SOFIA: Ralitza Petrova’s debut feature Godless won the Grand Prix of the international competition at the 21st Sofia International Film Festival (9-19 March 2017). The Bulgarian/Danish/French coproduction was also awarded best Bulgarian film.
Peter Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva’s second feature Glory was awarded best Balkan film, while Iglika Triffonova’s Lift for Patients grabbed the audience award. Sofia IFF organises an international competition for first and sophomore feature films.
Krzysztof Zanussi, Agnieszka Holland, Hugh Hudson, John Savage and Rupert Everett were among the honorary guests of the festival.
According to Stefan Kitanov, director of the festival, “a total of 170 films from 58 countries and over 280 guests participated in the numerous programmes of the festival”.
The 14th edition of the Sofia Meetings introduced a new industry award for best Bulgarian project. The prize consisting of 1,500 EUR / 3,000 BNG went to Andrey Paunov’s January. Sofia based Nu Boyana Studios offered the best project award in the main section constisting of 50,000 EUR in services and 5,000 EUR in cash to The Tentmaster’s Daughter (UK) directed by Isabel Anderton.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Sofia City Grand Prix:Godless (Bulgaria, Denmark, France)Directed by Ralitza PetrovaProduced by Klas FilmCoproduced by Snow Globe, Alcatraz Films, Film Factory productionSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Danish Film Institute, Eurimages
Lidl Audience Award for Best Foreign Film:Sing Street (Ireland, United Kingdom, USA)Directed by John Carney
Lidl Audience Award for Best Bulgarian Film:Lift for Patients (Bulgaria)Directed by Iglika TriffonovaProduced by Klas FilmSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center,
Special Jury Award:The Last Family (Poland)Directed by Jan P. MatuszynskiProduced by Aurum FilmCoproduced by HBO Polska, Lightcraft, Universal Music PolskaSupported by the Polish Film Institute
Best Director:Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß for My Happy Family (Germany, Georgia, France)Produced by Augenschein Filmproduktion (Germany)Coproduced by Polare Film, Arizona ProductionsSupported by the Georgian National Film Center
Special Mention:Mia Petričević for her role in Quit Staring at My Plate (Croatia, Denmark)Directed by Hana JusićProduced by KinoramaCoproduced by the Croatian Television, BeofilmSupported by the Croatian Audiovisual Center, the Danish Film Institute, Eurimages
Jameson Award for Best Bulgarian Short Film:Clothes (Bulgaria)Directed by Vesselin BoydevProduced by Contrast filmsSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Special Mention Jameson Award:Travelling Country (Bulgaria, Croatia)Directed by Vessela Dantcheva, Ivan BogdanovProduced by Compote CollectiveCoproduced by Bonobostudio
Best Documentary:Tempest (Mexico)Directed by Tatiana Huezo
Special Mention Documentary:Village People (Bulgaria)Directed by Tsvetan DragnevProduced by Gala Films
Domaine Boyar Award for Best Balkan Film:Glory (Bulgaria, Greece)Directed by Kristina Grozeva & Petar ValchanovProduced by Abraxas FilmCoproduced by Graal FilmSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Greek Film Centre
Special Mention Balkan Film:Claire Obscure (Turkey, Germany, Poland, France)Directed by Yeşim UstaoğluProduced by Ustaoglu Production, unafilm, Aeroplan, Slot Machine
Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics Award Balkan Film:Glory (Bulgaria, Greece)Directed by Kristina Grozeva & Petar ValchanovProduced by Abraxas FilmCoproduced by Graal FilmSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Greek Film Centre
Best Bulgarian Feature Film:Godless (Bulgaria, Denmark)Directed by Ralitza PetrovaProduced by Klas FilmCoproduced by Snow GlobeSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Danish Film Institute, Eurimages
FIPRESCI Award:Requiem for Mrs. J. (Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia) with the financial participation of Russia and FranceDirected by Bojan VuleticProduced by See Film ProCoproduced by Geopoly Film, Skopje Film StudioSupported by Film Center Serbia, the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Macedonian Film Agency, CNC France, Eurimages
Young Jury Award:Groom’s Block (Turkey, UK)Directed by İlker Savaşkurt
Sofia Municipality Awards for Contribution to World Cinema:Stoyanka Moutafova (Bulgaria)Agnieszka Holland (Poland)John Savage (USA)Adela Peeva (Bulgaria)
SOFIA MEETINGS AWARDS:
Nu Boyana Film Studios Danny Lerner Award for best project in the main section:Tentmaster’s Daughter (UK)Directed by Isabel Anderton
Lidl Bulgaria Award for best Bulgarian project:January (Bulgaria)Directed by Andrey PaunovProduced by Portokal
Focusfox Studio (Hungary) Award of 10 000 Euro in post production services:Love Your Neighbor (Israel)Directed by Sharon Bar Ziv
EastWest Filmdistribution Award:One And a Half Prince (Romania)Directed by Ana LunguProduced by Mandragora
Young Producer Award of Yapimlab (Turkey):Dust (Bulgaria)Directed by Ralitza PetrovaProduced by Aporia Filmworks, Screening Emotions
Mediterranean Film Institute awardPLAGUE (Czech Republic)directed by Jan Těšitelproduced by Petra Oplatkova (Sirena Film)