International Jury 2021
Hamze Bytyci, born in 1982 in Prizren/Kosovo, lives and works in Berlin. In 1989, his family came to Germany. Already at the age of eight, he makes his first steps as an activist at Christmas 1990 in the church asylum in Tübingen, when his family was fighting against their own deportation. In 2005, he graduates from drama school in Freiburg and founds the organization Amaro Drom (Our Way). After a one-year engagement in Zurich, he moves to Berlin in 2006, where he performs and directs at Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Maxim Gorki Theater, and smaller theaters. Since 2007 Bytyci has worked as a foundation consultant, as an independent theater and media educator at various Berlin schools, and as an intercultural family helper for LebensWelt. In 2012, he founded the association RomaTrial e.V., where, among other things, he manages the online radio station Radio Corel and organizes international film summer schools under the label Balkan Onions. In 2012, he developed his own interactive performance format, Hilton 437, in which he explores social and political issues. Since 2016, he has been a member of the Berlin state executive committee of DIE LINKE. In October 2017, he organized for the first time the AKE DIKHEA? Festival of Romani Film. In April 2018 he was co-curator of the 1st Roma Biennale, the first self-organized biennial by and with Roma artists from all over Europe at the Maxim Gorki Theater.
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Born in 1987 in Halle (Saale). Studied media art at the Academy of Art in Munich. First experiences in directing theater, short and experimental films.
Her first feature-length documentary WASTELAND – SO THAT NO ONE BECOMES AWARE OF IT premiered at the Berlinale (Generation), was subsequently screened at numerous festivals and won, among others, the Open Eyes Youth Jury Award at the 8th edition of the Nuremberg Film Festival of Human Rights.
Furthermore, she was a jury member of the Generation International Jury of the 66th Berlinale and was represented twice as Berlinale Talent in recent years, most recently in the Script Station with her feature film script ALMA.
Brigid O’Shea has lived and worked in Germany and Europe since 2005. She started her career at the Berlin International Film Festival, where she worked for various departments including Berlinale Talents, Berlinale Co-Production Market and the EFM. She was the coordinator of the DOK Industry Programme from 2010 and was appointed head of DOK Industry in late 2014. She left this post in 2021 to establish the Documentary Association of Europe, to usher in a new generation of professionals and advocate on a pan-European level for documentary filmmakers. She has previously freelanced for many documentary institutions in Europe and also for production companies. She tutors across the globe on international co-financing and pitching as well as festival strategies and cultural management. She moderates and curates discussions and programmes on non-fiction filmmaking as an internationally-respected consultant with a wide and diverse network. Currently she serves on the advisory boards of B2B Doc and DMZ Docs.
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The Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF) is Germany’s oldest and biggest human rights film festival.
The biannual festival presents international film art with a conscience from all around the world since 1999.
NIHRFF awards three cash prices and features an international jury as well as the Open Eyes Youth Jury.
International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg
In the main competition, films compete for the International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg, worth EUR 2,500. This award for outstanding filmic achievement in a human rights film will be awarded by an indepedent international jury.
All films in the festival programme compete for our audience award, worth EUR 1,000.
Open Eyes Youth Jury Award
A jury of students will chose the winner of the Open Eyes Youth Jury Award. They select the film best suited for human rights education in schools. The jury consists of Nuremberg high school students.
|International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg||This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection Lesotho, Italy, South Africa 2019, Director: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese|
|Audience Award||Mr. Bachmann and His Class Germany 2021, Director: Maria Speth|
|Open Eyes Youth Jury Award||Who Owns My Village? Germany 2021, Director: Christoph Eder|
|International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg||The Silences, Brazil/France/Columbia 2018, Director: Beatriz Seigner|
|Audience Award||A Thousand Girls Like Me, France/Afghanistan 2018, Director: Sahra Mani|
|Open Eyes Youth Jury Award||PUSH, Sweden 2019, Director: Fredrik Gertten|
|International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg||Ta’ang, Hongkong/France 2016, Director: Wang Bing|
|Special Mention:||Communion, Poland 2016, Director: Anna Zamecka|
|Audience Award||The War Show, Denmark/Finnland/Syria 2016, Directors: Obaidah Zytoon, Andreas Dalsgaard|
|Open Eyes Youth Jury Award||Dil Leyla, Germany 2016, Director: Aslı Özarslan|
|Special Mention:||For Ahkeem, USA 2017, Directors: Jeremy S. Levine, Landon van Soest|
|International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg||Maidan, Ukraine/Netherlands 2014, Director: Sergei Loznitsa|
|Audience Award||The Look of Silence, Denmark/UK/Indonesia/Norway/Finnland 2014, Director: Joshua Oppenheimer|
|Open Eyes Youth Jury Award||Something Better To Come, Denmark/Poland 2014, Director: Hanna Polak|
|International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg||Norte, Philippines 2013, Director: Lav Diaz|
|Audience Award||No Fire Zone: In the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka/UK 2013, Director: Callum Macrae|
|Open Eyes Youth Jury Award||Wasteland – So that No One Becomes Aware of It, Germany 2013, Director: Anne Kodura|
|Special Mention||Call Me Kuchu, USA 2012, Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright,|
|International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg||The Prize, Mexico/France/Poland/Germany 2011, Director: |
|Audience Award||Son of Babylon, Egypt/France/Iraq/Netherlands/UK/United Arab Emirates/Palestine 2010, Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji|
|Open Eyes Youth Jury Award||9 Lives, Germany 2011, Director: Maria Speth|
|Special Mention||Cartonera, Germany 2010, Director: Maria Goinda|
|International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg||Crime & Punishment, China 2007, Director: Zhao Liang|
|Audience Award||Burma VJ – Reporting from a Closed Country, Denmark 2008, Director: Anders Østergaard|
|Open Eyes Youth Jury Award||Burma VJ – Reporting from a Closed Country, Denmark 2008, Director: Anders Østergaard|
|International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg||The Violin, Mexico 2005, Director: |
|Special Mention||Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers, Cambodia/France 2007, Director: Rithy Panh|
|Audience Award||Sisters in Law, Cameroon 2005, Directors: Florence Ayisi, Kim Longinotto|
|Open Eyes Youth Jury Award||Favela Rising, Brazil/USA 2005, Directors: |
Matt Mochary, Jeff Zimbalist
|International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg||Estamira, Brazil 2004, Director: |
|Special Mention||Mardi Gras: Made in China, USA 2004, Director: David Redmon|
|Audience Award||The Amateurs and the General Germany 2004, Director: Helge Cramer|
|Open Eyes Youth Jury Award||Bunso: The Youngest, Philippines/UK 2004, Director: Ditsi Carolino|
|International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg||S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, Cambodia/France 2002, Director: Rithy Panh|
|Special Mention||Otzenrather Sprung, Germany 2001, Director: Jens Schanze|
|International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg||Long Night’s Journey into Day, USA 2000, Directors: Deborah Hoffmann|
|Special Mention||Sud, France/Belgium 1999, Director: Chantal Akermann|
|International Human Rights Film Award Nuremberg||The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun, Senegal/France 1999, Director: Djibril Dio Mambety|
|Kisangani Diary, Austria/France 1997, Director: Hubert Sauper|
|Memoria, Italy 2997, Director: Ruggero Gabbai|
Guests of Honor
Unitl 2017 NIHRFF honored a representative of the international film industry, who stands for great cinematic art and political-human rights commitment, with the NIHRFF Honorary Award.
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