PULA: Pirjo Honkasalo's Concrete Night / Betoniyö has been awarded Golden Arena for Best Feature Film in the International Programme of the 61st Pula IFF, 12-26 July 2014. Number 55 / Broj 55 made by Kristijan Milić for the Croatian Radiotelevision was awarded Best Film in the Croatian feature competition.
Based on true events that happened during the Croatian War of Independence, the drama Number 55 was also awarded best director and for script, editing, special effects, costume design, make-up and art direction. Milić's film won shoulder to shoulder with Zvonimir Jurić's The Reaper / Kosac, produced by Kinorama which won best leading actor, best supporting actor, best cinematography and The Oktavijan Award from the Croatian Critics Association. In the same competition Darko Šuvak's Happy Endings was awarded best leading actress and best supporting actress, while Zagreb Cappuccino by Vanja Sviličić was awarded The Breza Award for best debut (for the DoP Danko Vučinović) and best original music. Beside the Golden Arena for Best Feature Film given to the Finnish film Concrete Night, the jury Leo also awarded Amour Fou (Austria) by Jessica Hausner with a Special Mention. Pula 2014 Prize Winners: THE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME Golden Arena for Best Feature Film: Concrete Night / Betoniyö (Finland) by Pirjo Honkasalo Produced by Bufo Ltd in coproduction with Platform Production (Sweden) and Magic Hour Films Supported by: Finnish Film Foundation, YLE, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Swedish Film Institute, Danish Film Institute, DR Special Mention: Amour Fou (Austria) by Jessica Hausner Produced by: Coop99 Filmproduktion, AMOUR FOU Luxembourg, Essential Filmproduktion Supported by: Film Fund Luxembourg, Östereichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, Filmstandort Austria (filmstandort-austria.at), MBB, Lower Austria Golden Arena for Best Short Film: Butter Lamp (France/China) by Hu Wei Produced by AMA Productions & Goya Entertainment THE CROATIAN COMPETITION PROGRAMME Grand Golden Arena for Best Film: Number 55 by Kristijan Milić Produced by Telefilm for the Croatian Radiotelevision, HRT Golden Arena for Best Director: Kristijan Milić for Number 55 Golden Arena for Best Screenplay: Ivan Pavličić for Number 55 by Kristijan Milić Golden Arena for Best Actor in a Leading Role: Ivo Gregurević for The Reaper by Zvonimir Jurić Produced by Kinorama in coproduction with the Slovenian Forum Ljubljana Produced by HAVC, MEDIA 2007 Golden Arena for Best Actress in a Leading Role: Areta Ćurković for Happy Endings by Darko Šuvak Produced by Bunker film (bunker.hr) Milles productions (USA) and Alka Film (Croatia). Golden Arena for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Igor Kovač for The Reaper by Zvonimir Jurić Golden Arena for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Anita Matić Delić for Happy Endings by Darko Šuvak Golden Arena for Best Cinematography: Branko Linta for The Reaper by Zvonimir Jurić Golden Arena for Best Editing: Veljko Segarić for Number 55 by Kristijan Milić Golden Arena for Best Special Effects: Branko Repalust and Kristijan Mršić for Number 55 by Kristijan Milić Golden Arena for Best Costume Design: Vedrana Rapić for Number 55 by Kristijan Milić Golden Arena for Best Art Direction: Damir Gabelica for Number 55 by Kristijan Milić Golden Arena for Best Music: Luka Zima for Zagreb Cappuccino by Vanja Sviličić Produced by Maxima Film in coproduction with Hrvatska radiotelevizija, HRT Supported by HAVC Golden Arena for Best Make-Up: Ana Bulajić Črček for Number 55 /Broj 55 by Kristijan Milić The Breza Award for Best Debut: Danko Vučinović for the cinematography of Zagreb Cappuccino by Vanja Sviličić Golden Arena for Best Sound was not awarded BEST SHORT FILM – CROATIAN PROGRAMME Best Short Film Diploma: So Not You / Ko da to nisi ti by Ivan Sikavica Produced by Fade In in coproduction with Zagreb film Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre THE CROATIAN FILM CRITICS’ ASSOCIATION AWARD Oktavijan Award: The Reaper by Zvonimir Jurić GOLDEN GATE OF PULA AUDIENCE AWARD Golden Gate of Pula Audience Award: The Brave Adventures of a Little Shoemaker by Silvije Petranović Produced by Maydi Film Supported by HAVC DIZALICA PROGRAMME Best film Diploma (voted by the audience): For No Eyes Only (Germany) by Tali Barde PULICA PROGRAMME Best Feature Film Diploma (voted by the audience): Casper and Emma’s Winter Holidays / Karsten og Petra på vinterferie (Norway) by Arne Lindtner Naess Best Short Film Diploma: Rabbit and Deer (Hungary), by Peter Vacz Produced by Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest