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Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) 2014 Awards
1 December 2014
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Belgian-Mexican co-production Lucifer by Gust Van den Berghe won the Grand Prix at the 18th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), Estonia, which ended last night. The prize includes a grant of €10.000 from the city of Tallinn. 

Black Nights Film Festival 2014, now with the FIAPF-accredited non-specialized International Competition, awarded director Marat Sarulu΄s Move (Kyrgyzstan) with its Best Director prize and the NETPAC Award, while the film Angels of Revolution (Russia) by Alexey Fedorchenko received a Special Mention

3 awards were bestowed to Estonian film In the Crosswind by Martti Helde, the Best Cinematography Award, the Estonian Film Award, and the IFFS (International Federation of Film Societies) Don Quixote Award. British actor Eddie Redmayne was named as Best Actor for his role in the Theory of Everything (UK) by director James Marsh. The Best Actress Award went to Indian actress Kalki Koechlin for the film Margarita, with a Straw (India), made by Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar.

Besides the International Competition awards, Black Night FF 2014 awarded films and professionals of the Tridens (Baltic Sea and Nordic) Competition. Life In A Fishbowl (Iceland/Finland/Sweden/Czech Republic) by Baldvin Zophoníasson went away with the Best Debut Film of the Nordic Baltic Region while, Nigina Sayfullaeva΄s Name Me (Russia) got the Jury΄s Special Award. The Swedish/Norwegian production The Quiet Roar by Henrik Hellström received the Best Cinematography Award

On the other hand, the FIPRESCI Jury, gave its award to International Competition΄s Iranian film Today by Reza Mirkarimi, a film also receiving the Ecumenical Jury Prize for the best film depicting Christian values

In the North American Competition for independent feature films, Xavier Dolan΄s awarded and multi-travelled Mommy (Canada) got the Best Film Award. The Audience Award of the 18th edition of the festival was given to Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi΄s What We Do in the Shadows (New Zealand) while, Polish actress Maja Komorowska received the Black Nights Lifetime Achievement Award.

Going to the short-film section of the festival, the Sleepwalkers International Short Film (sub)Festival Grand Prix was given to director Ivan Pavljutsenko and his film Ivan’s Day (Estonia). Also Estonian, Kristjan Holm won the Grand Prix of the Animated Dreams section with his film Worst-case Scenario.

A number of Balkan films and co-productions were also screened and competed at the different sections of Black Nights FF 2014, gaining no awards.
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