TALLINN: The 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival awarded its top prize to the South Korean film Sado by director Lee Joon-ik with the director and producer picking up an award of 10 000 EUR.
The jury prize for Best Director in the main competition went to Russian director Vitaly Manskiy’s controversial documentary Under the Sun a coproduction between, Russia, Germany, the Czech Republic and North Korea which apparently riled North Korean authorities with its unflinching view of life in the totalitarian state.
The A-level Estonian festival ran from 13-29 November with three major competitions including the Main International Competition, the Tridens First Feature Competition and the Tridens Estonian Film Award. The festival also presented the subfestivals of Animated Dreams, Just Film and Sleepwalkers for short films. The programme also included a special focus on Georgian film this year.
Highlighting the event was the European Film Forum held within the framework of the festival 18-19 November where five panels of film, media and technology industries leaders debated the issues such as the plans for a digital single market, territoriality and national film policies. Highlighting the event was an appearance by European Commission Vice-President and former Prime Minister of Estonia Andrus Ansip, in charge of the Digital Single Market.
The Tallinn Festival industry events and the annual Baltic Event teamed up this year under the label Industry@Tallinn this year presenting Works in Progress, B’EST and other events for industry professionals.
Full List of Prize Winners:
Main CompetitionGrand Prix for Best FilmThe Throne/Sado (South Korea)Directed by Lee Joon-ik
Jury Prize for Best DirectorUnder the Sun (Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, North Korea)Directed by Vitaliy ManskiyCoproduced in the Czech Republic by Hypermarket Film and Czech TV
Jury Prize for Best ActorIsaka Sawadogo for his role in The Paradise Suite (Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria)Directed by Joost van GinkelCoproduced in Bulgaria by KaBoAl Pictures
Jury Prize for Best ActressMartha Canga Antonio for her role in Black (Belgium)Directed by Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
Jury Prize for Best CinematographerWojciech Staron for Dawn (Latvia, Poland, Estonia)Directed by Laila PakalninaProduced by Hargla Company (Latvia), Miracle Worker (Poland), Staron Film (Poland), Digitaalne Sputnik (Estonia)
Special Jury PrizeUnder the Sun (Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, North Korea)Directed by Vitaliy Manskiy
Best MusicBang Jun-seok for The Throne / Sado (South Korea)Directed by Lee Joon-ik
Tridens First Features CompetitionDelivery/ Nacimiento (Columbia)Directed by Martin Meija Rugeles
Tridens Award for Best CinematographerPeyman Shadmanfar for Two / Do (Iran)Directed by Soheila Golestani
Tridens Award for Best MusicTristan Dewey and Tai Jordan for Pawno (Australia)Directed by Paul Ireland
Tridens Estonian Film AwardThe Fencer / Miekkailija (Finland, Estonia, Germany)Directed by Klaus HaroCoproduced in Estonia by Allfilm
Ecumenical Jury AwardThe Paradise Suite (Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria)Directed by Joost van Ginkel
Special MentionZinnia Flower/ Bai Ri Gao Bie (Taiwan)Directed by Tom Shu-Yu Lin
NETPAC AwardStranger/ Zhat (Kazakhstan)Directed by Yeremek Tursunov
FIPRESCI AwardBest DebutDelivery / NacimientoDirected by Martin Meija Rugles
Special MentionThe Prosecutor, The Defender, The Father and His Son (Bulgaria, Sweden, Netherlands)Directed by Iglika TriffonovaProduced by Klas Film (Bulgaria)
Audience AwardThe Find / Находка (Russia)Directed by Victor Dement
Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams “Heino Pars” Grand PrixThe Bigger Picture (UK)Directed by Daisy Jacobs
Children’s and Youth Film Festival Just Film Grand Prix14+ (Russia)Directed by Andrei Zaitsev
International Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers Grand PrixTo Light/ Valguseks/ Valguseni/ Valgusena (Estonia)Directed by Nora Särak