FNE at Sofia IFF: Romania's Monsters. Wins 23rd Sofia IFF

Monsters. by Marius Olteanu Monsters. by Marius Olteanu

SOFIA: Marius Olteanu’s debut feature Monsters. won the Grand Prix in the international competition of the 23rd Sofia International Film Festival, held from 7 to 17 March 2019.

Nicos Labôt’s Greek/French/Serbian coproduction Her Job was awarded Best Balkan film. Dragomir Sholev’s Bulgarian/Romanian coproduction The Pig received the Special Jury Award, the FIPRESCI Jury Award and the best Bulgarian feature film award.

Sofia Municipality Awards for Contribution to World Cinema went to Krzysztof Zanussi, Bille August and Kiril Marichkov.

The British producer Nik Powell was the president of the International Jury composed of the Turkish actress Hazar Ergüçlü, the Russian musician Stas Namin, the Polish director Ewa Podgórska and the Bulgarian director Ilian Metev.


International Competition:

Grand Prix ‘Sofia City of Film’:
Monsters. (Romania)
Directed by Marius Olteanu
Produced by Parada
Coproduced by We Are Basca
Supported by the Romanian Film Centre

Jury Special Prize:
The Pig (Bulgaria, Romania
Directed by Dragomir Sholev
Produced by Nu Boyana Film Studios, B2Y, Screening Emotions
Coproduced by Papillion Film

Best Director Award:
Nora Fingscheidt for System Crasher (Germany)

Jameson Award for Best Bulgarian Short Film:
Roses In The Night (Bulgaia)
Directed by Pencho Kunchev
Produced by Nu Boyana Film Studios

Special Mention Jameson Award:
Gotcha! (Bulgaria)
Directed by Stefani Doytchinova
Produced by NATFA “Krastyo Sarafov”

Audience Award for Best Feature Film:
A Picture with Yuki (Bulgaria, Japan)
Directed by Lachezar Avramov
Produced by Chouckov Brothers, WA Entertainment
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center

Domaine Boyar Award for Best Balkan Film:
Her Job (Greece, France, Serbia)
Directed by Nicos Labôt
Produced by Homemade Films  
Coproduced by Sister Productions, Sense Production

Special Mention Best Balkan Film:
The Load (Serbia, France, Croatia, Iran, Qatar)
Directed by Ognjen Glavonic
Produced by Non-Aligned Films
Coproduced by Cinéma Defacto, Kinorama, Three Garden Films, Dart Film & Video
Supported by Film Center Serbia, Aide aux cinémas du monde - CNC, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Hubert Bals Fund, Doha Film Institute, Eurimages

Best Documentary Film Award:
The Magic Life of V (Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria)
Directed by Tonislav Hristov
Produced Making Movies
Coproduced by Kirstine Barfod Film, Soul Food
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center

Special Mention Documentary Film:
Of Fathers And Sons (Germany, USA, Syria, Lebanon, Netherlands, Qatar)
Directed by Talal Derki

The Pig (Bulgaria, Romania)
Directed by Dragomir Sholev

Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics Best Balkan Film Award:
Butterflies (Turkey)
Directed by Tolga Karaçelik

Young Jury Award:
Tehran: City Of Love (UK, Netherlands, Iran)
Directed by Ali Jaberansari

Best Bulgarian Feature Film:
The Pig (Bulgaria, Romania)
Directed by Dragomir Sholev

Sofia Municipality Awards for Contribution to World Cinema:
Krzysztof Zanussi, director (Poland)
Bille August, director (Denmark)
Kiril Marichkov, musician/composer (Bulgaria)

Sofia Film Festival Honourary Award:
Iskra Dimitrova, film critic (Bulgaria)

Sofia Meetings Awards:

Cinelab Romania Award (25,000 EUR in postproduction services):
No Land for Me (Israel)
Directed by Ram Nehari

Focusfox Studio (Hungary) Award (10,000 EUR in postproduction services):
Deconstruction (Bulgaria)
Directed by Pavel G. Vesnakov
Produced by Red Carpet

EastWest Film Distribution Award (script consultancy with Steven Goldsmith, equal of 5,000 EUR):
Najva (Turkey, Bulgaria, Canada)
Directed by Gozde Kural
Produced by TOZ Film Production

Young Producer Award of Yapimlab (Turkey) (project consultancy in Istanbul or Antalya and network possibilities within Turkish industry equal of 5,000 EUR):
Inkwash (Romania)
Directed by Sarra Tsorakidis
Produced by Mandragora

Villa Kult Residency Award (travel and accommodation costs for a 5-day visit in Berlin):
Windy Days Are Good For Flying (Bulgaria)
Directed by Petar Krumov  
Produced by Klas Film

Mediterranean Film Institute Award (scholarship for MFI Script 2 Film Workshops):
Inkwash (Romania)
Directed by Sarra Tsorakidis
Produced by Mandragora