FNE at Golden Rose FF 2018: Ága Grabs Six Awards in Varna

    Aga by Milko Lazarov Aga by Milko Lazarov

    VARNA: Milko Lazarov’s drama Ága won six awards, including the Golden Rose award, at the 36th Golden Rose National Film Festival (27 September - 4 October 2018).

    The winning film also received the additional Danny Lerner Award offered by Nu Boyana, consisting of services in the amount of 50,000 EUR along with 5,000 EUR in cash for the development of the director’s next feature project. Milko Lazarov was awarded best director, while Kaloyan Bozhilov was awarded best cinematographer. The film also received the Bulgarian Critics Guild Award and the Accredited Journalists award.

    The Golden Rose award for best short film went to Hristo Simeonov’s Dimo’s Forest.

    The jury gave its Special Award to Heights, while the City of Varna Special Award went to Away From the Shore.

    Irina received the best debut award, the Union of the Bulgarian Filmmakers award, while Martina Apostolova was awarded best actress for her role in the same film. Best actress award was also given to Eglė Mikulionytė for her role in Miracle. Alexander Aleksiev was awarded best actor for his role in Heights.

    8’19” was awarded best TV film and the audience award went to Smart Christmas.

    This year, the international jury, presided over by actress/directress Diana Dobreva and composed of German producer Rudi Teichmann, Heleen Gerritsen from goEast Festival, Bulgarian director Ilian Djevelekov and Warsaw based DoP Wojciech Todorow, decided not to give a best script award.

    The Honourable Special Prize for lifetime achievements went to director Georgi Djulgerov.


    Grand Prix for Best Feature Film:
    Ága (Bulgaria, Germany, France)
    Directed by Milko Lazarov
    Produced by Red Carpet (Bulgaria)
    Coproduced by 42 film (Germany), Arizona Productions (France)
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée

    Grand Prix for Best Short Fiction Film
    Dimo’s Forest
    Directed by Hristo Simeonov
    Produced by Trivium Films

    Danny Lerner Award provided by Nu Boyana Film Studios

    Jury Special Award
    Heights (Bulgaria, Macedonia)
    Directed by Victor Bojinov
    Produced by Serpentine Ltd, Bulfilm Ltd. (Bulgaria)
    Coproduced by Dream Factory Ltd.(Macedonia)
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Eurimages

    City of Varna Special Award
    Away From the Shore (Bulgaria, Ukraine)
    Directed by Kostadin Bonev
    Produced by Trivium Films
    Coproduced by Odessa Film Company (Ukraine)
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center

    Best TV Film Award
    8’19” (Bulgaria)
    Directed by Peter Valchanov, Lubomir Mladenov, Theodor Ushev, Nadejda Koseva, Vladimir Lyutskanov, Kristina Grozeva
    Produced by the Bulgarian National Film Television

    Best Director Award
    Milko Lazarov for Ága

    Best Script Award
    not awarded

    Best Cinematography Award
    Kaloyan Bozhilov for Ága

    Best Actress Award
    Martina Apostolova for Irina
    Directed by Nadejda Koseva
    Produced by Art Fest
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe – MEDIA, SEE Cinema Network, ScripTeast

    Best Actress Award
    Eglė Mikulionytė for Miracle (Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland)
    Directed by Eglė Vertelytė
    Produced by In Script (Lithuania)
    Coproduced by Geopoly (Bulgaria), Orka (Poland)
    Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre, Bulgarian National Film Center, Polish Film Institute, Eurimages, Creative Europe – MEDIA

    Best Actor Award
    Alexander Aleksiev for Heights

    Best Supporting Actress Award
    Angelina Slavova for her role in Living Chimneys
    Directed by Radoslav Spasov
    Produced by Dream Team Films
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center,

    Best Supporting Actor Award
    Dimitar Kotzev - Shosho for his role in Living Chimneys

    Best Debut Feature
    Directed by Nadejda Koseva
    Produced by Art Fest
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe – MEDIA, SEE Cinema Network, ScripTeast

    Special Mentions

    Vesselin Mitev for original music in Living Chimneys

    Maria Veselinova for an ingenious idea of a children’s film in Smart Christmas
    Directed by Maria Veselinova
    Produced by Juli Maruli Entertaiment
    Coproduced by Vetrogon BG
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center

    Filmauthor Award (for creative approach)

    The Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers Award

    The Critics Guild Award

    Audience Award:
    Smart Christmas

    Accredited Journalists’ Award

    Honourable Special Prize for director Georgi Djulgerov

    Special Mentions to Short Films

    Directed by Slava Doytcheva

    The Bridge Within
    Directed Yavor Vesselinov

    Directed by Kamen Kolarov (debut)