VARNA: Milko Lazarov’s drama Ága won six awards, including the Golden Rose award, at the 36th Golden Rose National Film Festival (27 September - 4 October 2018).
The winning film also received the additional Danny Lerner Award offered by Nu Boyana, consisting of services in the amount of 50,000 EUR along with 5,000 EUR in cash for the development of the director’s next feature project. Milko Lazarov was awarded best director, while Kaloyan Bozhilov was awarded best cinematographer. The film also received the Bulgarian Critics Guild Award and the Accredited Journalists award.
The Golden Rose award for best short film went to Hristo Simeonov’s Dimo’s Forest.
The jury gave its Special Award to Heights, while the City of Varna Special Award went to Away From the Shore.
Irina received the best debut award, the Union of the Bulgarian Filmmakers award, while Martina Apostolova was awarded best actress for her role in the same film. Best actress award was also given to Eglė Mikulionytė for her role in Miracle. Alexander Aleksiev was awarded best actor for his role in Heights.
8’19” was awarded best TV film and the audience award went to Smart Christmas.
This year, the international jury, presided over by actress/directress Diana Dobreva and composed of German producer Rudi Teichmann, Heleen Gerritsen from goEast Festival, Bulgarian director Ilian Djevelekov and Warsaw based DoP Wojciech Todorow, decided not to give a best script award.
The Honourable Special Prize for lifetime achievements went to director Georgi Djulgerov.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Grand Prix for Best Feature Film:Ága (Bulgaria, Germany, France)Directed by Milko LazarovProduced by Red Carpet (Bulgaria)Coproduced by 42 film (Germany), Arizona Productions (France)Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée
Grand Prix for Best Short Fiction FilmDimo’s ForestDirected by Hristo SimeonovProduced by Trivium Films
Danny Lerner Award provided by Nu Boyana Film Studios Ága
Jury Special AwardHeights (Bulgaria, Macedonia)Directed by Victor BojinovProduced by Serpentine Ltd, Bulfilm Ltd. (Bulgaria)Coproduced by Dream Factory Ltd.(Macedonia)Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Eurimages
City of Varna Special AwardAway From the Shore (Bulgaria, Ukraine)Directed by Kostadin BonevProduced by Trivium FilmsCoproduced by Odessa Film Company (Ukraine)Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Best TV Film Award8’19” (Bulgaria)Directed by Peter Valchanov, Lubomir Mladenov, Theodor Ushev, Nadejda Koseva, Vladimir Lyutskanov, Kristina GrozevaProduced by the Bulgarian National Film Television
Best Director AwardMilko Lazarov for Ága
Best Script Awardnot awarded
Best Cinematography AwardKaloyan Bozhilov for Ága
Best Actress AwardMartina Apostolova for IrinaDirected by Nadejda Koseva Produced by Art FestSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe – MEDIA, SEE Cinema Network, ScripTeast
Best Actress AwardEglė Mikulionytė for Miracle (Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland)Directed by Eglė VertelytėProduced by In Script (Lithuania)Coproduced by Geopoly (Bulgaria), Orka (Poland)Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre, Bulgarian National Film Center, Polish Film Institute, Eurimages, Creative Europe – MEDIA
Best Actor AwardAlexander Aleksiev for Heights
Best Supporting Actress AwardAngelina Slavova for her role in Living ChimneysDirected by Radoslav SpasovProduced by Dream Team Films Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center,
Best Supporting Actor AwardDimitar Kotzev - Shosho for his role in Living Chimneys
Best Debut FeatureIrinaDirected by Nadejda KosevaProduced by Art FestSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe – MEDIA, SEE Cinema Network, ScripTeast
Vesselin Mitev for original music in Living Chimneys
Maria Veselinova for an ingenious idea of a children’s film in Smart ChristmasDirected by Maria VeselinovaProduced by Juli Maruli EntertaimentCoproduced by Vetrogon BGSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Filmauthor Award (for creative approach)Miracle
The Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers AwardIrina
The Critics Guild AwardÁga
Audience Award:Smart Christmas
Accredited Journalists’ AwardÁga
Honourable Special Prize for director Georgi Djulgerov
Special Mentions to Short Films
WholeDirected by Slava Doytcheva
The Bridge WithinDirected Yavor Vesselinov
DiagnosisDirected by Kamen Kolarov (debut)