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Thessaloniki Film Festival wrapped and delivered its awards.

The jury of the International Competition Section of the 50th Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of:

Theo Angelopoulos, Director (Greece), President
Lissy Bellaiche, Sales agent for the I/S Danish Film Producers (Denmark)
Mirjana Karanovic, Actress (Serbia)
Eugenio Caballero, Production designer (Mexico)
Lav Diaz, Director (Philippines)
Gyorgi Palfi, Director (Hungary) and
Amos Poe, Director (USA)

THE AWARDS

Best Feature Film Award - Golden Alexander (40.000 euros)
AJAMI by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, Producers Mosh Danon, Thanassis Karathanos, Screenwriters Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani, Israel / Germany, 2009

Special Jury Award - Silver Alexander (25.000)
MEDALIA DE ONOARE (MEDAL OF HONOR) by Calin Netzer, Producer Liviu Marghidan, Screenwriter Tudor Voican, Romania, 2009

 

Best Director Award to RIGOBERTO PEREZCANO for Norteado (Northless), Producer Edgar San Juan, Screenwriters Edgar San Juan, Rigoberto Perezcano, Mexico / Spain, 2009

Best Screenplay Award ex aequo to SCANDAR COPTI & YARON SHANI for Ajami by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, Producers Mosh Danon, Thanassis Karathanos, Israel / Germany, 2009

AND to TUDOR VOICAN for Medalia de onoare (Medal Of Honor) by Calin Netzer, Producer Liviu Marghidan, Romania, 2009

Best Actress Award
to RUTH NIRERE in Le jour où Dieu est parti en voyage (The Day God Walked Away), by Philippe van Leeuw, Producers Patrick Quinet, Toussaint Tiendredeogo, Screenwriter Philippe van Leeuw, Belgium / France, 2009

Best Actor Award
to VICTOR REBENGIUC in Medalia de onoare (Medal Of Honor) by Calin Netzer, Producer Liviu Marghidan, Screenwriter Tudor Voican, Romania, 2009

Artistic Achievement Award

SARAMEUL CHATSEUMNIDA (MISSING PERSON) by Lee Seo, Producers Lee Jae-Ho, Son Seon-ok, Screenwriter Lee Seo, South Korea, 2009

Special Mention To KATHARINA SCHÜTTLER
in Es kommt der Tag (The Day Will Come), by Susanne Schneider, Producers Sabine Holtgreve, Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel, Philippe Avril, Screenwriter Susanne Schneider, Germany / France, 2009

 

Special Mention for its screenplay and subject to BAKAL BOYS (CHILDREN METAL DIVERS)  by Ralston Jover, Producers Bessie Badilla, Albert Almendralejo, Screenwriters Henry Burgos, Ralston Jover, Philippines, 2009

 

FIPRESCI AWARDS

The 50th International Thessaloniki Film Festival FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) jury comprised of:

Ronald Bergan, President (UK)
Leo Soesanto (France)
Bo Green Jensen (Denmark) and
Dimosthenis Xifilinos (Greece)

Bestows the FIPRESCI award for a film in the International Competition Section 2009 to

MEDALIA DE ONOARE (MEDAL OF HONOR) by Calin Netzer, Producer Liviu Marghidan, Screenwriter Tudor Voican, Romania, 2009

For a film in the Greek Films 2009 section to O DIAHIRISTIS (THE BUILDING MANAGER) by Periklis Hoursoglou, Producer & Screenwriter Periklis Hoursoglou, Greece, 2009

 

HUMAN VALUES AWARD (15.000 euros)

The Hellenic Parliament TV Channel bestows the award to a film of the Independence Days ID-09 section,

LEBANON by Samuel Maoz, Producers Uri Sabag, Einat Bikel, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber, Benjamina Mirnik, Ilann Girard, Screenwriter Samuel Maoz, Israel / France / Germany, 2009

FISCHER PUBLIC CHOICE AWARDS

For a film in the International Competition section (4.000 euros)

AJAMI  by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, Producers Mosh Danon, Thanassis Karathanos, Screenwriters Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani, Israel / Germany, 2009

For a film in the Greek Films section (4.000 euros)

BILOBA by Sophia Papachristou, Producers Sophia Papachristou, Stavros Meleas, Screenwriter Sophia Papachristou, Greece, 2009

For a film in the Balkan Survey section (3.000 euros)

HONEYMOONS by Goran Paskaljevic, Producers Goran Paskaljevic, Ilir Butka, Nikola Djivanovic, Screenwriters Goran Paskaljevic, Genc Permeti, Serbia / Albania, 2009

For a film in the Greek Films DigitalWave section (3.000 euros)
TO TELEFTEO TRAGOUDI TOU ELVIS (ELVIS' LAST SONG) by Vassilis Raissis, Producer & Screenwriter Vassilis Raissis, Greece, 2009

THE GREEK UNION OF FILM TELEVISION AND AUDIOVISUAL TECHNICIANS (ETEKT) AWARD

The ETEKT Technical Excellence award to a film in the International Competition section

MEDALIA DE ONOARE (MEDAL OF HONOR) by Calin Netzer, Producer Liviu Marghidan, Screenwriter Tudor Voican, Romania, 2009

CINEMA AND THE CITY AWARD (10.000 EUROS)

The Municipality of Thessaloniki bestows the award to a film of the International Competition section,

LA SANGRE Y LA LLUVIA (BLOOD AND RAIN) by Jorge Navas, Producers Jorge Navas, Julian Giraldo, Wilson Gómez, Carolina Barrera, Hugo Castro Fau, Screenwriters Jorge Navas, Carlos Henao, Alizé Le Maoult, Colombia / Argentina, 2009

DIGITALWAVE 2009 AWARDS Digital Alexander (15.000 EUROS) - Award offered in collaboration with the Greek Film Center

TO TELEFTEO TRAGOUDI TOU ELVIS (ELVIS' LAST SONG) by Vassilis Raissis, Producer & Screenwriter Vassilis Raissis, Greece, 2009

2ND DIGITALWAVE AWARD (10.000 EUROS) TO KOUTI (THE BOX) by Fotis Passos & Apostolis Passos, Producers Fotis Passos & Apostolis Passos, Screenwriter Fotis Passos, Greece, 2009

CROSSROADS - Co-production Forum AWARD (10.000 EUROS)

PASQUA written and directed by Ivan Marinovic and produced by Branislav Srdic, A Atalanta, Slovenia/ Czech Republic/ Montenegro

Special mention:

ODYSSEY OF A VAGABOND PRINCESS, written and directed by Altinai Petrovic Njegosh and produced by Janja Kralj, Shilo Films, France

BALKAN FUND - Script Development AWARDS (10.000 EUROS each)

3 AWARDS:

MOTHER OF ASPHALT: writer/ director Dalibor Matanic, producer Ankica Juric Tilic, Kinorama (Croatia) CNC AWARD.

ROMANIAN SPRING: writer/ director Anca Miruna Lazarescu, producer Verona Meier, Razor Films (Romania / Germany)

ORANGE GARDENS: writer/ director Özkan Küçük, producer Suncem Koçer, Mesopotamia Cinema Collective & Yapim 13 (Turkey)

 

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