FESTIVALS: Zoology Wins the 11th Batumi International Art house Film Festival

    Zoology by Ivan Tverdovsky Zoology by Ivan Tverdovsky

    BATUMI: Zoology by Ivan I.Tverdovskiy won the Grand Prix in the feature film competition of the 11th Batumi International Art house Film Festival (BIAFF), taking place from 18 to 25 September 2016.

    The festival organised competitions for feature films, documentaries and short films.

    International competition jury consisted of Dito Tsintsadze, Georgia (head of jury), Mahtab Keramati (Iran), Liza Antonova (Russia), Iryna Gordiichuk (Ukraine) and Gulnara Abikieva (Kazakhstan).

    Documentary competition jury consisted of Marina Razbeshkina, Russia (head of jury), Nargiz Baghirzade (Azerbaijan), Oles Yanchuk (Ukraine), Elhum Shakerifar (UK), and Beso Odisharia (Georgia), while the short film competition jury was composed of Zaza Khalvashi, Georgia (head of jury), David Muradian (Armenia), Julia Sinkevych (Ukraine), Diliara Tasbulatova, (Russia) and Zura Sturua (Georgia).


    Feature Films
    Grand Prix:
    Zoology (Russia, France, Germany)
    Directed by Ivan I.Tverdovskiy

    Best Director: Ralitza Petrova for Godless (Bulgaria, Denmark)
    Directed by Ralitza Petrova
    Produced by Klas Film
    Coproduced by SnowGlobe, Alcatraz Films, Film Factory
    Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Danish Film Institute, Eurimages
    Best Actress: Natalia Pavlenkova for her role in Zoology (Russia, France, Germany)
    Directed by Ivan I.Tverdovskiy

    Best Actor: Farhad Aslani for his role in Daughter (Iran)
    Directed by Reza Mirkarimi

    Special Mention:
    Rauf (Turkey) - for bringing to the audience a strong social message about peace and love from the viewpoint of a child
    Directed by Soner Caner and Baris Kaya

    United States of Love (Poland, Sweden) – for the brilliant camera work of Oleg Mutu (DoP), which creates a special cinematic atmosphere in the film
    Directed by Tomasz Wasilewski
    Produced by Manana
    Coproduced by VP SA, Film i Väst, Common Ground Pictures
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute


    Best Documentary:
    The Cinema Travellers (India)
    Directed by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya

    Special Mention:
    Close Relations / Rodnye (Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine)
    Directed by Vitaly Manksi

    Short Films

    Best Short Film:
    Lethe (Georgia)
    Directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili

    Jury Special Mention:
    When You Hear the Bells (France,Tunisia)
    Directed by Chabname Zariab
    Land of the Lost (Iraq)
    Directed by Hawraz Mohammed

    Batumi Art University Award:
    Lost Village (Georgia/Spain)
    Directed by Giorgi Todria

    International Animation Film Festival TOFUZI Prize:
    Guest (Georgia, France)
    Directed by Nino Shaburishvili

    Lifetime Achievement Awards for Contribution to World Cinema:
    Vadim Abdrashitov (Russia)
    Berdia INtskirveli (Georgia)
    Temur Babluani (Georgia)