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Awards of the 16th Olympia International Film Festival

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Awards of the 16th Olympia International Film Festival for children and Young People (2013)

International Jury Awards

(Jury Members: Céline Ravenel, Andrzej Roman Jasiewicz, Ivana Alpeza, Sam Geuens, Antonis Papadopoulos)

Best Feature Film

Eskil and Trinidad, Stephan Apelgren, Sweden, 98’, 2013

For bringing to the screen a simple and realistic story of a young boy longing for his mother in a separated family by the cruel life on northern boundaries of Sweden. Also for offering romantic and mysterious scenes which bring freshness to the subject and warm up the feeling of the audience.

Best Short Fiction Film

Little Kyota Neon Hood, Satsuki Okawa, Japan, 20΄, 2012

A full of charme short story set against the background of industrial disasters hitting Japan.

Best Animation Film

Father, animation, Ivan Bogdanov, Bulgaria – Croatia – Germany, 16΄30΄΄, 2012

For outstanding presentation of important problems of modern society with excellent stylistic approach.

Best Director

To Bernd Sahling for the direction of the film Upsidedown, Germany, 90’, 2012

For masterly leading young actors through a complex and full of tension drama and bringing universal values to the screen.

Best Script

To Vincent Bal and Jon Gilbert for the Script of the film The Zigzag Kid, Vincent Bal, The Netherlands – Belgium, 95’, 2012

For presenting an exciting story for young audiences, full of twists and surprises.

Best Boy Actor

To Linus Oscarsson for his appearance at the film Eskil and Trinidad, Stephan Apelgren, Sweden, 98’, 2013

For a young non-professional actor who brings star quality to the film.

Best Girl Actor

To Frieda-Anna Lehman for her appearance at the film Upsidedown, Bernd Sahling, Germany, 90’, 2012

For enriching an excellent film with her presence, touching truly professional standards.

Special Prize

Touch of the light, Chang Jung-Chi, Taiwan- Hong Kong, 110’, 2012

For bravely undertaking a difficult subject of disability and presenting it with emotional and subtle way on the screen.

Special Prize

Clara And The Secret Of The Bears, Tobias Ineichen, Switzerland – Germany, 93’, 2012.

For unfolding the story full of mysteries in impressive settings, mountains and valleys of Switzerland.

Special Mention

Counting happiness, Venetia Evripiotou, Greece – India, 12΄18΄΄, 2012

For bravely facing problems of abandoned children in the Subcontinent.

Kids and Docs Jury Awards 2013

(Jury Members: Prokopis Dafnos, Alexandros Lambridis, Florentia Economidou)

Best Documentary

Cuckoos’ children, Inesa Kurklietytė, Lithuania, 25΄, 2013

Second Prize for Best Documentary

Raffael’s way, Alessandro Falco, Italy – Spain, 25΄, 2013

Special Mention

When the boys return, Tone Andersen, Norway, 60΄, 2012

ECFA Award

(Jury Members: Céline Ravenel, Ivana Alpeza, Sam Geuens)

Upsidedown, Bernd Sahling, Germany, 90’, 2012

For a sensitive film about a growing problem of attention deficiency disorder, for a contemporary and unusual approach to a sound design in a children film and the true relationship between main characters, the jury gives the ECFA Award to Upside Down, directed by Bernd Sahling from Germany.

CIFEJ Award

(Jury: Andrzej Roman Jasiewicz)

Irina – The Scarlet Briefcase, Bernard Mazauric, Γαλλία / France, 87’, 2013

For presenting one of the modern tragedies seen through the eyes of children, coming from two different backgrounds and set in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

OKLE Award

The Zigzag Kid, Vincent Bal, The Netherlands – Belgium, 95’, 2012

UNICEF Award

Irina – The Scarlet Briefcase, Bernard Mazauric, France, 87’, 2013

Dear friends of the festival, unfortunately, I couldn’t join you this year at the Festival’s closing ceremony. But I made sure that the Hellenic National Committee for Unicef took part in the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People.

The Committee takes part and awards a feature film with the Unicef Prize in order to demonstrate how the moving image raises public awareness regarding the issues that children and young people face all around the world.

This year, the Unicef Prize goes to a film that shows us the tragic conditions that people experienced right in the heart of Europe. It’s a film that instead of intolerance and fanaticism chooses to promote the values of love and respect. It’s a film of substantial visual merit that serves and promotes some of the most basic children’s rights. As I am sure you all have realised by now, the film that is awarded with the Unicef Prize is:

Irina, and the scarlet briefcase

At this point, I would like to congratulate the film-makers, and I sincerely wish to join you all here next year.

Manos Kontoleon

Children’s Jury Awards

Best Feature Film

Milo, Berend Boorsma and Roel Boorsma, The Netherlands – Ireland, 84’, 2012

Best Short Fiction Film

Nicoleta, Sonia Liza Kentreman, Greece, 19΄, 2013

Best Short Animated Film

Bitseller, Juanma Sánchez Cervantes, Spain, 10΄, 2013

Best Documentary

When the boys return, Tone Andersen, Norway, 60΄, 2012

Second Prize for Best Documentary

Sunflower seeds, Antonis Tolakis, Greece, 32΄, 2013

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