D20 Nomination Competition

D20 Nomination Competition is the main section of West Lake International Documentary Festival. Its aim is to highlight outstanding documentary filmmakers, all the while encouraging documentary filmmakers to be curious and persistent on their journey of creation. The festival conducts an open call for submission and the recommendation by international film selection consultants. The submission opens to feature-length documentaries (60 minutes and above), short documentaries (less than 60 minutes) and documentary series (2 episodes or more, or associated series) completed after 1st January, 2019.

The competition begins with the selection committee conducting the first round of evaluation of works from all over the world. Afterwards, the professional judges invited by the IDF Academic Committee conduct a re-evaluation and then vote, selecting 20 documentaries to be nominated in D20 Nomination Competition. The jury of the D20 Nomination is formed by international and Chinese scholars, directors and producers, all invited by the IDF Academic Committee. The finalists compete for a grand prize of 650,000 RMB.


* for more details please refer to the announcement of open call for entries of D20 Nomination Competition Section of the 4th West Lake International Documentary Festival

2019  IDF Best Documentary of the Year
Minding the Gap
  • Country/Area of ProductionUSA
  • Language of DialogueEnglish
  • Runtime93 min
  • DirectorBing LIU
  • Type of WorkFeature-Length Documentary
  • ProducerBing Liu, Diane Moy Quon
Introduction: Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship. Compiling over 12 years of footage shot in his hometown of Rockford, IL, in MINDING THE GAP Bing Liu searches for correlations between his skateboarder fr…
2019  D20 Best Documentary Series
The Eve of Tomorrow
  • Country/Area of ProductionChina, UK
  • Language of DialogueEnglish
  • Runtime55 min
  • DirectorLingqing ZHU, Joshua Veselka
  • Type of WorkDocumentary Series
  • ProducerLingqing ZHU, Adam Mitchenall
Introduction: The Eve of Tomorrow unfolds narration with an infrequent global vision, setting out from the destiny of humankind to discuss the issues that we might encounter in the field of science, technology and humanity in the future. As a documentary series, it consists of four parts with different representative topics, including robot mate, the i…
2019  D20 Best Feature-Length Documentary
The Disappearance of My Mother
  • Country/Area of ProductionItaly, USA
  • Language of DialogueItalian, English
  • Runtime95 min
  • DirectorBeniamino Barrese
  • Type of WorkFeature-Length Documentary
  • ProducerFilippo Macelloni
Introduction: Benedetta wants to disappear. An iconic fashion model in the 1960s, she became a muse to Warhol, Dali & Penn and Avedon. As a radical feminist in the 1970s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. A fight against the manipulating world of images and against her sons camera who filmed her since he was a child, despite her resi…
2019  D20 Filmmaker of the Year
Unconditional Love
  • Country/Area of ProductionPoland
  • Language of DialoguePolish
  • Runtime40 min
  • DirectorRafał Łysak
  • Type of WorkShort Documentary
  • ProducerJacek Bławut
Introduction: The self-referential nature of RafałŁysak’s documentary enables the viewer to gain a better understanding of the unique relationship between a twenty-something-old grandson and his grandma. The woman is unable to accept the boy’s homosexuality although he is someone very important for her. Teresa is a women of set views who, due to tradit…
2019  Special Mention
  • Country/Area of ProductionMacedonia
  • Language of DialogueTurkish
  • Runtime85 min
  • DirectorTamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
  • Type of WorkFeature-Length Documentary
  • ProducerAtanas Georgiev
Introduction: Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city –a mere four hours' walk away. Hatidze’s …