Winner: Advocate

The launch of this important award, which recognises originality and excellence in documentary filmmaking. The jury commented: “Having a heroic protagonist at its centre, ‘Advocate’ is a fascinating character study of a determined woman who, for decades, has fought relentlessly for her beliefs, undeterred by the fact she has never won any of her legal battles. It is extremely hard to create an effective observational documentary - a mode of filmmaking where there is no script or clear structure to follow - and equally hard to make an interesting documentary about legal processes. Despite these challenges, directors Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche - bravely engaging with contemporary politics and masterly using archival footage and animation - have created a complex, compelling and important film.”