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Friday, March 21, 2008

12th Sofia International Film Festival Award Winners


Recently this Bulgarian film fest had their awards ceremony and here are the winners.

SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL GRAND PRIX FOR BEST FILM in the International Competition went to THE MERMAID (Russia) directed by ANNA MELIKYAN. The award is given for its achievements in art direction, cinematography, decoupage production, acting and its play for energy and invention.

THE SPECIAL JURY AWARD went to THE BIRD CAN’T FLY (The Netherlands-South Africa-UK) directed by THREES ANNA for creating a unique and magical world.

THE AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR went to the director STEFAN ARSENIJEVIC for his film LOVE AND OTHER CRIMES (Serbia-Germany-Austria-Slovenia) for the humanity and lyricism of his style.

THE NO MAN’S LAND AWARD FOR BEST BALKAN FILM, presented by the Bulgarian Film Critics’ Guild, went to 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS directed by CRISTIAN MUNGIU.

THE KODAK AWARD FOR BEST BULGARIAN FEATURE FILM went to the director STEPHAN KOMANDAREV and the cinematographer EMIL CHRISTOV for the film THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER (Bulgaria-Germany-Hungary-Slovenia).

The FIPRESCI Award: SEAMSTRESSES (Bulgaria) and the director LUDMIL TODOROV given for the honest and refreshing story about broken dreams and beauty of hope in modern Bulgaria, filmed in a classical & modest way.

THE AUDIENCE AWARD for the most popular film at the 12th Sofia International Film Festival went to THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER (Bulgaria-Germany-Hungary-Slovenia) directed by STEPHAN KOMANDAREV.

THE BITTER CUP AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN FILM EXPRESSION presented by the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communications at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Okhridsky” was given to the scriptwriter, director, cinematographer and co-producer of the feature film P.V.C.-1 (Colombia–Greece–USA) SPIROS STATHOULOPOULUS for the talented and creative use of the aesthetics of “previously informed camera” when filming in one frame and real time this nightmare-story of the contemporary terrorism.

If you want to check all the films in this fest and other award winners go here.

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