FNE at Golden Rose FF 2019: The Father Wins Five Awards in Varna

The Father by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov The Father by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

VARNA: Kristina Grozeva’s and Petar Valchanov’s The Father won the Golden Rose award of the 37th Golden Rose National Film Festival (28 September - 4 October 2018). The film also received the Danny Lerner Award offered by Nu Boyana, including services equal to the amount of 50,000 EUR along with 5,000 EUR in cash for the development of the director’s next feature project. Grozeva, Valchanov and their co-scriptwriter Decho Taralezhkov also received the best script award, and Ivan Barnev and Ivan Savov received best actor awards for the same film. The Father won the Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival earlier this year.

Stephan Komandarev’s Rounds took three awards: the film received both the Audience Award and the City of Varna Special Award, and the Best Actress Award went to Irini Jambonas.

The Jury Special Award went to The Pig by Dragomir Sholev, who was also named Best Director.

The international jury included three Bulgarian members: director Milko Lazarov (president), actress Joreta Nikolova and DoP Emil Christov. The international members were the Italian selector Renata Santoro and the Croatian director Hrvoje Hribar.

No Honourable Special Prize for life achievement was awarded.


Grand Prix for Best Feature Film:
The Father (Bulgaria, Greece)
Directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Produced by Abraxas Film (Bulgaria)
Coproduced by Graal Films (Greece)
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Greek Film Center , Biennale College Cinema, Eurimages, Creative Europe – MEDIA

Grand Prix for Best Short Fiction Film
Directed by Hristo Simeonov
Produced by Screening Emotions

Danny Lerner Award provided by Nu Boyana Film Studios
The Father

Jury Special Award
The Pig (Bulgaria, Romania)
Directed by Dragomir Sholev
Produced by Gorilla Film
Coproduced by New Boyana Film Studios, B2Y, Screening Emotions, Papillon Film (Romania) 
Supported by SEE Cinema Network, UNICEF

City of Varna Special Award
Rounds (Bulgaria, Serbia)
Directed by Stephan Komandarev
Coproduced by Argo Film (Bulgaria), See Film Pro (Serbia)
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Film Center Serbia, Eurimages

Best Director Award
Dragomir Sholev for The Pig

Best Script Award
Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Decho Taralezhkov for The Father

Best Cinematography Award
Vesselin Hristov for Sister  (Bulgaria, Qatar)
Directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova
Produced by Omega Films
Coproduced by Audiovideo Orpheus, Doha Film Institute, Qatar

Best Actress Award
Irini Jambonas for Rounds (Bulgaria, Serbia)

Best Actor Award
Ivan Barnev and Ivan Savov for The Father

Best Debut Feature
Cat In The Wall (Bulgaria, UK, France)
Directed by Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Produced by Activist38 (Bulgaria)
Coproduced by Glasshead Limited (UK), Ici et Là Productions (France), Bulgarian National Television
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, ARTE Région Ile de France, Post Republic Germany, Creative Europe – MEDIA

Special Mentions

Bad Girl (Bulgaria)
Directed by Marian Valev
Produced by the Bulgarian National Television

A Picture With Yuki (Bulgaria, Japan)
Directed by Lachezar Avramov
Produced by The Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria)
Coproduced by the Bulgarian National Television, WA Entertainment (Japan)
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center,  Creative Europe – MEDIA

The Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers Award
Sister (Bulgaria, Qatar)

The Critics Guild Award
A Picture With Yuki  
Insomnia (short)
Directed by Radoslav Kamburov
Produced by Filmarc

Audience Award:
Rounds (Bulgaria, Serbia)

The Bulgarian Association of Film Director’s Award for short film debut
Directed by Nadejda Hristova
Produced by Concept studio

Special Mention to Short Film
Home Far Away
Directed by Dimitar Kutmanov

Honourable Special Prize
Not awarded