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Firecrackers Wins Best Film and Best Actress at Stockholm International Film Festival 2018 - Awards announced tonight


Earlier this evening, the winners of the 29th Stockholm International Film Festival where announced during an award ceremony at Social At Six in the Swedish capital. The festival’s big winner was the Canadian director Jasmin Mozaffari, whose feature debut Firecrackers was awarded the prestigious Bronze Horse for Best Film as well as the award for Best Actress. Vitaly Mansky’s documentary Putin’s Witnesses about the Russian president’s controversial rise to power received the Bronze Horse for Best Documentary. See all the winners below.


Best Film at Stockholm International Film Festival 2018: Firecrackers by Jasmin Mozaffari 

The Brazilian director Beatriz Seigner was presented with this year’s Stockholm Impact Award for her supernatural refugee story Los Silencios. Stockholm International Film Festival and the City of Stockholm founded the award in 2015, and the winning director receives one million SEK and a unique statuette designed by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Actress Alba August was named 2018’s Stockholm Rising Star, and the director Julia Thelin won the short film scholarship 1 Km Film. Victor Polster won the award for Best Actor for his role in Girl, and Michaela Kurimsky won the award for Best Actress for her role in Firecrackers. The celebrated film Capernaum by Nadine Labaki won the award for Best Script.

Author and music journalist Ametist Azordegan hosted the awards ceremony, and the rapper Naod performed live on stage.

Winners at Stockholm International Film Festival 2018:

Best Film: Firecrackers by Jasmin Mozaffari
Best Director: All good by Eva Trobisch
Best Debut: Skate Kitchen by Crystal Moselle
Best Script: Capernaum by Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwany, Georges Kabbaz and Khaled Mouzanar
Best Actor: Victor Polster for Girl
Best Actress: Michaela Kurimsky for Firecrackers
Best Cinematography: Hiroshi Okuyama for Jesus

Best Documentary: Putin’s Witnesses by Vitaly Mansky

Stockholm Impact AwardLos Silencios by Beatriz Seigner
Stockholm Rising Star: Alba August
Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Harron
Stockholm Visionary Award: Asghar Farhadi
Stockholm Achievement Award: Gunnel Lindblom

Best Short Film: The Judgement by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez


FIPRESCI Award for Best FilmCold War by Pawel Pawlikowski

Read more about this year’s jury members here:

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This year’s Audience Award will be announced on Monday, November 19. In total, 17 awards have been presented during the 29th Stockholm International Film Festival.

Additional awards that have been presented during Stockholm International Film Festival are the Swedish Film Institute’s new initiative Wild Card, where Fanny Ovesen, Jerry Carlsson and Ernst De Geer have received 400 000 SEK each for the development of their first feature films. The Swedish Film Institute also presented the initiative Short Pitch, where filmmaker Disa Östrand won financial support for her next short film Badet.

Los Silencios, this year’s winner of the Stockholm Impact Award, will be screened on Saturday, November 17, at 7:00 pm at Klarabiografen. After the film, the press and public will have the opportunity to ask questions to the winning director, Beatriz Seigner.

The two-time winning film Firecrackers by Jasmin Mozaffari will be screened at Sture movie theater at 9:15 pm on Sunday, November 18.

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Press photos are available here: Photos from the awards ceremony will be available shortly after the event. 

The 29th Stockholm International Film Festival : 7-18 November 2018 
Stockholm International Film Festival was founded in 1990 and has grown to become one of Europe's leading film festivals. During the festival we present over 150 films from 60 countries. We also arrange exclusive previews throughout the year, open-air screenings during the summer, mobile film screenings for kids and youths as well as Stockholm International Film Festival Junior in April. 



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