FNE at Sofia IFF: Romania's Monsters. Wins 23rd Sofia IFF

    Monsters. by Marius Olteanu Monsters. by Marius Olteanu

    SOFIA: Marius Olteanu’s debut feature Monsters. won the Grand Prix in the international competition of the 23rd Sofia International Film Festival, held from 7 to 17 March 2019.

    Nicos Labôt’s Greek/French/Serbian coproduction Her Job was awarded Best Balkan film. Dragomir Sholev’s Bulgarian/Romanian coproduction The Pig received the Special Jury Award, the FIPRESCI Jury Award and the best Bulgarian feature film award.

    Sofia Municipality Awards for Contribution to World Cinema went to Krzysztof Zanussi, Bille August and Kiril Marichkov.

    The British producer Nik Powell was the president of the International Jury composed of the Turkish actress Hazar Ergüçlü, the Russian musician Stas Namin, the Polish director Ewa Podgórska and the Bulgarian director Ilian Metev.


    International Competition:

    Grand Prix ‘Sofia City of Film’:
    Monsters. (Romania)
    Directed by Marius Olteanu
    Produced by Parada
    Coproduced by We Are Basca
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre

    Jury Special Prize:
    The Pig (Bulgaria, Romania
    Directed by Dragomir Sholev
    Produced by Nu Boyana Film Studios, B2Y, Screening Emotions
    Coproduced by Papillion Film

    Best Director Award:
    Nora Fingscheidt for System Crasher (Germany)

    Jameson Award for Best Bulgarian Short Film:
    Roses In The Night (Bulgaia)
    Directed by Pencho Kunchev
    Produced by Nu Boyana Film Studios

    Special Mention Jameson Award:
    Gotcha! (Bulgaria)
    Directed by Stefani Doytchinova
    Produced by NATFA “Krastyo Sarafov”

    Audience Award for Best Feature Film:
    A Picture with Yuki (Bulgaria, Japan)
    Directed by Lachezar Avramov
    Produced by Chouckov Brothers, WA Entertainment
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center

    Domaine Boyar Award for Best Balkan Film:
    Her Job (Greece, France, Serbia)
    Directed by Nicos Labôt
    Produced by Homemade Films  
    Coproduced by Sister Productions, Sense Production

    Special Mention Best Balkan Film:
    The Load (Serbia, France, Croatia, Iran, Qatar)
    Directed by Ognjen Glavonic
    Produced by Non-Aligned Films
    Coproduced by Cinéma Defacto, Kinorama, Three Garden Films, Dart Film & Video
    Supported by Film Center Serbia, Aide aux cinémas du monde - CNC, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Hubert Bals Fund, Doha Film Institute, Eurimages

    Best Documentary Film Award:
    The Magic Life of V (Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria)
    Directed by Tonislav Hristov
    Produced Making Movies
    Coproduced by Kirstine Barfod Film, Soul Food
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center

    Special Mention Documentary Film:
    Of Fathers And Sons (Germany, USA, Syria, Lebanon, Netherlands, Qatar)
    Directed by Talal Derki

    FIPRESCI Award:
    The Pig (Bulgaria, Romania)
    Directed by Dragomir Sholev

    Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics Best Balkan Film Award:
    Butterflies (Turkey)
    Directed by Tolga Karaçelik

    Young Jury Award:
    Tehran: City Of Love (UK, Netherlands, Iran)
    Directed by Ali Jaberansari

    Best Bulgarian Feature Film:
    The Pig (Bulgaria, Romania)
    Directed by Dragomir Sholev

    Sofia Municipality Awards for Contribution to World Cinema:
    Krzysztof Zanussi, director (Poland)
    Bille August, director (Denmark)
    Kiril Marichkov, musician/composer (Bulgaria)

    Sofia Film Festival Honourary Award:
    Iskra Dimitrova, film critic (Bulgaria)

    Sofia Meetings Awards:

    Cinelab Romania Award (25,000 EUR in postproduction services):
    No Land for Me (Israel)
    Directed by Ram Nehari

    Focusfox Studio (Hungary) Award (10,000 EUR in postproduction services):
    Deconstruction (Bulgaria)
    Directed by Pavel G. Vesnakov
    Produced by Red Carpet

    EastWest Film Distribution Award (script consultancy with Steven Goldsmith, equal of 5,000 EUR):
    Najva (Turkey, Bulgaria, Canada)
    Directed by Gozde Kural
    Produced by TOZ Film Production

    Young Producer Award of Yapimlab (Turkey) (project consultancy in Istanbul or Antalya and network possibilities within Turkish industry equal of 5,000 EUR):
    Inkwash (Romania)
    Directed by Sarra Tsorakidis
    Produced by Mandragora

    Villa Kult Residency Award (travel and accommodation costs for a 5-day visit in Berlin):
    Windy Days Are Good For Flying (Bulgaria)
    Directed by Petar Krumov  
    Produced by Klas Film

    Mediterranean Film Institute Award (scholarship for MFI Script 2 Film Workshops):
    Inkwash (Romania)
    Directed by Sarra Tsorakidis
    Produced by Mandragora