Memories of Fear Wins Bulgarian Film Academy Awards

    Memories of Fear by Ivan Pavlov Memories of Fear by Ivan Pavlov

    SOFIA: The Bulgarian Film Academy announced its annual awards with Ivan Pavlov’s black and white Memories of Fear (produced by Art 47) winning the Best Film award for 2016. Krassimir Kroumov-Gretz, a highly respected writer, director and film analyst, was posthumously awarded for the same film together with highly respected composer Bojidar Petkov, both having passed away in 2015.

    Memories of Fear was also awarded for best director (Ivan Pavlov), best DoP (Svetla Ganeva), best production design (Anastas Yanakiev) and best editor (Maria Handjieva).

    The film was screened in the main competition of the 34th Golden Rose National Film Festival, where it received the award of the Bulgarian Critics Guild, a section of the Union of the Bulgarian Filmmakers, whose president is Ivan Pavlov. The other feature films nominated by the members of the Bulgarian Film Academy were Ralitza Petrova’s Godless (coproduced by Bulgaria’s Klas Film, Denmark’s Snow Globe and France’s Alcatraz Films & Film Factory production) and Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva’s Glory (coproduced by Bulgaria’s Abraxas and Greece’s Graal Film). Margita Gosheva was named best actress for her performance in Glory and Plamena Getova was awarded best supporting actress for her role in Ivaylo Penchev’s comedy Holiday Makers, produced by Urban Media. Boriana Semerdjieva received the award for best costume designer in the same film.

    Hristo by Grigor Lefterov and Todor Matsanov, produced by Lema Film, was voted best debut. For his lead performance Dimitar Nikolov was best actor, and Dimitar Krumov received best supporting actor award. The short feature films section was topped by Vesselin Boydev's Clothes, produced by Contrast films.

    The winner of the documentary section became Maria Averina’s From Cremona To Cremona, produced by Agitprop. The same film got also the best sound award (Momchil Bozhkov). Ivan Bogdanov and Vessela Dancheva’s Travelling Country, produced by Compote Collective became best animated film.

    The lifetime achievement award went to eminent director Ludmil Staikov, mostly known for his epic films The Time Violence (1988), Khan Asparuh (1981) and Illusion (1980) (all produced by the ex-state owned Bojana studios).

    The award ceremony, which took place on 26 June 2017 in the Theatre of the Bulgarian Army, reflected the strongly reduced number of the annual awards, a decision made earlier this year by the Union of the Bulgarian Film Makers and the nine partnering film associations.

    Complete list of Bulgarian Film Academy awards winners:

    Best Feature Film: Memories of Fear
    Directed by Ivan Pavlov
    Produced by Art 47
    Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

    Best Short Feature Film: Clothes
    Directed by Vesselin Boydev
    Produced by Contrast films
    Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

    Best Documentary: From Cremona To Cremona
    Directed by Maria Averina
    Produced by Agitprop
    Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

    Best Animated film: Travelling Country
    Directed by Ivan Bogdano, Vessela Dancheva
    Produced by Compote Collective
    Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

    Best First Feature: Hristo
    Directed by Grigor Lefterov, Todor Matsanov
    Produced by Lema Film
    Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

    Best Director: Ivan Pavlov for Memories of Fear

    Best Script: Krassimir Kroumov-Gretz for Memories of Fear

    Best Music: Bojidar Petkov for Memories of Fear

    Best DoP: Svetla Ganeva for Memories of Fear

    Best Actress: Margita Gosheva for Glory
    Directed by Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva
    Produced by Abraxas, Bulgaria
    Coproduced by Graal Film, Greece
    Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center, Greek Film Centre

    Best Actor: Dimitar Nikolov for Hristo

    Best Supporting Actress: Plamena Getova for Holiday Makers
    Directed by Ivaylo Penchev
    Produced by Urban Media
    Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

    Best Supporting Actor: Dimitar Krumov for Hristo

    Best production designer: Anastas Yanakiev for Memories of Fear

    Best costumes: Boriana Semerdjieva for Holiday Makers

    Best editing: Maria Handjieva for Memories of Fear

    Best Sound: Momchil Bozhkov for
    From Cremona To Cremona
    Holiday Makers and
    The Good Postman
    Directed by Tonislav Hristov
    Produced by Soul Food
    Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

    Best Book: Vasil Gendov - Thorny Path of the Bulgarian Film, Jana Gendova - What Failed to be Mentioned in the History of the Bulgarian Film, published by the Bulgarian National Film Archive

    Lifetime Achievement Award: Ludmil Staikov