SKOPJE: The Icelandic/Finnish drama film Heartstone / Hjartasteinn directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, scooped the best film award in the official selection of the 16th Festival of European Film Cinedays, which ended on 19 November 2017.
The jury composed of Semih Kaplanoglu, Evgenia Tirdatova and Maria Drandaki selected Heartstone out of eight films in the Official Selection, describing the film as "a frank and profound description of the problems that teens face during their growth".
Vangelis Mourikis, Yannis Sakaridis and Yannis Tsirbas won the best screenplay award for Amerika Square / Plateia Amerikis (Greece, UK, Germany) and György Kristóf received the best director award for his film Out (Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic) because it "creates a true picture of today's life in Eastern Europe".
The student film award went to Clean by Neven Samardžič from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo.
The Macedonian/Greek coproduction The Secret Ingridient / Iscelitel written and directed by Gjorce Stavreski, which was screened in the noncompetitive Gala Program, closed the festival. The screening was the Macedonian premiere of the film, which recently had its world premiere during Thessaloniki Film Festival. The film is a Macedonian/Greek coproduction, financially supported by the Macedonian Film Agency, the Greek Film Center and the SEE Cinema Network.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Golden Star (Best Film): Heartstone / Hjartasteinn (Iceland, Denmark) Directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson
Silver Star (Best Director): Out (Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic) Directed by György Kristóf Produced by Sentimentalfilm, KMH Film Productions, Endorfilm, Mirage, Punkchart films, RTVS, FAMU Supported by Audiovizuálny fond, Magyar Nemzeti Filmalap, Státní fond kinematografie
Blue Star (Best Screenplay): Amerika Square / Plateia Amerikis (Greece, UK, Germany) Directed by Yannis Sakaridis
Golden Star (Best Film): Daybreak / Dita zë fill (Albania, Greece) Directed by Gentian Koçi
Special Mention: The Trampoline / Trampolin (Croatia) Directed by Katarina Zrinka Matijević Produced by Interfilm Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre
Student Competition: Clean by Neven Samardžič (Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo)
Film Review Award: Maksim Osman Nikolov (second prize) and Sasho Psenko (third prize)