FESTIVALS: Soy Nero Wins 22nd Belgrade Auteur Film Festival

Tranzicija by Milica Tomović Tranzicija by Milica Tomović

BELGRADE: Soy Nero by Rafi Pitts was awarded the Grand Prix “Aleksandar Saša Petrović” for Best Film at the 22nd Belgrade Auteur Film Festival – FAF (25 November – 3 December 2016). Tranzicija by Milica Tomović was awarded best film in the Brave Balkan Competition.

Short film Tranzicija by Milica Tomović was awarded Best Film in the new Hrabri Balkan (Brave Balkan) Competition composed of short and medium length, as well as feature length fiction films, experimental works and documentaries.

The jury of the Main Competition programme was composed of: Gurvinder Singh, Petra Weisenburger and Malgorzata Szumowska, while Ivan Ikić, Ivan Salatić and Tanja Šljivar decided the awards for the Hrabri Balkan Competition programme.

Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade closed the festival. France was the country in focus this year and the festival also screened Polish, German and Serbian films through tribute and homage programmes dedicated to Krzysztof Kieslowski, Malgorzata Szumowska, Andreas Dresen and Puriša Đorđević. A French-Serbian film rendezvous was also organised during the festival’s run, as well as the first edition of its new industry programme, First Films First (formerly Balkan Film Connection), organised in partnership with the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”, Sofia International Film Festival, Transilvania International Film Festival, Goethe Institut and many national film centers of the region.


Main Competition:

Grand Prix “Aleksandar Saša Petrović” for Best Film

Soy Nero (Germany, France)
Directed by Rafi Pitts

Best Director:

Cristi Puiu for Sieranevada (Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, France)
Directed by Cristi Puiu
Produced by Mandragora
Coproduced by Studioul de Creaţie Cinematografică Romania, 2006 d.o.o., Spiritus Movens, Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production, Alcatraz Films
Supported by the Romanian National Film Centre, Fondacija za Kinematografiju Sarajevo, the Macedonian Film Agency, Eurimages, Region Ile de France

Special Mention:

Album / Albüm (Turkey, France, Romania)
Directed by Mehmet Can Mertoğlu
Produced by Kamara
Coproduced by Asap Films, Parada Film

Hrabri Balkan (Brave Balkan) Competition:

Best Film:

Tranzicija (Serbia)
Directed by Milica Tomović
Produced by EED // Productions
Supported by Film Center Serbia

Marko Glušac Award for Best Editor 2016:

Đorđe Marković for Train Driver’s Diary (Serbia)
Directed by Miloš Radović
Produced by Zillion Film
Coproduced by Interfilm
Supported by Film Center Serbia, the Croatian Audiovisual Center, Eurimages, the provincial secretariat of culture of Vojvodina