PLOVDIV: The jury of the 21st edition of the Bulgarian national film festival for documentary and animated films Golden Rhyton which ran through 6 December 2014 chose The Last Black Sea Pirates directed by Svetoslav Stoyanovand produced by Agitprop as Best documentary.
The 72 minutes film shows the often comedic everyday life and the dreams of a group of treasure hunters around the beautiful Black Sea beach Karadere. Supported by the Media program and the Bulgarian National Film Center, the film arrived in Plovdiv with a considerable package of international and national recognitions, among which the Bulgarian Film Academy best documentary director, best debut and best cinematography awards. In Europe, the film premeried at the Swiss Visions du Reel and in North America it premiered at the Canadian HotDocs. Before the Golden Rhyton four theatres in Sofia started screening the film commercially.
By receiving the Special jury award and the Critics Guild Award Anri Kulev’s The Book of Silence, produced by Atract DM was recognised as the most artistic and poetic work of the documentary competition. The Best DoP award went to Kulev’s wife Svetla Ganeva, who shot the film.
With three films at the festival, two of which were produced by Bulgarian National Television, Rosen Elezov was named Best director, while the town of Plodviv gave its award to Citizen Cinema, directed by Kosta Bikov and produced by ARS Digital. Dedicated to Todor Andrekov, one of the most esteemed film critics from the recent past, Bikov proposed that the Bulgarian National Film Archive be named after his protagonist.
The Golden Rhyton for Best Animated Film went to A Story From the Woollen Kingdom, directed by Angel Manov and produced by Gala Film. “Our film is the first puppet film made in Bulgaria during the last twenty years,” stated producer Galina Tovena. According to film critic Petia Alexandrova “this year the festival screened very good animated films dedicated to children and this is a positive trend.”
Golden Rhyton Award Winners:
Best Documentary Film Golden RhytonThe Last Black Sea PiratesDirected by Svetoslav StoyanovProduced by AgitpropSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Animated Film Golden RhytonA Story from the Woollen KingdomDirected byAngel ManovProduced by: Gala FilmSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Special Jury Award for documentaryThe Book of SilenceDirected by Anri KoulevProduced by Atract DMSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Documentary DirectorRosen Elezov(for his overall presentation in the competition)
The Voice That Prays to God for BulgariaDirected by Rosen ElezovProduced by Bulgarian National Television
Colours of the VoiceDirected by Rosen ElezovProduced by the Vaik – Valeriy KostovSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
London, BulgariaDirected by Rosen ElezovProduced by Bulgarian National Television
Best Art Director, Writer, Director and AnimatorIlian VelikovPissed OffDirected by Ilian VelikovProduced by NAFTA
Best DebutListenDirected by Diana Ivanova Produced by ActinkSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Best DoPSvetla GanevaThe Book of SilenceDirected by Anri KoulevProduced by Atract DMSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Plovdiv Municipality AwardCitizen CinemaDirected by Kosta BikovProduced by ARS DigitalSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Special Mention - Documentary Films Competition
The Enlightening Life Story of the Prošek BrothersDirected by Lubomir HalatchevProduced by Kadiak filmSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
The Dead Open the Eyes of the LivingDirected by Stanislava KalchevaProduced by Korund–XSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Special Mention - Animated Films Competition
PuddleDirected by Vera DonevaProduced by NagualSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
The Day of the Bleeding GumsDirected by Dimitar DimitrovProduced by Animiter
The Award of the Union of Bulgarian FilmmakersDimitar Shishmanov: Points to PonderDirected by Ralitsa DimitrovaProduced by Geopoly FilmSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
The Critics Guild AwardThe Book of SilenceDirected by Anri KoulevProduced by Atract DMSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
The Bulgarian National Film Archive AwardCitizen CinemaDirected by Kosta BikovProduced by ARS DigitalSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Academica 21 Association AwardInside the RockDirected by Valentina Fidanova-KolarovaProduced by the Bulgarian National Television & MLN