FESTIVALS: The Lunchbox Wins Zagreb FF

    The Lunchbox by Ritesh Batra The Lunchbox by Ritesh Batra

    ZAGREB: The Indian-German-French production The Lunchbox directed by Ritesh Batra won the Golden Pram best film award and a prize of 4,000 EUR at the 11th Zagreb FF.

    The closing ceremony and presentation of awards was presided over by festival director Boris T. Matić and executive director Hrvoje Laurenta. “One more festival is behind us. It was great and hard at the same time. We had fantastic weather, great guests and wonderful audience,” Matić said.

    The festival is supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Center HAVC. Films were screened in five venues.

    The festival hosted a workshop for young scriptwriters, with an award going to scriptwriter Neven Dužanec whose short film script will be produced by the Croatian Film Association in cooperation with Propeler film in time to be screened in the 2014 Croatian film competition section Checkers.

    The following awards were also presented:

    Feature Film Special Mention: Vis-à-Vis, dir. Nevio Marasović (Croatia), producer Antitalent Produkcija and Copycat produkcija

    Checkers Golden Pram: It’s Like This Isn’t You, dir. Alexandra Schmidt (Croatia), producer Fade In and Zagreb Film.

    Checkers Special Mention: Shame on You , dir. Darija Blažević (Croatia)

    Best Documentary Golden Pram: The Captain and His Pirate, dir. Timo Novotny (Germany/Belgium)

    Documentary Special Mention: The Second Meeting, dir. Željko Mirković (Serbia)

    Best Short Film Golden Pram: In the Fishbowl, dir. Tudor Cristian Jurgiu (Romania)

    Short Film Special Mention: Whale Valley, dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Iceland/Denmark)