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SOFIA 2019 Awards

Marius Olteanu’s Monsters. wins the top prize at Sofia

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- Films from Germany, Bulgaria and Greece have also picked up important awards at the Bulgarian gathering

Marius Olteanu’s Monsters. wins the top prize at Sofia
Director Marius Olteanu receiving the Sofia Grand Prix for Monsters.

After four consecutive years of a Bulgarian feature winning the Sofia City of Film Grand Prix Award at the Sofia International Film Festival (7-17 March), a Romanian title has broken with tradition: Marius Olteanu's first feature Monsters. [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marius Olteanu
film profile
]
 won the festival's top prize during a gala hosted on Saturday evening by the National Palace of Culture in Sofia.

Meanwhile, the jury, consisting of British producer Nik Powell, Russian producer Stas Namin, Turkish actress Hazar Ergüçlü, Polish director Ewa Podgórska and Bulgarian director Ilian Metev, handed the Special Jury Award to Dragomir Sholev's The Pig [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dragomir Sholev
film profile
]
 (Bulgaria/Romania).

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Here is the complete list of award winners at the Sofia International Film Festival: 

Sofia City of Film Grand Prix Award
Monsters. [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marius Olteanu
film profile
]
 - Marius Olteanu (Romania) 

Special Jury Award
The Pig [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dragomir Sholev
film profile
]
 - Dragomir Sholev (Bulgaria/Romania)

Best Director
Nora Fingscheidt - System Crasher [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nora Fingscheidt
film profile
]
 (Germany)

Audience Award
A Picture with Yuki [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
 - Lachezar Avramov (Bulgaria/Japan) 

Best Documentary
The Magic Life of V [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Tonislav Hristov (Finland/Denmark/Bulgaria)
Special Mention
Of Fathers and Sons [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
 - Talal Derki (Germany/USA/Syria/Lebanon/Netherlands/Qatar) 

Best Balkan Film
Her Job [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nikos Labôt
film profile
]
 - Nikos Labôt (Greece/France/Serbia)
Special Mention
The Load [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ognjen Glavonić
film profile
]
 - Ognjen Glavonic (Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar) 

Best Bulgarian Feature
The Pig - Dragomir Sholev 

FIPRESCI Award
The Pig - Dragomir Sholev 

Young Jury Award
Tehran: City of Love [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 - Ali Jaberansari (Iran/UK/Netherlands)

Award of the Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics
Butterflies [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
 - Tolga Karaçelik (Turkey) 

Best Bulgarian Short
Roses in the Night - Pencho Kunchev
Special Mention
Gotcha! - Stefani Doytchinova

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