BATUMI: Zoology by Ivan I.Tverdovskiy won the Grand Prix in the feature film competition of the 11th Batumi International Art house Film Festival (BIAFF), taking place from 18 to 25 September 2016.
The festival organised competitions for feature films, documentaries and short films.
International competition jury consisted of Dito Tsintsadze, Georgia (head of jury), Mahtab Keramati (Iran), Liza Antonova (Russia), Iryna Gordiichuk (Ukraine) and Gulnara Abikieva (Kazakhstan).
Documentary competition jury consisted of Marina Razbeshkina, Russia (head of jury), Nargiz Baghirzade (Azerbaijan), Oles Yanchuk (Ukraine), Elhum Shakerifar (UK), and Beso Odisharia (Georgia), while the short film competition jury was composed of Zaza Khalvashi, Georgia (head of jury), David Muradian (Armenia), Julia Sinkevych (Ukraine), Diliara Tasbulatova, (Russia) and Zura Sturua (Georgia).
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Feature FilmsGrand Prix:Zoology (Russia, France, Germany)Directed by Ivan I.Tverdovskiy
Best Director: Ralitza Petrova for Godless (Bulgaria, Denmark) Directed by Ralitza PetrovaProduced by Klas FilmCoproduced by SnowGlobe, Alcatraz Films, Film FactorySupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Danish Film Institute, Eurimages Best Actress: Natalia Pavlenkova for her role in Zoology (Russia, France, Germany)Directed by Ivan I.Tverdovskiy
Best Actor: Farhad Aslani for his role in Daughter (Iran)Directed by Reza Mirkarimi
Special Mention:Rauf (Turkey) - for bringing to the audience a strong social message about peace and love from the viewpoint of a childDirected by Soner Caner and Baris Kaya
United States of Love (Poland, Sweden) – for the brilliant camera work of Oleg Mutu (DoP), which creates a special cinematic atmosphere in the filmDirected by Tomasz WasilewskiProduced by Manana Coproduced by VP SA, Film i Väst, Common Ground PicturesSupported by the Polish Film Institute
Best Documentary:The Cinema Travellers (India)Directed by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya
Special Mention:Close Relations / Rodnye (Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine)Directed by Vitaly Manksi
Best Short Film:Lethe (Georgia)Directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili
Jury Special Mention:When You Hear the Bells (France,Tunisia)Directed by Chabname ZariabandLand of the Lost (Iraq)Directed by Hawraz Mohammed
Batumi Art University Award: Lost Village (Georgia/Spain) Directed by Giorgi Todria
International Animation Film Festival TOFUZI Prize: Guest (Georgia, France) Directed by Nino Shaburishvili
Lifetime Achievement Awards for Contribution to World Cinema:Vadim Abdrashitov (Russia) Berdia INtskirveli (Georgia)Temur Babluani (Georgia)