More success for ‘Armadillo’

Documentary wins an Emmy and makes the Puma-Britdoc shortlist

The Danish documentary ‘Armadillo’, which won a News & Documentary Emmy Award last week a full two years after its cinematic release in Denmark, is on a shortlist of nominees for the prestigious Puma-Britdoc prize.

The prize, awarded by the non-profit Britdoc Foundation and PUMA Creative, is given to the documentary deemed most significant for its impact on society or the environment. Any documentary released since 2009 is eligible, and ‘Armadillo’ – which follows a squadron of Danish soldiers stationed at Armadillo, a combat base in Afghanistan – is on a shortlist of five films.

The other four films are US-made docs ‘Bag It’ (2010), ‘Budrus’ (2009) and ‘Gasland’  (2010), and the Dutch doc ‘Weapon of War’ (2009).

The winning film, which will be announced on November 13 in Berlin, will be awarded 50,000 euros. The jury is comprised of two actors (Danny Glover and Djimon Hounsou), film director Mira Nair (‘The Namesake’), Kumi Naidoo, the executive director of Greenpeace International, and British campaigner and socialite Jemima Khan.

Last week ‘Armadillo’ won its Emmy in the category ‘Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Editing – Documentary and Long Form’, an award received by the film’s editor Per K Kirkegaard.  It was one of its four nominations.

Meanwhile, actress Sidse Babett Knudsen has received an International Emmy nomination for best actress for her role as prime minister Birgitte Nyborg in ‘Borgen’.





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