The People’s Choice Award goes to the British film Blue Jean by Georgia Oakley

The jury composed of young European cinephiles from the 27 Times Cinema program – jointly organized by Giornate degli Autori, the European Parliament’s LUX Audience Award, and Europa Cinemas, in collaboration with Cineuropa – and headed by director and screenwriter Céline Sciamma, has decreed the winner of the GdA Director’s Award at the culmination of its customary deliberations, which are live-streamed on the Facebook page of Giornate degli Autori and coordinated by Karel Och, director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The GdA Director’s Award carries a cash prize of €20,000, to be split equally between the filmmaker and the film’s international distributor, to promote its circulation.

Out of the ten films in competition at the 19th edition of Giornate, Lobo e cão by Cláudia Varejão has been named the winner of the 2022 GdA Director’s Award.

The jury has released the following statement:
“The immersive world created in the film allowed us to engage in the important subject matter, presenting the queer characters as they are in their safe space. We found that the documentary – like elements contributed to the effectiveness and authenticity of the storytelling. The Jury also appreciated that the film doesn’t pander to the viewer in its frank , honest and impactful depiction of a tightly- knit queer community. We as a jury think that the message of this story is hugely important, and it is a pleasure to bestow this award on Claudia Varejao’s deserving film.”

Giornate audiences have also selected their own winner, after voting every day at the end of each screening of a film in competition, in the Sala Perla at the Casinò on the Lido. Out of the ten titles on the competition lineup, Blu Jean by Georgia Oakley has garnered the People’s Choice Award, with 65% of the votes. Runners-up on the virtual podium were Dirty Difficult Dangerous by Wissam Charaf, a close second, and The Damned Don’t Cry by Fyzal Boulifa.