VARNA: Stefan Komandarev’s The Judgment was awarded the most prestigious Bulgarian award for a feature film at the 32 edition of the Golden Rose Film Festival. Assen Blatechki also received the award for Best Actor for his role in the film.
The Golden Rose festival held 11-17 October in the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Varna showcased the past two years of new Bulgarian films with a line-up of features, shorts and documentaries.
The Golden Rose for a short feature film went to Pavel G. Vesnakov’s Pride, co-produced by Bulgarian Portocal and German Director’s .
The Lesson directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, produced by Bulgarian Abraxas Film and Greek Graal Film became the most discussed film at the festival and was awarded the City of Varna Special Award and the Critics Guild Award.
Both the international Jury and main organisers from the Bulgarian National Film Center told FNE that the long-awaited 32nd Golden Rose Film Festival was “a feast for the audience and a most successful event for Bulgarian cinema”. For profiles of Golden Rose films see www.filmneweurope.com
President: Emil Hristov (Bulgaria)Dunja Klemenc (Slovenia)Jean-François Bourgeot (France)Julek Kedzierski (Germany)Christina Stojanova (Canada)
Golden Rose Award Winners:
Grand Prix for Best Full-Length Feature Film
The JudgmentDirected by Stephan KomandarevProduced by Argo Film (Bulgaria), Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion (Germany), Propeler Film (Croatia), Sektor Film (Macedonia)Supported by Bulgarian National Film Centre
Grand Prix for Best Short Feature Film
PrideDirected by Pavel G. VesnakovProduced by Portocal (Bulgaria), Director’s Darling Development (Germany)
City of Varna Special Award
The LessonDirected by Kristina Grozeva, Petar ValchanovProduced by Abraxas Film, Graal Film (Greece)
Best Director Award
Milko Lazarov AlienationDirected by Milko LazarovProduced by BNT, Red Carpet
Best Scrip Award
Ina Valchanova, Kostadin BonevThe Sinking of SozopolDirected by Kostadin BonevProduced by Borough Film, BNTSupported by Bulgarian National Film Centre
Best Cinematography Award
Kaloyan BozhilovAlienationDirected by Milko LazarovProduced by BNT, Red Carpet
Best Actress AwardSnezhina Petrova for her role in The Sinking of Sozopol
Best Actor Award
Asen Blatechki for his role in The Judgement
Best Feature-Length Debut
Konstantin BurovRat PoisonDirected by Konstantin BurovProduced by Bulfilm (Bulgaria), Stop Film (Romania)Supported by Bulgarian National Film Centre
Special Mention for Individual Achievement forBest Ensemble Cast
HombreDirected by Zachary PaunovProduced by: Nach-Zach Vision Ltd - Atanas MarinovSupported by Bulgarian National Film Centre
The Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers Award
Buffer ZoneDirected by Georgi DjulgerovProduced by Front Film, Nu Boyana Film Studios, Bulgarian National Television, Audiovideo OrpheusSupported by Bulgarian National Film Centre
The Critics Guild AwardThe LessonPride
Living LegendsDirected by Niki IlievProduced by Euro Dialog, bTV studios
Special Awards for Lifetime AchievementTsvetana Maneva - actressHristo Ganev - writer