VARNA: Ralitza Petrova’s debut feature Godless won the Golden Rose Award of the 34th Golden Rose National Film Festival (19 to 25 of September 2016). Ralitza Petrova was also awarded best director, while Irena Ivanova was awarded best actress.
Krum Rodriguez was awarded best cinematographer both for Godless and for Glory. Scriptwriters Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva and Decho Taralezhkov were also awarded for Glory, while the city of Varna gave the same film its Special Award.
Vladimir Petev’s Dog received the Golden Rose for best short film. This year, the jury decided to encourage more than one short film and gave three additional Special Mentions.
Best actor award was shared between Dimitar Nikolov for his role in Hristo and Ivan Nalbantov for his role in Godless.
The Audience Award went to Ivaylo Penchev’s Holiday Makers. The Jury also decided to give posthumously an Honourable Special Prize to composer Bojidar Petkov for his music for Memories of Fear and his complete works.
The National Jury presided by Kamen Kalev was composed of: Stefan Ivanov, Peter Dundakov, Teodora Duhovnikova and Borislav Kolev. A total of 12 feature films and 22 short films competed in two official programmes of the festival.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Grand Prix for Best Feature FilmGodless (Bulgaria, Denmark)Directed by Ralitza PetrovaProduced by Klas FilmCoproduced by Snow GlobeSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Danish Film Institute, Eurimages
As part of the award, Doli Media Studio provides postproduction services for the future project of producer Klas Film in the amount of 6,000 EUR
Grand Prix for Best Short Fiction FilmDog Directed by Vladimir Petev As part of the award, Doli Media Studio provides postproduction services to a future project of director Vladimir Petev in the amount of 2,000 EUR
City of Varna Special AwardGlory (Bulgaria, Greece) Directed by Petar Valchanov, Kristina GrozevaProduced by Abraxas Coproduced by Graal Film, Screening Emotions, Aporia Filmworks, Red CarpetSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Greek Film Centre
Best Director AwardRalitza Petrova for Godless
Best Debut FeatureHristo (Bulgaria, Italy) Directed by Grigor Lefterov, Todor MatsanovProduced by Lema FilmCoproduced by IdeaCinemaSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Best Script AwardKristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Decho Taralezhkov for Glory Directed by Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva
Best Cinematography AwardKrum Rodriguez for Godless Directed by Ralitza Petrova
and Glory Directed by Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva
Best Actress AwardIrena Ivanova for her role in GodlessDirected by Ralitza Petrova
Best Actor AwardDimitar Nikolov for his role in HristoDirected by Todor Matsanov, Grigor Lefterov
and Ivan Nalbantov for his role in GodlessDirected by Ralitza Petrova
Honourable Special Prize to composer Bojidar Petkov for his music to Memories of Fear and his complete works
The Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers AwardGlory Directed by Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva
The Critics Guild AwardMemories of Fear (Bulgaria) Directed by Ivan Pavlov Produced by Art 47 Coproduced by Audiovisual Orpheus, Doli Media StudioSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
andLove (short film)Directed by Boya Harizanova
Special Mentions to Short Films (to the writer/director and the entire cast and crew):Block (Bulgaria)Directed by Elena Toncheva
Before I Go to Sleep (Bulgaria)Directed by Nikolay Todorov
Red Light (Bulgaria, Croatia)Directed by Toma Waszarow
Holiday Makers (Bulgaria) Directed by Ivaylo PenchevProduced by Urban MediaSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Accredited Journalists’ Award GloryDirected by Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva