The 26th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival (14th-21st) concluded yesterday with the award winners announced in a virtual ceremony.

The top winner was Visar Morina’s Exile, a tense drama about a Kosovan pharmaceutical engineer living in Germany, which won the Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Feature Film.

The jury, led by award-winning filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, said: “For its virtuosity with the language of cinema, for its acuity and subtlety on a complex contemporary topic, for its actors and for the power of its narrative, the jury is unanimously proud to give the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film to Exile.”

The rest of the jury included Carlo Chatrian, artistic director of the Berlin International Film Festival, Croatian actress Jadranka Dokić, Serbian director Srdan Golubović and Andrea Stavenhagen, head of Industry and Training Projects at the Morelia Film Festival.

The Award for Best Director went to Ru Hasanov, who directed The Island Within, about a chess grandmaster who flees to a remote island before the World Championship match, which, as the jury described, “In an original and fresh way, blending humour with tragic elements, this director takes us on a path of freedom and rebirth.”

Marija Škaričić won Best Actress for her performance in Andrea Štaka’s Mare with Vangelis Mourikis winning Best Actor for his role in Georgis Grigorakis’ Digger.

Mladen Kovačević’s Merry Christmas, Yiwu won for Best Documentary, which tells the story of the workers in the city of Yiwu in China, which has 600 factories producing Christmas decorations for the world, as the workers struggle in their daily lives.

As previously announced, the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award recipients, which recognises an individual’s outstanding contribution to film, went to Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco and Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen.

The festival selection included 184 films representing 56 different countries with 61 world premieres and 8 international premieres. Amongst the world premieres were Small Town Wisconsin by American filmmaker Niels Mueller and Canadian film You Will Remember Me by director Eric Tessier, both of which premiered in the ‘Open Air’ section, highlighting international films.

The Opening Night Film, the world premiere of Focus, Grandma, was watched by almost 14,000 people from 42 countries in the first 2 hours. The festival programme was available for viewing on https://ondemand.sff.ba/. 44 feature films from the selection are available for worldwide viewing until tomorrow morning, 9:00AM CEST. The Opening Night Film is available until 28th August.

The full list of winners is included below:

26th Sarajevo Film Festival Award Winners:

OFFICIAL AWARDS

COMPETITION PROGRAMME – FEATURE FILM

President of the Jury:

Michel Hazanavicius (director, writer, France)

Members of the Jury:

Carlo Chatrian (artistic director of the Berlin International Film Festival, Germany)

Jadranka Đokić (actress, Croatia)

Srdan Golubović (director, Serbia)

Andrea Stavenhagen (head of industry and training projects of the Morelia Film Festival, Mexico)

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST FEATURE FILM

EXILE / EXIL

Germany, Belgium, Kosovo

Director: Visar Morina

Producers: Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade

Award in the amount of €16,000, co-sponsored by the Tourism Association of Canton Sarajevo

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST DIRECTOR

Ru Hasanov, THE ISLAND WITHIN / DAXILDƏKI ADA

Azerbaijan, France    

Award in the amount of €10,000, sponsored by Agnes B.

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST ACTRESS

Marija Škaričić, MARE

Switzerland, Croatia

Award in the amount of €2,500

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST ACTOR

Vangelis Mourikis, DIGGER

Greece, France

Award in the amount of €2,500

COMPETITION PROGRAMME – DOCUMENTARY FILM

Jury:

Lejla Dedić (producer, programme department, Al Jazeera Balkans, BiH)

Goran Dević (director, Croatia)

Tue Steen Müller (documentary consultant and critic, Denmark)

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

MERRY CHRISTMAS, YIWU

Sweden, Serbia, Germany, France, Belgium, Qatar

Director: Mladen Kovačević

Award in the amount of €3,000, sponsored by the Government of Switzerland

SPECIAL JURY AWARD

HOLY FATHER

Romania

Director: Andrei Dăscălescu

Award in the amount of €2,500.

HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD

ACASĂ, MY HOME / ACASĂ

Romania, Germany, Finland

Director: Radu Ciorniciuc

Best film of the Competition Programme – Documentary Film dealing with the subject of human rights. Award in the amount of €3,000, sponsored by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

COMPETITION PROGRAMME – SHORT FILM

Jury:

Stefan Đorđević (director, Serbia)

Thanasis Neofotistos (director, Greece)

Ines Tanović (director, screenwriter, producer, BiH)

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST SHORT FILM – Academy Award® qualifying

ANTIOTPAD

Croatia

Director: Tin Žanić

Award in the amount of €2,500, sponsored by Podravka

SPECIAL JURY MENTION

IN HER STEPS / STA VÌMATA TIS

Greece

Director: Anastasia Kratidi

COMPETITION PROGRAMME – STUDENT FILM

Jury:

Anđelija Andrić (international relations coordinator at Film Center Serbia, Serbia)

Georges Goldenstern (general manager, Cinéfondation, France)

Lana Matić (producer, Croatia)

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST STUDENT FILM

THE GREAT ISTANBUL DEPRESSION / BÜYÜK İSTANBUL DEPRESYONU

Turkey, Japan

Director: Zeynep Dilan Süren

Award in the amount of €1,000, sponsored by the Regional Cooperation Council

HONORARY HEART OF SARAJEVO AWARD

Michel Franco, director

Mads Mikkelsen, actor

AUDENTIA AWARD 2020

Jury:

Aida Begić, director, BiH

Marco Müller, artistic director, Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, Italy/China

Iris Zappe-Heller, deputy director, head of the Gender and Diversity Department, Austria

GARAGE PEOPLE

Director: Natalija Yefimkina

The award will be given to the female director of a feature film from one of this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival programmes, as a support for her future film.

Award in the amount of 30,000 €, sponsored by EURIMAGES

CINELINK AWARDS

CINELINK CO-PRODUCTION MARKET AWARDS 2020

Jury:

Sehad Čekić, Film Center Montenegro

Georges Goldenstern, Cinefondation

Behrooz Hashemian, Silkroad Production

Čedomir Kolar, A.S.A.P. Films

Elena Kotová, Eurimages

Annamaria Lodato, ARTE France Cinema

Gordan Matić, Film Center Serbia

EURIMAGES CO-PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT AWARD

THE OTTER

Director: Srđan Vuletić

Award in amount of 20,000 €

FILM CENTER MONTENEGRO CINELINK AWARD

SPITE

Director: Andrijana Stojković

Award in amount of 10,000 €

FILM CENTER SERBIA CINELINK AWARD

SUPPORTING ROLE

Director: Ana Urushadze

Award in amount of 10,000 €

ARTEKINO INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

SUDDENLY

Director: Melisa Önel

Award in amount of 6,000 €

EAVE + AWARD

Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO KIMON

CINELINK WORK IN PROGRESS AWARDS

Jury:

Elise Jalladeau, Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Petra Kader-Göbel, The Post Republic

Vanja Kaludjerčić, International Film Festival Rotterdam

Tobias  Pausinger, The Match Factory

Esra Demirkiran, Turkish National Radio Television

TURKISH NATIONAL RADIO TELEVISION AWARD

ULBOLSYN

Director: Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Award in amount of 25,000 €

POST REPUBLIC AWARD

VERA DREAMS OF THE SEA

Director: Kaltrina Krasniqi

Award in-kind post-production services worth 50,000 €

CINELINK IRIDIUM AWARD

MOON 66 QUESTIONS

Director: Jacqueline Lentzou

Award in-kind post-production services worth 20,000 €

CINELINK DRAMA AWARDS

Jury:

Cia Edström, TV Drama Vision – Göteborg Film Festival

Nebojša Taraba, Drugi Plan

Miroslav Terzić, director

CROATIAN AUDIOVISUAL CENTER DRAMA AWARD

BLACK DELTA

Creators: Dragos Bucur i Sofia Bucur

Award in amount of 15,000 € to stimulate the development process of selected project

TV DRAMA VISION PITCH AWARD

ABYSS

Creator: Marjan Alčevski

Project selected to be presented at TV Drama Vision in Göteborg