'FOOTBALL IS GOD' WINS GRAND PRIZE AND BEST DOC AT RELIGION TODAY FILM FESTIVAL / by Mauricio Gonzalez-Aranda

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We are proud to announce that Ole Bendtzen's documentary Football is God, produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen and Anne Köhncke has received two awards at the Religion Today Film Festival in Trento, Italy. 

The film won both the Grand Prize, the Religion Today Award "In the Spirit of the Faith", as well as the award for Best Documentary. And to top it off, Football is God also received an Special Mention from the SIGNIS Award jury. 

Here are the comments from the juries: 

Religion Today Award "In the Spirit of Faith":
As the Jury members believe that cinema belongs to the common people and this documentary is deeply concerned with their lives and beliefs.

Best Documentary:
Because of its new approach towards religion and its relation to common people's lives and its cinematographical values.

Signis Special Mention:
The director captures the instinctive need for something absolute through the unbridled enthusiasm of the documentary's protagonists for their favourite team. Boca becomes a catalyst for the need for happiness which is ultimately a need for God to try and escape from poverty and hardship.

You can see a full list of the winners and read more about the festival by clicking here.