Awards of 18th IFF Bratislava are given out

18th IFF Bratislava has the winners. Closing Ceremony was yesterday on 16 November in cinema Kino Nostalgia. The festival program continues today in two cinemas – Cinema Lumière (K2), and Youth Cinema and also in the festival’s official Lounge Urban Space.

Marco Danieli


Prize for the Best Fiction Film


(dir. Vatche Boulghourjian, Lebanon, France, Quatar, United Arab Emirates, 2016)


For its ability to deliver a story of emotion and search for identity through its powerful images and music and its ability to pull us into its world.



Prize for the Best Director

Marco Danieli for Worldly Girl  / La Ragazza del Mondo

(Italy, France, 2016)


For delivering a film treats its subject objectively and accomplished in the storytelling, direction of actors and the editing.



Prize for the Best Actress

Mia Petričević for Quit Staring at My Plate  / Ne gledaj mi u pijat

(dir. Hana Jušić, Croatia, Denmark, 2016)


For a very authentic and moving portrayal of a character trapped in a brutal family environment.



Prize for the Best Actor

Michele Riondino for Wordldy Girl / La Ragazza del Mondo

(dir. Marco Danieli, Italy, France, 2016)


For its ability in giving a moving diversified performance using a wide range of emotions.




My Life as a Courgette / Ma vie de Courgette

(dir. Claude Barras, Switzerland, France, 2016)


A well made emotional picture of the world of abandoned children.



Student Jury Award

Mellow Mud / Es esmu šeit

(dir. Renārs Vimba, Latvia, 2016)


Scanty dialogue and emphasis on the visual narrative that demonstrates craftsmanship of the filmmakers were the main attributes that gave this film a competitive edge in the Fiction Competition.




Prize for the Best Documentary Film

Communion / Komunia
(dir. Anna Zamecka, Poland, 2016)


Using sophisticated and precise cinematic language and finely honed instincts, the director creates such tender intimacy with her subjects that we are immediately swept into the hearts and minds of a family always in crisis.




Prize for the Best Short Film

Adaptation / Adaptacja

(dir. Bartosz Kruhlik, Poland, 2016)


A film that leads us, keeping one close step ahead of us, but never pushing, or meeting our expectations.This film has all the elements of great filmmaking, balancing everything on a fine artistic edge, and genuinely pushing its own genre.

At its closing ceremony, the 18th Bratislava International Film Festival announced the winners of all competitive categories including three international competitions. The main awards went to Tramontane (2016) in the category of fiction films, Communion (Komunia, 2016) in the category of documentary films and Adaptation (Adaptacja, 2016) in the category of short films.

18th IFF Bratislava has the winners. Closing Ceremony was yesterday on 16 November in cinema Kino Nostalgia. The festival program continues today in two cinemas – Cinema Lumière (K2), and Youth Cinema and also in the festival’s official Lounge Urban Space.

Even though the festival was festively and officially concluded last night, there are still some celluloid gems to be discovered in the darkness of cinema theatres. Besides, the only competition that has not yet been decided is Viewers’ Choice Competition, so you can still use your chance to vote for your favourite films.


Of all the films vying for the Grand Prix in the Competition of Fiction Films, perhaps the most vivid response from the Bratislava audience received Worldly Girl (La Ragazza del mondo) that tells a story of Giulia, a young member of Jehova’s Witnesses community whose strict life and ascetic set of values is suddenly turned upside down after her meeting with a young drug dealer of a symptomatic name, Libero. Director Marco Danieli who attended the festival screening yesterday shared with us some behind-the-scenes information from the making of his first feature-length motion picture.



On Wednesday, the Bratislava International Film Festival prepared for all avid cinemagoers a commented sightseeing tour, two open discussions related to filmsand a decoration of this year’s laureate of the lifetime artistic achievement award and the newest holder of the memorial tile on the Film Walk of Fame.



While Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu is not unknown to Slovak cinemagoers, his latest picture, It’s Not the Time of My Life (Ernelláék Farkaséknál), has been a surprise in many ways, particularly in the context of his past. It was made on a €5,000 budget and the director made it in his own apartment with members of his own family. The film premiered last summer at the Karlovy Vary IFF where it claimed the main prize, the Crystal Globe, and Hajdu underlined its success by snatching the Best Actor award. Two weeks ago, Hajdu won a special prize for directing at the Cottbus IFF.


For the third consecutive year, the Bratislava International Film Festival in cooperation with the Red Nose(Clowndoctors) civic association decided to organise a charity projection. This time, they chose My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette), a Swiss-French family film by director Claude Barrasthat will be screened tonight at Kino Mladosť.



Although the festival is running down the final stretch, it still has many remarkable films to offer.Our programmers have again come up with their recommendations.


 Tonight, the 18th edition of the Bratislava International Film Festival (IFF BA) will announce the names of the winning films. The closing ceremony will be held in Kino Nostalgia and will be open to the general public. Once the awards will have been bestowed, there will be a special screening of Lion (2016), a fiction debut by Garth Davis.


One of the fastest growing Slovak music bands, Max Bazowski debuted in early 2015 but already earned their spurs. At the Fuga music club, it will be accompanied by three bands from Brno, the capital of Czech alternative music, namely Ghost of You, Acute Dose, and 1flfsoap. Festival-goers may look forward to a mixture of atmospheric rock, guitar psychedelics and dark electronic music featuring live drums.

20:00, Fuga

Tonight, a number of European cinema theatres will join hands to take part in a simultaneous projection of As I Open My Eyes (À peine j’ouvre les yeux, 2016) and the subsequent interactive discussion with directress Leyla Bouzid that will be streamed live from Brussels. The picture is one of the three finalists vying for 2016 LUX Film Prize, an award introduced by the European Parliament in 2007 in order to popularize original European film production.

(19:15, Kino Mladosť)


For those of you who can’t find their feet in our ample festival programme, we have several tips for films you shouldn’t miss on Tuesday.