Awards for 2017

Blue Angel

Best Film

WINNER

Glory: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
For its brilliant portrayal of an everyman's tragicomic struggle for his own dignity and justice. With uncommon originality, the film continues in the tradition of the masters of social satire. Its treatment of its subject pulls the viewer in, without sacrificing its lightness or artistic merit. An indispensable film in this day and age.

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Best Director

WINNER

Western: Valeska Grisebach
For its personal story wrapped inside a collective portrait, functioning as a perceptive psychological and social analysis of interpersonal relations between German workmen and Bulgarian rural folk. The film prompts the viewer to consider our place in Europe.

Best Short Film

WINNER

On the Origin of Fear: Bayu Prihantoro Filemon
We would like to award a film that allows us to experience the hidden power of cinema. On the one hand it shows us a difficult topic in a very simple, but still challenging way and triggers our imagination without depicting the violence it's talking about. On the other hand it presents the process of filmmaking and lets the audience decide about the level of participation. It's a physical film with an extremely original approach that seeds a certain knowledge about the origin of fear. Therefore we'd like to give the Award for Best Short Film to On the Origin of Fear by Bayu Prihantoro Filemon.

Best Male Performance

WINNER

Heartstone: Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson
For the sincerity and authenticity of their performances as young boys whose sexuality is only just beginning to awaken, as they come to terms with their differing sexual orientations and struggle for societal acceptance.

Best Female Performance

WINNER

Filthy: Dominika Zeleníková (as Dominika Morávková)
For her highly persuasive portrayal of Lena, an adolescent girl who falls victim to a heinous act which leaves deep psychological scars.

Audience Award

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Golden Camera Award

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Actor's Mission Award

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Special Mention

Best Film

WINNER

The Eremites: Ronny Trocker
For its visually powerful depiction of an Alpine countryside that is gradually being depopulated. The film's protagonists grapple with feelings of loneliness and the approaching end. This image of a disappearing world fascinates and enthrals the viewer.

Best Short Film

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A Brief History of Princess X: Gabriel Abrantes
For the lighthearted and convincing manner of turning a story about an apparently male object into a story about a female subject and thus revealing the continuous male struggle of dealing with female sexuality.

The Rabbit Hunt: Patrick Bresnan
One Special Mention goes to a film that manages - by focussing on a unique and specific topic - to unlock ambivalent perspectives on society in a very humanistic and empathic way.

Best Female Performance

WINNER

Pure Hearts, After the War: Barbora Bobulova
For her convincing and profound performances, which contributed significantly to the films' unconventional portrayal of her character, a mother.

Festival President's Award

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