KOSICE: The Danish film The Guilty by Gustav Moller won the Blue Angel for Best Film at the closing ceremony of the 26th Art Film Fest on 23 June 2018. The Danish actor Jakob Cedergren won Best Actor award.
The Best Director prize went to Ognjen Glavonic for The Load (Serbia, France, Croatia, Iran, Qatar). Slovakia didn’t go home empty-handed. The auteur film The Last Self-Portrait directed by Marek Kubos received a special mention.
The festival took place in the Eastern Slovakia city of Kosice for the third year, with the saying “Third time a charm” reflecting the reality. Artistic Director Peter Nagel told FNE, “It’s not only the foreigners who have been saying how much they like Kosice. The Slovaks are saying it too.” Attendance at screenings showed that local audiences have embraced the festival, and the city has also been supportive of having the festival relocate to Kosice. Better screening halls, an enchanting smaller city with an active café society and an airport with international connections all bode well for the future of the festival.
The industry programme still has room for growth, but with filmmakers and industry professionals from Slovakia as well as nearby Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic, turning up for the festival, there are opportunities to use Kosice as a sort of regional industry hub. This year’s programme included a strong presentation of women in the film industry, first in a panel on Slovak women professionals in filmmaking and later in a discussion on production, presented primarily by women filmmakers and professional from Central Europe. Expect to see growing industry presence at Art Film Fest in future years, as word spreads about the benefits of the move to Kosice.
Complete list of awards:
The Guilty (Denmark) Directed by Gustav Moller
Ognjen Glavonic for The Load (Serbia, France, Croatia, Iran, Qatar) Produced by Non-Aligned Films in Serbia Coproduced by Kinorama
Jakob Cedergren in The Guilty (Denmark)
Zsófia Szamosi in One Day (Hungary) Directed by Zsofia Szilagyi
The Last Self-Portrait (Slovakia) Directed by Marek Kubos
Butterflies (Turkey) Directed by Tolga Karacelik
Best Short Film
Shadow Animals (Sweden)Directed by Jerry Carlsson
Flame (Finland)Directed by Sami van Ingen
What Will People Say (Norway, Germany, Sweden)Directed by Iram Haq
Short Film Award
Negative Space (France)Directed by Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
Azyl Online Festival Best One Minute Movie
Mona Lisa Selfie (UK)Directed by Daniel McKee
Azyl Online Festival Best Film Minute Film
Prague: A Foreigner’s Perspective (Czech Republic)Directed by Darie Kascheeva
Azyl Online Festival Best Video Clip
Haul (Czech Republic)Directed by Marek Partys
Actor’s Mission Award
Zuzana MaureryIvana Chylkova