Oasis triumphs at the 18th Zagreb Film Festival
- Ivan Ikić’s bold film has won the main award at Zagreb, the Golden Pram, while Danilo Šerbedžija’s Tereza37 scooped the Audience Award
The winning film of the 18th Zagreb Film Festival, which took place online from 8-15 November, is Oasis [+see also:
interview: Ivan Ikic
film profile], a Serbian-Bosnian-Slovenian-Dutch-French co-production written and directed by Serbian filmmaker Ivan Ikić. It won the Golden Pram Award in the competition for first and second films along with the sum of €4,000, provided by Addiko Bank. In their explanation, the jury, consisting of filmmakers Ivana Mladenović from Serbia (whose Ivana the Terrible [+see also:
interview: Ada Solomon
film profile] won the same award last year), Marko Škop from Slovakia and Damjan Kozole from Slovenia, stated: “The Golden Pram Award goes to the director and his team, who managed not to betray the trust they had gained after vowing to be the ones who would convey to the world the cries of those whom no one wants to hear,” adding that the award serves to recognise more than just “best film” and “best acting”.
Golden Prams were also given out in the two shorts competitions, the international and the national one, titled Checkers. In the international competition, the winner was Naïla Guiguet’s Dustin, also awarded with the sum of €1,000, again provided by Addiko Bank, while Mariane Saffon’s short Between You and Milagros was awarded a Special Mention. In the Checkers competition, the winning film was Forest, directed by Sara Grgurić, which also won the 10,000 HRK (circa €1,300) prize granted by the Croatian Association of Film Directors, while Sanja Milardović’s I’m Not Telling You Anything, Just Sayin’ was awarded a Special Mention. Both of the categories were judged by the same jury, consisting of last year’s winners, filmmakers Rino Barbir from Croatia and Stefan Đorđević from Serbia, as well as Montenegrin producer Ivan Đurović.
This year, the online audience judged the films in the Together Again competition, dedicated to filmmakers whose movies competed in previous editions of the festival. The Golden Bicycle Award stayed in Croatia and was claimed by Danilo Šerbedžija and his film Tereza37 [+see also:
film profile]. Two juries, one professional (comprising filmmaker-producer Marina Andree Škop, educational programme manager at Art-Kino Rijeka Barbara Zupčić and actor Frano Mašković) and one non-professional (consisting of selected children), handed out the awards in the KinoKino section, dedicated to children’s films. According to the main jury, the best movie in the category was H Is for Happiness by Australian helmer John Sheedy, while the Dutch film Jackie and Oopjen, directed by Annemarie van de Mond, was awarded a Special Mention. The children’s jury singled out the Austrian film Oskar & Lili, Where Nobody Knows Us by Arash T Riaki. Finally, the winner of the Industry Youth! Pitching Forum was the short-film project Gift by Isidora Radić from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo.
Here is the full list of the award winners:
Golden Pram for Best International Short Film
Dustin - Naïla Guiguet (France)
Between You and Milagros – Mariane Saffon (Colombia/USA)
Golden Pram in the Checkers Programme
Forest – Sara Grgurić (Croatia)
I’m Not Telling You Anything, Just Sayin’ - Sanja Milardović (Croatia)
Jury Prize – Best Children’s Film
H Is for Happiness – John Sheedy (Australia)
Jackie and Oopjen – Annemarie van de Mond (Netherlands)
Children’s Jury Prize
Oskar & Lili, Where Nobody Knows Us – Arash T Riahi (Austria)
Industy Youth! Section
Gift – Isidora Ratković (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
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