FESTIVALS: The Delegation Wins 2019 Seanema Film Festival in Montenegro


    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.


    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