Eight German or German-international documentaries won awards during March at international festivals and award ceremonies
HORST BUCHHOLZ…MY PAPA (HORST BUCHHOLZ…MEIN PAPA) by Christopher Buchholz and Sandra Hacker won a Gold Plaque in the "Documentary: History/Biography" category of at the 2006 Chicago International Television Awards (Hugo Awards).
No less than four German documentaries won awards in Mexico City at the 3rd Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporanéo de la Ciudad de Mexico (FICCO): the jury voted WORKINGMAN'S DEATH (AT/DE) by Michael Glawogger as the Best Documentary. The Audience Award in the documentary section went to CROSSING THE BRIDGE by Fatih Akin, and a Special Jury Mention was given to INTO GREAT SILENCE (DIE GROSSE STILLE) by Philip Gröning and FROZEN ANGELS (DE/US) by Frauke Sandig and Eric Black.
FROZEN ANGELS was also successful at the Festival International de Films de Femmes in Créteil where the film also won the Prix Graine de Cinéphage. A Mention Spéciale was also given to BALORDI (DE/IT) by Mirjiam Kubescha in Créteil.
A prize for Best Direction was presented to Jens Schanze at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Festival in Prague for his film WINTER CHILDREN (WINTERKINDER).
The short STREET PUNK MOSCOW (KINDER DER SCHLAFVIERTEL) (DE/RU) by Janna Ji Wonders and Korinna Krauss was named Best Newcomer Film and picked up the Bourse Pierre et Yolande Perrault at the renowned documentary festival Cinéma du Réel in Paris.