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The 20th Sarajevo International Film Festival 2014 Awards
25 August 2014
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The 20th Sarajevo International Film Festival is over after hosting 24 films from 60 countries, 3,000 foreign guests and 400 journalists from all over the world. 

Turkish drama Song of my Mother, directed by Erol Mintas is the story of an aging woman and her son forced to leave their native Kurdish village and live in Istanbul received the Best Film prize with the jury chared by Bela Tarr “appreciating the courageous simplicity, the pure cinematic language, the choice to show the daily life in a manner that makes us understand and love the characters. We are delighted that the filmmakers were capable to resist the temptation of mainstream cinema". 

Song Of My Mother cast and crew

The Special Jury Prize and 10,000  went to the Georgian-French co-production Brides directed by Tinatin Kajrishvili, a film much awarded lately, while Oscar-winning Bosnia & Herzegovina director Danis Tanovic received the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo prize as did designer and filmmaker Agnes B. and Mexican actor Gael García Bernal.

On the CineLink edition producer Amra Baksic Camo told the press: “This year it became obvious that more and more producers want to make regional co-productions with lower budgets.” 

Balkan Film and co-productions awarded at the 20th Sarajevo IFF:

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film
Song Of My Mother by Erol Mintas, Turkey/France, 2014 - Financial Award of 16,000 € is provided by Council of Europe 

Special Jury Prize
Brides by Tinatin Kajrishvili, Georgia/France, 2014 - Financial Award of 10,000 €

Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Actress
Mari Kitia for Brides - Financial Award of 2,500 € - “For playing a complex role leading the cast with strength and dignity. Through her performance we are able to completely understand her situation. She does this with no need to demonstrate to us, but lives simply in her character΄s world” according to the Jury.

Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Actor
Feyyaz Duman for Song Of My Mother by Erol Mintas - Financial Award of 2,500 €
“for his stoic portrayal of a Kurdish teacher and writer in Istanbul whose equilibrium is constantly threatened by his superiors, the gentrification of the city he lives in, his girlfriend’s urge to build a family, but most of all the stubbornness of his own mother who is always one step ahead of her son” said the Jury.

Competition Programme - Documentary Film:

Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Documentary Film
Naked Island by Tiha K. Gudac, Croatia - Financial award of 3,000 €

Special Jury Mention
Happily Ever After by Tatjana Bozic, Netherlands/Croatia, 

CineLink Awards:

EAVE Scholarship
16 Producer by Ipek Kent

Living Pictures Service CineLink Award
The Black Pin by Ivan Marinovic

ARTE International Relations CineLink Award
Hilal, Feza And Other Planets by Kutlug Ataman and producer Fabian Gasmia

CNC CineLink Award

EURIMAGES Co-production Development Award
My Happy Family by Nana Ektimishvilli and producer Simon Gross

CineLink Work In Progress Awards:

PostRepublic Award
The Wounded Angel by Emir Baigazin and producer Anna Vigelmi

Restart Award
Life by Ines Tanovic and producer Alem Babic

Competition Programme - Short Film:

Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Film
The Chicken by Una Gunjak, Germany/Croatia - Financial Award of 2,500 €

Special Jury Mention
Shelters by Ivan Salatic from Montenegro and  The Execution by Petra Szocs, Hungary/Romania 

Honorary Heart Of Sarajevo to French designer and filmmaker Agnès B., Gael García Bernal, actor from Mexico and to Bosnian director Danis Tanovic.

Association Of Filmmakers In B&H - “Ivica Matic” Award to Mustafa Mustafic for his life contribution to BiH cinema and to Danis Tanovic for film An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker.

Cineuropa Prize by the site dedicated to the European cinema and film professionals is given to a film that besides having indisputable artistic qualities also promotes the idea of European dialogue and integration. The value of this award is 5,000 €.

EDN Talent Grant, created as co-operation between the Sarajevo IFF and the European Documentary Network with the purpose of supporting promising new documentary filmmakers from the region.

The Forest by Sinisa Dragin, Romania/Serbia, 2014

The screening officially closing the 20th edition of the festival was Woody Allen’s latest Magic In The Moonlight.

  An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker
  Happily Ever After
  Song Of My Mother
  Three Windows And A Hanging
  Naked Island
  The Forest
  Isa Qosja
  Danis Tanovic
  Konstantinos Kontovrakis
  Mustafa Mustafic
  Amra Baksic Camo
  Fabian Gasmia
  Kutlug Ataman
  Tatjana Bozic
  Ines Tanovic
  Siamak Etemadi
  Erol Mintas
  Feyyaz Duman
  Tiha K. Gudac
  Sinisa Dragin
  Sarajevo International Film Festival
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  Welcome to the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival
  Sarajevo΄s Work in Progress 2012
  Cinelink Selection of Sarajevo IFF 2013 announced
  The Documentary Competition of Sarajevo IFF 2013
  Feature Film Competition at Sarajevo IFF 2013
  The 19th Sarajevo Film Festival from 16 to 24 August 2013
  The 19th Sarajevo Film Festival Awards
  2014 Sarajevo FF, CineLink selected projects
  Sarajevo announced Competition programmes and In Focus selection-2014
  11 short Balkan documentaries for the 20th celebration of Sarajevo FF
  Industry: Sarajevo IFF 2014
  European Documentary Network Official Website
  Association of Filmmakers in B&H
  Sarajevo IFF Facebook
  Sarajevo IFF Twitter
  Sarajevo IFF Official Website
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