ULCINJ: The Delegation by Albanian director Bujar Alimani was awarded best feature film at the 5th edition of the Seanema Film Festival, which wrapped in Ulcinj, Montenegro, on 22 September 2019.
The French/Albanian coproduction The Van, directed by Erenik Beqiri, won the Short Film Competition.
The Seanema Film Festival has introduced a new concept in Montenegro - arts for social change, cinema activism. Each year a trending social issue is tackled via film screenings and panel discussions.
The theme of this edition was IN/EXCLUSION, with a spotlight on the importance of social inclusion of individuals who become victims of discrimination on various grounds.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Feature Film Competition:
Best Feature Film: The Delegation (Albania, France, Greece, Kosovo) Directed by Bujar Alimani
Best Director: Nicos Labôt for Her Job (Greece, France, Serbia) Produced by Homemade Films Coproduced by Sister Productions, Sense Production
Jury Special Mentions:
Breasts (Montenegro, Croatia) Directed by Marija Perović Produced by Open Box Studio
Open Door (Albania, Italy, Kosovo, North Macedonia) Directed by Florenc Papas Produced by Bunker Film Coproduced by Lupin Film, Circle Production, Award Film & Video Supported by the Albanian National Center of Cinematography, the Kosovo Cinematography Centre, SEE Cinema Network, Star Media – Ukraine, Eurimages
Short Film Competition:
Best Short Film: The Van (France, Albania)Directed by Erenik Beqiri
Best Director: Brotherhood (Canada, Tunisia, Qatar, Sweden)Directed by Meryam Joobeur
Jury Special Mention: The Last Image of Father (Serbia)Directed by Stefan Djordjevic