Awards

In 2014, the festival started accepting applications via the world-renowned platform FilmFreeway and in the official program were screened films from 26 countries.

Early Bird Grand Award

Moonless Summer

Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

31’00
written and directed by Stefan Ivancić
cinematography: Igor Djordjević
editing: Jelena Maksimović

Before moving abroad, sixteen-year-old Isidora spends a few days in the countryside house with her older sister. Lost in the summer’s stillness, she wonders will she ever stay the same.

Best Bulgarian Film

Heart Of Lead

London Film School, United Kingdom

21’00
written and directed by Slava Doicheva
cinematography: Geo Ivanov
editing: Shirley Bruno

An ancient Turkish ritual, a battered Bulgarian night train and a vast beach at the Atlantic ocean are all united by one young woman and her fight with a crippling fear.

Best Foreign Film

Arena

National Film School in Lodz, Poland

23’00
written and directed by Martin Rath
cinematography: Bartosz Swiniarski
editing: Patrik Eriksson

A hitchhiker is taken in by a remote Polish mountain community. Tested by the hardened locals and the unforgiving harshness of his new environment he constitutes his presence in the mountains. But to whom do we have to prove of what we're made?

President of the Jury Award

Firecrackers

La Fémis, Paris, France

26’00
written and directed by Pauline Laplace
cinematography: Augustin Barbaroux
editing: Pierre Deschamps

Julie is wandering in the neighbour Chemin de l’Île at Nanterre. She’s looking for someone she knew and meet unknown people. During her dance between the sounds of children playing and the songs of the open air dance hall, stories are told…

Best Documentary

Set Up

İstanbul Kültür University, Turkey

34’44
director: Şirin Erensoy
cinematography: Barkın Çoruh
editing: Özge Sağsöz

Bilge Haymatlos… Stateless… His father describes him as a “world citizen”. His music career took him places most of us never would imagine. However he mixed a little bit of “hell” into this dream. Today he is after a different dream: to start life anew from a whole new point. This is not an “if only” story, or an ode to foolishness. This is the story of the honest struggle of someone amongst us who is trying to come once again into existence.

Best Animation

Sisters

Royal Academy of Arts, Gent, Belgium

07’48
written, directed and shot by Lea Vidakovic

An animation triptych which evokes the atmosphere of old Dutch paintings, where sisters are trapped in melancholy, facing the loss and emptiness over the missing one.

Best Directing

I'm Not Your Friend

Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

18’00
director: Jelena Gavrilovic
cinematography: Ivan Markovic
editing: Natasa Pantic

While Milena (16) is stalking the boy she loves, her younger cousin Vida (10) and her friend Maja (10) are making her company. Two of them are trying to figure out all the mysteries of teenage world of love, freedom and responsibility.

Best Screenplay

One Night Only

Met Film School, London, United Kingdom

16’00
written and directed by Che Grant
cinematography: Jaryl Lim

A single night in and around the streets of London. A first date catastrophe? Or the beginning of true romance? Yet all may not be what it seems.

Best Cinematography

Sisters

Royal Academy of Arts, Gent, Belgium

07’48
written, directed and shot by Lea Vidakovic

An animation triptych which evokes the atmosphere of old Dutch paintings, where sisters are trapped in melancholy, facing the loss and emptiness over the missing one.

Best Editing

In Between

Film Academy Vienna, Austria

24’30
director: Jannis Lenz
cinematography: Jakob Fuhr
editing: Alexander Rauscher

Max has been studying in Frankfurt for some time when a family event brings him back home to Vienna’s outskirts. A short meeting with old friends turns into an all-nighter, just like in the old days: drinking beer in the skate park, secretly breaking into the outdoor pool with young women, hanging out at the bus stop – a night between youthful memories and „hardcore grown-up stuff“.