'Midnight Family' wins top prize at 2019 Sheffield Doc/Fest

Screen | 6/12/2019 | Orlando Parfitt
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Luke Lorentzen’s Midnight Family won the grand jury award (with a £2000 prize) at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, which held its closing ceremony last night (June 11).

The film tells the story of a family scraping a living operating a private ambulance in Mexico city, and was praised by the jury for acting “as a timely warning to the dangers of privatised healthcare.”

Jury - Artist - Jeremy - Deller - Producer

The jury, made up of artist Jeremy Deller, producer Charlotte Cook and artist-filmmaker Jenn Nkiru also awarded a special mention to Hazzan Fazili’s Midnight Traveller and Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts For Sama, which also won the audience award.

For the first time this year, Sheffield Doc/Fest presented an iternational award with a £1,000 prize, which went to Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s Earth. Documenting the environmental destruction wrought by large-scale mining, it was praised for its “sheer scale and ambition”. A special mention was given to Kristof Bilsen’s Mother.

£2 - Tim - Hetherington - Award

The £2,000 Tim Hetherington award, named...
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