9th EDITION 03-04.10.2020
The Jury of the 9th Holywood Serbia Film Festival, consisting of Belinda Grace Gardner, Stanislav Staša Tomić and Luka Papić, has awarded the following films:
- GRAND PRIX: "THE EVENING REDNESS IN THE SOUTH" by Colin Hickey, Ireland
Jury motivation: An epic visual poem that features big skies, big emotions, and universal human stories that unfold slowly, quietly, and tenderly
in the everyday lives of construction workers in Ireland. The attention to details, gestures, and the play of light and shadow before ever-
changing scenery, the naturalness and strength of the actors, and the focus on magical moments give this film a delicate beauty that is
immensely touching and uniquely fulfilling. Shot without any kind of author’s distance or fear of showing his point of view or emotions, the film is
a bold and intimate poetic statement full of empathy and appreciation.
- The Best Film From Serbia: "BAMBILAND" by Danilo Stanimirović, Požarevac
Jury motivation: Revolving around the main character’s quest of finding more meaning in his life by returning home and a failed love story before
the backdrop of a former, deteriorated amusement park, the film brings together an interesting plot, largely convincing actors and an intriguing
setting while linking past and present, hinting at the societal shifts still impacting the outlook of the young generation in Serbia today.
- The Best Fiction Film: "COUNTERPOINT" by Ivan Koroman, BiH/Croatia
Jury motivation: Interesting vision of Sarajevo in a dystopic setting – a city ran by bizarre NGOs, which inherited the infrastructure from socialist
times, powered by people who are losing their identity and meaning in quickly and cheaply gentrified interiors. The short film of the director
Ivan Koroman has a fascinatingly surreal plot, great actors, and a highly convincing mixture of laconic aspects and absurdity, creating a strange
atmosphere that hovers between a claustrophobic everyday reality and possible catharsis.
- The Best Experimental Film: "WHERE DO YOU COME FROM" by Jan-Yuan Hong, Taiwan
Jury motivation: An essayistic experiment on the borders of film essay, docu-fiction and video art with clear and coherent language, the film of
the director Jun-Yuan Hong creates a well-rounded visual piece. This quiet, intense, and intricately conceived and realized film about memory,
trauma, and the impact of early life experiences on the later development of individuals is poignant, poetic, and dramaturgically structured in
such a manner that immediately draws the viewer into the characters' inner world.
- The Best Animated Film: "THE FLY" by Gonzalo Baharona, Germany
Jury motivation: Covering major topics of science and human thought in the figure of a fly, Gonzalo Baharona’s animated film is highly original,
extremely well realized, and profound in its content, while consistently surprising the viewer with the sheer abundance of ideas it conveys
thematically, ethically, and aesthetically.
8th EDITION 26-28.7.2019
FIRST INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
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
- 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 straightforward
poetic 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
socioeconomical 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.
7th EDITION 27-29.7.2018
- 1st Prize, The Big Garden Gnome: "MARKETING" by Branko Radaković, Bač
"Radaković belongs to the circle of authors whose primary vocation is music through which he instinctively and sensitively reacts to the cultural,
political and social facts. The goal is not only that, after watching his film, we understand, but also to experience the phenomenon of marketing
and the different ways it can be put into action. In order to demonstrate this, the author needed the special language, a cinematic language,
that he developed and through it suceeded not only to express his perspective and emotions, but also to reach his audience." Miodrag Novaković
- 2nd Prize, The Middle Garden Gnome: "BRAT" by Slađana Topalović-Nestorović, Belgrade
- 3hd Prize, The Small Garden Gnome: "GOSPOĐE U NAJBOLJIM GODINAMA" by Anita Panić, Belgrade
- Special Prize "Zlatomir Zlaja Dukić" for the best camerawork: "2121" by Ilija Dimitrijević (Belgrade)
Due to the bad weather the 7th edition of the Festival was held in the Center for culture Rudnik with the kind permission and support of its stuff. The three day program was accompanied by a solo concert of the author Branko Radaković and an exhibition by a local art group "Rudnički vidici". The Festival was organized with the financial help of SO Gornji Milanovac and the technical support of the Center for culture Gornji Milanovac and the private company "Rudnik i flotacija – Rudnik".
6th EDITION 28-30.7.2017
- 1st Prize, The Big Garden Gnome: "OLOVNE GODINE" by Bojan Stefanović, Vršac
- 2nd Prize, The Middle Garden Gnome: "MAESTRO" by Milan Kićevac and Boško Milosavljević, Belgrade
- 3hd Prize, The Small Garden Gnome: "ŽEĐ" by Vladimir and Ognjen Janić, Subotica
- Special Prize "Zlatomir Zlaja Dukić" for the best camerawork: "OLOVNE GODINE" by Bojan Stefanović, Vršac
The 6th edition of the Festival was organized with the technical help of the Center for culture Gornji Milanovac and the private company "Rudnik i flotacija – Rudnik", and financial help of SO Gornji Milanovac. The highest swing in Serbia "The Sky Swing", work of the festival organizer Ivan Jakovljević,, was ceremonially opened for the public.
5th EDITION 29-31.7.2016
- 1st Prize, The Big Garden Gnome: "PUSTOOD" by Nebojša Ilić, Vlasotince
- 2nd Prize, The Middle Garden Gnome: "KAD TI TATA KUPI SLONA" by Marija Žižović, Belgrade
"LIMUNOVO DRVO" by Branko Radaković, Bač
- 3hd Prize, The Small Garden Gnome: "ŠAMPION" by Nebojša Radosavljević, Belgrade
"AVALA" by Slobodan Popović, Belgrade
"NA PUCANJ ODAVDE" by Aleksandar Vuksanović, Madrid
4th EDITION 1-3.8.2015
- 1st Prize, The Big Garden Gnome: "NAPRATA" by Mladen Milosavljević, Velika Plana
- 2nd Prize, The Middle Garden Gnome: "PAN FILM" by Radiša Stanišić, Pančevo
- 3hd Prize, The Small Garden Gnome: "PALI ANĐELI" by Marko Marinković, Kruševac
3hd EDITION 2-4.8.2013
- 1st Prize, The Big Garden Gnome: "NESTALI" by Mirko Nikolić, Dragolj
- 2nd Prize, The Middle Garden Gnome: "ROBOVI ODJEKA"; "TETOVIRAN MOZAK" by Milan Bates, Belgrade
- 3hd Prize, The Small Garden Gnome: "AVANTURE IVE CARA" by Ivan Jakovljević, Mutanj
2nd EDITION 27-29.7.2012
- 1st Prize, The Big Garden Gnome: "PUTEVIMA TIBORA SEKELJA" by Stipan Milodanović, Subotica
- 2nd Prize, The Middle Garden Gnome: "TO MORAM" by Branko Radaković, Bač
- 3hd Prize, The Small Garden Gnome: "POTPISANI 3 - VOZ" by Marko Kovač, Belgrade
1st EDITION 12-14.8.2011
FIRST NATIONAL COMPETITION
- 1st Prize, The Big Garden Gnome: "POTPISANI 1 - TELEFONSKA CENTRALA" by Marko Kovač, Belgrade
- 2nd Prize, The Middle Garden Gnome: "PRVI RADNI DAN" by Stipan Milodanović, Subotica
- 3hd Prize, The Small Garden Gnome: "TRILING" by Srđan Stojanović, Belgrade
Under the name "The first review of the independent off-films of Serbia" the first edition of the festival took place in the mid August 2011. The response was huge. The expenses of the festival were covered solely by the authors. The prizes in form of a Big, Middle and Small Garden Gnome for the winning films were introduced, a homage and parody of the Hollywood Oscar. The event didn't pass without red carpet and bow ties, and the program was accompanied by a concert of a local rock band NLO.