TALLINN: The Israeli film A Quiet Heart directed by Eitan Anner has been awarded the main prize at the 20th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held from 11 to 27 November 2016.
The event wrapped with a gala awards ceremony on Saturday night 26 November in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. The main prize carries a scholarship of 10 000 EUR, which is shared equally by the director and the producer. It was a bumper year for Middle East filmmakers in Tallinn with the Best Director prize going to Iranian director Narges Abyar for his film Breath. The prize for the Best Estonian Film went to Mother directed by Kadri Kousaar, which is this year’s Estonian submission for the foreign Oscar.
The Baltic Event’s Best project – Eurimages Co-Production Development Award went to Citizen Saint (Georgia) to be directed by Tinatin Kajrishvili and produced by Tbilisi based Film Studio Artizm. The Works in Progress prize went to the Latvian/Lithuanian/Polish project Foam At The Mouth / Ar putam uz lupam to be directed by Janis Nords and produced by Tasse Film, ArtBox , Madants.
Best FilmA Quiet Heart (Israel)Directed by Eitan Anner
Best DirectorNarges Abyar for Breath (Iran)
Best CinematographerGints Berzins for The Chronicles of Melanie (Latvia, Czechia, Finland)
Directed by Viesturs Kairiss Produced by Mistrus Media, Inland Film Company Oy and 8 Heads Production Supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia and Latvian Cultural Capital Foundation
Best ScriptIgor Cobileanski for Eastern Business (Romania, Lithuania, Moldova)
Best ActorIon Sapdaru and Constantin Puscasu for Eastern Business (Romania, Lithuania, Moldova)
Produced by Alien Film Coproduced by Just a Moment Supported by Romanian National Film Center, Lithuanian Film Centre
Best ActressAnia Budstein for A Quiet Heart (Israel)
Best MusicComposer Silvia Pérez Cruz for At Your Doorstep (Spain)Directed by Eduard Cortés
FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION
Best FilmDuet (Iran)Directed by David Nanesh
Special Jury PrizeGentle Breath (Columbia)Directed by Augusto Sandino
Special Jury PrizeHoly Biker (Brazil)Direted by Homero Olivetto
ESTONIAN FILM COMPETITION
Best Estonian FeatureMother (Estonia)Directed by Kadri KõusaarProduced by Aet Laigu through MeteoriitSupported by the Estonian Film Institute
FIPRESCI AWARD 2016
Gentle Breath (Columbia)Directed by Augusto Sandino
NETPAC AWARD 2016Duet (Iran)Directed by David Nanesh
CROSS RELIGION AWARDDark Fortune (Switzerland)Directed by Stefan Haupt
AUDIENCE AWARDQueen of Spades (Russia)Directed by Pavel Lungin
BALTIC EVENT AWARDS
BALTIC EVENT CO-PRODUCTION MARKET AWARDS
Best project – Eurimages Co-Production Development AwardCitizen Saint (Georgia)Director Tinatin KajrishviliProducer Lasha KhalvashiProduction company Film Studio Artizm
Best Pitch(N)Ostalgia (Luxembourg, UK)Diirector Vicki ThorntonProducer Marion GruthProduction company a_BAHN
Promising Young ProducersEmma Åkesdotter Ronge and Kuba Kosma
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Best ProjectFoam At The Mouth / Ar putam uz lupam (Latvia, Lithuania, Poland)Director Janis NordsProduction CompaniesTasse Film, ArtBox , Madants
GAME JAM Awards
WinnerEderlezi RisingGame producer - Aleksei NehoroshkinFilm - Ederlezi Rising by Lazar Bodroza (Serbia)Production company Mir Media GroupProducer Aleksandar Protic
Second PrizeThe Secret Society of SouptownGame producer - Mikk LuigeFilm - Supilinna Salaselts by Margus Paju (Estonia)Production company Nafta FilmsProducers Diana Mikita and Esko Rips.