SOFIA: Yoon-Ha Chang’s I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott, produced by Germany’s Kemper Music Production, grabbed the Best Documentary Film Award of the Master of Art International Documentary Film Festival.
The second edition of the showcase of documentary films devoted to the arts took place in Sofia on 20 - 30 April 2017 in four screening halls: the renovated Lumiere Lidl hall at the National Palace of Culture, the Odeon cinema, the Euro Cinema and the Cultural Centre G 8.
A total of 60 films from over 30 countries, produced after 1 January 2015, competed in the programmes Architecture and Design, Music and Dance, Theatre and Cinema, Literature, Fine Art and Photography, Video Art and Advertising and Contemporary Art, Installation Art, and Protest Art. A new Art Video Games section was added this year and the video game chain Pulsar Games got involved in the festival. The Bulgarian National Television created the BNT award, consisting in acquiring the broadcast rights for the awarded film.
“This year the number of the films doubled, along with the number of the screening halls and the admissions. We also had nine Bulgarian films, among them two prestigious titles coproduced by Bulgarian National Television: Lubomir Pechev’s A Bridge to Christo dedicated to the Bulgarian artist Hristo Yavashev, more famous under the name of Christo, and Iskra Angelova’s and Milena Getova’s Who’s afraid of Julia Kristeva with the participation of the worldwide known Bulgarian philosopher, psychoanalyst and linguist based in Paris,” festival founder and artistic director Titzin told FNE.
The festival was organised by Spotlight and the Master of Art Foundation. It was supported by the Sofia Municipality, the Bulgarian National Film Center, the National Palace of Culture and the America for Bulgaria Foundation.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Master of Art Best Documentary Film
I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott (Germany, South Korea, USA)Directed by Yoon-Ha ChangProduced by Kemper Music Production
Best Documentary Films by Categories
Architecture and Design
Sebastian Errazuriz: Monologues In the Artist’s Studio (USA)Directed by Palu AbadiaProduced by Palu Abadia
Music and Dance
Presenting Princess Shaw (Israel)Directed by Ido HaarProduced by YesDocu, coproduced by France 4 Television, CBC Canada, SVT, VPRO
Theatre and Cinema
S Is for Stanley (Italy)Directed by Alex InfascelliProduced by Kinethica
Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (Israel, Canada)Directed by Ada UshpizProduced by Intuitive Picture, AUFilms
Fine Art and Photography
David Lynch the Art Life (USA)Directed by Jon Nguyen, Rick BarnsProduced by A Janus Films, Soda Pictures
Video Art and Advertising
A Love Story (UK)Directed by Anushka NanayakkaraProduced by Khaled Gad
Contemporary Art, Installation Art, Protest Art
Paris Tower 13 (France)Directed by Thomas LallierProduced by Matthieu Buchsenschutz, Lester Bernard
Best Bulgarian Film
The Way to ThebesDirected by Nikolay VasilevProduced by Bulgarian National Television
Best Short Film
Ellis (USA)Directed by JRProduced by JR, Jane Rosenthal
Bulgarian National Television Award
The Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (USA)Directed by Morgan NevilleProduced by Silkroad, Participant Media, The Orchard, HBO
Most Beautiful Documentary Award
I, Claude Monet (UK)Directed by Phil GrabskyProduced by Seventh Art Productions
88MHZ (Bulgaria)Directed by Yana TitovaProduced by Alexander Alexiev
Special Jury Mention
Ayham Ahmad - The Pianist of Yarmouk (Germany)Directed by Gunter Atteln, Carmen BelaschkProduced by Accentus Music, ZDF