– GRAND PRIX: “THE EVENING REDNESS IN THE SOUTH” by Colin Hickey, Ireland
– The Best Documentary Film: “GRAPEWINES” by Luka Papić, Serbia
– The Best Fiction Film: “CINEMA IN THE ABSENCE OF SIMA” by Farnaz Zareiyan, Iran
– The Best Experimental Film: “THEY ARE THERE, BUT I AM NOT”, by Ye Mimi, Taiwan
– Special Mention by the Jury: “MOUSSE”, by John Hellberg, Sweden
– Special Award “The Golden Knight of Rudnik” by the Jury and The Association of Citizens of Rudnik: “THE BOY WHO MADE A MUSEUM”, by Sergio Utsch, UK/Brazil
– The Best Film From Serbia: “PASSAGE”, Igor Ćorić, Serbia
– The Best Experimental Film: “WHERE DO YOU COME FROM” by Jan-Yuan Hong, Taiwan
– The Best Film From Serbia: “BAMBILAND” by Danilo Stanimirović, Požarevac
– The Best Animated Film: “THE FLY” by Gonzalo Baharona, Germany
– GRAND PRIX: “MORIOM” by Francesca Scalisi and Mark Olexa, Switzerland
– The Best Fiction Film: “COUNTERPOINT” by Ivan Koroman, BiH/Croatia
Jury motivation: An epic visual poem that features big skies, big emotions, and universal human stories that unfold slowly, quietly, and tenderly in the everyday lives of construction workers in Ireland. The attention to details, gestures, and the play of light and shadow before ever-changing scenery, the naturalness and strength of the actors, and the focus on magical moments give this film a delicate beauty that is immensely touching and uniquely fulfilling. Shot without any kind of author’s distance or fear of showing his point of view or emotions, the film is a bold and intimate poetic statement full of empathy and appreciation.
Jury motivation: A profound and piercing insight into a familial tragedy and a harrowing reminder of the enduring and permeating traumatic consequences of sexual violence. Owing to a number of masterful filmic decisions by the creative duo of Francesca Scalisi and Mark Olexa, the film manages to simultaneously present itself as a concise, direct, relentless and uncompromising documentary portrait, as well as a phantasmagorical, at times unsettling, visual experience, but at no time diminishing the importance of the story that is being told on screen.
Jury motivation: Close to a perfect hybrid of documentary and fictional film, “Grapevines” succeeds in creating a captivating piece of visceral and atmospheric cinema that is minimalistic, intuitive and, above all, honest, thus creating a strong link between the main protagonist and the audience, who in turn can easily identify and relate to all the mundane snippets of childhood presented in the film.
Jury motivation: As entrancing, oneiric and eclectic as the cinema experience and the art of film itself, “Cinema in the Absence of Sima” has accomplished the goal of creating a multi-layered work of familiar stylistic and narrative elements, that can still stand on its own among films with a similar thematic focus and poetical approach. The subtle direction, rock-solid narrative flow, playful use of samples from classical filmic sources and convincing performances by the cast all combine to create a rounded journey between different planes of cinematic realities and emotional states.
Jury motivation: Driven by reiterant visual motifs of clocks, rhythmically near perfect editing, precise shot compositions, dynamic movement of the image and a mesmerizing whisper narrating the film, “They are There, But I am Not” successfully elevates itself from a straightforward poetic essay film into a comprehensive, introspective and transformative study of time and the possibilities of its perception and representation within the filmic medium..
Jury motivation: The Special Mention of the Jury goes to the film “Mousse” for its heartfelt approach, careful and balanced selection of modern storytelling and influences from various genre classics but particularly its brilliantly eclectic style, which manages to connect different timelines, cultures, visual elements and comedic practices, thereby creating a new world within its boundaries that helps tear down any preconceived notions about national stereotypes.
Jury motivation: The approach of the author shows the same ingenuity as the hero of this film: it is honest, sincere and warm-hearted. The film itself also serves as an outstanding example of a narrative fusion between a touching portrait of a forward-looking boy and an insight into dire socio-economical and political situation in Northeastern Brazil. These qualities have been recognized both by the Jury and the audience of the festival and so a bond of understanding and empathy was instantly created between two places half a globe away from each other.
Jury motivation: The film of the director and animator, Igor Ćorić, successfully deals with the constantly present experience of war conflict in these regions. The author uses the symbols from domain of applications, in which he is already recognized authority. The visual minimalism was successfully achieved by Hana Rajković, the co-author of the visual part of the film.
Jury motivation: Interesting vision of Sarajevo in a dystopic setting – a city ran by bizarre NGOs, which inherited the infrastructure from socialist times, powered by people who are losing their identity and meaning in quickly and cheaply gentrified interiors. The short film of the director Ivan Koroman has a fascinatingly surreal plot, great actors, and a highly convincing mixture of laconic aspects and absurdity, creating a strange atmosphere that hovers between a claustrophobic everyday reality and possible catharsis.
Jury motivation: An essayistic experiment on the borders of film essay, docu-fiction and video art with clear and coherent language, the film of the director Jun-Yuan Hong creates a well-rounded visual piece. This quiet, intense, and intricately conceived and realized film about memory, trauma, and the impact of early life experiences on the later development of individuals is poignant, poetic, and dramaturgically structured in such a manner that immediately draws the viewer into the characters’ inner world.
Jury motivation: Revolving around the main character’s quest of finding more meaning in his life by returning home and a failed love story before the backdrop of a former, deteriorated amusement park, the film brings together an interesting plot, largely convincing actors and an intriguing setting while linking past and present, hinting at the societal shifts still impacting the outlook of the young generation in Serbia today.
Jury motivation: Covering major topics of science and human thought in the figure of a fly, Gonzalo Baharona’s animated film is highly original, extremely well realized, and profound in its content, while consistently surprising the viewer with the sheer abundance of ideas it conveys thematically, ethically, and aesthetically.