Balkan New Film Festival DOC.SHORT
Best film – documentary long
Duga Resa/Fringe Infringe, 2021, documentary, Serbia, 65’, Serbian, Croatian, Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian, Slovenian, Macedonian, Slovakian, Žminj dialect (Istria) with English subtitles
Director: Škart collective
MOTIVATION: Fringe Infringe deals directly with the meaning of fringes in our lives. Indirectly film deals with the preservation of the legacy of the former Yugoslavia and the living memories of the people who lived in it, in an enjoyable way.
Best Woman Achievement – documentary long
Veće od traume/Bigger than Trauma, 2022, documentary, Croatia, 90’, Croatian with English subtitles
Director: Vedrana Pribačić, Mirta Puhlovski
MOTIVATION: Film treaties a serious topic in a light-hearted and almost conciliatory way, even though the crimes arouse the condemnation of the criminals by the audience. Film has obvious female approach in so sensitive film subject.
Best documentary – medium/short
Ljuštura/The Shell, 2022, documentary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 20’21’’, Bosnian with English subtitles
Director: Marko Lončarević
MOTIVATION: In a direct and almost brutal cinematic way, film describes the reality of old age, which society does not take into account. An important film as a lesson in humanity.
Best Woman Achievement – documentary medium/short
Rudarke/Female Miners, 2022, documentary, Serbia, 36’30’’, Serbian with English subtitles
Director: Marija Djokovic, Natasa Jankovic
MOTIVATION: The two female directors masterfully played with the understanding and misunderstanding of gender equality, portraying one of the most difficult jobs in the world – a miner. Image of a mine follows the characters, heroines and their struggle to cope with the gray life in the mine.
Best short film – fiction
Kung Fu Scriptures, 2022, short film, USA, 3’1’’, English, Mandarin Chinese, Yue Chinese (Cantonese) with English subtitles
Director: Kadi Tsang
MOTIVATION: Film shows the difference between scripts and practice in martial arts, similar as difference between script and filmmaking.
Best Woman Achievement – short film fiction
Between me and you, 2022, short film, Bulgaria, 20’, Bulgarian with English subtitles
Director: Ilina Perianova
MOTIVATION: Emotional and vivid film narration of eternal woman doubts regarding giving a birth.
Behind The Loom, 2021, animation, USA, 11’, English
Director: Heejoo Kim
MOTIVATION: A masterful portraying of hard traumas, as empty solid corridors of memory.
Special prize for people power
A small country with a big heart, 2022, documentary, Republic of Moldova, 29’40’’, Romanian, Russian with English subtitles
Directors: Lucia Lupu, Daniela Donici FESTIVAL GUESTS Q&A
MOTIVATION: For open and warm film representation of the country, hosting Ukrainian guests in their most difficult moments.
Special prize for war zone
Vukovi sa Vučijaka/Wolves from Vucijak, 2022, documentary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 127’26’’, Serbian with English subtitles
Director: Milan Petković
MOTIVATION: For getting into the secrets of military movements, with original unknown footage, in ´90-s on Balkan.
Special prize for media research
Do daske!/No Pardon! 2022, documentary, Serbia, 62‘45‘‘, Serbian with English subtitles
Director: Aleksandar Reljic, FESTIVAL GUEST Q&A
MOTIVATION: For media criticism of the media.
Special prize for inner story
Artsanity, 2021, short film, USA, 14’ English with English subtitles
Director: Aleksandar Kostic
MOTIVATION: For depicturing of the alienation fear.
Special prize for poetic narration
Enez, 2022, short film, France, 42’, French with English subtitles
Director: Emmanuel Piton
MOTIVATION: The poetics of cinematic expression.
Jury BaNeFF DOC:SHORT
Cvetan Slepcev – former camera operator SVT
Cyril Helman – writer, journalist, screenwriter