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FNE at Finale Plzen 2018: The Line Wins Best Film in Plzen Featured

2018-04-25
The Line by Peter Bebjak The Line by Peter Bebjak

PLZEN: The big winner of the 31st Finale Plzen film festival (running through 24 April 2018) was Slovak actor-turned-director/writer/producer Peter Bebjak. His film The Line won the Golden Kingfisher Award for best feature or animated film, and his TV project Justice won both the international jury award and the student jury award for best non-serial TV project.

It was a strong showing overall for Slovak directors and producers, with other awards going to Little Harbour by Iveta Grofova and Heavy Heart by Marek Sulik. The festival had expanded from a Czech national film festival to a festival of Czech and Slovak films only a few years ago, in recognition not only of the continued strong collaboration between the two countries, but also as an acknowledgement of how often the festival was giving out awards to Slovak filmmakers.   

The festival’s Industry Programme focused on training seminars and practical knowledge useful for writers, producers and directors, with the MIDPOINT script development programme a strong partner in this area.

The complete list of winners follows:

The Golden Kingfisher Award for the best feature live action or animated film: The Line / Čiara (Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic)
Directed by Peter Bebjak
Produced by Wandal Production
Coproduced by Garnet International Media Group, RTVSHomeMedia Production and Martin Kohút
Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the MEDIA Programme, the Ukrainian State Film Agency, the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava Self-Governing Region

The Golden Kingfisher Award for the best documentary: Nothing Like Before (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
Directed by Lukáš Kokeš and Klára Tasovská
Produced by nutprodukce, HBO Europe

The Golden Kingfisher Award for the best serial TV project and internet production: Gnome (Czech Republic)
Directed by Jan Prušinovský
Produced by Offside Men, Czech TV

The Golden Kingfisher Award for the best non-serial TV project and internet production: Justice (Czech Republic)
Directed by Peter Bebjak
Produced by Czech TV, DNA Production

The Golden Kingfisher Award for the best Student Short Film: Bo Hai (Czech Republic)
Directed by Džuan Duong
Produced by FAMU

Student Jury Award for the best feature live action or animated film: Little Harbour / Pátá loď (Slovakia, Czech Republic)
Directed by Iveta Grófová
Produced by Hulapa film, Ltd.
Coproduced by endorfilmKatapult Film, Silverart and RTVS, Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the MEDIA Programme, Eurimagesthe Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava Self-Governing Region 

Student Jury Award for the best documentary: Heavy Hearth (Slovakia)
Directed by Marek Šulík
Produced by Zudro
Coproduced by RTVS

Student Jury Award for the best serial TV and internet production: 1890 (Slovakia)
Directed by Peter Begányi
Produced by Piknik Pictures, TV JOJ

Student Jury Award for the best non-serial TV and internet production: Justice (Czech Republic)
Directed by Peter Bebjak
Produced by Czech TV, DNA Production

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