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 FearDirected by Ivan PavlovProduced by Art 47Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Short Feature Film: ClothesDirected by Vesselin BoydevProduced by Contrast filmsSupported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Documentary: From Cremona To CremonaDirected by Maria AverinaProduced by AgitpropSupported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Animated film: Travelling CountryDirected by Ivan Bogdano, Vessela DanchevaProduced by Compote CollectiveSupported by Bulgarian National Film Center
Best First Feature: HristoDirected by Grigor Lefterov, Todor MatsanovProduced by Lema FilmSupported 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 GloryDirected by Petar Valchanov, Kristina GrozevaProduced by Abraxas, BulgariaCoproduced by Graal Film, GreeceSupported by Bulgarian National Film Center, Greek Film Centre
Best Actor: Dimitar Nikolov for Hristo
Best Supporting Actress: Plamena Getova for Holiday MakersDirected by Ivaylo PenchevProduced by Urban MediaSupported 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 forFrom Cremona To CremonaHoliday Makers andThe Good PostmanDirected by Tonislav HristovProduced by Soul FoodSupported 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