Balkancinema was the big winner at this year's Warsaw International FilmFest (Oct7-16) taking home three of the top prizes.
TheInternational Jury headed by Polish-born UK director Pawel Pawlikowski gave theNescafe Grand Prix for Best Film in the 'New Films, New Directors'international competition to Croatian filmmaker Ognjen Svilicic's comic drama SorryFor Kung Fu (Oprosti Za Kung Fu), while Warsaw's first ever FIPRESCI Jurygave their International Critics Prize to Sarajevo-born Srdjan Koljevic's roadmovie Red Coloured Grey Truck (Sivi Kamion Crvene Boje).
Theinternational buyers and festival programmers participating in the firstCentEast Warsaw Screenings voted for San Sebastian winner Gravehopping(Odgrobadogroba) by Slovenia's Jan Cvitkovic as the best film among the 20 Centraland East European titles showcased at the new event.
Meanwhile,the International Jury chose Danish first-time filmmaker Jacob Thuesen's Accused(Anklaget) as the winner of the Cinemax Award for Best Screenplay, while theCentEast delegates voted for two productions by women filmmakers - I Am(Jestem)by Dorota Kedzierzawska and It's Me Now (Teraz Ja) by Anna Jadowska- to share the honour of Best Polish Film at the Screenings.
TheCentEast - Warsaw Screenings was attended by such international industryfigures as Jerome Paillard of Cannes' Marche du Film, Sonja Heinen of theBerlinale Co-Production Market, CineMart's Bianca Taal as well as producers,distributors and festival programmers from Central and Eastern Europe.
Thelist of international guests at this year's edition of the FilmFest includedWim Wenders, Sir Alan Parker, Bent Hamer, Paul Cox, and screenwriting guru SydField.