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Grand Jury Award supported by Screen International & Broadcast
Chosen from a selection of some of the best films in the programme, the Grand Jury Award will honour one film that best displays excellence in style, substance and approach to documentary filmmaking.

Winner: Cameraperson
Special Mention: The Settlers 

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Environmental Award supported by Discovery Communications
The Sheffield Environmental Award is given to the documentary that best addresses or raises awareness of the environmental challenges faced by the world.

Winner: SEED: The Untold Story 
Special Mention: Death By Design 



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Youth Jury Award
Five of the UKs brightest and most passionate documentary lovers come together at Doc/Fest to select a winner for the Youth Jury prize.

Winner: Sonita 

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Student Doc Award
The best student films coming from the schools and universities around the world are in consideration for the Student Doc Award. 

Winner: My Aleppo

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Short Doc Award
This award honours the short films in the Festival, made by new and established filmmakers from around the world. The winner of the Short Doc Award at Doc/Fest will go on to qualify for the 2017 Academy Awards.

Winner: I'm Not From Here 

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Alternate Realities Interactive Award
An international jury of film and interactive media industry experts award this prize to the project that exhibits originality in its approach to form, storytelling and delivery. One of only a few such awards in the documentary world, Sheffield Doc/Fest is dedicated to recognising new platforms for inetractive storytelling. 

Winner: New Dimensions in Testimony 
Special Mention: Walden, a Game

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Alternate Realities VR Award
Sheffield Doc/Fest is extremely pleased to announce the first Virtual Reality Award for the 2016 Festival. To celebrate the ever-growing number of high-quality VR documentaries in what has now become a new creative genre, we have introduced a new Alternate Realities VR award, with this year's projects being considered by an all-female jury.

Winner: Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness 
Special Mention: Home – An Immersive Spacewalk Experience

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Dr Clifford Shaw Feature Doc Audience Award supported by Curzon Home Cinema

Winner: Presenting Princess Shaw



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Audience Award for Short Doc

Winner: Tarikat

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Audience Award for Alternate Realities Interactive Project

Winner: New Dimensions in Testimony 

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Audience Award for Alternate Realities VR Project

Winner: Home – An Immersive Spacewalk Experience

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Creative Leadership Award supported by Coaching for Leaders

The Sheffield Doc/Fest Creative Leadership Award is given to an individual who has made an essential contribution to the international documentary industry, has created or produced creative and impactful documentary work and has provided inspiration and leadership to the field.

Winner: Sheila Nevins

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Tim Hetherington Award supported by Dogwoof 

Dogwoof, Sheffield Doc/Fest and the Tim Hetherington Trust award a film and filmmaker which best reflects journalist Tim Hetherington’s legacy. Hetherington has said: "My main objective is to take audiences to a faraway place that they could never travel to without the help of an intrepid filmmaker. This is the challenge that still excites me."

Winner: Tempestad
Special Mention: Hooligan Sparrow

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Award for Unsung Hero in Factual TV supported by Channel 5

This new award honours a vital, under-the-radar contribution to British factual television.

Winner: Jan Tomalin

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Storytelling and Innovation Award

This new award, supported by Wellcome Trust, celebrates compelling stories inspired by science, research and collaborations, told through innovative filmmaking.

Winner: Notes on Blindness 

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Whicker's World Funding Award

Winner: Burma's Lost Royals
Runner Up: Americaville

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Whicker's World Vet Award

Winner: Fluechtlinge

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Whicker's World Audio Award

Winner: Little Volcanoes
Runner Up: The Dhamazzedi Bell 

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The Channel 4 First Cut Pitch

Winner: Ross Bolidai

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The Guardian Documentaries Pitch

Winner: Maurice O'Brien, 'Hurling Refugees

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International Broadcasting Trust Climate Change Pitch 

Winner: Jared Scott, 'Waterfall'

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VICE Rule Britannia Pitch

Winners: Shelley Jones & Jamie Jones

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ARRI Short Film Challenge

Winner: Richard Elson, '78 Ways To Breathe Out'

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ITN Source Short Film Competition

Winner: James Arthur Armstrong, 'Ferguson, Missouri'