WARSAW: The Grand Prix of the 32nd Warsaw FF went to the Chinese film To Kill a Watermelon directed by Zehao Gao at the closing ceremony on 21 October 2017.
The jury members Claudia Landsberger, Jan Hryniak, Denis Ivanov, Eran Riklis and Ivica Zubak gave a special mention to The Miner, a Slovenian/Croatian film by Hanna Slak.
Other CEE films fared well, with FIPRESCI prizes going to the Polish film Hugo by Wojciech Klimala and to the Slovak/Czech film Nina directed by Juraj Lehotsky. Arūnas Matelis’ Lithunian/Latvian/Italian/Belgian coproduction Wonderful Losers: A Different World won the documentary competition.
The complete list of winners follows:
Best Film: To Kill a Watermelon (China)Directed by Zehao Gao
Best Director: Joan ChemlaIf You Saw His Heart (France)
Special Jury Award: Actors Allen Dizon and Angelie for The Bomb (Philippines)Directed by Ralston Gonzales Jover
Special Mention: The Miner (Slovenia, Croatia)Directed by Hanna SlakProduced by Nukleus FilmCoproduced by VOLTESupported by the Slovenian Film Center, FS Viba
NETPAC Award: Out of Frame (China)Directed by Wai Lun Kwok
Ecumenical Jury Award: Beyond Words (Poland, Netherlands)Directed by Urszula AntoniakProduced by Opus Film, coproduced by Family Affair FilmsSupported by the Polish Film Institute, Eurimages
Special Mention: The Miner
Young FIPRESCI Award: Hugo (Poland)Directed by Wojciech KlimalaProduced by Film Bunch
FIPRESCI: Nina (Slovakia, Czech Republic)Directed by Juraj LehotskýProduced by Punkchart FilmsCoproduced by endorfilm, Czech TV, Lehotsky Film, sentimentalfilmSupported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Creative Europe MEDIA, the Czech State Cinematography Fund and Bratislava Self-Governing Region
Short Film Grand Prix: May Day (Belgium)Directed by Olivier Magis & Fedrik De Beul
Best Live Action Short: Offstage (Romania)Directed by Andrei Huțuleac
Best Animated Short: Weekends (USA)Directed by Trevor Jimenez
Best Documentary Short: How to Become a Pope (Poland)Directed by Justyna Mytnik
Special Mention Short Film: I Will Always Love You (Sweden)Directed by Amanda Kernell
Best Documentary: Wonderful Losers: A Different World (Lithuania, Latvia, Italy, Belgium)Directed by Arūnas Matelis
Free Spirit Award: The Rules for Everything (Norway)Directed by Kim Hiorthøy
Special Mention: Highway 318 (China)Directed by Yunxing Nie
Competition 1-2 Award: The Charmer (Denmark)Directed by Milad Alami
Special Mention: Find this Little Bitch and Throw Her into the River (Netherlands)Directed by Ben Brand
Click HERE for 33rd WFF Audience Awards Winners.