FNE at Golden Rose FF 2019: The Father Wins Five Awards in Varna

    The Father by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov The Father by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

    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.


    Grand Prix for Best Feature Film:
    The Father (Bulgaria, Greece)
    Directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
    Produced 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 Film
    Directed by Hristo Simeonov
    Produced by Screening Emotions

    Danny Lerner Award provided by Nu Boyana Film Studios
    The Father

    Jury Special Award
    The Pig (Bulgaria, Romania)
    Directed by Dragomir Sholev
    Produced by Gorilla Film
    Coproduced by New Boyana Film Studios, B2Y, Screening Emotions, Papillon Film (Romania) 
    Supported by SEE Cinema Network, UNICEF

    City of Varna Special Award
    Rounds (Bulgaria, Serbia)
    Directed by Stephan Komandarev
    Coproduced by Argo Film (Bulgaria), See Film Pro (Serbia)
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Film Center Serbia, Eurimages

    Best Director Award
    Dragomir Sholev for The Pig

    Best Script Award
    Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Decho Taralezhkov for The Father

    Best Cinematography Award
    Vesselin Hristov for Sister  (Bulgaria, Qatar)
    Directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova
    Produced by Omega Films
    Coproduced by Audiovideo Orpheus, Doha Film Institute, Qatar

    Best Actress Award
    Irini Jambonas for Rounds (Bulgaria, Serbia)

    Best Actor Award
    Ivan Barnev and Ivan Savov for The Father

    Best Debut Feature
    Cat In The Wall (Bulgaria, UK, France)
    Directed by Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
    Produced 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

    Special Mentions

    Bad Girl (Bulgaria)
    Directed by Marian Valev
    Produced by the Bulgarian National Television

    A Picture With Yuki (Bulgaria, Japan)
    Directed by Lachezar Avramov
    Produced 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 Award
    Sister (Bulgaria, Qatar)

    The Critics Guild Award
    A Picture With Yuki  
    Insomnia (short)
    Directed by Radoslav Kamburov
    Produced by Filmarc

    Audience Award:
    Rounds (Bulgaria, Serbia)

    The Bulgarian Association of Film Director’s Award for short film debut
    Directed by Nadejda Hristova
    Produced by Concept studio

    Special Mention to Short Film
    Home Far Away
    Directed by Dimitar Kutmanov

    Honourable Special Prize
    Not awarded