TRENČIANSKE TEPLICE: Jayro Bustamante's debut feature Ixcanul won the Blue Angel Award at the 23th Art Film Fest (19-26 June 2015), the main film event in Slovakia.
The famous Slovak actor Juraj Kukura received the Actor’s Mission Award. For the first time in its history, the festival welcomed an animated feature in its International Competition, Jan Balej’s Little from the Fish Shop, a coproduction between Czech Republic, Slovakia, France and Germany. The film received a Special Mention.
In 2015 Art Film Fest moved back to the spa town of Trenčianske Teplice after being held in Trenčin in 2014. With screenings both in Trenčianske Teplice and Trenčin, the festival screened 125 films from 50 countries, which included 13 films in the European Corner section and six in Slovakia's first American indie showcase.
Besides the film screenings, the festival gathered the Slovak industry and organized debates such as the launch of the discussion about the strategy of the second five-year audiovisual programme 2016-2020, the first part of the workshop MIDPOINT dedicated starting this year to film professionals, and also a round table on the missing genres in the Slovak cinema.
Full list of Winners:
Blue Angel for Best Film:Ixcanul (Guatemala/France)Directed by Jayro Bustamante
Blue Angel for Best Director:James Napier Robertson for Dark Horse (New Zealand)
Blue Angel for Best Actress:Maria Telón for Ixcanul (Guatemala/France)Directed by Jayro Bustamante
Blue Angel for Best Actor:Krystian Ferrer for 600 Miles (Mexico)Directed by Gabriel Ripstein
Blue Angel for Best Short Film:Art/ArtăDirected by Adrian Sitaru (Romania)
Special Mention Jury Prize I.:Object/ObiektDirected by Paulina Skibińska (Poland)
Special Mention Jury Prize II:The Man with a Dog /Moul lkelbDirected by Kamal Lazraq (France)
Special Mention Jury Prize III:House of Unconsciousness /Alateadvuse majaDirected by Priit Tender (Estonia)
Trenčianske Teplice Mayor Award:Sivas (Turkey, Germany)Directed by Kaan MujdeciProduced by Kaan film productionCoproduced by Coloured Giraffes, Ret Film
Trenčín Mayor Award:Summer of Sangaile (Lithuania, France, Netherlands)Directed by Alantė KavaitėProduced by Fralita Films and Les Films d’AntoineCoproduced by Viking FilmSupported by the Lithuanian Film Centre
Special Mention:Marek Poledna, Michal Holubec, Ivo Špalj for the sound design of Little from the Fish Shop (Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Germany)Directed by Jan BalejProduced by: Miracle FilmCoproduced by: MARLEN Media GroupMiriquidiFilm, Česká televise, Hafan Film,Emita Investments CZ, Filmpark production,Bystrouška, Just Temptation, VFX boxSupported by the Czech State Cinematographic Fund and the Slovak Audiovisual Fund (AVF)
Actor’s Mission Award:Juraj Kukura