SOFIA: Ivailo Hristov’s ironical black and white film Losers (produced by Pro Film) won six awards including film of the year, topping the list of fourteen feature films from 2015 that competed in the Bulgarian Film Academy annual awards.
This is the third important recognition for Losers after receiving the Golden George at the 37th Moscow International Film Festival and the Golden Rose at the 33rd Golden Rose National Film Festival. The film was nominated for 12 of the 13 award categories and grabbed the awards for best script (Ivailo Hristov), best sound design (Svetlozar Georguiev), best editing (Toma Washarov), best actor (Ovanes Torossian) and best supporting actor (Deyan Donkov).
Iglika Triffonova was awarded best director for her Hague drama The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and His Son, coproduced by Bulgarian Klas Film, Dutch Phanta Vision and Swedish Film Lance International. The film was also awarded for best DoP (Rali Ralchev), best music (Teodossi Spassov) and best editing (Toma Washarov).
Svetla Tsotsorkova’s Thirst, produced by Front Film won best debut. For her performance in the film Monika Naidenova was awarded best actress, while Georgy Todorov - Josi won best production designer (shared with Ivan Cherkelov’s Family Relics produced by Gala Film).
The short feature film section was comprised of 11 titles and the winner was Svetlosar Georgiev’s The Son. The documentary section was comprised of 23 titles. Best documentary film award went to Anna Petkova’s The Aggression. Assia Kovanova’s and Andrei Koulev's Love with Occasional Showers won as best animated film.
The life achievement award went to 80-year-old film director Georgui Stoyanov known for his films The Penleve Case (1968), A Cricket in the Ear (1976) and Constantine the Philosopher (1986).
The award ceremony took place on 7 June 2016 in the Bulgarian Army Theatre and was broadcast by Bulgarian National Television, partner of the event.
Complete list of Bulgarian Film Academy awards winners:
Best Feature Film: LosersDirected by Ivaylo HristovProduced by Pro FilmSupported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Short Feature Film: The SonDirected by Svetlosar GeorgievProduced by Trivium Films Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Documentary: AggressionDirected by Anna PetkovaProduced by Gala FilmSupported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Animated film: Love With Occasional ShowersDirected by Assia Kovanova, Andrei KoulevProduced by Koulev Film – Anri KoulevSupported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best TV Feature Film (diploma): BarterDirected by Atanas KiryakovProduced by Bulgarian National Television Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best First Feature: ThirstDirected by Svetla TsotsorkovaProduced by Front FilmSupported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best First Documentary: Almost EverythingDirected by Valerii KrisenkoProduced by Magic MountSupported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best First Animated Film: Mine OnlyDirected by Yoana AtanasovaProduced by GeopolySupported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Feature Film Director: Iglika Triffonova for The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and His SonProduced by Klas FilmSupported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best documentary Film Director: Anna Petkova for Aggression
Best Animated Film Director: Assia Kovanova, Andrei Koulev for Love with Occasional Showers
ex aequo Yovko Kolarov, Nastimir Tzatchev for TerraformingProduced by NagualSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Feature Film Script: Ivaylo Hristov for Losers
Best Documentary Film Script: Alexander Grozev for Vasil Gendov – Myth and RealityDirected by Iliya Kostov, produced by Nike-ISupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Music: Teodosiy Spasov for Barter and The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and His Son ex aequo Valentin Stamov for Vasil Gendov – Myth and Reality
Best Feature Film DoP: Rali Ralchev for The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and His Son and Family Relics
Best Documentary Film DoP: Emil Topuzov for the documentary Botev: In the Shadow of the MonumentDirected by Jesko DavidovProduced by Magic ShopSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Actress: Monika Naydenova for Thirst
Best Actor: Ovanes Torosyan for Losers
Best Supporting Actress: Stanka Kalcheva for While Aya was SleepingDirected by Tsvetodar MarkovProduced by FilmarcSupported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Supporting Actor: Ventsislav Zankov for Family Relics ex aequo Deyan Donkov for Losers ex aequo Ovanes Torosyan for The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and His Son
Best production designer: Georgi Todorov - Josi for Thirst and Family Relics
Best costumes: Aysidora Zaydner for Botev: In the Shadow of the Monument and for the feature Corpse CollectorDirected by Dimitar DimitrovProduced by MagicShopSupported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best editing: Toma Washarov for Losers and The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and His Son
Best Sound: Svetlozar Georguiev for Losers and 11th A GradeDirected by Michaela KomitovaProduced by Korund XSupported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Book: Alexander Grozev for Cinema in Bulgaria part II (1956 – 1969)
Best critic: Genoveva Dimitrova
Life Achievement Award: Georgui Stoyanov