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FESTIVALS: Janez Burger’s Ivan Wins LET’S CEE 2018 Featured

2018-04-23
Ivan by Janez Burger Ivan by Janez Burger photo: Marko Brdar

VIENNA: The Slovenian/Croatian film Ivan directed by Janez Burger won the Best Feature Film prize at the 6th LET’s CEE film festival, which closed on 22 April 2018.

The film won a cash award of 5,000 EUR along with 50,000 in film services from Nu Boyana Film Studios.

The festival, which focuses on films from CEE countries, Turkey and the Caucasus region, screened some 155 films in Vienna as well as in Salzburg, Villach and Graz, despite a reduction in funding this year.

The second edition of the festival’s industry days focused on co-financing and co-producing, with a special presentation by Yariv Lerner, head of Nu Boyana Film Studio.

The compete list of winners follows:

Best Feauture Film / Danny Lerner Award:
Ivan (Slovenia, Croatia)
Directed by Janez Burger
Produced by Staragara, Coproduced by Propeler Film, RTV Slovenija, Tramal films
Supported by the Slovenian Film Center, FS Viba, Croatian Audiovisual Center, Eurimages

Honourable Mentions:
Directions (Bulgaria, Macedonia, Germany)
Directed by Stephan Komandarev
Produced by Argo Film
Coproduced by Bulgarian National Television, Aktis Film Production, Sektor Film
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, German Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), the Macedonian Film Agency, Eurimages
and
Men Don’t Cry (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany)
Directed by Alen Drljević
Produced by Deblokada Sarajevo
Coproduced by Iridium Film, Menderley Films, Produkcija Živa, Cineplanet

Best Documentary Film:
When the War Comes (Czech Republic, Croatia)
Directed by Jan Gebert

Honourable Mention:
Over the Limit (Poland, Germany, Finland)
Directed by Marta Prus

Promising-Debuts Competition / UNIQA Promising Debut Award:
Secret Ingredient (Macedonia, Greece)
Directed by Gjorce Stavreski
Produced by Fragment
Coproduced by Graal
Supported by the Macedonian Film Agency, the Greek Film Centre

Honourable Mention:
Filthy (Slovakia, Czech Republic)
Directed by Tereza Nvotová
Produced by BFilm
Coproduced by Moloko Film, FAMU, RTVS, Magic Lab, Sleepwalker
Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Czech State Cinematography Fund, the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava Self-Governing Region
and
Meda or The Not So Bright Side of Things (Romania)
Directed by Emanuel Pârvu
Produced by FAMart Productions
Coproduced by DaKINO Productions, Ceramus Film
Supported by the Romanian Film Center
and
Tower. A Bright Day (Poland 2017)
Directed by Jagoda Szelc
Produced by Indeks Film Studio
Coproduced by Centrala, EBH Polska, Dreamsound, Heliograf and Odra Film
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Best Short Film / VdFS Short Film Prize:
Would You Look at Her (Macedonia)
Directed by Goran Stolevski

Honourable Mention:
The Best Fireworks Ever (Poland)
Directed by Aleksandra Terpińska
and
Hide and Seek (Hungary)
Directed by Gábor Benő Baranyi

Cineplexx Distribution Award:
Ederlezi Rising (Serbia)
Directed by Lazar Bodroža
Produced by Mir Media Group and BALKANIC, Inc.
Supported by Film Center Serbia

Honourable Mention:
Directions (Bulgaria, Macedonia, Germany)
Directed by Stephan Komandarev
Produced by Argo Film
Coproduced by Bulgarian National Television, Aktis Film Production, Sektor Film
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, German Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), the Macedonian Film Agency, Eurimages
and
Secret Ingredient (Macedonia, Greece)
Directed by Gjorce Stavreski
Produced by Fragment
Coproduced by Graal
Supported by the Macedonian Film Agency, the Greek Film Centre

Audience Prize: Best Feature Film in Any Category:
Dede (Georgia, Croatia, Qatar, Ireland, Netherlands)
Directed by Mariam Khatchvani
Produced by 20 Steps
Coproduced by Film and Music Entertainment, MP Film Production, Montauk Film Production, and JaJa Film Productions and supported by the Doha Film Institute and the Georgian National Film Centre

Audience Prize: Best Short Film in Any Category:
The Story of the Polar Bear that Wanted to Go to Africa (Austria)
Directed by Mo Harawe

Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor or Actress from any of the entries:
Eliane Umuhire
The Birds Are Singing in Kigali
Directed by Joanna Kos Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze
Produced by Kosfilm
Coproduced by Telewizja Polska, the National Culture Center, Odra Film, Studio A
Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Award for Best Short Film made in the LET’S CEE Talent Academy:
Dangerously Good… by Rea Lest from Estonia, Nastja Kotnik Minik from Slovenia, Anton Skrypets from the Ukraine and Naima Noelle Schmidt from Austria.

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