Baku, June 19, AZERTAC
Lithuanian director Andrius Brokas’s film Endless Corridor, already nominated in four categories by the Tenerife and Madrid film festivals, has now picked up the Best of Show Award in the prestigious, California-based Accolade Global Film Competition.
Judged by industry professionals in the US, Accolade competitions have been running for 11 years and are open to documentaries, shorts, TV programmes, reportage and animations and are referred to as ‘Little Oscars’. Endless Corridor is the latest recipient of the main prize – Best of Show - awarded for best idea and implementation.
Notifying Brokas of the award, Rick Prickett, Competition Coordinator for the Accolade Global Film Competition, wrote:
Our festivals receive thousands of submissions. You can be justifiably proud of winning Accolade honors…. The judging standards are high and winning means the craft and creativity exhibited by your entry is outstanding and stands above other productions.
A delighted Andrius Brokas believes the award boosts hopes of Endless Corridor featuring at next year’s Emmys and Oscars. Meanwhile, he anticipates next month’s announcement of awards at the Tenerife and Madrid film festivals at which his film has earned four nominations - Best Documentary, Best Director of a Documentary, Best Producer of a Documentary and Best Editing of a Documentary. The film will be presented in Madrid on 9 July. The awards ceremony follows on 10 July.
Produced and directed by Andrius Brokas, the film was executive produced by Gerald Rafshoon, producer of Emmy-winning programmes, and narrated by Oscar-winning British actor Jeremy Irons
Endless Corridor follows Lithuanian journalist Richard Lapaitis as he returns to Azerbaijan 20 years after covering the horrific Khojaly massacre during the Nagorno-Karabakh war. Haunted by his memories he sets out to find the survivors he had first met on that dark day. Emotionally charged interviews with both victims and the Armenians who planned the attack on Khojaly, throw a gripping and dramatic focus on the humanity and inhumanity of events in Karabakh, western Azerbaijan, on 26 February 1992. Contemporary footage, documents and photographs give authenticity to the first-hand accounts of this touching account of the tragedy.
The film was presented in Istanbul, Ankara, Rome, Vilnius, London, Paris, Dublin, Berlin, Bern and Luxembourg in February as part of the Justice for Khojaly campaign organised by Leyla Aliyeva, Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. It has also been broadcast on the Turkish Kanal 24 TV channel and Albanian National Television.