Awards

BEST DOCUMENTARY IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION


'IMMORTAL' by Ksenia Okhapkina

The award goes to a documentary film which brings together elements of a Post-soviet reality, and creates unexpected parallels between certain aspects of everyday life, industrial landscape, coercive educational system, while showing outstanding visual thinking. The coherence of this cinematic vision produces strong aesthetic effects, namely that defamiliarization praised by Russian formalists. Through this particular perspective the film reveals how a state apparatus can shape the mind of a new generation using an imperial grand narrative driven by a toxic political agenda. Implicitly, the film is a statement against the dangerous dynamics of nationalism that are at work all over the world.

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BEST DOCUMENTARY IN THE CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE COMPETITION


'I SEE RED PEOPLE' by Bojina Panayotova

This film stood out to the jury for the moral complexity of the director’s mission - to understand the nature of her family’s connections with the former Communist regime in Bulgaria. The story is at once political, psychological and emotional, and explores profound questions about life after totalitarian rule. Bojina showed herself to be not only a determined investigator, but also a courageous storyteller in framing the story around her own family. The film itself became deeply problematic for her on several levels, but particularly when faced with the dilemma of whether to dig into her parents’ past lives. To her credit she didn’t shy away from documenting the strength of her family’s resistance. It’s an arresting film from a filmmaker who shows great promise as a brave and elegant storyteller.

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BEST DOCUMENTARY IN THE ROMANIAN COMPETITION


'Teach' by Alex Brendea

Because of his risk taking, his willingness to reveal a man in all his complexity, his generous decision to allow us as spectators to judge freely, the director offers us a film about a teacher that goes far beyond an observation of professional practice.

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BEST FILMMAKING IN THE ROMANIAN COMPETITION


'PASTURES NEW' by Charlotte Gregoire and Anne Schiltz

Because of the ethical relationship the filmmakers created with their characters, we feel the emotional turbulence of many lives in the Romanian countryside today at a moment of profound transformation. The prize for Best Filmmaking in the Romanian Competition goes to the rich and touching observation of pastures New.

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BEST DOCUMENTARY IN THE DOCSCHOOL COMPETITION


'MY FATHER'S SON' by Hillel Chaim Rate, Israel

A sensitive and cinematic portrait of a deep bond between father and son. We like the way the director intertwines the mundane with the spiritual and succeeds to tell the story of the protagonist's quest to fulfill his life purpose.

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BEST DIRECTOR IN THE DOCSCHOOL COMPETITION


'THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE IS NOT HATE' by Hadas Hechter, Israel

The jury praises the bravery, sensitivity and balance with which the director confronts her family’s painful past to reveal a dark secret by exploring the memories and realities of all those involved.

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AstraFilmLab Development Award offered by HBO Europe


'OUR MEN' by Mirona Radu

The HBO Europe development award goes to a project that is following a group of strong women trying to bring justice and happiness into their lives. We decided to award this film because it is dealing with a taboo topic of domestic violence, the director picked exciting characters, and the visual and written presentation of the project shows a lot of potential.

 

AstraFilmLab Post-Production Award offered by CineLab Romania


'HEAVY ROOTS' by Jacopo Marzi

In our time of globalisation and migration a minority struggles to survive and maintain its identity and traditions. For an outsider to try to understand this world is a courageous decision. For demonstrating a clear coherent narrative and cinematic approach the AstraFilmLab Post-production Award goes to Legaturi/ Heavy Roots by Jacopo Marzi.

 

AstraFilmLab Most Promising Project Award offered by Pitch the Doc


'TELCIU' by Vlad Petri

For a promising attempt to approach with a touch of humour, a universal topic of passing away, in relation to life and traditions, on the background of small Transylvanian village, we are eager to see the project go beyond beaten paths and schemes. Pitch the Doc gives the (AstraFilmLab) most promising project award to Telciu by Vlad Petri.