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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

Submission
2018
2017
  • 2018 IDF Best Feature-Length Documentary

    24th Street

    1. Country/Area of Production:China
    2. Language of Dialogue:Chinese
    3. Runtime:88 min
    4. Director:Zhiqi PAN
    5. Type of Work:Feature-Length Documentary
    6. Producer:Ruby 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 Short Documentary

    A Solitary Human Voice

    1. Country/Area of Production:China
    2. Language of Dialogue:N/A
    3. Runtime:40 min
    4. Director:Liang ZHAO
    5. Type of Work:Short Documentary
    6. Producer:Liang 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

    1. Country/Area of Production:Norway, Korea
    2. Language of Dialogue:Norwegian, Korea
    3. Runtime:77 min
    4. Director:Jéro Yun, Marte Vold
    5. Type of Work:Feature-Length Documentary
    6. Producer:Elisa 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 D20 Best Documentary Series

    Ten Years: Forget Me Not

    1. Country/Area of Production:China
    2. Language of Dialogue:Chinese
    3. Runtime:4 Episodes
    4. Director:FAN Jian, YU Runze
    5. Type of Work:Documentary Series
    6. Producer:Tencent 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 Special Mention

    The Asunta's Trial

    1. Country/Area of Production:Spain
    2. Language of Dialogue:Spanish
    3. Runtime:3 Episodes
    4. Director:Elías León de Siminiani
    5. Type of Work:Documentary Series
    6. Producer:Bambú 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…

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  • 2018 Special Jury Award

    Four Springs

    1. Country/Area of Production:China
    2. Language of Dialogue:Chinese
    3. Runtime:105 min
    4. Director:Qingyi LU
    5. Type of Work:Feature-Length Documentary
    6. Producer:Xun 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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  • 2017 D20 Film of the Year

    The Apology

    1. Country/Area of Production:Canada
    2. Language of Dialogue:English
    3. Runtime:104min
    4. Director:Tiffany Hsiung
    5. Type of Work:Documentary
    6. Producer:Anita Lee

    Introduction: The Apology follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Some 70 years after their imprisonment in so-called “comfort stations,” the three “grandmothers”…

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  • 2017 D20 Author of the Year

    Burqa Boxers

    1. Country/Area of Production:India
    2. Language of Dialogue:English
    3. Runtime:84min
    4. Director:ALKA RAGHURAM
    5. Type of Work:Documentary
    6. Producer:Farid Rezkallah

    Introduction: In a culture where beauty, delicacy, refinement and submission are the prized traits to the ultimate feminine career fulfillment, marriage, young Muslim girls knock out a few stereotypes learning boxing at a little club in Kiddirpur, Kolkata. Burqa Boxers tells the story of these warriors, Praveen Sajda, twenty one, Noor…

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  • 2017 D20 Innovation of the Year

    Mama

    1. Country/Area of Production:China
    2. Language of Dialogue:Chinese
    3. Runtime: 90min
    4. Director:Jin Xingzheng
    5. Type of Work:Documentary
    6. Producer:Jin Xingzheng、Duan Lian 、Sheng Dongpuo

    Introduction: A Mama, named Changjie Luo, who is 88 years old, still insists on planting potatoes, corns, herbs and mowing pigweed to feed the pigs in order to cover basics. In 1974, when serving in the army, her son Qi Caizheng got Group B Meningitis, which resulted in memory loss. He can’t even handle the basics like putting on a…

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  • 2017 Speicial Mention

    Crossing Road

    1. Country/Area of Production:Japan
    2. Language of Dialogue:Japanese
    3. Runtime:44min
    4. Director:Hayato Obiki
    5. Type of Work:Documentary
    6. Producer: Fumiharu Shirosawa

    Introduction: June 8, 2013. A man prayed at the crossroads of Akihabara. He was Yuasa one of the victims of the Akihabara killings that occurred five years ago. His abdomen was stabbed , and now also endured the sequelae, he often went to the hospital for review. After the incident, the defendant Kato Chida sent a letter of apology…

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