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FNE at Tallinn Black Nights 2015: Prize Winners Featured

The Throne by Lee Joon-ik The Throne by Lee Joon-ik

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 Competition
Grand Prix for Best Film
The Throne/Sado (South Korea)
Directed by Lee Joon-ik

Jury Prize for Best Director
Under the Sun (Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, North Korea)
Directed by Vitaliy Manskiy
Coproduced in the Czech Republic by Hypermarket Film and Czech TV

Jury Prize for Best Actor
Isaka Sawadogo for his role in The Paradise Suite (Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria)
Directed by Joost van Ginkel
Coproduced in Bulgaria by KaBoAl Pictures

Jury Prize for Best Actress
Martha Canga Antonio for her role in Black (Belgium)
Directed by Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Jury Prize for Best Cinematographer
Wojciech Staron for Dawn (Latvia, Poland, Estonia)
Directed by Laila Pakalnina
Produced by Hargla Company (Latvia), Miracle Worker (Poland), Staron Film (Poland), Digitaalne Sputnik (Estonia)

Special Jury Prize
Under the Sun (Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, North Korea)
Directed by Vitaliy Manskiy

Best Music
Bang Jun-seok for The Throne / Sado (South Korea)
Directed by Lee Joon-ik

Tridens First Features Competition
Delivery/ Nacimiento (Columbia)
Directed by Martin Meija Rugeles

Tridens Award for Best Cinematographer
Peyman Shadmanfar for Two / Do (Iran)
Directed by Soheila Golestani

Tridens Award for Best Music
Tristan Dewey and Tai Jordan for Pawno (Australia)
Directed by Paul Ireland

Tridens Estonian Film Award
The Fencer / Miekkailija (Finland, Estonia, Germany)
Directed by Klaus Haro
Coproduced in Estonia by Allfilm

Ecumenical Jury Award
The Paradise Suite (Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria)
Directed by Joost van Ginkel

Special Mention
Zinnia Flower/ Bai Ri Gao Bie (Taiwan)
Directed by Tom Shu-Yu Lin

Stranger/ Zhat (Kazakhstan)
Directed by Yeremek Tursunov

Best Debut
Delivery / Nacimiento
Directed by Martin Meija Rugles

Special Mention
The Prosecutor, The Defender, The Father and His Son (Bulgaria, Sweden, Netherlands)
Directed by Iglika Triffonova
Produced by Klas Film (Bulgaria)

Audience Award
The Find / Находка (Russia)
Directed by Victor Dement

Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams “Heino Pars” Grand Prix
The Bigger Picture (UK)
Directed by Daisy Jacobs

Children’s and Youth Film Festival Just Film Grand Prix
14+ (Russia)
Directed by Andrei Zaitsev

International Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers Grand Prix
To Light/ Valguseks/ Valguseni/ Valgusena (Estonia)
Directed by Nora Särak

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