FNE at Black Nights FF and Baltic Event 2018: Awards Winners

    Summer Survivors by Marija Kavtaradzė Summer Survivors by Marija Kavtaradzė photo: Vismante Ruzgaite

    TALLINN: The 22nd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, held from 16 November to 2 December 2018 in the Estonian capital of Tallinn, awarded its top prize to the Columbian/French coproduction Wandering Girl directed by Rubén Mendoza. The festival also handed out awards in competitions for First Feature Film, Baltic Films and Estonian Films.

    The Baltic Films competition was won by Summer Survivors (Lithuania) directed by Marija Kavtaradze and produced by M-films (Lithuania).  The 100% Lithuanian production was supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre. The award for Best Estonian Film went to Ahto. Chasing a Dream directed by Jaanis Valk and produced by Ruhm Pluss Null (Estonia). The film was supported by the Estonian Film Institute.

    The annual industry Industry@Tallinn and Baltic Event Baltic Event, held 26-30 November, has become one of the major European meetups for industry professionals and this year was bigger than ever.  This year the lineup of presentations, networking, screenings, meetings and panel discussions attracted more than 400 guests from all over the world.

    For a full list of winners of both the festival and the industry awards see below.

    Award Winners

    Main Competition

    Grand Prix Best Film
    Wandering Girl  (Columbia, France)
    Directed by Rubén Mendoza

    Best Director
    Jang Woo-Jin for Winter’s Night (South Korea)

    Best Script
    Rajat Kapoor for  Kadakh (India)
    Directed by Rajat Kapoor

    Best Actress
    Seo Young-hwa for Winter’s Night (South Korea)

    Best Actor
    Navid Mohammadzadeh for Sheeple (Iran)
    Directed by Houman Seyedi
    Dar Salim for Until We Fall (Denmark)
    Directed by Samanou Acheche Sahistrom

    Best Cinematographer
    Jean Pierre St-Louis for A Place to Live (Canada)
    Directed by Bernard Emond

    Best Music
    Las Ānes for Wandering Girl (Colombia, France)

    First Feature Competition

    Best Film
    Head Above Water (France)
    Directed by Margaux Bonhomme

    Special Jury Prizes
    As I Fall (Norway)
    Directed by Magnus  Meyer Arensen
    Cronofobia (Switzerland)
    Directed by Francesco Rizzi

    Baltic Film Competition

    Best Baltic Film
    Summer Survivors (Lithuania)
    Directed by Marija Kavtaradze
    Produced by M-films (Lithuania)
    Coproduced by After School (Latvia)
    Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre

    Estonian Film Competition

    Best Estonian Film
    Ahto. Chasing a Dream (Estonia)
    Directed by Jaanis Valk
    Produced by Ruhm Pluss Null (Estonia)
    Supported by the Estonian Film Institute

    Rebel with a Cause Award
    Mira (Russia)
    Directed by Denis Shabaev

    NETPAC Award
    Award for Best Asian film by the jury of Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC)
    Kejal (Iran)
    Directed by Nima Salehiyar

    International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award
    Head Above Water (France)
    Directed by Margaux Bonhomme

    Ecumenical Jury Prize
    Werewolf (Poland, Netherlands, Germany)
    Directed by Adrian Panek
    Produced by Balapolis (Poland)
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Audience Award

    The Guest (Egypt)
    Directed by Hadi El Bagoury
    Werewolf (Poland, Netherlands, Germany)
    Directed by Adrian Panek

    Lifetime Achievement Awards
    Liv Ullmann (Norway)
    Ivars Seleckis (Latvia)
    Mark Soosaar (Estonia)

    Main prizes of the sub-festivals of Black Nights FF

    Youth and children’s film festival Just Film, Youth Competition

    Best Film
    Hope You'll Die Next Time (Hungary)
    Directed by Mihály Schwechtje

    Shorts and Animations film festival PÖFF Shorts   

    International Competition: Best Short Film
    All Inclusive (Switzerland)
    Directed by Corina Schwingruger-Iliç

    International Competition, Best Animation
    Egg (Italy)
    Directed by Martina Scarpelli

    Industry Awards: Industry@Tallinn and Baltic Event

    Baltic Event Co-Production Market Awards

    Best Project: Eurimages Co-Production Development Award
    A Girl’s Room (France, Finland)
    Directed by Aino Suni

    Cannes Marché du Film Producers’ Network Award
    Marianne Ostrat, Alexandra Film (Estonia)
    Vladimer Chikhradze, 20 Steps Production (Georgia)

    Screen International Best Pitch Award
    The Oasis of Now (Finland)
    By Ramy Hamezan

    Works in Progress Awards

    Baltic Event Works in Progress
    Baltic View Award
    Aurora (Finland)
    By Miia Tervo

    International Works in Progress

    Baltic View Award
    Sisters (Norway)
    By Silje Salomonsen, Arild Østin Ommundsen

    Baltic Event Works in Progress

    Baltic Event Works in Progress Award
    Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Finland, Latvia)
    By J-P Valkeapää
    Producers: Aleksi Bardy, Helen Vinogradov
    Co-producers: Alise Gelze, Aija Berzina
    Production companies: Helsinki-filmi, Tasse Film

    International Works in Progress

    The Post Control Award
    Golden Voices (Israel)
    By Evgeny Ruman

    Script Pool Tallinn Awards

    Global Screen Award
    Man Of Deeds (Romania)
    By Radu Romaniuc
    Director: Nicolae Constantin Tănase
    Production companies: Papillon Film, Tangaj Production