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16th International Festival of Documentary and Fiction Film on Grape and Wine

Award Winners of Oenovideo 2009: An Incredible Panorama of Cinematographic Production on Grape and Wine

The 16th International Film Festival, Oenovideo, is officially wrapped up. After three days of screening, during the weekend of May 8 –10, 2009, the Grand Jury and the Partners Jury selected 12 of the best documentary and fiction films of 2009. These films, coming from five different countries, illustrate a new trend at the Festival: the introduction of fiction accompanying the documentary genre, the enhancement of imagery, original screenplays, a wide array of innovative subjects, and a growing list of well-known directors… More than 800 film enthusiasts attended the festival and discovered a new passion and a growing sensitivity in the world of grape and wine.

The emotions of the festival viewers, at Oenovidéo 2009, were tangible and real. For three days, the 31 nominated documentary and fiction films were screened and watched by more than 800 spectators. Professionals from the communication, promotion, cinema and television industry, as well as the public, were present to discover films from all over the world. “The images are spectacular and of unsurmountable beauty. It truly was a voyage through space and time. With each new discovery, we encountered an abundance of beauty and imagery that we never suspected existed. It is a genuine source of inspiration for those involved in the world and in the production of wine,” remarked one spectator.

The Honours list of the 16th Oenovideo Film Festival reveals the creativity of a growing number of directors and producers who pay homage to the imagery of the world of grape and wine. Presided over by Marc Rivière, producer, director, and screenwriter, the Grand Jury comprised of professionals from the wine and cinema industry.

From the selected 92 films entered in the competition, the Grand Jury and the Partners Jury awarded 12 films. The Cep d’Or Trophy was given to “La Géorgie pour l’amour du vin”, directed by Pierre Goetschel of Medienkontor Production (Berlin). This 52-minute documentary introduces us to Georgia, a flourishing wine-producing country. The unanticipated subject matter was filmed with sensitivity and accuracy, surprising both the public and the jurors. The characters share their touching and poignant views of traditional winemaking with sincerity and dignity. This film, filled with hope, was a unanimous winner amongst the Grand Jury.

The Honours list of 2009 affirms the international flavour of the festival, and productions from Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, the United States of America, Australia, and Germany, were duly rewarded. Amongst these international films, “Le vin des poètes” a Swiss film, directed by Manuella Maury (Télévision Suisse Romande) was awarded three trophies: best long film (more than 20 minutes), best image, and the Partners’ VSPV prize, for its resplendent imagery and touching portraitures. Three short fiction films, two from Spain and one from Portugal, “The colour reserva”, “Key to reserva”, and “Save Miguel”, from leading American and Australian directors, Howard Greenhalgh, Martin Scorcese, and Sean Ascroft also took home awards, respectively, for best short film (less than 20 minutes), best “Sales Promotion” film and best original screenplay.

The Oenovideo 2009 Awards will be officially presented on September 9, 2009 at the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris. The organisers of Oenovideo, the oldest International Film Festival on Grape and Wine, would like to thank the City of Nuits-St-Georges (Burgundy), in association with l’Imaginarium, for its warm welcome and for its success in hosting Oenovideo 2009.

Amateur and professional photographers, also, had the chance to display more than 100 photographs at the Terroir d’Images® Photo Exhibit 2009 “Old Stones and Architectural Heritage in the Vineyard” sponsored by Bayer Cropscience, Estates & Wines, and Revue des Oenologues. Prizes for the best photographs will be officially presented in September, 2009.

New for 2010! The theme for the Terroirs d’Images® Photo Exhibit 2010 is “Water in the Vineyard”. Get your cameras ready!!!

  • The list of films screened at the festival are available [Film list]
  • To attend the Award ceremony, please fill out a request for an invitation [Form]
  • Best-of 2009 :
    - May 20-22, 2009, from 8:00 pm, with an invitation from L’Imaginarium, La magie des bulles. To register, please call 333.
    Ménerbes - July 26, 2009 with an invitation from the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin du Luberon. For information, please call 334. or write to:
  • Producers and directors, you can now download your Oenovideo 2010 Registration Folder [Registation Folder]
  • The OENOVIDEO festival is organised by : Forum Œnologie Association

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