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Saturday, August 13, 2016

#Locarno69 Award Winners


Today the most famous Swiss competitive festival comes to an end with the screening of the award winning films and feel kind of sad as this year followed the fest via smart phone app and gee, was great! Thanks Locarno for creating a good, fine working app.

More interesting was the fest collaboration with Festival Scope as yes, was able to watch a couple of films for FREE; but to be honest, didn't enjoyed much the films (lol). Nevertheless the Festival Scope app is also very good and can be send to your TV via Airplay! Since I'm talking about the greatness of Locarno streaming and smart services, let me share that been experimenting with many app services that can stream films directly to your smart TV and my impression is that film distribution has changed! No, is not anymore, WILL change. Now streaming is an important mean to reach film audiences and is happening all over the world.

After so many great news let's go back to the Swiss festival and the award winners that to the surprise of many has several awards to films by female directors, including the Top Award. That's great for a change, isn't? Now let's hope films are great, as great films have no gender...

Concorso Internazionale

Golden Leopard: Godless, Ralitza Petrova, Bulgaria, Denmark and France

Special Jury Prize: Inimi Cicatrizate (Scarred Hearts), Radu Jude, Romania and Germany
Special Mention: Mister Universe, Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, Austria and Italy

Best Direction: João Pedro Rodrigue for O Ornitólogo (The Ornitologist), Portugal, France and Brazil

Leopard for Best Actress: Irena Ivanova in Godless, Ralitza Petrova, Bulgaria, Denmark and France
Leopard for Best Actor: Andrzej Seweryn in Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family), Jan P. Matuszyński, Poland

Concorso Cineasti del Presente

Golden Leopard: El Auge del Humano (The Human Surge), Eduardo Williams, Argentina, Brazil and Portugal

Special Jury Prize: The Challenge, Yuri Ancarani, Italy and France (documentary)
Special Mention: Viejo Calavera (Dark Skull), Kiro Russo, Bolivia and Qatar

Best Emerging Director: Mariko Tetsuya for ディストラクション・ベイビーズ Disutorakushon Beibizu (Destruction Babies), Japan

First Feature Competition

First Feature Award: El Futuro Perfecto (The Future Perfect), Nele Wohlatz, Argentina
Art Peace Hotel Award: Maud Alpi for Gorge Cœur Ventre (Still Life), France
Special Mention: El Auge del Humano (The Human Surge), Eduardo Williams, Argentina, Brazil and Portugal

Pardi di Domani (Short Film Competition)

Concorso Internationale (International Competition)

Golden Leopard Cub for Best International Short Film: L'Inmmense Retour (Romance), Manon Coubia, Belgium and France, 14'
Silver Leopard Cub: Cilaos, Camilo Restarepo, France, 12'
Special Mention: Non Castus, Andrea Castillo, Chile, 21'

Locano Nomination for European Film Awards-Premio Pianifica: L'Inmmense Retour (Romance), Manon Coubia, Belgium and France, 14'
Premio Film und Video Untertitelung: Valparaiso, Carlo Sironi, Italy, 20'

Concorso Nazionale (National Competition)

Golden Leopard Cub for Best Swiss Short Film: Die Brücke über den Fluss (The Bridge over the River), Jadwiga Kowalska, Switzerland, 6'
Silver Leopard Cub: Genesis, Lucien Monot, Switzerland, 17'
Best Swiss Newcomer: Manon Goupil for La Sève, Switzerland, 13'

Other Awards
Audience Award: I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach, UK and France
Variety Piazza Grande Award: Moka, Frédéric Mermoud, France and Switzerland

Independent Juries and Awards

FIPRESCI Award: Mister Universo, Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, Austria and Italy

Ecumenical Prize: Godless, Ralitza Petrova, Bulgaria, Denmark and France
Special Mentions
Mister Universo, Tizza Covi and Rainier Frimmel, Austria and Italy
Marija (Maria), Michael Koch, Germany and Switzerland

Europa Cinema Label: Mister Universo, Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, Austria and Italy

International Federation of Film Societies (IFFS) Award: Inimi Cicatrizate (Scarred Hearts), Radu Jude, Romania and Germany
Special Mention: Slava (Glory), Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, Bulgaria and Greece

Junior Jury Awards
First Prize: Bangkok Nites, Katsuya Tomita, Japan, France, Thailand and Laos
Second Prize: Mister Universo, Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, Austria and Italy
Third Prize: 風に濡れた女 Kaze Ni Nureta Onna (Wet Woman in the Wind), Shiota Akihiko, Japan
Enviroment is Quality of Life Prize: Marija (Maria), Michael Koch, Germany and Switzerland

Cinema & Gioventù Jury for the Concorso Cineasti del presente Award: Afterlov, Stergios Paschos, Greece
Special Mention: El Futuro Perfecto (The Future Perfect), Nele Wohlatz, Argentina

Cinema & Gioventù Jury for the Pardi di domani Awards
Best International Short Film: Alepou (Fox), Jaqueline Lentzou, Greece, 28'
Best Swiss Short Film: Lost Exile, Fisnik Maxhuni, Switzerland, 29'
Special Mention: Genesis, Lucien Monot, Switzerland, 17'

Semaine de la Critique
SRG SSR Prize: Komunia (Communion), Anna Zamecka, Poland
Zonta Club Locarno Prize: Cahier Africain, Heidi Specogna, Switzeland and Germany

To check info about any of the above films go official site here.

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