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 BurgerProduced 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 KomandarevProduced by Argo FilmCoproduced by Bulgarian National Television, Aktis Film Production, Sektor FilmSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, German Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), the Macedonian Film Agency, EurimagesandMen Don’t Cry (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany)Directed by Alen DrljevićProduced by Deblokada SarajevoCoproduced 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 StavreskiProduced by FragmentCoproduced by Graal Supported by the Macedonian Film Agency, the Greek Film Centre
Honourable Mention:Filthy (Slovakia, Czech Republic)Directed by Tereza NvotováProduced by BFilm Coproduced by Moloko Film, FAMU, RTVS, Magic Lab, SleepwalkerSupported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Czech State Cinematography Fund, the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava Self-Governing RegionandMeda or The Not So Bright Side of Things (Romania)Directed by Emanuel PârvuProduced by FAMart ProductionsCoproduced by DaKINO Productions, Ceramus FilmSupported by the Romanian Film CenterandTower. A Bright Day (Poland 2017)Directed by Jagoda SzelcProduced by Indeks Film StudioCoproduced by Centrala, EBH Polska, Dreamsound, Heliograf and Odra FilmSupported 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 TerpińskaandHide and Seek (Hungary)Directed by Gábor Benő Baranyi
Cineplexx Distribution Award:Ederlezi Rising (Serbia)Directed by Lazar BodrožaProduced 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, EurimagesandSecret Ingredient (Macedonia, Greece)Directed by Gjorce StavreskiProduced by FragmentCoproduced 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 KhatchvaniProduced by 20 StepsCoproduced 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 UmuhireThe Birds Are Singing in KigaliDirected by Joanna Kos Krauze and Krzysztof KrauzeProduced by KosfilmCoproduced by Telewizja Polska, the National Culture Center, Odra Film, Studio ASupported 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.