14-10-2008

Moveast Main Prize for Eva Neymann’s first feature

MOVEAST International Film Festival’s Golden Benjamin Award went to Eva Neymann’s directorial debut, AT THE RIVER. The Ukrainian first feature film produced by Odessa Film Studios was awarded FIPRESCI Prize and FICC Jury’s Don Quixote Prize as well.

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The 4th annual Moveast IFF, an unique platform for Central-East-European cinema by presenting debut feature-length films shot on 35mm, ended on 14th October in the historical Hungarian town Pecs.

The international jury presided by Hungarian producer Andras Muhi (Inforg Studio) awarded the Ukrainian competitor, Eva Neymann’s AT THE RIVER, with the Golden Benjamin Award of 10 000 Euro. Members of the jury were the legendary Russian auteur Kira Muratova, former Golden Benjamin winner Bosnian director Jasmin Durakovic, Fred Kelemen director-cinematographer from Berlin and UK film critic Phillip Bergson.

Eva Neymann accepted the Golden Benjamin Award in person at the closing ceremony Tuesday evening in Pecs, which reaches back to the tradition when in the sixties the most important national film festival, the Hungarian Film Week, took place in the southern Hungarian town. Pecs, which is looking forward to becoming the European Capital of Culture in 2010, wishes to take responsibility for the European cinematography. The Golden Benjamin Award - referring to the most famous 'youngest son' of the European thought - is the symbol of this responsibility.

The FIPRESCI Jury composed of Júlia Váradi (Hungary), Viliam Jablonicky (Slovakia) and Thomas Rothschild (Germany) favoured also Eva Neymann’s directorial debut. Moveast is the first and only film festival in Hungary where the jury is established by the prestigious federation of film critics.

The FICC Jury’s (Federation of Film Societies)Don Quixote Award went to Eva Neymann’s directorial debut as well. Members of the FICC Jury were Gábor Böszörményi (Hungary), Gary Hector (Ireland) and Mart Rummo (Estonia).

For the first time in the history of the festival the foreign press was represented by film journalist from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine at the Moveast IFF.

Moveast International Film Festival is organized by Pecsi Filmunnep Nonprofit Ltd., the fest’s international communication is supported by Magyar Filmunio, Hungary’s national film promotion office. The next edition of the Moveast IFF will be held between 6 – 13 October in 2009.

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