May 2011

"Der Tag des Spatzen" ("Day of the Sparrow") Awarded Prize in Ludwigsburg

Film Still from Day of the Sparrow

Philip Scheffner's "Day of the Sparrow" has been awarded the city of Ludwigsburg prize at the 2011 German documentary film awards.

The German documentary film award is handed out every other year at the Dokville tradeshow in Ludwigsburg to works that contribute to the further development of documentary in film and television. On top of this, the city of Ludwigsburg awards a prize worth 2,000 euros.

This year’s jury president was Claas Danielson (Head of Leipzig Dokfest). The other members were Christoph Hauser (Arte program director) Andreas Veiel (auteur), Simone Baumann (producer), Tilmann P. Gangloff (film critic), Volker Heise (producer and director) and Alexander Riedel (auteur). The jury said in its statement that DAY OF THE SPARROW made “a subject of the indescribable” and worked “in an incidental but confident manner with the narrative techniques of the increasingly rare essay film form.”

DAY OF THE SPARROW premiered at the 2010 Forum and was released in the same year by arsenal distribution.