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
Vesna 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 EyesDirected by Varja MočnikProduced 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