Aesthetica Short Film Festival: Winners in Documentary Film 2011 to 2014

ASFF is now entering its fifth year with the next instalment taking place from 5 to 8 November 2015. The call for entries is currently open and we are looking for filmmakers pushing the boundaries of their practice to new and exciting levels. The festival celebrates filmmaking in all forms, showcasing the top 300 films in genres including: drama, animation, documentary, artists’ film, experimental, fashion, advertising, thriller and music video. Here we celebrate the documentary strand, bringing to the forefront previous winners from the past four years which also include two Overall Festival Winners in 2011 and 2012.

Lindsay Blatt, Herd in Iceland (USA/Iceland)
Best Documentary 2014
Each year traditional herdsman take to the back country to round up thousands of the country’s hardy horses, which have spent the summer grazing in the highlands. Lindsay Blatt and Paul Taggart shot from land and air, foot and hoof across the vast Icelandic landscape, following and living with the herdsmen. Contains original music by Joshua Camp, edited by Michelle Mizner.

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Mia Mullarkey, Danger Overhead Powerlines (Ireland)
Best Documentary 2013
Danger Overhead Powerlines is an inspirational modern day David and Goliath story. The short film documents 65-year-old Teresa Treacy’s battle with the Irish Electricity Board to protect thousands of trees planted on her land, which resulted in her imprisonment in 2011. Moving testimonies from Teresa herself and those who fervently support her campaign make this an emotive and compelling watch.

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Shasha Nakhai/RIchard Williamson, The Sugar Bowl (Canada/Philippines)
Best Documentary/Overall Festival Winner 2012
A chorus of eccentric and endearing characters takes us through the rise and fall of an island in the Philippines and its sugarcane industry. Stunning images paint a portrait of a charming place struggling with its past and trying to move into the future.

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James Muir/Daniel Hunter, River Dog (New Zealand)
Best Documentary/Overall Festival Winner 2011
In the remote New Zealand countryside the underbelly of a farming community continues to pollute the water and destroy the last remaining natural values of the Pahaoa River. Yet, not all is lost. One farmer and his team of dogs challenge the status quo, battling against all odds to keep the river clean, protect the wildlife and to simply survive in this isolated and lawless land.

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Credits
1. Shasha Nakhai/RIchard Williamson, The Sugar Bowl.