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.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Grand Prix ‘Sofia City of Film’:Monsters. (Romania)Directed by Marius OlteanuProduced by Parada Coproduced by We Are Basca Supported by the Romanian Film Centre
Jury Special Prize:The Pig (Bulgaria, RomaniaDirected by Dragomir SholevProduced 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 KunchevProduced by Nu Boyana Film Studios
Special Mention Jameson Award:Gotcha! (Bulgaria)Directed by Stefani DoytchinovaProduced by NATFA “Krastyo Sarafov”
Audience Award for Best Feature Film:A Picture with Yuki (Bulgaria, Japan)Directed by Lachezar AvramovProduced by Chouckov Brothers, WA EntertainmentSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Domaine Boyar Award for Best Balkan Film:Her Job (Greece, France, Serbia)Directed by Nicos LabôtProduced by Homemade Films Coproduced by Sister Productions, Sense Production
Special Mention Best Balkan Film:The Load (Serbia, France, Croatia, Iran, Qatar)Directed by Ognjen GlavonicProduced by Non-Aligned Films Coproduced by Cinéma Defacto, Kinorama, Three Garden Films, Dart Film & VideoSupported 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 HristovProduced Making MoviesCoproduced by Kirstine Barfod Film, Soul FoodSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Special Mention Documentary Film:Of Fathers And Sons (Germany, USA, Syria, Lebanon, Netherlands, Qatar)Directed by Talal Derki
FIPRESCI Award: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. VesnakovProduced by Red Carpet
EastWest Film Distribution Award (script consultancy with Steven Goldsmith, equal of 5,000 EUR):Najva (Turkey, Bulgaria, Canada)Directed by Gozde KuralProduced 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 TsorakidisProduced 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 TsorakidisProduced by Mandragora