AWARDED FILMS 2019

Of the 586 films submitted to this year’s festival, Festival selector Marijana Canak selected 79 films.

The expert judge panel made the final call about the film selection.

This year, the judges were Seize the Film Novi Sad representatives – film director Zoran Cvetković and psychologist Tatjana Stojšić Petković, Seize the Film Croatia Director Denis Pilepić representing the festival in Rijeka, and Milica Galić, HO Partner activist and representative of Seize the Film Banjaluka.

Denis Pilepić (Rijeka) spoke of this year’s film selection on behalf of the expert judge panel: „I can say without exaggerating that the majority of films submitted deserved to be screened this year, and I extend my compliments to all the films that almost made the cut, and invite them to return next year. It was equally challenging, if not more so, to discuss award recipients. It was the details and subjective perceptions that made the call, because in all honesty, at least 20 films were deserving of an award. Still,we somehow managed to make a decision that was balanced and that the entire judge panel agreed with.   I stress again that it was in the details, that we are proud and honored to have received such quality material and that we are a part of this powerful festival.“

39 films from 18 countries has been screened at the Novi Sad Cultural Center from the 26th until the 29th of September and the AWARDED FILMS ARE:

BEST FILM: INDIMENTICABILE    Italy By Gianluca Santoni

This film met all the film criteria. And it certainly touches on most of the issues that this year’s festival seeks to address. At the same time provoking, questioning

BEST DIRECTORY:  LAS OTRAS CAMAS     Spain By Jonay García

An intriguing film that can be viewed and understood in many ways. After that, there remains that “moment to think” factor and an “open mouth”. This film provokes and questions.

BEST SCENARIO: WIKI    Poland By Veronica Andersson

This film really has all the elements and overall is great. Here we see the denial of a woman by a distorted society, a family … the right to love, sexuality, in a word, to life.  Well done.

FILM THAT CHANGES THE PERSPECTIVE: SIMONE’S REAL-LIFE FAIRYTALE   France  By L. Dervieux, M. Charden

Wit, conviction and simplicity embellish this short film, and as it is   obviously part of the  series, praise goes to  another film we  received.

MOST EMOTIONAL FILMS

GAMBA TRISTA    Italy by Francesco Filippi  And

IAN, UNA HISTORIA QUE NOS MOVILIZARÁ  Arg   By Abel Goldfarb

Both are somehow beautiful, upbeat and evocative. We wanted to highlight both. Life is just one for all in all dimensions…

Best films are rewarded with plaque and directly are placed at Festival Uhvati film Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovna), Uhvati film Rijeka (Croatia) and Uhvati film Kotor (Montenegro).
Also, best films will be shown in Festival of European documentary and independent film “Euro-In”, which is held in December in Novi Sad and will be part of the „Seize the film Film caravan/ Seize the film, not prejudice “ – film screenings in cities in Serbia and Croatia, and as part of post production.