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2003: "History·Culture "

In 2003, an International Documentary Seminarwith the theme of “History·Culture” was held in Guangzhou. The seminar receivedinternational attention and 147 films from 14 countries were sent forcompetition. The jury included almost all the documentary experts UNESCOdispatched. Chinese film Old Mirror (《老镜子》) won the Grand Jury Prize and the seminarwas a great success.


2004: "Adolescentsand Children"

The event was renamed as GuangzhouInternational Documentary Film Festival in 2004 and it became the only domestictrading platform for international documentary films at that time. TheAdolescents and Children theme attracted 115 films from 23 countries andregions to come for competition. Chinese film “Kindergarten” (《幼儿园》) was awarded the Grand Prize, Poland’s “A Girl Named Dasha” won theMerit Prize, Japanese film “Japanese Education” won the Special Prize; “BornBead” and “Tom W.” from Poland, “Three Generations, one Stage: First Steps toMastery” from Japan and “Starkiss: Circus Girls in India” from Holland won theAcademic Award.


2005:" WomenToday"

In 2005, 380 entries from 46 countries andregions were submitted for GZDOC themed “Women Today”.“Bride Kidnapping inKyrgyzstan” from Kyrgyzstan won the Grand Prize and the Jury Prize was won byChinese film“Big Family” (《大家庭》) . Special Prizes for best Direction wereawarded to Denmark's “The German Secret”, Israel’s “Keep Not Silent” andCanada's “Post Partum”. The Chinese Producer Prize for Best Reportage was wonby “Langjin and Her Sisters” (《朗金和她的妹妹们》)and “Sacred Memory” (《记忆的伤痕》).


2006: "A Focus onPoverty"

GZDOC 2006 focused onpoverty and attracted 217 films from 48 countries to come for competition.“Hercules Ventures into the World” from Poland won the Grand Prize, Jury Prizewas won by the Chinese film “Shelter” (《房子》) and the Best Director Prize was awarded toPoland’s film “Corpus Christi”. “Armenia’s Dinner Time” was awarded the BestShort Film Prize. The Best Community Issues Award was won by “Neighbours-Vecinos” from Germany. The Award for the Best Original Perspective was won byBulgaria’s film named “Dancing Bear Park”. The Best Chinese Producer Prizeswere won by “The Moon Lacks” (《月缺》) and “City” (《城》).

2007: "OlympicJourney "

The theme of GZDOC 2007 was “OlympicJourney”. 395 films from 47 countries came for the festival. “The Warrior” fromPoland was awarded the Grand Prize and the Jury Prize was won by the Chinesefilm “The Olympic Dream in a Village” (《龙吟水乡》). The Award for Most Original Perspectivewas won by Canada’s “Chairman George” and the Award for Best Storytelling wasawarded to “Fairies’
Ultimate Dance, Rhythmic Gymnastics-Prayer for Beijing”. Mention Speciale wasgranted to Canada’s “Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking”, Chinese film “LadyConfucius” (《孔夫人》), Poland’s “Tell Me Why” and Australia’s“4”.


2008: "Earth, OurHome"

The theme of GZDOC 2008 was “Earth, OurHome”. 448 films from 37 countries came to GZDOC 2008. “Peace with Seals” fromCzech Republic won the Grand Prize. China’s “Living with Shame” (《瓦全》) won the Jury Prize. Mention Speciale was granted to Germany’s“Detecting Danger”, France’s “School on the Move”, Denmark’s “A KillerBargain”, Montenegro’s “The Thirst of a Stone Sea” and Canada’s “The LastContinent”.


2009: "Sunshine inLife "

The theme of GZDOC 2009 was “Sunshine inLife” and it attracted 510 films from 60 countries to come for competition.
“For the Best and for the Onion” from France and Niger won the Grand Prize andJury Prize was awarded to Holland’s “Another Utopia”. The Best Chinese DirectorAward was won by “For the Love of Shakespeare” (《爱上莎士比亚》), directed by Zhu Guangchun’s, “Grassroots”(《草根》), directed by Han Lei and “The Living:Mianzhu” (《生者 • 绵竹》), directed by Jia Ding. “Forgetting Dad”
from Germany won the Special Jury Prize.


2010: An Ever MatureFestival

GZDOC 2010 didn’t have any specific themes. There were 519 films from 53countries coming for competition. The Best Science and Education DocumentaryAwards were won by “The Light Bulb Conspiracy” from Spain and “The Mermaid’sTears” from France. The Best Environment and Protection Documentaries were wonby China’s “Paradise of Milu” (《麋鹿家园》) and Denmark’s “Changes in Shanghai”.

2011: Market Oriented

The festival initiated its market orientedstrategy and attracted 683 films from 56 countries to come for competition in2011. The Jury Prize was won by “The Next Life” (《活着》), from China and “Argentinean Lesson” fromPoland won the Grand Prize.


2012: “Golden KapokAward” Initiated

GZDOC 2012 was held from December 3 to 7 and the “Golden Kapok Award” wasinitiated. It started kinds of ways to call international entries, with 1488films from 65 countries to come for competition, screening, pitching and DocShop. “A Bite of China” (《舌尖上的中国》) from China won the Grand Jury Prize and theBest Documentary Award was won by Israel’s “Five Broken Cameras”.


2013: Forging International Brand, MeetingMarket Needs

GZDOC 2O13 has further perfected its contentand the six sessions “Completion, DocuMart, Industry Communication,Professional Forum, DocRoads and Screening”. GZDOC 2013 was comprised of 38programs, attracting 2071 films from 72 countries/regions to come forcompetition, facilitating documentary contracting, worth RMB ¥150 million. The scale of the festival, the number of competing films,the number of guests received and trade volume were all unprecedented. “Forestof the Dancing Spirits” from Canada won the Grand Jury Prize.


2014 With The LargestNumber of Entries in Asian Documentary Festivals

GZDOC 2014 has attracted nearly 300 domesticand overseas institutions coming for the festival, facilitating documentarycontracting, worth  nearly RMB ¥200 million,with 3054 films from 85 countries to come for competition,screening, pitching and Doc Shop, set a record for the documentary festivals inAsian region. “112 Weddings”(《112场婚礼》)and other 13 docmentaries won the awards.


2015: Salience of National Cultural Card Effect

In 2015,the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival became the largest internationaland professional documentary film festival in Asia. It has built cooperative partnerships with other global professional documentary festivals and industry institutions, including Italy Venice Film Festival, France Sunshine Documentary Festival and Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. 

The documentary festival has served as one of the best platforms for Chinese culture to go global and has become an important part of international documentary industry chain.