SOFIA: The Bulgarian directed German production Zhaleika by Eliza Petkova won the grand prix of the international competition at the 20th Sofia International Film Festival held 10-20 March in Sofia.
The festival presented a total of 210 films from 58 countries from all over the world with 269 international guests coming to Sofia in 2016, amongst them were directors, producers, festival directors as well as media and film experts. A highlight of the event was a retrospective of the films by Terry Gilliam and the director was much in evidence attending events during the festival as well as the closing ceremony.
At the Sofia Meetings a new prize was implemented with Sofia based Nu Boyana Studios handing out an award of 50 000 EUR in services and 5000 EUR in cash for the best project in the pitching event which went to the project Daisi (Georgia), presented by the director Dea Kulumbegashvili and the producers Rati Oneli and Jim Stark.
Sofia International Film Festival Award Winners:
International Competition for First and Second Feature Films:
Sofia City Grand PrixZhaleika (Germany)Directed by Eliza Petkova
Lidl Audience AwardMy Father, My Mother, My Sister (Bulgaria)Directed by Dimitar Kotsev-ShoshoProduced by SpotlightSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Centre
Special Jury AwardThe Summer of Frozen Fountains (Georgia, Russia)Directed by Vano BurduliProduced by Producing Center Gemini Supported by Georgian National Film Centre
Best DirectorTomas Weinreb and Petr Kazda for their film I, Olga Hepnarova (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia)Produced by Media Brigade (CZ) in coproduction with Alef Film & Media Group (SK), Arizona Productions (FR) and Czech production companies Black Balance, Love.FRAME, Barrandov Studios, FAMU and Michael Samuelson Lightning PragueSupported by Polish Film Institute, Lower Silesia Film Fund , The State Cinematography Fund – Czech Republic and the Slovak Audiovisual FundSales: Arizona Productions
Special MentionAngela Nedyalkova for her role in The Paradise Suite (Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria)Produced by PRPR Coproduced by GötaFilm (SE), Film Väst (SE), KaBoAl Pictures (BG)
Jameson Award for Best Bulgarian Short FilmRed Light (Bulgaria)Directed by Toma Vasharov
Best DocumentaryMr.Gaga (Israel, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands)Directed by Tomer Heymann.
Special Mention Documentary
Cambridge (Bulgaria)Directed by Eldora Traykova
The Ground We Won (New Zealand)Directed by Cristopher Pryor
Domaine Boyar Award for Best Balkan FilmFrenzy (Turkey, France, Qatar)Directed by Emin Alper
Special Mention Balkan FilmNausea (Turkey)Directed by Zeki Demirkubuz.
Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics Award Balkan FilmLosers (Bulgaria)Directed by Ivaylo HristovProduced by MoviementoCoproduced by Profilm, Transformers
Best Bulgarian Feature FilmThirst (Bulgaria)Directed by Svetla TsotsorkovaProduced by Front FilmSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
FIPRESCI AwardRauf (Turkey)Directed by Soner Caner and Baris Kaya
Young Jury AwardThe Lure (Poland)Directed by Agnieszka SmoczyńskaProduced by WFDiFCoproduced by HBO Poland, Telewizja PolskaSupported by the Polish Film Institute
Sofia Municipality for contribution to world cinema
Terry GilliamBela TarrTed KotcheffGeorgi Stoev, Georgi Petkov, Christo Iliev (Bulgaria)
Sofia Meetings Awards:
Nu Boyana Film Studios Award for best project in the pitching sectionDaisi (Georgia) presented by the director Dea Kulumbegashvili and the producers Rati Oneli and Jim Stark.
Focusfox Studio (Hungary) Award of 10 000 Euro in post production servicesThe Fugue (Poland), presented by the director Agnieszka Smoczyńska and the producer Agnieszka Kurzydło.
Hungarian Filmlab Award of 10 000 Euro in post production servicesSister (Bulgaria), presented by the director and producer Svetla Tsotsorkova, the producer Nadejda Koseva and the writer Svetoslav Ovcharov.
EastWest Filmdistribution AwardRaging Sea (Bulgaria) by the director and producer Zlatin Radev.
Young Producer Award of Yapimlab (Turkey)Closed to the Public (Croatia), presented by the director and writer Vanja Sviličić and the producer Rea Rajcic.