VILNIUS: Richard Billingham’s autobiographical drama Ray & Liz was awarded best film in the European Debut Competition of the 24th Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris, which took place from 21 March to 4 April 2019. Summer Survivors by Marija Kavtaradzė was voted best Lithuanian film by the audience.
The biggest film festival in Lithuania showcased 13 feature, documentary and animated films in the main European Debut Competition. Seven films competed in the Lithuanian short film competition and 32 films in the international short film competition.
LIST OF WINNERS:
European Debut Competition:
Best Film:Ray & Liz (UK)Directed by Richard Billingham
Best Director:Zsófia Szilágyi for One Day / Egy nap (Hungary) Best Actress:Lola Dueñas for Journey to a Mother’s Room / Viaje al cuarto de una madre (Spain, France)Directed by Celia Rico Clavellino
Best Actor:Paulius Markevičius Summer Survivors / Išgyventi vasarą (Lithuania)Directed by Marija KavtaradzėProduced by M-filmsSupported by the Lithuanian Film Centre
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film Produced in the Baltic Region:Cutterhead (Denmark)Directed by Rasmus Kloster Bro
Cineuropa Prize:Animus Animalis (A Story About People, Animals and Things) / Animus Animalis (istorija apie žmones, žvėris ir daiktus) (Lithuania)Directed by Aistė ŽegulytėProduced by Meno Avilys Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre
Short Film Competition:
Best Film:In Between / Në mes (Albania)Directed by Samir Karahoda
Special Mention:Half A Man (Croatia, France)Directed by Kristina Kumrić
Audience Award for Lithuanian Film:Summer Survivors / Išgyventi vasarą (Lithuania)Directed by Marija Kavtaradzė Audience Award:Capernaum (Lebanon, France)Directed by Nadine Labaki Best Short Film Audience Award:Family Unit / Šeima (Lithuania)Directed by Titas Laucius Student Film Award:Taco (Lithuania)Directed by Jevgenij Tichonov