Style Matters! Artistic Diversity of European Documentary Filmmaking Already a long time ago, European documentary filmmakers stopped pretending that they “simply” record reality. In this day and age, European documentary film is enjoying an unprecedented heyday. Traditional themes regarded as its domain have been enriched with new areas of interest. Contemporary documentaries boldly enter the realms previously reserved for feature, animated, or even fantasy films. Traditional observational documentary gives way to new subgenres, such as mockumentary, docudrama, as well as experimental, investigative, and animated documentary. This change is accompanied by the shift in the role of the filmmaker. The director—once invisible—today often appears in front of the camera, inspires the course of events, and sometimes even makes attempts to help their protagonists. Modern-day documentary film hardly steers clear of provocation and staging; increasingly often, it employs shooting and editing techniques once reserved for avant-garde and experimental authors—or even animations which allow one to show what for various reasons cannot be captured on video. “Style Matters!” is a set of diverse films produced in 2014 and 2015, which illustrate the scope of European documentarians’ formal interests. It features experimental films (A German Youth, edited with the use of archival footage only, and I Comme Iran, which is close to the tradition of video art), a creative investigative documentary (The Russian Woodpecker), a film which employs animation techniques (The Last Hijack), and a documentary essay (Battles). The common denominator of these formally diverse films is their authors’ interest in socio-political themes. In spite of appearances, form plays a crucial role in socially-engaged documentaries as well. The presented programme was prepared together by the Bergen International Film Festival and the WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film IFF. The joint project of BIFF and WATCH DOCS is supported by the “Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage” Programme grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.