Meda Or The Not So Bright Side Of Things takes best director and best actor.

Scary Mother Sarajevo

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Ana Urushadze’s Gerogia-Estonia drama Scary Mother has won the top prize at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival, which concludes today (Aug 18).

The film took the Heart of Sarajevo for best feature film, which comes with a financial award of €16,000. It stars Nata Murvanidze as a 50-year-old housewife who experiences family struggles as she tries to complete her first novel.

The main competition saw Romanian director Emanuel Pârvu take the Heart of Sarajevo for best director for his film Meda Or The Not So Bright Side Of Things, which comes with €10,000.

Best actress went to Ornela Kapetani for Daybreak and best actor went to Şerban Pavlu for Meda Or The Not So Bright Side Of Things.

The jury, led by Michel Franco and featuring Mark Adams, Gordan Bogdan, Fatma Al Remaihi and Melisa Sozen, also gave a special mention to Stephan Komandarev’s Directions.

In the CineLink awards, Damjan Kozole’s Slovenian feature Half-Sister won the Eurimages Coproduction Development Award, which comes with €20,000, while Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska’s Honeyland took the top prize of the work in progress strand, the TRT Award, which comes with €30,000.

You can see the full list of winners below.

Competition programme – feature film

Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Feature Film
Scary Mother (Georgia, Estonia)
Director: Ana Urushadze
Producer: Lasha Khalvashi

Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Director
Emanuel Pârvu (Romania)
Meda Or The Not So Bright Side Of Things

Special Jury Mention
Directions (Bulgaria, Germany, Macedonia)
Director: Stephan Komandarev

Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Actress
Ornela Kapetani, Daybreak

Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Actor
Şerban Pavlu, Meda Or The Not So Bright Side Of Things


Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Student Film
Clean (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Director: Neven Samardžić

Special Jury Mention
Ljubljana - München 15:27 (Slovenia)
Director: Katarina Morano


Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Documentary Film
City Of The Sun (Georgia, USA, Qatar, Netherlands)
Director: Rati Oneli

Special Jury Prize For Competition Programme Documentary Film
Kinders (Austria)
Directors: Arash T. Riahi, Arman T. Riahi

Special Jury Mention
Home (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Director: Zdenko Jurilj

Human Rights Award
Mr. Gay Syria (Turkey, France, Germany)
Director: Ayse Toprak

Honorary Heart Of Sarajevo
John Cleese, Actor
Oliver Stone, Director


Heart Of Sarajevo For Best Short Film
Into The Blue (Croatia, Slovenia)
Director: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović

Special Jury Mention
SOA (Montenegro)
Director: Dušan Kasalica

Special Jury Mention
Copa (Greece)
Director: Christos Massalas



Eurimages Coproduction Development Award
Half-Sister (Slovenia)
Director: Damjan Kozole
Writers: Damjan Kozole, Urša Menart
Producer: Danijel Hočevar
Production company: Vertigo

Macedonian Film Agency Cinelink Award
Holy Emy (Greece)
Director: Araceli Lemos
Writers: Araceli Lemos, Gulia Caruso
Producers: Elina Psykou, Giulia Caruso, Konstantinos Vassilaros
Production company: StudioBauhaus

Arte International Relations Cinelink Award
Cat In The Wall (Bulgaria)
Directors: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Writer: Mina Mileva
Producers: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Production company: Activist38

Special Mention
The Great Tram Robbery (Serbia)
Director: Slobodan Šijan
Writers: Slobodan Šijan, Biljana Maksić, Vladimir Mančić
Producer: Marko Paljić
Production company: Gargantua Films

Mdm Eave Scholarship
Konstantinos Vassilaros, Holy Emy


Trt Award
Honeyland (Macedonia)
Directors: Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska
Producers: Ljubo Stefanov, Atanas Georgiev
Production company: Apollo Media, Trice Films

Post Republic Award
The Day After I’m Gone (Israel)
Director: Nimrod Eldar
Producer: Eitan Mansuri
Production company: Spiro Films Ltd

Restart Award
What Comes Around (Lebanon / Egypt / Qatar)
Director: Reem Saleh
Producers: Reem Saleh, Konstantina Stavrianou
Production company: Mazameer Productions


Film Center Serbia Cinelink Drama Award

All Panthers Are Pink (Germany, Serbia)
Creators: Titus Kreyenberg, Miroslav Mogorović
Writer: Dimitrije Vojnov
Director: TBC
Producers: Titus Kreyenberg, Miroslav Mogorović
Production company: Unafilm, Art & Popcorn

Special Mention
Glycerin (Serbia)
Creators: Ivan Knežević, Miloš Pušić
Writers: Ivan Knežević, Miloš Pušić
Director: Miloš Pušić
Producers: Ivan Knežević, Miloš Pušić
Production company: Altertise