FNE at Golden Rose FF 2018: Ága Grabs Six Awards in Varna

Aga by Milko Lazarov Aga by Milko Lazarov

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.


Grand Prix for Best Feature Film:
Ága (Bulgaria, Germany, France)
Directed by Milko Lazarov
Produced 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 Film
Dimo’s Forest
Directed by Hristo Simeonov
Produced by Trivium Films

Danny Lerner Award provided by Nu Boyana Film Studios

Jury Special Award
Heights (Bulgaria, Macedonia)
Directed by Victor Bojinov
Produced by Serpentine Ltd, Bulfilm Ltd. (Bulgaria)
Coproduced by Dream Factory Ltd.(Macedonia)
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Eurimages

City of Varna Special Award
Away From the Shore (Bulgaria, Ukraine)
Directed by Kostadin Bonev
Produced by Trivium Films
Coproduced by Odessa Film Company (Ukraine)
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center

Best TV Film Award
8’19” (Bulgaria)
Directed by Peter Valchanov, Lubomir Mladenov, Theodor Ushev, Nadejda Koseva, Vladimir Lyutskanov, Kristina Grozeva
Produced by the Bulgarian National Film Television

Best Director Award
Milko Lazarov for Ága

Best Script Award
not awarded

Best Cinematography Award
Kaloyan Bozhilov for Ága

Best Actress Award
Martina Apostolova for Irina
Directed by Nadejda Koseva
Produced by Art Fest
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe – MEDIA, SEE Cinema Network, ScripTeast

Best Actress Award
Eglė Mikulionytė for Miracle (Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland)
Directed by Eglė Vertelytė
Produced 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 Award
Alexander Aleksiev for Heights

Best Supporting Actress Award
Angelina Slavova for her role in Living Chimneys
Directed by Radoslav Spasov
Produced by Dream Team Films
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center,

Best Supporting Actor Award
Dimitar Kotzev - Shosho for his role in Living Chimneys

Best Debut Feature
Directed by Nadejda Koseva
Produced by Art Fest
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe – MEDIA, SEE Cinema Network, ScripTeast

Special Mentions

Vesselin Mitev for original music in Living Chimneys

Maria Veselinova for an ingenious idea of a children’s film in Smart Christmas
Directed by Maria Veselinova
Produced by Juli Maruli Entertaiment
Coproduced by Vetrogon BG
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center

Filmauthor Award (for creative approach)

The Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers Award

The Critics Guild Award

Audience Award:
Smart Christmas

Accredited Journalists’ Award

Honourable Special Prize for director Georgi Djulgerov

Special Mentions to Short Films

Directed by Slava Doytcheva

The Bridge Within
Directed Yavor Vesselinov

Directed by Kamen Kolarov (debut)