8th EDITION 26-28.7.2019
The Jury of the 8th Holywood Serbia Film Festival, consisting of Aron Sekelj, Dragomor Zupanc and Miodrag Novaković, has awarded the following films:
- GRAND PRIX: "Moriom" by Francesca Scalisi and Mark Olexa, Switzerland
Jury motivation: A profound and piercing insight into a familial tragedy and a harrowing reminder of the enduring and permeating traumatic
consequences of sexual violence. Owing to a number of masterful filmic decisions by the creative duo of Francesca Scalisi and Mark Olexa, the film
manages to simultaneously present itself as a concise, direct, relentless and uncompromising documentary portrait, as well as a phantasmagorical, at times unsettling, visual experience, but at no time diminishing the importance of the story that is being told on screen.
- The Best Documentary Film: "Grapewines" by Luka Papić, Serbia
Jury motivation: Close to a perfect hybrid of documentary and fictional film, “Grapevines” succeeds increating a captivating piece of visceral and atmospheric cinema that is minimalistic, intuitive and, above all, honest, thus creating a strong link between the main protagonist and the audience, who in turn can easily identify and relate to all the mundane snippets of childhood presented in the film.
- The Best Fiction Film: "Cinema in the Absence of Sima" by Farnaz Zareiyan, Iran
Jury motivation: As entrancing, oneiric and eclectic as the cinema experience and the art of film itself, “Cinema in the Absence of Sima” has
accomplished the goal of creating a multi-layered work of familiar stylistic and narrative elements, that can still stand on its own among films with a
similar thematic focus and poetical approach. The subtle direction, rock-solid narrative flow, playful use of samples from classical filmic sources
and convincing performances by the cast all combine to create a rounded journey between different planes of cinematic realities and emotional
- The Best Experimental Film: "They are There, but I am Not", by Ye Mimi, Taiwan
Jury motivation: Driven by reiterant visual motifs of clocks, rhythmically near perfect editing, precise shot compositions, dynamic movement of the image and a mesmerizing whisper narrating the film, “They are There, But I am Not” succesfully elevates itself from a straightforwardpoetic essay
film into a comprehensive, introspective and transformative study of time and the possibilities of its perception and representation within the filmic medium.
- The Best Film From Serbia: "Passage", Igor Ćorić, Serbia
Jury motivation: The film of the director and animator, Igor Ćorić, successfuly deals with the constantly present experience of war conflict in
these regions. The author uses the symbols from domain of applications, in which he is already recognized authority. The visual minimalism was
successfuly achieved by Hana Rajković, the co-author of the visual part of the film.
- Special Mention by the Jury: "Mousse", by John Hellberg, Sweden
Jury motivation: The Special Mention of the Jury goes to the film “Mousse” for its heartfelt approach, careful and balanced selection of
modern storytelling and influences from various genre classics but particularly its brillianty eclectic style, which manages to connect different
timelines, cultures, visual elements and comedic practices, thereby creating a new world within its boundaries that helps tear down any
preconceived notions about national stereotypes.
- Special Award "The Golden Knight of Rudnik" by the Jury and The Association of
Citizens of Rudnik: 'The boy who made a museum"by Sergio Utsch, United Kingdom
Jury motivation: The approach of the author shows the same ingenuity as the hero of this film: it is honest, sincere and warm-hearted. The film itself
also serves as an outstanding example of a narrative fusion between a touching portrait of a forward-looking boy and an insight into dire socio-
economical and political situation in Northeastern Brazil. These qualities have been recognized both by the Jury and the audience of the festival
and so a bond of understanding and empathy was instantly created between two places half a globe away from each other.