RIGA: Mellow Mud by Renārs Vimba was awarded best fiction film at the National Film Festival Lielais Kristaps. The film was also awarded for best script and best actress.
Dawn by Laila Pakalniņa received seven awards for best fiction film director, best cinematographer, best actress in a supporting role, best actor in a supporting role, best costume designer, best makeup, best composer.
Best documentary award went to Under the Sun by Vitaly Mansky. The film received three other awards including best documentary director.
All the films in the National Film Festival Lielais Kristaps were nominated in 23 categories by seven Latvian film industry professionals. The awards were decided by an international jury.
The festival took place from 6 to 12 October 2016.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Best Feature Film:Mellow Mud (Latvia)Directed by Renārs VimbaProduced by Tasse FilmSupported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, MEDIA
Best Long Documentary:Under the Sun (Czech Republic, Russia, Germany, Latvia, North Korea)Directed by Vitaly ManskyProduced by VertovCoproduced by Hypermarket Film, Czech TV, Saxonia Entertainment GmbH Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung, State Cinematography Fund Czech Republic, Korean Film Export &Import Corporation
Best Short Fiction Film:Dārznieks (Latvia)Directed by Madara Dišlere
Best Short Documentary:Rīgas kungi (Latvia)Directed by Adriāna Roze
Best Long Animated Film:Mīnotaurs (Latvia)Directed by Kārlis VītolsProduced by Air ProductionSupported by the National Film Centre of Latvia
Best New Director Award:Lene Laviņa-Kalnaella for Tev, Rūķi! (Latvia)Produced by Jura Podnieka studijaSupported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Valmieras pilsētas dome
Best Scriptwriter:Renārs Vimba for Mellow Mud
Best Fiction Film Director:Laila Pakalniņa for Dawn (Latvia, Estonia, Poland)Directed by Laila PakalniņaProduced by Kompānija HarglaCoproduced by Digitaalne Sputnik, Staron-Film, Miracle WorkerSupported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, the Polish Film Institute, the Estonian Film Institute
Best Fiction Film Cinematographer:Wojciech Staroń for Dawn
Best Actress:Elīna Vaska for Mellow Mud
Best Actor: Ulrich Matthes for Exiled (Latvia)Directed by Dāvis SīmanisProduced by Locomotive productionsCoproduced by Studio Uljana KimSupported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, MEDIA
Best Actress in a Supporting Role:Liena Šmukste for Dawn
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:Andris Keišs for Dawn
Best Production Designer:Kristīne Jurjāne for Exiled
Best Costume Designer:Natalia Czeczott for Dawn
Best Make up:Dzintra Bijubena for Dawn
Best Documentary Director:
Vitālijs Manskis for Under the Sun
Best Documentary Director - Special Mention:Jānis Putniņš for The Burning (Latvia)Produced by Film Angels StudioSupported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, MEDIA
Best Documentary Cinematographer:Juris Pīlēns for Rīgas kungi
Best Animated Film Director: Kārlis Vītols for Mīnotaurs
Best Animated Film Production Designer:Vladimirs Ļeščovs for Gaidot Jauno gadu
Best Composer:Vestards Šimkus for Dawn
Best Sound Designer:Ernests Ansons, Verners Biters for BrainStorm: In-between ShoresDirected by Audinga Kucinskaite, Sandijs Semjonovs, Gundars Rēders, Edgars DubrovskisProduced by Skuba FilmsSupported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, Lattelecom
Best Editor;Andris Grants for The Burning; Rīgas kungi
Student Film Competition:KonvertītiDirected by Kārlis LesiņšLatvian Academy of Culture