FESTIVALS: Ray and Liz Wins 13th BIAFF


BATUMI: Ray and Liz by the British director Richard Billingham was awarded best film at the 13th Batumi International Arthouse Film Festival, which took place in Batumi from 16 to 23 September 2018.

The festival was organised by Batumi Art-house ARGANI with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, the Georgian National Film Center, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Ajara AR (Ministry of Culture of Ajara AR), the Tourism Department of Ajara AR, the National Tourism Agency of Georgia, the British Council, the Goethe Institute Georgia and the Embassy of Italy.

International Feature Film Competition Awards:

Grand Prix: Ray and Liz (UK)
Directed by Richard Billingham

Best Director: Alice Rohrwacher for Happy as Lazzaro (Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany)
Directed by Alice Rohrwacher

Best Actress: Ella Smith for Ray and Liz
Directed by Richard Billingham

Best Actor: Adriano Tardiolo for Happy as Lazzaro
Directed by Alice Rohrwacher

Jury Special Prize (ex-aequo):

Horizon / Horizonti (Georgia, Sweden)
Directed by Tinatin Kajrishvili
Produced by Gemini and Artizm 
Coproduced by Momento Film
Supported by the Georgian National Film Center, the Swedish Film Institute

Styx (Germany, Austria)
Directed by Wolfgang Fischer

Documentary International Competition Awards:

Best Documentary: Of Fathers and Sons (Germany, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar)
Directed by Talal Derki

Special Mention: Bridges of Time (Latvia)
Directed by Audrius Stonys

Short Film International Competition Awards:

Best Short Film: Eraser (Georgia)
Directed by David Pirtskhalava

Special Mentions:

All These Creatures (Australia)
Directed by Charles Williams

Delivery (Jordan)
Directed by Yazan Al Ghazzawi

Georgia Film Critics Jury Awards:

Best Film: Donbass (Germany, France, Ukraine, the Netherlands. Romania)
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Produced by Ma.ja.de. Fiction
Coproduced by Arthouse Traffic, JBA Production, Graniet Film, Wild at Art, Digital Cube
Associate producer: Atoms & Void
Supported by Eurimages, the French CNC’s World Cinema Support

Special Mention: Happy as Lazzaro
Directed by Alice Rohrwacher

Lifetime Achievement Awards:
Lomer Akhvlediani (Georgia)
Gela Kandelaki (Georgia)
Soso Bardanashvili (Georgia)