Waiting for August rings up number 10

Waiting for August has been awarded the prize for Best International Documentary at the Hot Springs International Documentary Festival in Arkansas, USA. The film also screened in Australia at the Antenna Documentary Festival, where it was similarly honoured as Best International Documentary.

International praise has kept on coming for Waiting for August since it first made its appearance at the prestigious Hot Docs film festival in April. The film won the International Feature Award there, after which it travelled on to win awards in Karlovy Vary, at Kosovo’s Dokufest, and at the international film festivals of Budapest (Hungary), Bergen (Norway), Astra (Romania), Valdivia (Chile) and Reykjavik (Iceland). Waiting for August has also had theatrical runs in New York and Los Angeles.

The Antenna Documentary Festival (14-19 October) in Sydney, Australia, screens the best documentaries from around the world. This year, its line-up included 35 feature-length documentaries from over 20 countries, with Waiting for August grabbing the fest’s SBS Award for Best International Documentary.

At the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (10-19 October) in Arkansas, Mihai’s portrait of a Romanian teenager in charge of her six siblings also touched a nerve, receiving the award for Best International Documentary.


New awards for Waiting for August

Waiting for August has been awarded the prize for Best International Documentary at the Bergen International Film Fest in Norway, while the jury of the Reykjavik Film Festival presented the film with its Environmental Award and  the jury of the Astra Film Festival has awarded the film as Best Romanian Documentary.

These prizes follow just a week after Waiting for August picked up yet another award at the Budapest Film Festival, where it screened in the ‘Let Them Be Children’ section.

The Bergen International Film Festival in Norway (24 September–1 October) selected the film for its international documentary competition, where it competed against 12 other docs. 

The jury at the Reykjavik International Film Festival (25 Sept-5 Oct) was equally enthusiastic about the film, unanimously giving it the Environmental Award. In its report, the jury noted that Waiting for August stood out because it managed, through its narrow point of view, to expand and tell a much bigger story which challenged audiences and left them with questions. The jury also praised Mihai’s brave approach, which it described as both subtle and humane but at the same time very focused, as well as the way in which the director established a close connection with the subject, revealing an enormous respect for her characters.

New Review of the film by Alan Scherstuhl in OC weekly

What’s perhaps most moving in Waiting for August, a quiet film of weight and joy, is its sense of desperate normalcy. Newcomer Teodora Ana Mihai’s accomplished doc follows Romanian 15-year-old Georgiana’s efforts to care for six younger siblings the year that their mother, broke, leaves Bacău for work in Italy. Georgiana’s asked to become something like a mother just as she’s beginning to feel out what it means to be a woman — and while she needs to find time to master her school’s upcoming placement test.

Mihai shows us Georgiana and the kids on the regular days. A tangle of boys heaps on the bottom tier of a bunk bed, watching TV. In girlish pink tank tops, Georgiana preps meals, scrubs the sink, occasionally delegates small jobs to her charges. Tiny but apparently tireless, this proto–grown-up is so thoroughly in command that it’s a shock to see her bawling on the phone with mom. Hardy Georgiana’s still a kid, but now in charge of bedtimes and Easter-egg coloring.

It’s one of those movies where the easily bored will say nothing happens while the sympathetic will insist that everything does. Beneath pink cinder-block housing projects, the kids press through their days, kept in line by Georgiana and facing only minor crises. The film spans the better part of a year, from winter until August. Mihai shows us some great beauty: a candlelit holiday processional; the whirling lights of a fair; the way a courageous young woman, after carrying her family for all these months, is the one to lug mom’s suitcase home from the train station. By then, you might be the one bawling.

Alan Scherstuhl



Waiting for August wins award for best documentary at Karlovy Vary

For a beautiful and precise portray of a modern-day family in absence of their mother.
For walking into a home almost unnoticed and drawing a complex and round portrait of seven siblings, boys and girls, fending on their own, under the rule of the eldest daughter, a 15-year-old, herself still at school, and the hands-on reign of a satellite mother, and for doing so, with much detail and sensitivity.
For avoiding the condescending and pity traps.
For making what could have been heartbreaking, heartfelt.
For outstanding editing.
For its cinematic approach, from the wide opening and closing, to a two room apartment.
For the subtle flow between seasons and holidays, challenges and victories at home and at school throughout a tangible cycle of a year.
For the longing for the month of August the Grand Prix for Best Documentary Film over 60 minutes is given to WAITING FOR AUGUST.

- Jury Karlovy Vary International film festival 2014

Through this link, you can watch Teodora’s speech.

Waiting for August heads to Karlovy Vary

We’re happy to announce that Waiting for August will be part of the Documentary Competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The director Teodora Ana Mihai will be attending the film festival.


Best international feature documentary goes to Waiting for August

We’re very honoured to announce that Waiting for August received the award of best international feature documentary  at Hot Docs 2014.

Jury statement : Tonight’s winner is a beautifully crafted vérité film that reveals its central characters through the details of everyday life. With balance and nuance it shows a family dealing with the stress created by harsh economic realities. However, what makes Waiting for August truly special is that by the time it’s over you will have laughed, cried, and become one of the family.

The film also received a special jury mention at Visions du Réel.

Jury statement : For their humanity, for the precision of their mise-en-scene and their future impact . All the best ! Boa sorte ! Buena suerte ! Buona fortuna !


Waiting for August will world premiere at Visions du Réel

Waiting for August has been selected for the official selection of Visions du Réel.

The film will world premier on Saturday the 26th of April. The film will compete in the section Etat d’esprit. A selection of films that explore the best of the world production focusing on the new talents.


Waiting for August heads for Toronto

Waiting for August has been selected for the prestigious Hot Docs festival in Toronto.
The film will have his Canadian premiere on the 29th of April in the Rom Theatre in Toronto.