Here are the winners of the 2019 DIG Awards

Premiazione DIG Awards 2019

It’s a wrap! Another great edition of the DIG Festival came to a close yesterday night, after four days of screenings, talks, workshops and concerts that collectively gathered a community of more than 8,000 people in the coastal city of Riccione, Italy.

During a public ceremony held on Saturday night, hosts Valerio Bassan and Vanessa Villa awarded the best of investigative journalism worldwide. Six winning films were chosen by an international Jury of 14 professionals from 8 different Countries and chaired by Canadian best-selling author and journalist Naomi Klein.


The 2019 DIG Awards Winners’ list


Category | Investigative Long


The 2019 DIG Award goes to Myanmar’s Killing Fields, a journey into the ravaged Myanmar on account of persecutions against the rohingya minority, realised with exclusive video materials also employed by OHCHR.

What the Jury said: “For its comprehensive and authoritative storytelling, meticulous documentation and precise reconstruction of the many crimes that in sum were a vast act of ethnic cleansing, the jury recognizes the winner in the category of Investigative Long films: Myanmar’s Killing Fields.”



Category | Investigative Medium


The 2019 DIG Award goes to How Steve Bannon’s Far-Right “Movement” Stalled in Europe (The Guardian). In the film, The Guardian’s journalist Paul Lewis documents former White House’s chief strategist Steve Bannon’s efforts in building a pan-European sovranist ‘movement’ in Brussels, Rome and Venice.

What the Jury said: “For its innovative point-of-view investigation, for its puncturing of inflated media myths, and for its original, research-driven exposure of a possible electoral crime in progress, the jury recognizes the winner in the category of Investigative Medium-length films: How Steve Bannon’s Far-Right “Movement” Stalled in Europe.”

Special Mention: President’s Bodyguards Wealth (Novaya Gazeta).
In this film Roman Anin, reporter for Novaya Gazeta and OCCRP and already known as part of the Panama Papers investigative team, delves into the impressive wealth of Putin’s guards.


Category | Reportage Long

The 2019 DIG Award goes to All The Dictator’s Men (Memento). In the film, journalist Marjolaine Grappe  takes us on a journey into the circles that funded the North Korean nuclear programme.

What the Jury said: “For casting new light on a well-known subject, for gaining extraordinary access to one of the world’s most restricted subjects, and for its fresh take on the great journalistic call, to “follow the money,” the jury recognizes the winner in the category of Reportage Long films: All the Dictator’s Men.”



Category | Reportage Medium

The 2019 DIG Award goes to Elalab – Zé wants to know why (Baga Baga Studios, Divergente). Portuguese reporters Diogo Cardoso and Sofia da Palma Rodrigues investigate the environmental and psychological damages caused by climate change on African coasts.

What the Jury said: “For the way it transports us to landscape and a community that are otherwise invisible to the global lens, for its fresh and dramatic angle on the climate crisis, and for its lyrical rhythm and the dignity with which it treats its subjects, the jury recognizes the winner in the category of medium-length Reportage: Elalab: Zé Wants to Know Why.”

Special Mention: Mexico: in search of lost migrants (Arte Geje, Nova Prod.) In the film, French journalists Alex Gohari and Léo Mattei take us on a journey on “The Beast”, the infamous death train where the majority of refugees travels towards the US.


Category | Short

The 2019 DIG Award goes to Anatomy of a killing (BBC). This investigation, led by the BBC Africa Eye team with innovative methodologies, succeeded in identifying the perpetrators and the exact location of a crime committed in an unrecorded site in Africa.

What the Jury said: “For its breakthrough use of surveillance technologies in the service of public interest, for its debunking of an official story, and for pioneering a new way of doing journalistic investigation in the digital age, the jury recognizes the winner in the category of Short films: Anatomy of a Killing.”

Category | The DIG Pitch

The DIG Pitch €15,000 funding goes to Iraq without rivers (Silvia Boccardi, Sara Manisera, Arianna Pagani and Francesca Tosarelli).

What the Jury said: “For a group of young filmmakers who already have a strong track record in one of the most challenging journalistic environments, who have introduced us to a group of protagonists on a mission that puts them on a collision course with their families and the most powerful forces in their country, and for a story of environmental devastation in a country already gutted by decades of war, the jury awards 15,000 Euros for the development of the original Italian documentary: Iraq Without Rivers.”