VARNA: Kristina Grozeva’s and Petar Valchanov’s The Father won the Golden Rose award of the 37th Golden Rose National Film Festival (28 September - 4 October 2018). The film also received the Danny Lerner Award offered by Nu Boyana, including services equal to the amount of 50,000 EUR along with 5,000 EUR in cash for the development of the director’s next feature project. Grozeva, Valchanov and their co-scriptwriter Decho Taralezhkov also received the best script award, and Ivan Barnev and Ivan Savov received best actor awards for the same film. The Father won the Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival earlier this year.
Stephan Komandarev’s Rounds took three awards: the film received both the Audience Award and the City of Varna Special Award, and the Best Actress Award went to Irini Jambonas.
The Jury Special Award went to The Pig by Dragomir Sholev, who was also named Best Director.
The international jury included three Bulgarian members: director Milko Lazarov (president), actress Joreta Nikolova and DoP Emil Christov. The international members were the Italian selector Renata Santoro and the Croatian director Hrvoje Hribar.
No Honourable Special Prize for life achievement was awarded.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Grand Prix for Best Feature Film:The Father (Bulgaria, Greece)Directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar ValchanovProduced by Abraxas Film (Bulgaria) Coproduced by Graal Films (Greece)Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Greek Film Center , Biennale College Cinema, Eurimages, Creative Europe – MEDIA
Grand Prix for Best Short Fiction FilmNinaDirected by Hristo SimeonovProduced by Screening Emotions
Danny Lerner Award provided by Nu Boyana Film Studios The Father
Jury Special AwardThe Pig (Bulgaria, Romania)Directed by Dragomir SholevProduced by Gorilla FilmCoproduced by New Boyana Film Studios, B2Y, Screening Emotions, Papillon Film (Romania) Supported by SEE Cinema Network, UNICEF
City of Varna Special AwardRounds (Bulgaria, Serbia)Directed by Stephan KomandarevCoproduced by Argo Film (Bulgaria), See Film Pro (Serbia)Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Film Center Serbia, Eurimages
Best Director AwardDragomir Sholev for The Pig
Best Script AwardKristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Decho Taralezhkov for The Father
Best Cinematography AwardVesselin Hristov for Sister (Bulgaria, Qatar)Directed by Svetla TsotsorkovaProduced by Omega FilmsCoproduced by Audiovideo Orpheus, Doha Film Institute, Qatar
Best Actress AwardIrini Jambonas for Rounds (Bulgaria, Serbia)
Best Actor AwardIvan Barnev and Ivan Savov for The Father
Best Debut FeatureCat In The Wall (Bulgaria, UK, France)Directed by Mina Mileva, Vesela KazakovaProduced by Activist38 (Bulgaria) Coproduced by Glasshead Limited (UK), Ici et Là Productions (France), Bulgarian National Television Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, ARTE Région Ile de France, Post Republic Germany, Creative Europe – MEDIA
Bad Girl (Bulgaria)Directed by Marian ValevProduced by the Bulgarian National Television
A Picture With Yuki (Bulgaria, Japan)Directed by Lachezar AvramovProduced by The Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria) Coproduced by the Bulgarian National Television, WA Entertainment (Japan)Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe – MEDIA
The Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers AwardSister (Bulgaria, Qatar)
The Critics Guild AwardA Picture With Yuki Insomnia (short)Directed by Radoslav KamburovProduced by Filmarc
Audience Award:Rounds (Bulgaria, Serbia)
The Bulgarian Association of Film Director’s Award for short film debutIvanDirected by Nadejda HristovaProduced by Concept studio
Special Mention to Short FilmHome Far AwayDirected by Dimitar Kutmanov
Honourable Special PrizeNot awarded