FESTIVALS: Faces, Places Wins MofA Film Festival's Top Award


SOFIA: Agnès Varda’s and JR’s Faces, Places, coproduced by France’s CineTamaris, JRSA and Rouge International, grabbed the Best Documentary Film Award of the Master of Art International Documentary Film Festival. Due to its growing popularity and critical acclaim, the only IFF for Art documentaries in the Balkan region was included as a major event of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union cultural programme. MofA’s third edition is taking place in two stages: from 12 to 22 April and from 23 to 30 April 2018 in Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna.

Over 70 films from all over the world, produced after 1 January 2016, competed in the programmes: Architecture and Design, Contemporary Art, Installation Art, Protest Art, Fine Art and Photography, Literature, Music and Dance, Theatre and Cinema, Video Art and Advertising and Art in Video Games, as well as Art for Children and Culinary Art, the two new sections added this year. A noncompetitive panorama of exceptional documentaries on art regardless of their date of production was offered to the festival by the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

“All the titles in the different programmes of the festival are shown for the first time in Bulgaria. Ten of them are Bulgarian”, founder and artistic director Titzin told FNE.

The festival was once again 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.


Master of Art Best Documentary Film
Faces, Places (France)
Directed by Agnès Varda’s and JR

Best Bulgarian Documentary
Daga – Stories in Pictures
Directed by Maria Nikolova
Produced by Gekkon Animation Studio

Best Feature-Length Documentary Debut - Youth Jury Award
Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story (Netherlands)
Directed by Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm

Audience Award
Jam Session (Bulgaria)
Directed by Borislav Kolev
Produced by Projector       

Best Short Film
The Red House (Israel)
Directed by Tamar Tal Anati

Best Documentary Films by Categories

Architecture and Design
Big Time (Denmark)
Directed by Kaspar Astrup Schroder

Art for Children
Life, Animated (USA, France)
Directed by Roger Ross Williams

Fine Art and Photography
Kokoschka, Life-Work (Switzerland)
Directed by Michel Rodde

Culinary Art
Bar Talks By Schumann (Germany)
Directed by Marieke Schroeder

Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story (Netherlands)
Directed by Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm

Music and Dance
Maria By Callas (France)
Directed by Tom Volf

Contemporary Art, Installation Art, Protest Art
Revolution: New Art for A New World (UK)
Directed by Margy Kinmonth

Theatre and Cinema

Karenina & I (Norway, Italy, Russia)
Directed by Tommaso Mottola

Hope I'm in the Frame (Israel)
Directed by Netalie Braun

Video Art & Art Advertising Award
Flatland (Iran)
Directed by Alireza Keymanesh and Amir Pousti

ART in Video Games

Special Jury Prize
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Developed by Ninja Theory
Directed by Tameem Antoniades

Best Gameplay Awards:

(AAA Games)
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Developed by Ubisoft Montreal
Directed by Jean Guesdon, Ashraf Ismail

(Indie Games)
Developed by StudioMDHR
Directed by Chad Moldenhauer and Jared Moldenhauer

(VR Games)
Developed by Tarsier Studios
Directed by Bjorn Sunesson and Daniel Dalebjork

Best Storytelling Awards:

(AAA Games)
Nier: Automata
Developed by PlatinumGames
Directed by Yoko Taro

(Indie Games)
Night in The Woods
Developed by Infinite Fall
Directed by: Alec Holowka and Scott Benson

(VR Games)
The Invisible Hours
Developed by Tequila Works
Directed by Raúl Rubio Munárriz and Rob Yescombe

Best Visuals Award

(AAA Games)
Shadow of The Colossus
Developed by Bluepoint Games/Team ICO
Directed by Fumito Ueda

(Indie Games)
Developed by Tequila Works
Directed by Raúl Rubio Munárriz

(VR Games)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Developed by CAPCOM
Directed by Koshi Nakanishi