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PRIZE-WINNERS OF THE 24th WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL

Festivals 2008-10-19
Awards in the five competition sections of the 24th Warsaw Film Festival were presented on Saturday, 18 October.
1. WARSAW COMPETITION
The judges: Kadri Koussar, director (Estonia), Jerzy Kapuściński, producer (Poland), Gianfranco Quattrini, director (Peru/Argentina), Jim Stark, producer (USA), and Prof. Alexander Yanakiev, director of the Institute of Art Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria), awarded the following prizes:
1.1. Warsaw Grand Prix, funded by the Mayor of Warsaw:
DZIEŃ W JURIEWIE / YURI'S DAY / YURIEV DEN, dir. Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia / Germany
The prize was presented by the Mayor of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.
1.2. Jury Special Prize, funded by the Polish Filmmakers' Association
ŚWIAT JEST WIELKI, A ZBAWIENIE CZAI SIĘ ZA ROGIEM / THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER / SVETAT E GOLYAM I SPASENIE DEBNE OTVSYAKDE, dir. Stefan Komandarev, Bulgaria / Germany / Slovenia / Hungary
The prize was presented by the President of the Polish Filmmakers' Association, Jacek Bromski.
2. 1-2 COMPETITION
The judges: Agnieszka Smoczyńska, director (Poland), Alexandra Strelkova, director of the National Cinematographic Centre (Slovakia), and Mihai Gligor, director of the Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania), awarded the following prizes:
2.1. Grand Prix NESCAFÉ
ODEJDŹ W POKOJU, JAMIL / GO WITH PEACE JAMIL / MA SALAMA JAMIL, dir. Omar Shargawi, Denmark
2.2. Jury Special Prize
NIEDOKOŃCZONE HISTORIE / UNFINISHED STORIES / RAVAYAT HAYE NA TAMAM, dir. Pourya Azarbayjani, Iran
2.3. Special Mention
MUZYKA / MUSIC / MUZIKA, dir. Juraj Nvota, Slovakia / Germany
3. FREE SPIRIT COMPETITION
The judges: Alissa Simon, film festival programmer (USA), Vinko Bresan, director (Croatia), and Tomek Lipiński, composer / musician (Poland), awarded the following prizes:
3.1. Free Spirit Award
ŁZY NA SPRZEDAŻ / TEARS FOR SALE/ ČARLSTON ZA OGNJENKU, dir. Uroš Stojanović, Serbia / France
3.2. Jury Special Prize
TONY MANERO, dir. Pablo Larraín, Chile / Brazil
4. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
The judges: Sonora Broka, programmer for the Arsenals festival in Riga (Latvia), Cezary Harasimowicz, screenwriter (Poland), and Richard Nemec, producer (Czech Republic), awarded the following prize:
4.1. Best Documentary
HEAVY METAL W BAGDADZIE / HEAVY METAL IN BAGHDAD, dir. Eddy Moretti, Suroosh Alvi, Canada / USA
5. SHORT FILM COMPETITION
The judges: Milan Babić, director (Serbia), Matthew Brown, director (South Africa), and Marcin Wrona, director (Poland), awarded the following prizes:
5.1. Best Short Film
DWA PTASZKI / 2 BIRDS / SMÁFUGLAR, dir. Rúnar Rúnarsson, Iceland
5.2. Jury Special Prize
PIERWSZEGO DNIA / THE FIRST DAY / DEN FÖRSTA DAGEN, dir. Karolina Jonsson, Sweden
6. FIPRESCI Prize
The FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) jury, comprising Olga Markova (Bulgaria), Laurence Boyce (United Kingdom), and Mihai Fulger (Romania), awarded the prize for best Eastern European debut. The winner is:
OFICER ŚLEDCZY/ THE INVESTIGATOR/ A NYOMOZÓ, dir. Attila Gigor, Hungary.
The judges in all the sections highlighted the extremely high standard of the films. The ceremony in the Stefan Starzyński Room of the Palace of Culture and Science lasted just 20 minutes.
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