SOFIA: Ilian Metev’s debut feature 3/4 won the Grand Prix in the international competition of the 22nd Sofia International Film Festival held from 7 to18 March 2018.This Bulgarian/German coproduction also won the Best Bulgarian Film Award.
Victor Bojinov national box office topper Heights won Best Balkan Film, while Rouzie Hassanova’s Radiogram received the Audience Award.The FIPRESCI Award and the Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics prize for Best Balkan Film went to Ilian Djevelekov’s Omnipresent.
“Four different and independent juries gave their main awards to Bulgarian films. Such a thing never happened in the 22 year history of the festival. It is an absolute precedent, proving that there is a real rise of the Bulgarian cinema in all its formats”, Stefan Kitanov, director of Sofia IFF, told FNE.
At the 15th edition of the Sofia Meetings (held from 15 to 18 March 2018) the Sofia-based Nu Boyana Studios awarded two projects instead of one: Nathalie Biancheri’s Wolf (Ireland) and Francois Nouguies’s The Trojan Crisis, produced by Bulgaria’s Agitprop. Each of them will receive services in the amount of 50,000 EUR and 5,000 EUR in cash. Cinelab Romania offered a new industry award consisting of 25,000 EUR in postproduction services, which went to Andrey Gryazev’s March.April.May (Russia).
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Sofia City of Film Grand Prix:3/4 (Bulgaria, Germany)Directed by Ilian MetevProduced by Chaconna Films Coproduced by Sutor Kolonko Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, ZDF/ARTE, ZDF-Kleines Fernsehspiel, Film und Medienstiftung NRW and MEDIA Creative Europe
Jury Special Prize:Genesis (Hungary)Directed by Árpád Bogdán
Best Director Award:Banu Sıvacı for The Pigeon (Turkey)
Special Mention for Best Director :Mohsen Gharaei for Blockage (Iran)
Jameson Award for Best Bulgarian Short Film:The Transfiguration (Bulgaria)Directed by Stephan Ganoff
Jameson Award Special Mention:Shame (Bulgaria)Directed by Petar KrumovProduced by Klas FilmCoproduced by B2Y
Audience Award for Best Feature Film:Radiogram (Bulgaria, Poland, Turkey)Directed by Rouzie HassanovaProduced by Menclips Coproduced by Film Produkcja, Solis Film Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Polish Film Institute, MEDIA Creative Europe
Domaine Boyar Award for Best Balkan Film:Heights (Bulgaria, Macedonia)Directed by Victor BojinovProduced by Bulfilm, Serpentine, Bulgarian National Television, Nu BoyanaCoproduced by Dream Factory Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Eurimages
Best Balkan Film Special Mention:Secret Ingredient (Macedonia, Greece)Directed by Gjorce StavreskiProduced by FragmentCoproduced by Graal Supported by the Macedonian Film Agency, the Greek Film Centre
Best Documentary:Miniature for Piano (Bulgaria)Directed by Eldora TraykovaProduced by ProFilm
Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics Best Balkan Film Award:Omnipresent (Bulgaria)Directed by Ilian DjevelekovProduced by Miramar film Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
FIPRESCI Award:Omnipresent (Bulgaria)Directed by Ilian Djevelekov
Young Jury Award:Genesis (Hungary)Directed by Árpád Bogdán
Best Bulgarian Feature Film:3/4 (Bulgaria, Germany)Directed by Ilian Metev
Sofia Municipality Awards for Contribution to World Cinema:Vassil Mihailov, actor (Bulgaria)Abel Ferrara, director (USA)Roman Balayan director (Ukraine)
SOFIA MEETINGS AWARDS:
Nu Boyana Film Studios Danny Lerner Award for Best Project:(50,000 EUR in services and 5,000 EUR in cash) Wolf (Ireland)Directed by Nathalie Biancheri
Nu Boyana Film Studios Danny Lerner Award for Best Bulgarian Project:(50,000 EUR in services and 5,000 EUR in cash)The Trojan Crisis (Bulgaria)Directed by Francois NouguiesProduced by Agitprop
Cinelab Romania Award:(25,000 EUR in postproduction services)March. April. May (Russia)Directed by Andrey Gryazev
Focusfox Studio (Hungary) Award:(10,000 EUR in postproduction services)Ja Sam Ana (Italy)Directed by Ado Hasanovic
Young Producer Award of Yapimlab (Turkey):Duo (Spain)Directed by Meritxell Colell Aparicio
EastWest Filmdistribution Award:The Crown of Creation (Hungary)Directed by Laszlo Csuja, Anna Nemes
Mediterranean Film Institute Award:(scholarship in MFI Script 2 Film Workshops)Crissea IV (Romania)Directed by Vladimir DembinskiProduced by Libra Film Productions
Balkan Film Market Award for Best Project in the First Films First Competition Section:(selection in the next Balkan Film Market edition)Life Beats Reality (Romania)Directed by Andreea VăleanProduced by Amoidee
GoEAST AWARD for Best Pitching in the First Films First Competition Section:(selection in the next East-West Talent Lab in the frames of the GoEAST FF)Dajna (Albania, Germany)Directed by Christos Netsos