Memories of Fear Wins Bulgarian Film Academy Awards

Memories of Fear by Ivan Pavlov Memories of Fear by Ivan Pavlov

SOFIA: The Bulgarian Film Academy announced its annual awards with Ivan Pavlov’s black and white Memories of Fear (produced by Art 47) winning the Best Film award for 2016. Krassimir Kroumov-Gretz, a highly respected writer, director and film analyst, was posthumously awarded for the same film together with highly respected composer Bojidar Petkov, both having passed away in 2015.

Memories of Fear was also awarded for best director (Ivan Pavlov), best DoP (Svetla Ganeva), best production design (Anastas Yanakiev) and best editor (Maria Handjieva).

The film was screened in the main competition of the 34th Golden Rose National Film Festival, where it received the award of the Bulgarian Critics Guild, a section of the Union of the Bulgarian Filmmakers, whose president is Ivan Pavlov. The other feature films nominated by the members of the Bulgarian Film Academy were Ralitza Petrova’s Godless (coproduced by Bulgaria’s Klas Film, Denmark’s Snow Globe and France’s Alcatraz Films & Film Factory production) and Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva’s Glory (coproduced by Bulgaria’s Abraxas and Greece’s Graal Film). Margita Gosheva was named best actress for her performance in Glory and Plamena Getova was awarded best supporting actress for her role in Ivaylo Penchev’s comedy Holiday Makers, produced by Urban Media. Boriana Semerdjieva received the award for best costume designer in the same film.

Hristo by Grigor Lefterov and Todor Matsanov, produced by Lema Film, was voted best debut. For his lead performance Dimitar Nikolov was best actor, and Dimitar Krumov received best supporting actor award. The short feature films section was topped by Vesselin Boydev's Clothes, produced by Contrast films.

The winner of the documentary section became Maria Averina’s From Cremona To Cremona, produced by Agitprop. The same film got also the best sound award (Momchil Bozhkov). Ivan Bogdanov and Vessela Dancheva’s Travelling Country, produced by Compote Collective became best animated film.

The lifetime achievement award went to eminent director Ludmil Staikov, mostly known for his epic films The Time Violence (1988), Khan Asparuh (1981) and Illusion (1980) (all produced by the ex-state owned Bojana studios).

The award ceremony, which took place on 26 June 2017 in the Theatre of the Bulgarian Army, reflected the strongly reduced number of the annual awards, a decision made earlier this year by the Union of the Bulgarian Film Makers and the nine partnering film associations.

Complete list of Bulgarian Film Academy awards winners:

Best Feature Film: Memories of Fear
Directed by Ivan Pavlov
Produced by Art 47
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

Best Short Feature Film: Clothes
Directed by Vesselin Boydev
Produced by Contrast films
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

Best Documentary: From Cremona To Cremona
Directed by Maria Averina
Produced by Agitprop
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

Best Animated film: Travelling Country
Directed by Ivan Bogdano, Vessela Dancheva
Produced by Compote Collective
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

Best First Feature: Hristo
Directed by Grigor Lefterov, Todor Matsanov
Produced by Lema Film
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

Best Director: Ivan Pavlov for Memories of Fear

Best Script: Krassimir Kroumov-Gretz for Memories of Fear

Best Music: Bojidar Petkov for Memories of Fear

Best DoP: Svetla Ganeva for Memories of Fear

Best Actress: Margita Gosheva for Glory
Directed by Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva
Produced by Abraxas, Bulgaria
Coproduced by Graal Film, Greece
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center, Greek Film Centre

Best Actor: Dimitar Nikolov for Hristo

Best Supporting Actress: Plamena Getova for Holiday Makers
Directed by Ivaylo Penchev
Produced by Urban Media
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

Best Supporting Actor: Dimitar Krumov for Hristo

Best production designer: Anastas Yanakiev for Memories of Fear

Best costumes: Boriana Semerdjieva for Holiday Makers

Best editing: Maria Handjieva for Memories of Fear

Best Sound: Momchil Bozhkov for
From Cremona To Cremona
Holiday Makers and
The Good Postman
Directed by Tonislav Hristov
Produced by Soul Food
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center

Best Book: Vasil Gendov - Thorny Path of the Bulgarian Film, Jana Gendova - What Failed to be Mentioned in the History of the Bulgarian Film, published by the Bulgarian National Film Archive

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ludmil Staikov