VILNIUS: I, Olga Hepnarova, the debut feature by Petr Kazda and Tomáš Weinreb, and Thirst by Svetla Tsotsorkova, won Best Film ex-aequo in the New Europe – New Names Competition of the 21st Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris, which wrapped on 14 April 2016.
The biggest film festival in Lithuania organised the traditional New Europe – New Names and the Baltic Gaze Competitions with 10 films each, and also the Short Films Competitions with 27 films. The festival also launched a new programme, I Am a Hybrid, with films blurring the line between documentary and fiction, while the Comedy Programme screened comedies dealing with complicated issues using sharp humor.
This year, Kino Pavasaris screened 130 feature films and 70 short films from all over the world with a special focus on Baltic countries and Central Europe. The festival also hosted Meeting Point Vilnius, the film industry networking event designed to promote the Baltic film industry.
The 21st Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris took place from 31 March to 14 April 2016 and had an attenadance of more than 100,000 people at the screenings, which took place in five largest Lithuanian cities.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
New Europe – New Names Competition Winners
I, Olga Hepnarova / Ja, Olga Hepnarova (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, France)Directed by Petr Kazda, Tomáš WeinrebProduced by Black Balance Coproduced by Media Brigade, Alef Film and Media Group, Love.FRAME, Spoon, Barrandov Studios, Michael Samuelson Lighting Prague, FAMU, Arizona Productions, Odra FilmSupported by the Polish Film Institute , the Czech Film Fund, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Odra Film
Thirst / Jajda (Bulgaria)Directed by Svetla TsotsorkovaProduced by Front Film Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Director: Agnieszka Smoczyńska for The Lure / Córki Dancingu (Poland)Directed by Agnieszka SmoczyńskaProduced by WFDiFCoproduced by HBO Poland, Telewizja PolskaSupported by the Polish Film Institute
Best Actress: Monika Naydenova for Thirst (Bulgaria)
Best Actor: Uliks Fehmiu for Our Everyday Life / Naša Svakodnevna Priča (Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia)Directed by Ines TanovićProduced by Dokument SarajevoCoproduced by Spiritus Movens and Slovenia's Studio MajSupported by the Slovenian Film Center , the Croatian Audiovisual Center, Film Fund Sarajevo
The CICAE Award: A Good Wife / Dobra Zena (Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia)Directed by Mirjana KaranovicProduced by This&That ProductionsCoproduced by Deblokada, Nukleus Film, CineplanetSupported by Film Fund Sarajevo
Baltic Gaze Competition Winners
Best Film: Under the Sun (Ukraine) DocumentaryDirected by Vitaly Mansky
Best Director: Mantas Kvedaravičius for Mariupolis (Lithuania, Germany, France, Ukraine) Documentary
Best Actress: Trine Dyrholm for The Commune (Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands)Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Best Actor: Oleg Maximov for Don Juan (Sweden, Finland, Poland) DocumentaryDirected by Jerzy Śladkowski
Special Mention: Granny‘s Dancing on the Table (Sweden)Directed by Hanna Sköld.
Short Film Competition Winners and Audience Awards
Best Film: Fear (Slovakia / Czech Republic)Directed by Michal Blaško
Special Mention: End of Puberty (Hungary)Directed by Fanni Szilágyi
Audience Award: Truman (Spain)Directed by Cesc Gay
Best Short Film voted by the festivalgoers: Otto (Netherlands)Directed by Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins and Job Roggeveen