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)