The Motovun Film Festival has established the new regional Bauer award for the best film in theatrical distribution in the countries of former Yugoslavia.

After two stages of voting process, the nominees are Zvonimir Juric and Goran Devic’s war drama The Blacks, which won awards at festivals in Ljubljana, Belgrade, Linz and Cottbus; Croatia’s Oscar candidate Donkey by Antonio Nuic; and Aleksa Gajic’s Technotise- Edit And I, the first Serbian animated feature film, recently tipped for a Hollywood live-action remake by Legendary Pictures.

The winner will be chosen by the jury consisting of directors Namik Kabil (Bosnia), Branko Baletic (Montenegro), Srdjan Dragojevic (Serbia), Rajko Grlic (Croatia), Isa Qosja (Kosovo) and Darko Mitrevski (Macedonia) and actor Radko Polic (Slovenia) and awarded the Bauer prize worth $6,455 (Euros 5,000), named after Branko Bauer, one of the most important film-makers of the former Yugoslavia.

The festival has also announced international competition which includes Igor Sterk’s 9:06, Michelangelo Framartino’s The Four Times, Danilo Serbedzija’s Seventy-Two Days, Andrew Bujalski’s Beeswax, Sasa Hajdukovic’s 32nd December, Bruno Dumont’s Hadewijch, Damjan Kozole’s Slovenian Girl, Gaspar Noe’s Enter The Void, Mira Fornayova’s Little Foxes, Razvan Radulescu and Melissa de Raaf’s First Of All Felicia, Srdjan Spasojevic’s A Serbian Film, Diego Lerman’s The Invisible Eye, Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel’s Pivellina, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Valhalla Rising, Daniel Vega and Diego Vega’s October, Aleksandar Jankovic’s Flashback, and Radu Muntean’s Tuesday After Christmas.

The 12th Motovun Film Festival runs July 26-30.