FESTIVALS: Safe Place Wins 2022 FilmFestival Cottbus

    FESTIVALS: Safe Place Wins 2022 FilmFestival Cottbus credit: FilmFestival Cottbus

    COTTBUS: Juraj Lerotić’s debut feature Safe Place, a coproduction between Croatia and Slovenia, was awarded Best Film in the Feature Film Competition of the 32nd edition of FilmFestival Cottbus (8 – 13 November 2022).

    Damian Kocur won Best Director in the same competition for his Polish film Bread and Salt, while Iulian Postelnicu won the Outstanding Individual Performance Award for the Romanian/Bulgarian coproduction Men of Deeds directed by Paul Negoescu.

    A total of 219 films from 48 countries screened in the festival which is one of the world's leading forums for Eastern European cinema.

    This year the festival focused on Romania and launched a new section EcoEast with films on ecological themes and sustainability.


    Feature Film Competition:

    Main Prize for Best Film:
    Safe Place / Sigurno mjesto (Croatia, Slovenia)
    Directed by Juraj Lerotić
    Produced by Pipser
    Coproduced by Zelena traka, December
    Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the Slovenian Film Centre

    Special Prize for Best Director:
    Damian Kocur for Bread and Salt / Chleb i sól (Poland)
    Produced by Munk Studio
    Coproduced by Canal+ PolskaSilesia Film, KIVI Rental, King House Michał Sadowski, EXA Studio
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Prize for Outstanding Individual Performance:
    Iulian Postelnicu for Men of Deeds / Oameni de treabă (Romania, Bulgaria)
    Directed by Paul Negoescu
    Produced by Tangaj ProductionPapillon Film
    Coproduced by Screening EmotionsAvanpost Production
    Supported by the Romanian Film CentreBulgarian National Film CenterCreative Europe Programme – MEDIA Slate FundingEurimagesRomanian National Television

    Short Film Competition:

    Main Prize for Best Short Film:
    Last Time (Lithuania)
    Directed by Rinaldas Tomaševičius

    Special Prize for a Director:
    Santtu Salminen for Primal Therapy (Finland)

    Youth Film Competition:

    Prize for Best Youth Film:
    Larry (Hungary)
    Directed by Szilárd Bernath
    Produced by Focus Fox
    Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary

    DIALOG Prize for Understanding between Cultures:
    Bread and Salt / Chleb i sól (Poland)
    Directed by Damian Kocur

    Best Debut Film Award:
    Larry (Hungary)
    Directed by Szilárd Bernath

    FIPRESCI Prize:
    Minsk (Estonia)
    Directed by Boris Guts
    Produced by Leo Films
    Supported by the Estonian Film Institute

    Ecumenical Jury Prize:
    Minsk (Estonia)
    Directed by Boris Guts

    Audience Award:
    The Last Race (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
    Directed by Tomáš Hodan
    Produced by Punk Film
    Coproduced by the Czech Television, D.N.A. Production
    Supported by the Czech Film Fund

    MIOB in Shorts Award:
    Amygdala (Greece)
    Directed by Maria Hatzakou