FESTIVALS: Faces, Places Wins MofA Film Festival's Top Award


    SOFIA: Agnès Varda’s and JR’s Faces, Places, coproduced by France’s CineTamaris, JRSA and Rouge International, grabbed the Best Documentary Film Award of the Master of Art International Documentary Film Festival. Due to its growing popularity and critical acclaim, the only IFF for Art documentaries in the Balkan region was included as a major event of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union cultural programme. MofA’s third edition is taking place in two stages: from 12 to 22 April and from 23 to 30 April 2018 in Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna.

    Over 70 films from all over the world, produced after 1 January 2016, competed in the programmes: Architecture and Design, Contemporary Art, Installation Art, Protest Art, Fine Art and Photography, Literature, Music and Dance, Theatre and Cinema, Video Art and Advertising and Art in Video Games, as well as Art for Children and Culinary Art, the two new sections added this year. A noncompetitive panorama of exceptional documentaries on art regardless of their date of production was offered to the festival by the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

    “All the titles in the different programmes of the festival are shown for the first time in Bulgaria. Ten of them are Bulgarian”, founder and artistic director Titzin told FNE.

    The festival was once again organised by Spotlight and the Master of Art Foundation. It was supported by the Sofia Municipality, the Bulgarian National Film Center, the National Palace of Culture and the America for Bulgaria Foundation.


    Master of Art Best Documentary Film
    Faces, Places (France)
    Directed by Agnès Varda’s and JR

    Best Bulgarian Documentary
    Daga – Stories in Pictures
    Directed by Maria Nikolova
    Produced by Gekkon Animation Studio

    Best Feature-Length Documentary Debut - Youth Jury Award
    Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story (Netherlands)
    Directed by Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm

    Audience Award
    Jam Session (Bulgaria)
    Directed by Borislav Kolev
    Produced by Projector       

    Best Short Film
    The Red House (Israel)
    Directed by Tamar Tal Anati

    Best Documentary Films by Categories

    Architecture and Design
    Big Time (Denmark)
    Directed by Kaspar Astrup Schroder

    Art for Children
    Life, Animated (USA, France)
    Directed by Roger Ross Williams

    Fine Art and Photography
    Kokoschka, Life-Work (Switzerland)
    Directed by Michel Rodde

    Culinary Art
    Bar Talks By Schumann (Germany)
    Directed by Marieke Schroeder

    Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story (Netherlands)
    Directed by Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm

    Music and Dance
    Maria By Callas (France)
    Directed by Tom Volf

    Contemporary Art, Installation Art, Protest Art
    Revolution: New Art for A New World (UK)
    Directed by Margy Kinmonth

    Theatre and Cinema

    Karenina & I (Norway, Italy, Russia)
    Directed by Tommaso Mottola

    Hope I'm in the Frame (Israel)
    Directed by Netalie Braun

    Video Art & Art Advertising Award
    Flatland (Iran)
    Directed by Alireza Keymanesh and Amir Pousti

    ART in Video Games

    Special Jury Prize
    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
    Developed by Ninja Theory
    Directed by Tameem Antoniades

    Best Gameplay Awards:

    (AAA Games)
    Assassin’s Creed: Origins
    Developed by Ubisoft Montreal
    Directed by Jean Guesdon, Ashraf Ismail

    (Indie Games)
    Developed by StudioMDHR
    Directed by Chad Moldenhauer and Jared Moldenhauer

    (VR Games)
    Developed by Tarsier Studios
    Directed by Bjorn Sunesson and Daniel Dalebjork

    Best Storytelling Awards:

    (AAA Games)
    Nier: Automata
    Developed by PlatinumGames
    Directed by Yoko Taro

    (Indie Games)
    Night in The Woods
    Developed by Infinite Fall
    Directed by: Alec Holowka and Scott Benson

    (VR Games)
    The Invisible Hours
    Developed by Tequila Works
    Directed by Raúl Rubio Munárriz and Rob Yescombe

    Best Visuals Award

    (AAA Games)
    Shadow of The Colossus
    Developed by Bluepoint Games/Team ICO
    Directed by Fumito Ueda

    (Indie Games)
    Developed by Tequila Works
    Directed by Raúl Rubio Munárriz

    (VR Games)
    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
    Developed by CAPCOM
    Directed by Koshi Nakanishi