Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary feature Waiting for August has been awarded the prize for Best International Documentary at the Hot Springs International Documentary Festival in Arkansas, USA. The film also screened in Australia at the Antenna Documentary Festival, where it was similarly honoured as Best International Documentary.

Waiting for AugustInternational praise has kept on coming for Mihai since her documentary debut Waiting for August first made its appearance at the prestigious Hot Docs film festival in April. The film won the International Feature Award there, after which it travelled on to win awards in Karlovy Vary, at Kosovo’s Dokufest, and at the international film festivals of Budapest (Hungary), Bergen (Norway), Astra (Romania), Valdivia (Chile) and Reykjavik (Iceland). Waiting for August has also had theatrical runs in New York and Los Angeles.

The Antenna Documentary Festival (14-19 October) in Sydney, Australia, screens the best documentaries from around the world. This year, its line-up included 35 feature-length documentaries from over 20 countries, with Waiting for August grabbing the fest’s SBS Award for Best International Documentary.

At the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (10-19 October) in Arkansas, Mihai’s portrait of a Romanian teenager in charge of her six siblings also touched a nerve, receiving the award for Best International Documentary.

Hanne Phlypo and Antoine Vermeesch of Clin d’Oeil Films (Houses With Small Windows, The Art of Becoming) produced Waiting for August, in co-production with A Private View (Marry Me). Rise and Shine is handling international sales. Waiting for August received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Wednesday 22 October 2014

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