WARSAW: The Grand Prix of the 35th Warsaw Film Festival went to Georgia's Oscar submission Shindisi directed by Dito Tsintsadze at the closing ceremony on 20 October 2019.
The International Competition Jury members, including Małgorzata Bela-Pawlikowska (Poland), Oana Giurgiu (Romania), Hanna Slak (Slovenia) Bujar Alimani (Albania) and Michal Leszczyłowski (Poland), gave the Warsaw Grand Prix founded by the City of Warsaw to Shindisi directed by Dito Tsintsadze. Tsintsadze also snagged the Best Director Prize. The Special Jury Award went to the Iranian drama A Hairy Tale directed by Homayoun Ghanizadeh.
Move the Grave, a drama from South Korea directed by Seung-o Jeong, won the First Award in the 1-2 Competition. The main prize of the Documentary Competition went to Overseas, a Belgian/French coproduction directed by Sung-A Yoon, and the Short Grand Prix for the best short film was awarded to a French production Sororal directed by Frederic Even and Louise Mercadier.
The Jury FIPRESCI members, including Anna Serdiukow (Poland), Victoria Smirnova (Russia) and Clementine van Wijngaarden (Netherlands), gave the award for best debut from Eastern Europe to the film Cat in the Wall directed by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova, a coproduction between Bulgaria, the UK and France. Full list of winners:
Warsaw Grand Prix, funded by the Capital City of WarsawShindisi (Georgia)Directed by Dito TsintsadzeProduced by 20 StepsCoproduced by Free Movie StudioSupport by the Georgian National Film Center
Best DirectorDito Tsintsadze for Shindisi (Georgia)
Special Jury AwardA Hairy Tale (Iran)Directed by Homayoun Ghanizadeh
Competition 1-2 Winner: First AwardMove the Grave (South Korea)Directed by Seung-o Jeong
All for My Mother / Wszystko dla mojej matki (Poland)Directed by Małgorzata ImielskaProduced by Naima FilmSupported by the Mazuria Film Fund, Pomerania Film, the Lower Silesia Film Centre
The Forgotten (Ukraine, Switzerland)Directed by Daria Onyshchenko FREE SPIRIT COMPETITION Free Spirit AwardLost Holiday (USA)Directed by Michael Kerry Matthews and Thomas Matthews
Special MentionII (Two) (Belarus)Directed by Vlada Senkova
Best Documentary FeatureOverseas (Belgium, France)Directed by Sung-A Yoon
SHORT FILMS COMPETITION
Short Grand Prix Sororal (France)Directed by Frederic Even & Louise Mercadier
Best Live Action ShortKeep it Quiet (USA)Directed by Ilya Simakov
Best Animated ShortWhy Slugs Have No Legs (Switzerland)Directed by Aline Höchli
Best Documentary ShortEl Infierno (Spain)Directed by Raul de la Fuente
FIPRESCI AwardCat in the Wall (Bulgaria, UK, France)Directed by Mina Mileva & Vesela KazakovaProduced by Activist 38, Glasshead Limited, Ici et Là Productions
Young FIPRESCI AwardSister (Bulgaria, Qatar)Directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova
Ecumenical Jury AwardOmar and Us (Turkey)Directed by Maryna Er Gorbach&Mehmet Bahadir Er
NETPAC AwardMove the Grave (South Korea)Directed by Seung-o Jeong