Hungary's Pleasant Days has been awarded the Grand Prix at The Sofia International Film Festival's first ever competitive event.
The seventh edition of the Bulgarian Film Festival had a total of 12 films were competing for the prizes awarded by a five member jury including Bulgarian actress Ani Valchanova, Croation director Dalibor Matanic, Czech director Petr Zelenka, Serbian director Radivoje Andric and founder and director of the Umea International Film Festival Thom Palmen.
The Grand Prix of Stella Artois was awarded to the Hungarian entry, Kornel Mundruczo's drama Pleasant Days, the award included a diploma and a purse of Euros 5,000.
The jury awarded the Best Director prize to young Slovenian filmmaker Hanna A. W. Slak for Blind Spot, an intimate drama about outcasts. The jury also awarded the Jameson Short Film Award to Bulgarian Ivan Rusev's animation Yellow - out of the twelve films in competition.
The festival's FIPRESCI jury awarded its prize to Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's Occident and gave a special mention to to Deyan Donkov, Ivan Radoev and Valeri Yordanov for their performance in Emigrants.
Awards of the 7th Sofia International Film Festival
Grand Prix of Stella Artois - Kornel Mundruczo: Pleasant Days (Hungary)
Best Director Award - Hanna A. W. Slak: Blind Spot (Slovenia)
Jameson Short Film Award for Best Bulgarian Short Film - Ivan Rusev: Yellow
Kodak Award for Best Bulgarian Feature Film - Krasimir Krumov: Under The Same Sky
Viewer's Choice for Best Bulgarian Film - Ivailo Hristov and Ljudmil Todorov: Emigrants
Viewer's Choice for Best Film - Pedro Almodovar: Talk To Her (Spain)
FIPRESCI Award - Cristian Mungiu: Occident (Romania)
FIPRESCI Special Mention - Deyan Donkov, Ivan Radoev and Valeri Yordanov for Emigrants (Bulgaria)