FESTIVALS: Austria's Lilian Wins Best Film at CINEDAYS European Film Festival


SKOPJE: The Austrian road film Lilian directed by Andreas Horvath scooped the best film award in the official selection of the 18th Festival of European Film Cinedays, which ended on 16 November 2019.

The jury composed of Vladimir Angelov, director of Cinemathèque of North Macedonia, film editor and programmer Mariana Gaivao, and cinematographer/director/writer Chiara Caterina, selected Horvath`s debut out of eight films in the Official Selection.

Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay won the best director award for Oray (Germany) and the main actor Zejhun Demirov received a special mention. Mounia Meddour received the best screenplay award for Papicha (Algeria, France, Belgium, Katar).

Svetla Tsotsorkova's second feature film Sister / Sestra (Bulgaria, Qatar) was named best out of the six films in the CineBalkan competition. A special mention in this selection was given to Aga’s House (Kosovo, Croatia, France, Albania) directed by Lendita Zeqiraj. The jury consisted of Albanian film director and screenwriter Kujtim Çashku, Macedonian actress Natasha Petrovic, and actress, casting director and CEO of Duart European Actors Platform, Sanja Drakulić.

This year the festival introduced a new award for best music in an auteur film, which went into the hands of composer Michal Novinski for the music in By a Sharp Knife / Ostrým nožom (Slovakia, Czech Republic) directed by Teodor Kuhn.  

The student film award went to White Room by Mladen Stanic. In collaboration with Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival, the Young film award went to Papicha by Mounia Meddour.


Official competition:

Golden Star (Best Film): Lillian (Austria)
Directed by Andreas Horvath

Silver Star (Best Director): Oray (Germany)
Directed by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay

Blue Star (Best Screenplay): Papicha (Algeria, France, Belgium, Qatar)
Directed by Mounia Meddour

Special Mention: Zejhun Demirov in Oray (Germany)
Directed by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay

CineBalkan Competition:

Golden Star (Best Film): Sister (Bulgaria, Qatar)
Directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova
Produced by Omega Films
Coproduced by Audiovideo Orpheus, the Doha Film Institute

Special Mention: Aga’s House (Kosovo, Croatia, France, Albania)
Directed by Lendita Zeqiraj
Produced by n’Art Films
Coproduced by Woof Films, Sacrebleu Productions, SKA-NDAL Production, SY13
Supported by Kosovo Cinematography Centre, Albanian Center of Cinematography, City of Vrgorac, MEDIA

Student Competition: White Room by Mladen Stanic

Young Film Award: Papicha (Algeria, France, Belgium, Katar)
Directed by Mounia Meddour

Best Music in an Auteur Film: Michal Novinski for By a Sharp Knife / Ostrým nožom (Slovakia, Czech Republic)
Directed by Teodor Kuhn
Produced by nutprodukcia
Coproduced by Madness Productions, RTVS and nutprodukce in cooperation with Home Media Production
Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Slovak Literary Fund and the Czech Cinematography Fund