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Press Release, Rio de Janeiro, June, 2024

13th International Uranium Film Festival Award Winners 2024

The 13th International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) Rio de Janeiro 2024 has given its festival trophies and awards at Rio de Janeiro's Modern Art Museum (MAM Rio) Cinematheque on Saturday, first of June 2024. Over the course of a week, 22 “atomic" films from 16 countries were shown in the cinema of renowned MAM Rio which was chosen by the Brazilian government to host the G20 summit later this year. The awards and honorable mentions of this unique film festival also known as the Atomic Age Cinema Fest were given to productions and directors from USA, Canada, Japan, India, Chile and Germany. 
Academy Award nominated documentary filmmakers Mark Mori and Susan J. Robinson at the International Uranium Film Festival in Rio. Together with restauration producer Kirsten Larvick they received the festival’s trophy for the excellent restaurated version of their Academy Award nominated film „Building Bombs“.
"With the increasing risk of nuclear war and feverish pitches for more nuclear power, without having resolved the reactor safety and waste disposal issues, the 13th International Uranium Film Festival is performing a monumental service to mankind by bringing attention to important films that explore these issues. The festival has given a new life to our film and it's very important in helping spread the word and build a new movement", said Mark Mori, academy award nominated director of "Building Bombs"
"The International Uranium Film Festival is an international treasure. There's no other festival like it. The dialogue about nuclear issues, and the young people who attended the festival and contributed important ideas, gives hope for finding future solutions", said academy award nominated director Susan J. Robinson in her award statement.

Emmy award-winning Producer/Writer/Director Joe Tripician with the trophy of the International Uranium Film Festival. His film „Honeymoon in Oak Ridge“ received the Best Short Documentary Jury Award in Rio. Photo shows Joe with his family and Susan J. Robinson.

"The film festival directors have shown outstanding commitment, dedication, and support to filmmakers and their films. Being part of the International Uranium Film Festival has been both gratifying and inspiring. It is a unique experience not to be missed, whether you're a filmmaker or a film lover. I give enormous thanks and gratitude to Norbert, Márcia and their entire staff and crew, and wish them continued success", stated  "Honeymoon in Oak Ridge“ director & producer Joe Tripician who had received in 1992 an Emmy Award for his documentary "Metaphoria".
Tripician's daughter Helena who takes part in "Honeymoon in Oak Ridge" added to the young audience at MAM Rio: "If you have a voice, use it, use it wherever you can talk to your friends, talk to your family, talk to whoever you might have at it on social media. It's just important to keep bringing awareness to whatever the issue is currently and continue to - because without awareness you can't do anything.“

Award Winners 2024


by Andrew Nisker, Canada, received the Best Feature Documentary Jury Award

Demon Mineral

by Hadley Austin, USA, received the Best First Feature Female Documentary Jury Award.

SOS - The San Onofre Syndrome: Nuclear Power's Legacy

by James Heddle, Mary Beth Brangan and Morgan Peterson, USA received the Best Educational Documentary Jury Award

Atomic Gods: Creation Myths of the Bomb

by Adam Jonas Horowitz, USA, received the Best Mockumentary Jury Award

Honeymoon in Oak Ridge

by Joe Tripician, USA, received the Best Short Documentary Jury Award

Atomic Bamboozle: The False Promise of a Nuclear Renaissance

by Jan Haaken, USA received the Special Jury Award for tackling the current issue of new nuclear reactors

Building Bombs - 4k Restoration 

by the Directors Susan J. Robinson & Mark Mori and Producer Kirsten Larvick, USA, received the Special Jury Award for the restoration of an important historical documentary film that is even more timely than the recently released Oppenheimer movie.

Jadugoda - The Land of Magic

by Satish Munda, India, received the Best Short Fiction Movie Award and the
accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize donated by the Samuel Lawrence Foundation (SLF).

Silent Fallout

by Director and Producer Hideaki Ito, Japan, Assistant Producers Rieko Tomomatsu, Naomi Sakai, Sachiko Kamakura and Chieko Watanabe, Japan, received the Best Documentary Audience Award.

Honorable Mentions were given to 


Atomic Reaction

by Director Michele Hozer, and Producer Bernie Finkelstein, Canada

Toxic NATO

by Director and Producer Moritz Enders, Germany

Walkatjurra : Our actions will never stop

by director Francisca Silva Bravo, Co-Director and Writer Carole Risler and Producer Alessandra Cristina, Chile

Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Anna Rondon from Arizona and Claus Biegert from Germany
Navajo activist Anna Marie Rondon is Executive Director of the New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute. Claus Biegert born in 1947 in Murnau, Bavaria, Germany, is journalist, filmmaker, founder of the Nuclear Free-Future Award and co-organizer of the legendary World Uranium Hearing in Salzburg, Austria, in 1992. Both, Anna and Claus, have been working tirelessly for decades to denounce the deadly risks of uranium mining and its legacy. Keep uranium in the ground. Since 2017 the International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) honors special personalities of the „Atomic Age“ with its Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award. Anna and Claus received the award earlier this year at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock.

The Festival in Rio in Pictures

.. see you soon in Hollywood and 2025 again in Rio and Berlin and ...


Side Events

Mangueira: History of Samba & Favela

Academy Award nominated documentary filmmakers Mark Mori and Susan J. Robinson visiting one of Rio de Janeiro’s most traditional favelas: Mangueira and the Samba Museum.

Education / Faetec Adolpho Bloch

Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Susan J. Robinson visiting Rio de Janeiro’s FAETEC state school Adolpho Bloch. A tecnical school for filmmaking, tv, event, dance, marketing, administration and tourism.


Think Global, Eat and Drink Local!

Uranium Film Festival filmmakers, producers and special guests at the festival’s local supporters in Santa Teresa: Bar do Mineiro, Armazém São Thiago & Cachaça Magnífica de Faria

About the Festival Trophy

The International Uranium Film Festival's trophy is a piece of art produced by Brazilian waste-material-artist Getúlio Damado,
who lives and works in the famous artist quarter Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro where the first International Uranium Film Festival
was held in May 2011. 

Festival Team

The festival’s volunteers and photographers from the FAETEC State School Adolpho Bloch with festival director Márcia Gomes de Oliveira

Photos by 

Erick Paiva, Ana Clara Vaz, Bruno Yele, Luccas Brito, Matheus Ferreira, Larissa Pereira, Emanuelle Reis, Norbert Suchanek & Mary Roemer
Photo Album
Asteca Video News
IUFF Rio 2024 Final / Premiação 
IUFF Rio 2024 Opening/ Abertura

More information / Photos / Contact

Founders & Directors
Norbert G. Suchanek
Márcia Gomes de Oliveira
Libbe HaLevy 
Ambassador of the International 
Uranium Film Festival to the USA
Special thanks to:

MAM Rio Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro e Cinemateca do MAM Rio.
FAETEC Fundação de Apoio à Escola Técnica do Estado do Rio de Janeiro.
UNIFAETEC Universidade Corporativa da FAETEC.
Management team, teachers and students of the Escola Técnica Estadual Adolpho Bloch FAETEC.
Dance Performance "It is not the End" by Motirõ of the Curso Técnico em Dança da Escola Técnica Estadual Adolpho Bloch FAETEC.
School session participants: Colégio Pedro II Niterói, CIEP 382 Aspirante Francisco Mega, Colégio Estadual Compositor Luiz Carlos da Vila e ETE Adolpho Bloch FAETEC.
Comunidade da Mangueira, Associação de Moradores do Morro da Mangueira e sua presidente Érika Andreia, diretora Nilcemar e equipe do Museu do Samba.
Asteca News, Armazém São Thiago, Esquina de Santa, Bar do Mineiro, Café Tacco e Cachaça Magnífica de Faria.