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After watching more than 180 documentaries from 45 countries the selection committee had to make hard decisions to establish the finalists for BIFED 2015 awards. The topics ranged from nuclear disaster and nuclear waste to e-waste and garbage, from re-thinking our food and the globalization of agriculture to the small regional food producers, from migration and poverty to challenges of water resources, from small rural communities to gentrification, from indigenous resistance to resistance in cities. Surprising (maybe not so much) there are very similar problems for most of the people all over the world. Resistance movements meeting the same strategies from governments and multinational companies, obstacles of survival for rural population, renewable energy production turning into a new environmental nightmare… Just to name a few of the questions raised.

1. Abu Haraz – Maciej L. Drygas, PL
2. Chai Qian, Displaced – Mali Arun, F
3. Char… The No-Man’s Island – Sourav Sarangi, IN
4. Children of Sodom – York-Fabian Raabe, DE
5. Cotton Dreams – Sandeep Rampal Balhara, PL
6. Five Star Existence – Sonja Linden, FL
7. Hands-On: Women – Climate – Change. – Liz Miller, Nupur Basu, Karen Winthers, Mary Kiio, Iphigenie Marcoux-Fortie, CA
8. Honour Your Word – Martha Stiegman, CA
9. My Name Is Salt – Farida Pacha, CH
10. On the Art of War – Luca Bellino, Silvia Luzi, IT
11. Tarlabaşı and Me – Marianna Francese, Jaad Gaillet, F
12. The Bee Keeper – Mano Khalil, CH
13. The Carbon Rush – Amy Miller, CA
14. The Grocer – Dimitris Koutsiabasakos, GR
15. Tin House – Lara Placido, Angelo Lopes, PT
16. Web – Michael Kleiman, USA
17. Bir Avuç Cesur İnsan – Rüya Arzu Köksal, TR
18. Ekümenopolis: Ucu Olmayan Şehir – İmre Azem, TR
19. Gündöndü – Nejla Demirci, TR
20. Su Bedeviler – Ömer Güneş, TR


During the selection process for BIFED 2015 awards it was soon apparent that many of the submitted documentaries were films from students – first works and graduation films. We thought that they should be awarded within a new competition category: The Gaia Student Award.

 Ben alemin biberini yemem / I don’t eat anybody’s pepper, Şeref Pehlivan, Turkey, 2014, 23’

Çırak / Apprentice Ramazan Dinler, Turkey, 2015, 20′

Çoban / Shepherd, Murat Haksever, Turkey, 2013, 20’

Dream of San Juan / San Juan’ın Hayalı, Jan Paweł Trzaska, Joaquin del Paso, Poland, 2015, 48’

Invisible / Görünmez, Zofia Pregowska, Poland, 2014, 22’

Komorebitatchi, Sophie Perrier, Masanori Omori, Switzerland, 2014, 15’

Ter / Sweat, Elif Çerrahoğlu, Turkey, 2015, 10’

The Archipelago / Takımada, Benjamin Huguet UK/France, 2015, 40’

Tyres / Lastik Tekerlekler, Kyaw Myo Lwin, Myanmar, 2013, 30’