Edward Watts Poster

Awards

Academy Awards, USA

2020 Nominee
Oscar
Best Documentary Feature
For Sama (2019)
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BAFTA Awards

2020 Winner
BAFTA Film Award
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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BAFTA Film Award
Best Film Not in the English Language
For Sama (2019)
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Outstanding British Film of the Year
For Sama (2019)
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Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer
For Sama (2019)
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2016 Nominee
BAFTA TV Award
Best Current Affairs
Dispatches (1987)
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For episode "Dispatches: Escape from Isis (2015)".

Ajyal Youth Film Festival

2019 Winner
Jury Prize - Bader
Best Feature Film
For Sama (2019)
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Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival

2019 Winner
Main Award
For Sama (2019)
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Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival

2019 Winner
Audience Award
IDFA Audience Award
For Sama (2019)
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Antenna Documentary Festival

2019 Winner
Best International Documentary
Best International Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Arabisches Film Festival

2019 Winner
Tübingen Audience Award
For Sama (2019)
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Awards Circuit Community Awards

2020 Nominee
ACCA
Best Documentary Feature
For Sama (2019)
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Bafta TV Craft

2016 Nominee
BAFTA Television Craft Award
Current Affairs
Escape from Isis (2015)

Bergen International Film Festival

2019 Winner
Checkpoints Award
For Sama (2019)
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Biografilm Festival

2019 Winner
Audience Award
International Competition
For Sama (2019)
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Best Film Unipol Award
International Competition
For Sama (2019)
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Bodil Awards

2021 Nominee
Bodil
Best Non-American Film (Bedste ikke-amerikanske film)
For Sama (2019)
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British Independent Film Awards

2019 Winner
British Independent Film Award
Best Director
For Sama (2019)
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Best British Independent Film
For Sama (2019)
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Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Calgary International Film Festival

2019 Winner
Audience Award
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Cannes Film Festival

2019 Winner
Golden Eye
For Sama (2019)
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Carthage Film Festival

2019 Winner
Tanit d'Argent
Official Competition
For Sama (2019)
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Nominee
Tanit d'Or
Documentary Feature Film
For Sama (2019)
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Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US

2020 Nominee
Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize
For Sama (2019)
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Nominee
Cinema Eye Honors Award
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
For Sama (2019)
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CinEuphoria Awards

2021 Winner
CinEuphoria
Best Documentary - International Competition
For Sama (2019)
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Freedom of Expression - Honorary Award
For Sama (2019)
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Top Ten of the Year - Audience Award
For Sama (2019)
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Critics' Choice Documentary Awards

2019 Nominee
Critics' Choice Documentary Award
Best Director
For Sama (2019)
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Dinard British Film Festival

2019 Winner
Golden Hitchcock
Feature Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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DocsMX: The International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City

2019 Winner
Best Feature Documentary
Women On Frame
For Sama (2019)
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Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival

2019 Nominee
Human Rights Award
Human Rights Dox
For Sama (2019)
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Durban International Film Festival

2019 Winner
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Winner
Amnesty International Human Rights Award
Best Film
For Sama (2019)
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European Film Awards

2019 Winner
European Film Award
European Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Faro Island Film Festival

2020 Nominee
Golden Carp Film Award - International
Best Documentary Feature
For Sama (2019)
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Film Club's The Lost Weekend

2019 Winner
Lost Weekend Award
Best Director - Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Film Festival Cologne

2019 Nominee
Phoenix Award
For Sama (2019)
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Film Independent Spirit Awards

2020 Nominee
Independent Spirit Award
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Frontdoc International Documentary Festival

2019 Winner
Jury Prize
Feature Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Galway Film Fleadh

2019 Winner
Human Rights Award
For Sama (2019)
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Nominee
Documentary Award
Best International Feature Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Ghent International Film Festival

2020 Winner
Audience Award
North Sea Port Audience Award
For Sama (2019)
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Gimli Film Festival

2019 Winner
Best of Fest
Grand Jury Prize - Special Mention
For Sama (2019)
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Gold Derby Awards

2020 Nominee
Gold Derby Award
Documentary Feature
For Sama (2019)
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Guanajuato International Film Festival

2019 Winner
Festival Prize
Best International Documentary Feature
For Sama (2019)
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Guldbagge Awards

2021 Winner
Guldbagge
Best Foreign Film (Bästa utländska film)
For Sama (2019)
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Hamptons International Film Festival

2019 Winner
Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution
Best Film
For Sama (2019)
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Heartland International Film Festival

2019 Winner
Best Documentary Feature
Documentary Feature
For Sama (2019)
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Winner
Richard D. Propes Social Impact Award
Documentary Feature
For Sama (2019)
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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

2019 Winner
Special Jury Prize
International Feature Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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"For its unflinching lens on the horrors of war, accompanied by a tender portrait of a young family... More

"For its unflinching lens on the horrors of war, accompanied by a tender portrait of a young family born out of conflict, and the courageous community that surrounds them, the Special Jury Prize goes to For Sama."

Nominee
Best International Documentary
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Nominee
Audience Award
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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-Fifth Place

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

2019 Winner
Audience Award
Best Documentary Feature
For Sama (2019)
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International Cinematographers' Film Festival Manaki Brothers

2019 Winner
Municipality of Bitola Award
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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"Together with the major of Bitola, Natasha Petrovska, we decided to introduce this award to the ... More

"Together with the major of Bitola, Natasha Petrovska, we decided to introduce this award to the festival, because in that way we continue the tradition of the Manaki brothers, who were the first documentarists of these areas. I hope that this approach and attitude towards their work will stay as a legacy for the ones to be part of this festival in the future and that they will nurture the documentary film."


International Cinephile Society Awards

2020 Nominee
ICS Award
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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International Documentary Association

2019 Winner
IDA Award
Best Feature
For Sama (2019)
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IDA Award
Best Director
For Sama (2019)
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International Emmy Awards

2016 Winner
Current Affairs
Dispatches (1987)
For episode "Escape from Isis"

International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)

2020 Nominee
INOCA
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Karama Human Rights Film Festival

2019 Winner
Karama Feather Award
For Sama (2019)
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Lighthouse International Film Festival

2019 Winner
Audience Award
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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London Critics Circle Film Awards

2020 Nominee
ALFS Award
Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker of the Year
For Sama (2019)
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Melbourne International Film Festival

2019 Nominee
People's Choice Award
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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-Fifth Place

Millennium Docs Against Gravity

2020 Winner
Amnesty International Award - Special Mention
For Sama (2019)
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Milwaukee Film Festival

2019 Winner
Documentary Jury Award
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Mohamed Amin Courage in Filmmaking Award
For Sama (2019)
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Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

2019 Winner
Audience Choice Award
World Cinema - Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Mountain Film Festival

2019 Winner
Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award
For Sama (2019)
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Munich Film Festival

2019 Winner
Audience Award
Bayern 2 and SZ Audience Award
For Sama (2019)
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Nantucket Film Festival

2019 Winner
Best of Fest Award
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Naples International Film Festival

2019 Winner
Festival Award
Impact Award
For Sama (2019)
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Newport Beach Film Festival

2019 Winner
Jury Award
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Odesa International Film Festival

2019 Winner
Special Jury Mention
European Documentary Competition
For Sama (2019)
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Nominee
Golden Duke
European Documentary Competition
For Sama (2019)
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One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

2020 Nominee
Right to Know Competition
For Sama (2019)
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Online Film & Television Association

2020 Nominee
OFTA Film Award
Best Documentary Picture
For Sama (2019)
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Tied with Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov, and Atanas Georgiev for Honeyland (2019) in second ... More

Tied with Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov, and Atanas Georgiev for Honeyland (2019) in second place.


Quebec City International Film Festival

2019 Winner
College Jury Prize
Special Mention
For Sama (2019)
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Royal Television Society, UK

2020 Winner
RTS Television Award
Director - Documentary/Factual & Non Drama
For Sama (2019)
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Winner
RTS Craft & Design Award
Director - Documentary/Factual & Non Drama
For Sama (2019)
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2016 Winner
RTS Television Award
Best Current Affairs - International
Escape from Isis (2015)

Seattle International Film Festival

2019 Nominee
Golden Space Needle Award
Best Director
For Sama (2019)
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-Fourth Place

Sheffield International Documentary Festival

2019 Winner
Grand Jury Award
Special Mention
For Sama (2019)
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Winner
Audience Award
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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Nominee
Grand Jury Award
Best Documentary
For Sama (2019)
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SXSW Film Festival

2019 Winner
SXSW Grand Jury Award
Documentary Feature
For Sama (2019)
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Winner
Audience Award
Documentary Feature
For Sama (2019)
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Telluride Mountainfilm Festival

2019 Winner
Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award
For Sama (2019)
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Traverse City Film Festival

2019 Winner
Grand Prize for Best Film
For Sama (2019)
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VC FilmFest - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

2019 Winner
Grand Jury Prize
Best Documentary Feature
For Sama (2019)
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