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FESTIVALS: The Family Wins the Slovenian Film Festival Portorož Featured

2017-09-18
Rok Bicek awarded for The Family Rok Bicek awarded for The Family

PORTOROŽ: Rok Biček's documentary The Family won the Vesna Award for best film of the 20th Slovenian Film Festival, which ran in Portorož from 12 to 16 September 2017. The Vesna award for the best feature film went to Janez Burger’s drama Ivan, a film that also won seven other awards.

Hanna Slak won the Vesna Award for best director for The Miner, which also won two other Vesna awards.

Maruša Majer won the Vesna Award for the best actress for Ivan. The film also won five other Vesna awards (best feature film, script, cinematography, music, make-up) and three non-statutory awards: the Teleking Best Feature Film in the fiction film category, the Slovenian Art Cinema Association Award and the Slovenian Federation of Film Critics Award.

Jan Cvitković’s The Basics of Killing won four Vesna Awards (DoP, music, costume design, sound), and Miha Knific’s Perseverance won three awards (supporting actor, supporting actress, best original AV work).

The Audience Award went to Boris Petkovič’s Let Him Be a Basketball Player, which also won a Vesna award for production design.

Altogether 97 films (51 in the competition and 46 out of the competition) were screened in Portorož. Eleven feature films and six long documentaries competed for the Vesna awards.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

Vesna Award for Best Film: The Family / Družina (Slovenia, Austria)
Directed by Rok Biček
Produced by Cvinger film
Coproduced by RTV Slovenija, Zwinger film
Supported by the Slovenian Film Center, FS Viba, the Austrian Film Institute

Vesna Award for Best Feature Film - Fiction: Ivan / 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, the Croatian Audiovisual Center, Eurimages

Janez Burger awarded for IvanVesna Award for Best Director: Hanna A. W. Slak for The Miner / Rudar (Slovenia, Croatia, Germany)
Directed by Hanna Slak
Produced by Nukleus Film
Coproduced by VOLTE
Supported by the Slovenian Film Center, FS Viba

Vesna Award for Best Screenplay: Janez Burger, Srdjan Koljević, Melina Pota and Aleš Čar for Ivan

Vesna Award for Best Actress: Maruša Majer for Ivan

Vesna Award for Best Actor: Leon Lučev for The Miner

Vesna Award for Best Supporting Actress: Ivanka Mežan for Perseverance / Vztrajanje (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Italy)
Directed by Miha Knific
Produced by Nukleus Film
Coproduced by This & That Productions, Helios Sustainable Films
Supported by the Slovenian Film Center, FS Viba, the Croatian Audiovisual Center, Film Center Serbia, BLS

Vesna Award for Best Supporting Actor: Brane Grubar for Perseverance

Vesna Award for Best Photography: Marko Brdar for Ivan and The Basics of Killing / Družinica (Slovenia, Serbia)
Directed by Jan Cvitkovič
Produced by Perfo Production
Coproduced by Pilon Media, RTV Slovenija
Supported by the Slovenian Film Center, FS Viba,  Film Center Serbia

Vesna Award for Best Editing: Vladimir Gojun for The Miner

Vesna Award for Best Music: Damir Avdić for The Basics of Killing and Ivan

Vesna Award for Best Production Design: Janez Prohinar for Let Him Be a Basketball Player / Košarkar naj bo (Slovenia)
Directed by Boris Petkovič
Produced by Gustav Film
Coproduced by RTV Slovenija, MB Grip, Studio Ritem, Unicasting and Pecl
Supported by the Slovenian Film Center, FS Viba, Media

Vesna Award for Best Costume Design: Emil Cerar and Polonca Valentinčič for The Basics of Killing

Vesna Award for Best Make-Up: Alenka Nahtigal for Ivan

Vesna Award for Best Sound: Boštjan Kačičnik for The Basics of Killing

Vesna Award for Best Original (Experimental AV) Work: Perseverance

Vesna Award for Best Minority Slovenian Coproduction: Men Don't Cry / Muškarci Ne Plaču (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Germany)
Directed by Alen Drljević
Produced by Deblokada Sarajevo
Coproduced by Iridium Film, This and That, Menderley Films, Produkcija Živa and Cineplanet
Supported by the Foundation of Cinematography Sarajevo, Slovenian Film Center, ZDF/Arte TV, MEDIA, Ministry of Culture and Sport of Kanton Sarajevo, CineLink, FS Viba, Eurimages

Vesna Award for Best Documentary:
Playing Men / Playing Men
Directed by Matjaž Ivanišin
Produced by Nosorogi

Vesna Award for Best Short Film:
Apoptosis / Apoptoza
Directed by Tomaž Gorkič and produced by Blade Production

Vesna Award for Best Student Film:
Anja Ganja / Anja Ganja
Directed by Peter Bizjak and produced by: AGRFT

Vesna Award for Best Animated Film:
The Box / Celica
Directed by Dušan Kastelic and produced by Bugbrain Inštitut

Vesna Award for Special Achivements: Every Good Story Is a Love Story / Vsaka dobra zgodba je ljubezenska zgodba (Slovenia, Croatia)
Directed by Matjaž Ivanišin, Rajko Grlić
Produced by Vertigo
Coproduced by NP7, NuFrame, 100
Supported by the Slovenian Film Center

Vesna Award for Special Achivements: Music Is the Art of Time 2, LP film Buldozer – Spit Truth Into the Eyes
Directed by Varja Močnik
Produced by Nord Cross Production

Slovenian Art Cinema Association Award: Ivan

Slovenian Federation of Film Critics Award: Ivan

Teleking Award for Best Feature Film - Fiction: Ivan

Iridium Audience Award: Let Him Be a Basketball Player

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