TALLINN: The Grand Prix of the 23rd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival went to the Japanese feature film Kontora directed by Anshul Chauhan, while Motherland directed by Tomas Vengris won the Baltic Film Competition. The festival was held from 15 November to 1 December 2019. One of the unique new events this year was the new two day VR workshop sponsored by Film New Europe.
Romanian Alina Șerban was awarded Best Actress for the German/Austrian coproduction Gipsy Queen directed by Hüseyin Tabak, which screened in the Official Selection Competition.
The First Feature Competition was won by Gregor Božič’s Slovenian/Italian coproduction Stories From the Chestnut Woods.
The winners of Industry at Tallinn and Baltic Event Awards were also announced at the closing gala. The Eurimages Co-Production Development Award went to the Polish film project The Great Match directed by Filip Syczynski, while the Post Production Award went to the Latvian project The Pit directed by Dace Pūce.
The annual European Film Forum took place on 27 November during the forum with an opening keynote speech by Martin Dawson, Deputy Head of Unit at European Commission DG CNECT, BE.
One of the most important events was the new VR workshop sponsored by Film New Europe. The VR workshop kicked off with a presentation by Anna Franklin of FNE’s Audiovisual Innovation project and how this is an important tool for all those working with innovative new tools for the film industry. Participants worked together over two days to make a VR film. FNE will be presenting clips from the VR film on www.filmneweurope.com.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Official Selection Competition:
Grand Prix for the Best Film: Kontora (Japan) Directed by Anshul Chauhan
Best Director:Jun Robles Jana for Kalel (15) (Philippines)
Best Script:Evgeny Ruman, Ziv Berkovich for Golden Voices (Israel)Directed by Evgeny Ruman
Best Actress:Alina Șerban for Gipsy Queen (Germany, Austria)Directed by Hüseyin Tabak
Best Actor:Cavan Clerkin for Muscle (UK)Directed by Gerard Johnson
Best Cinematographer:Richard Wong for Coming Home Again (USA, South Korea)Directed by Wayne Wang
Best Music:Yuma Koda for Kontora (Japan)
First Feature Competition:
Best Film:Stories From the Chestnut Woods (Slovenia, Italy)Directed by Gregor BožičProduced by NosorogiCoproduced by Transmedia Production, Deutsche Film Und Fensehakademie Berlin, RTV SlovenijaSupported by the Slovenian Film Center, Creative Europe MEDIA
Special Jury Prize (ex-aequo):
The Seeker /O buscador (Brazil)Directed by Bernardo Barretto
The Names of the Flowers / Los nombres de las flores (Bolivia, Qatar, Canada)Directed by Bahman Tavoosi
Baltic Film Competition:
Best Baltic Feature Film:Motherland (Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Greece)Directed by Tomas VengrisProduced by Uljana KimCoproduced by Locomotive Productions, Heimathafen Film, Faliro HouseSupported by the Lithuanian Film Centre, the National Film Centre of Latvia, Eurimages , Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA
Rebels with a Cause Competition:
Rebel with a Cause Award:Feast (China)Directed by Yunxing Nie
Rebels with Their Shorts Award:The Silence of the Dying Fish (France)Directed by Vasilis Kekatos
Audience Award:When the Moon Was Full / Shabi Ke Maah Kamel Shod (Iran)Directed by Narges Abyar
FIPRESCI Award (to a film in the First Feature Competition):Looted (UK)Directed by Rene Pannevis
NETPAC Award for Best Asian film:Golden Voices (Israel)Directed by Evgeny Ruman
Estonian Ecumenical Jury Prize:Gipsy Queen (Germany, Austria)Directed by Hüseyin Tabak
Lifetime Achievement Awards:Enn Säde (Estonia)Andrei Konchalovsky (Russia)
Children’s and Youth Film Festival Just Film:
Grand Prix:Boyz in the Wood (UK)Directed by Ninian Doff
European Children’s Film Association Award:Binti (Belgium)Directed by Frederike Migom
International Short Film and Animation Festival PÖFF Shorts:
European Film Academy 2020 Awards Candidate Nomination:12 K. Marx Street (Georgia)Directed by Irine Jordania
Winners of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Awards:Baltic Event Co-Production Market Awards:
Eurimages Co-Production Development Award:The Great Match (Poland)Directed by Filip SyczynskiProduced by Match & Spark
Screen International Best Pitch Award:The File (Slovakia)Directed by Jonas KarasekProduced by Wandal Production
Cannes Marché du Film Producers’ Network Award:Carla Fotea (Romania)Andreas Kask (Estonia)
Works In Progress Awards:
The Post-Production Award:The Pit (Latvia)Directed by Dace PūceProduced by Marana Productions
The Baltic Event Works in Progress Award:Brownie (Germany)Directed by Sarah Blaßkiewitz
Script Pool Tallinn 2019:
Global Screen Award:Molly (UK)Written by Nicole Paglia