BATUMI: The 9th Batumi International Art-house Film Festival (BIAFF) held in Batumi 14-21 September 2014 gave its Grand Prix to Lenny Abrahamson for his comedy Frank (UK/Ireland, 2014) that had it's world premiere in Sundance.
The Special Jury Prize went to the French/Georgian coproduction Brides, dir. Tinatin Kajrishvili
Main documentary award went to Sergei Loznitsa for his latest documetary Maidan about the Ukrainian protests against president Viktor Yanukovych and the government at the Independence Square in Kiev.
List of winners BIAFF 2014:
International Competition - Feature Films
Grand Prix Frank (UK/Ireland)directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Jury Special PrizeBrides (Georgia, France)Directed by Tinatin KajrishviliProduction: Studio Gemini, (Georgia) MillimeterFilm (Georgia)Supported by Georgian National Film Centre (GNFC)
Best Film DirectingIvan I. Tverdovsky for film Correction Class (Russia/Germany)
Best Actor Irrfan Khan for film Lunchbox (India/France/Germany/USA)directed by Ritesh Batra
International Competition - Doc Films
The Best Doc filmMaidandirected by Sergei LoznitsaUkraine/Netherlands
Special Mention Waiting for Augustdirected by Teodora Ana MihaiBelgium/Romania
International Competition - Shorts Films
The Best Short film Butter Lamp (France/China)directed by Hu Wei
BIAFF Lifetime Achievement awards for contribuitone to World cinema was granted to:
- Roman Balayan (Ukraine)
- Irakli Kvirikadze (Georgia)
- Avto Makharadze (Georgia)
The festival is organized by the Art House "Argani" and sponsored in part by the Georgian National Film Center (GNFC).