16-03-2015

FNE at Sofia IFF 2015: Sofia Film Festival Prize Winners

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The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

SOFIA: The big winner at the 19th Sofia International Film Festival held 5-15 March 2015 was the Bulgarian/Greek coproduction The Lesson directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, who won the top prize in the International Competition for First and Second Feature Films, the Best Bulgarian Feature Film Competition Award, the Audience Award and the FIPRESCI award.

This year Bulgaria is celebrating 100 years of Bulgarian Cinema and special programmes of both new and classic Bulgarian films were screened. There was also a special focus Georgian film. The festival continues in other cities around Bulgaria until 29 March 2015.

The festival is organized by Art Fest with the help of the Municipality of Sofia and in partnership with the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, the National Palace of Culture, the National Film Center and the Bulgarian National Television with the support of the MEDIA programme of the European Commission.

International Competition for First and Second Films

Grand Prix:

The Lesson (Bulgaria, Greece)
Directed by Cristalina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov
Production: Abraxas Film
Coproduction: Graal Film
Supported by ZDF, American Foundation for Bulgaria, Central Cooperative Union, Bulgarian National Film Centre

Special Jury Award

We’re Young, We’re Strong (Germany)
Directed by Burhan Qurbani

Best Director

For Some Inexplicable Reasons (Hungary)
Directed by Gabor Reisz

Best Bulgarian Feature Film

The Lesson (Bulgaria, Greece)
Directed by Kristina, Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

Jameson Award for Best Bulgarian Short Film

Ginka (Bulgaria)
Directed by Antonia Milcheva

Jameson Special Mention

Enemies (Bulgaria)
Directed by Hristo Simeonov

Millenium Best Documentary Award

The Look of Silence (Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, UK)
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

Special Mention Documentary

Naked Island / Goli (Croatia)
Directed by Tiha K. Gudac
Produced by Factum
Coproduced by Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT), Zagreb Film
Supported by Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Audience Award

The Lesson (Bulgaria, Greece)
Directed by directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

Domaine Boyar Award for Best Balkan Film

Come to My Voice (Turkey, France, Germany)
Directed by Huseyin Karabey

Bulgarian Film Critics Guild and UBFM Award for Best Balkan Film

Why Me? (Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary)

Directed by Tudor Giurgiu
Produced by Libra Film in coproduction with Romania’s Hai-Hui Entertainment, Bulgaria’s Chouchkov Brothers and Hungary’s Cor Leonis Films
Supported by the Romanian National Film Centre, the Bulgarian National Film Center , Eurimages, MEDIA Programme, SEE Cinema Network, HBO Romania
Sales: Transilvania Film , Heretic Outreach

FIPRESCI Award

The Lesson (Bulgaria, Greece)
Directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

The Young Jury Award

Borderless (Iran)
Directed by Amirhossein Asgari

The Sofia Award for contribution to world cinema was presented to:

Ivan Ivanov, actor (Bulgaria)

Franco Nero, actor (Italy)

In memoriam of Karl ‘Baumi’ Baumgartner, producer (Germany)

Nana Djordjadze, director (Georgia)