I really wanted to go to the Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, NC this year, but it was just too close to SXSW and AFI Dallas. When the film festival's awards were announced this weekend, I read the list with envy for the people who were there. The festival's grand jury prize was awarded to The Monastery, a documentary from Denmark about a man who intends to turn his property into a monastery for Russian Orthodox nuns. The Monastery, which screened at Sundance earlier this year, also won the Emerging Artist Award given to films from first-time documentary feature filmmakers.

The festival's audience award went to War/Dance, which Kim Voynar caught at AFI Dallas and loved: "I can't imagine anyone could watch War/Dance without feeling heart-wrenched over these kids' stories and being touched by their heart and courage." The documentary about children in a Ugandan refugee camp who compete in a national dance competition also won a directing award at Sundance for Sean Fine and Andrea Nix. In addition, the film The Devil Came on Horseback took home two awards: the film about Darfur genocide shared the Seeds of War award with Uganda Rising, and won the Full Frame/Working Films award for documentaries that promote social change. James Rocchi reviewed the movie at Sundance and interviewed co-director Anne Sundberg and subject Brian Steidle. The rest of the Full Frame awards are available after the jump.
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