ISTANBUL: Romanian director/producer/scriptwriter Anca Damian won the Eurimages Audentia Award for her animated documentary The Magic Mountain produced by Aparte Film. The award aimed at promoting female directors was launched by the Council of Europe together with the Istanbul Film Festival.
The award presented at the closing ceremony of the 35th Istanbul Film Festival intends to celebrate women who have had the courage to be filmmakers, by giving their work greater visibility and inspiring other women to follow in their footsteps.
Fifteen films had been pre-selected from among all categories and all films by female directors, to compete for the first edition of the prize. Eurimages Audentia Award will from now on be awarded yearly.
The Magic Mountain was produced by Damian through Aparte Film in coproduction with Benedicte Thomas and Guillaume de Seille through the Paris-based company Arizona Films Distribution and Wlodek Matuszevski from the Polish production company Filmograf. The Romanian National Film Center (CNC) and the Polish Film Institute (PISF) supported it.