17-09-2018

FESTIVALS: My Last Year as a Loser Wins the Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorož 2018

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Vesna award for the best film for My Last Year as a Looser: Danijel Hočevar, (producer) and Urša Menart (director) - from left to right Vesna award for the best film for My Last Year as a Looser: Danijel Hočevar, (producer) and Urša Menart (director) - from left to right photo: Matjaž Rušt

PORTOROŽ: Urša Menart’s debut feature My Last Year as a Loser won the Vesna Award for best film at the 21st Festival of Slovenian Film, which ran in Portorož from 10 to 15 September 2018. It is the first time that the most important Vesna award is presented to a film made by a female director.

The film also won two other Vesna awards (for script and supporting actress) and a Special Mention from the Slovenian Film Critics’ Jury.

Darko Štante won the Vesna Award for best director for the youth delinquent drama Consequences, for which Matej Zemljič was awarded best leading actor and Timotej Šturbej best supporting actor. The film also won the Slovenian Film Critics’ Jury Award and the Audience Award.

Nina Blažin’s How Much Do You Love Yourself? won the Vesna Award for best documentary and for best editing, while Winter Flies by Olmo Omerzu was awarded best minority coproduction.

Altogether 93 films (51 in the competition and 42 out of the competition) were screened in the festival.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

Vesna Award for Best Feature Film:
My Last Year as a Looser / Ne bom več luzerka (Slovenia)
Directed by Urša Menart
Produced by Vertigo
Coproduced by RTV Slovenija, NuFrame, 100
Supported by the Slovenian Film Center, FS Viba

Vesna Award for Best Director: Darko Štante for Consequences / Posledice (Slovenia, Austria)
Produced by Filmsko društvo Temporama
Coproduced by Zwinger film, NuFrame, 100
Supported by the Slovenian Film Center

Vesna Award for Best Script:
Urša Menart for My Last Year as a Looser
Directed by Urša Menart

Vesna Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role: Judita Franković Brdar for Erased / Izbrisana (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia)
Directed by Miha Mazzini
Produced by Gustav Film
Coproduced by Kinorama, Delirium, Pakt Media
Supported by the Slovenian Film Center, Eurimages, the Croatian Audiovisual Center, Film Center Serbia

Vesna Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Matej Zemljič for Consequences
Directed by Darko Štante

Vesna Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Živa Selan for My Last Year as a Looser
Directed by Urša Menart

Vesna Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Timon Šturbej for Consequences
Directed by Darko Štante

Vesna Award for Best Cinematography:
Mitja Ličen for History of Love / Zgodovina ljubezni (Slovenia, Italy, Norway)
Directed by Sonja Prosenc
Produced by Monoo
Coproduced by Incitus Film, Nefertiti film
Supported by the Slovenian Film Center, Eurimages

Vesna Award for Best Editing: Zlatjan Čučkov for How Much Do You Love Yourself? / Koliko se ljubiš? (Slovenia)
Directed by Nina Blažin
Produced by Sever&Sever
Supported by the Slovenian Film Center

Vesna Award for Best Original Music:
Jura Ferina, Pavao Miholjević, Vladimir Godár for Erased
Directed by Miha Mazzini

Vesna Award for Best Production Design:
Matjaž Pavlovec for Erased
Directed by Miha Mazzini

Vesna Award for Best Costume Design:
Sanja Džeba for Erased
Directed by Miha Mazzini

Vesna Award for Best Make-up: Nataša Sevčnikar for Gaja’s World / Gajin svet (Slovenia)
Directed by Peter Bratuša
Produced by Felina Films
Coproduced by RTV Slovenija
Supported by the Slovenian Film Center

Vesna Award for Best Sound: Jurij Zornik for Greeting from Free Forests / Lep pozdrav iz svobodnih gozdov (Croatia, Slovenia)
Directed by Ian Soroka
Produced by Pica Pica Productions
Coproduced by Plan 9 Produkcija

Vesna Award for Best Slovenian Minority Coproduction: Winter Flies / Zimske muhe (Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, France, Poland)
Directed by Olmo Omerzu
Produced by endorfilm 
Coproduced by the Czech Television, Punkchart Films, Koskino, Cvinger Film, Rouge International
Supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Czech Film Centre, the Slovak Film Institute, the Slovenian Film Center

Vesna Award for Best Documentary:
How Much Do You Love Yourself?
Directed by Nina Blažin

Vesna Award for Best Short Film:
The Final Day of Rudolf Nietsche / Poslednji dan Rudolfa Nietscheja
Directed by Blaž Kutin

Vesna Award for Best Student Film:
Voyage Voyage
Directed by Lun Sevnik

Vesna Award for Best Animated Film:
Koyaa – Wild Sunbed / Koyaa – Divji ležalnik
Directed by Kolja Saksida
Produced by ZVVIKS

Vesna Award for Special Original Achievement:
Vesna award for Consequences - Timotej Šturbej (best supporting actor), Darko Štante (best director), Matej Zemljič (best actor) and Gašper Markun; photo: Matjaž RuštHistory of Love
Directed by Sonja Prosenc

Vesna Award for Special Achivements:
Gaja’s World
Directed by Peter Bratuša
and Days of Madness / Nori dnevi (Croatia, Slovenia)
Directed by Damian Nenadić
Produced by Restart 
Coproduced by Petra Pan Film
Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union

Vesna Audience Award:
Consequences
Directed by Darko Štante

Slovenian Film Critics’ Jury Award:
Consequences
Directed by Darko Štante

Special Mention Slovenian Film Critics’ Jury Award:
My Last Year as a Looser
Directed by Urša Menart

IRIDIUM Award:
My Last Year as a Looser
Directed by Urša Menart

Best Film in the Youth Wing Section:
Metum
Collective project from Highschool for Design and Photography in Ljubljana

Special Mention in the Youth Wing Section:
What a Man Feels / Kar človek čuti
Directed by Urh Pirc