Winners of RusDocFilmFest 2021

This year awards were given to:

Grand Prix — “Listiev. A New Perspective”, director Rodion Chepel, producer Maria Serpionova (Russia)

Special Jury Prize — “Politzek is the New Black”, director Konstantin Davydkin, producer Maria Muskevich (Russia)

The Humanitarian Award — “Truth to Power”, director Garin Hovannisian (USA)

People’s Choice — “Rachmaninoff Revisited”, film director Peter Rosen (USA)

Faces of Russia“The Sakharov Case”, director Elena Yakovich (Russia)

Jury Special Diplomas and Prizes:

Best Cinematography — “A Shroud of Incense”, director Sasha Kretsan (Russia)

Best Director — Elena Yakovich (Russia), “The Sakharov Case”

The Special Prize of the Pushkin Society in America — film “Rachmaninoff Revisited”, film director Peter Rosen (USA)


In the FREE WORLD program:

(this program is awarded by The New Review Inc., the organizer of the festival)
— In the category Free Word“Bless You”, director Tatiana Chistova, producer Maciek Hamela (Russia / Poland)

— In the category Humanism in the Modern World — “Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial and Depiction”, director Joe Berlinger (USA)

— In the category Humanism in the Modern World — “Remembrance: Following the Trail of the Holocaust”, director Eugenii Bezborodov (Russia / Moldova)

— In the category Genius Loci“Dossier of Laughter”, director Oleg Kovachev (Bulgaria)

— In the category Remembering the Holocaust in the XXI Century diplomas goes to film “Dora”, film director Natalia Bernadskaya (USA)

— In the category Best Original Story diplomas goes to film “Temporarily Closed”, film director Semen Pinkhasov (USA)

In the ETERNAL VALUES program:

Best Film Script — “Stanislavsky: Lust for Life”, director Yulia Bobkova (Russia)

Best Music Documentary — “Rachmaninoff Revisited”, director Peter Rosen (USA)

— In the category Genius Loci — “Serge Hollerbach. A Russian Artist in New York”, director A’Dora Phillips, producer Brian Schumacher (USA)

Best Inspirational Film — “ALILO. THE Rebirth of Georgian Chants”, director Philipp Orlyansky (Russia / Georgia)

In the FRESH LOOK program:

— In the category WOW “Shadows of Your Childhood”, director Michael Gorobchuk (Russia)

Best Short Film (under 5 min) — “Magdalena”, director Nina Zaretskaya (USA)

All participants of the 14th RUSDOCFILMFEST were granted an Honorary Award.


The award ceremony took place on October 23, 2021, at the Social Documentary Film Theater in the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

RUSDOCFILMFEST laureates who were unable to attend the Festival will receive their award by mail.

A House Made of Splinters
•  Co-production: Denmark, Ukraine, Sweden, and Finland  
•  1:27h  
•  Ukrainian, Russian, with English subtitles
Author/Director(s): Simon Lereng Wilmont
Producer(s): Monica Hillström

This documentary had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and was the Academy Award nominee for Best documentary film in 2023. The film is about children from a special orphanage in Eastern Ukraine. A small group of social workers is taking care of children who lost their parents in the war. They are trying to create a safe space for children near the front line. The filming of the documentary lasted for more than two years in the Donbas region.

Simon Lereng Wilmont’s “Distance Barking of Docs” received the Grand Prix at the 12th RUSDOCFILMFEST in 2019.

Fri, March 24