, but have became history’s observ…
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2018  D20 Best Short Documentary
A Solitary Human Voice
  • Country/Area of ProductionChina
  • Language of DialogueN/A
  • Runtime40 min
  • DirectorLiang ZHAO
  • Type of WorkShort Documentary
  • ProducerLiang ZHAO
Introduction: More than 30 years ago, when the nuclear disaster occurred in Chernobyl, Maria was over 50. Her village was in the 30km restricted area. She and her neighbors were sent far away. Missing her hometown, Maria and her several sisters returned to the village secretly and lived a self-sufficient life. …
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2018  D20 Filmmaker of the Year
Letters
  • Country/Area of ProductionNorway, Korea
  • Language of DialogueNorwegian, Korea
  • Runtime77 min
  • DirectorJéro Yun, Marte Vold
  • Type of WorkFeature-Length Documentary
  • ProducerElisa Pirir, Maria Ekerhovd
Introduction: Marte Vold is a 38-year-old mother of two who lives in Oslo, Norway. Jéro Yun is 35 years old and lives alone with his cat in Seoul. Jéro's visit to his parents, whom he hasn't seen for a long time, marks the start of a year-long correspondence between the two filmmakers. They exchange videos and thoughts from …
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2018  Special Mention
The Asunta's Trial
  • Country/Area of ProductionSpain
  • Language of DialogueSpanish
  • Runtime3 Episodes
  • DirectorElías León de Siminiani
  • Type of WorkDocumentary Series
  • ProducerBambú Producciones
Introduction: Sunday, 22nd of September 2013. 01:40 am.   In the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, the dead body of Asunta Yong Fang Basterra Porto was found. Her parents, Rosario Porto and Alfonso Basterra, were the main suspects since the first moment.   Rosario and Alfonso were taken to prison accused of their daughter’s murder. …
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2018  Special Jury Award
Four Springs
  • Country/Area of ProductionChina
  • Language of DialogueChinese
  • Runtime105 min
  • DirectorQingyi LU
  • Type of WorkFeature-Length Documentary
  • ProducerXun ZHAO, Lixue WANG, Rui CHENG
Introduction: Four Springs is a documentary about family life made in Dushan, a small town in the south of Guizhou province. From the subjective aspect, it captures scenes of daily life: working, singing, sightseeing, visiting relatives and friends, funeral, reunion and parting. The film has demonstrated two characters—the l…
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