DIAGONALE AWARDS 2020 – JURIES AND FIRST WINNERS

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The Diagonale is pleased to be able to honour the outstanding achievements of Austrian directors again this year, despite the festival cancellation. The main Diagonale Awards 2020 will be announced in June.

The best of 2020

The Diagonale is pleased to be able to award the most important Austrian film prizes again in 2020, in particular the Styrian Diagonale Grand Prize for Best Feature Film and Best Documentary Film of the festival, as well as the Diagonale Innovative Film Prize of the city of Graz and all departmental prizes, donated by the VdFS – Verwertungsgesellschaft der Filmschaffende. The Festival of Austrian Film is pleased to entrust the international juries of the Diagonale 2020 with the task of re-examining the competition programme of the cancelled edition. All Diagonale Awards 2020 will be announced in June 2020. The Diagonale Best Documentary Short Film Award of the Diocese of Graz-Seckau has already been announced. The Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Treatment are also already known. All award winners can be found below.

Jury for the Diagonale Awards 2020

Year after year, the Diagonale rewards a wide range of creative achievements related to film production and awards the most important Austrian film prizes. With Ruth Beckermann (director, AT), Greg de Cuir Jr. (curator, author, US/RS), Inge de Leeuw (programmer, International Film Festival Rotterdam, NL), Matthias Dell (film critic, DE), Serafin Spitzer (cameraman, AT), Fabienne Moris (FIDMarseille programme co-ordinator, director, FIDLab, FR), Peter Taylor (director of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, GB), Eva Könnemann (filmmaker, DE) and Sasha Pirker (filmmaker, AT) once again succeeded in impressing internationally renowned experts for the Diagonale Jury 2020.

Diagonale Awards 2020, Franz Grabner Award and a first winning film

‘The current situation is a crisis, not an opportunity’. In the background of this statement, which Peter Schernhuber and Sebastian Höglinger recently made in a radio report for the Bayrischen Rundfunk, the Diagonale is particularly pleased to be able to honour the outstanding achievements of local filmmakers again this year, despite the festival cancellation. The Diagonale Awards 2020, including the Styrian Diagonale Grand Prize, the Diagonale Innovative Film Prize of the City of Graz, all departmental prizes in cooperation with the VdFS – Verwertungsgesellschaft der Filmschaffenden and the Prize for Outstanding Production in Film of the VAM – Verwertungsgesellschaft für Audiovisuelle Medien will be announced in June. An award ceremony will take place, if possible, in autumn. The Franz Grabner Award will also be presented separately and at a later date. Further information will follow.

The Diocese of Graz-Seckau Award for Best Documentary Short Film has already been awarded. The prize, consisting of €4,000, was donated by the Diocese of Graz-Seckau / KULTUM – Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten and goes to How to disappear by Total Refusal (Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf). The jury for the Best Documentary Short Film of the Diagonale 2020 was composed of Johannes Gierlinger (director, AT), Manfred Koch (until 2002 head of the Medienzentrale Bamberg, photographer, DE) and Antoinette Zwirchmayr (director, video artist, AT).

The best screenplays

The Carl Mayer and Thomas Pluch Awards for Best Screenplay were to be presented on Friday 27 March at the Hotel Wiesler in the Salon Frühling in a ceremony in cooperation with the cultural department of the city of Graz and drehbuchVERBAND Austria. After the cancellation of the Diagonale 2020 due to Covid-19, the winners were announced in an earlier press release.

The Carl-Mayer Award of the City of Graz went to the treatment of Die Verkündung by Josef Kleindienst. Jan Prazak received the consolation prize for Flat Mates. The Thomas Pluch Award for Best Screenplay went to Once were Rebels by Johanna Moder, the Thomas Pluch Jury Award went to Sandra Wollner for The Trouble with Being Born. The Thomas Pluch Award for Best Short or Medium-length Film went to Stefan Langthaler for Fabiu.

Congratulations to all the already announced winners and best of luck to everyone concerning the prizes still to be awarded!

Info: the website of the Diagonale