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GRAND PRIX OF STELLA ARTOIS
BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
KODAK AWARD FOR BEST BULGARIAN FEATURE FILM
JAMESON SHORT FILM AWARD FOR BEST BULGARIAN SHORT FILM
VIEWER`S CHOICE FOR BEST FILM AT THE 7th SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VIEWER`S CHOICE FOR BEST BULGARIAN FILM
FIPRESCI Special Mention
FIPRESCI AWARD
AWARD OF THE ASSOCIATION OF BULGARIAN FILM AND TV CINEMATOGRAPHERS
GRAND PRIX OF STELLA ARTOIS

For best film in the international competition (diploma and a prize of 5,000 Euro)

goes to the film PLEASANT DAYS/SZEP NAPOK, directed by Kornel Mundruczo (Hungary, 2002)
The award was presented by Brent Willis (President Marketing, INTERBRU) and was given by a member of the International Jury of Sofia International Film Festival.

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BEST DIRECTOR AWARD

(diploma and a prize of 1,000 Euro, provided by Damianitza)

was given to the director HANNA A.W. SLAK for BLIND SPOT/SLEPA PEGA (Slovenia, 2002)
The award was given to Hanna A. W. Slak by a member of the International Jury.

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KODAK AWARD FOR BEST BULGARIAN FEATURE FILM

(certificate, trophy and KODAK film stock valued at 3,000 USD)

UNDER THE SAME SKY/POD EDNO NEBE, directed by Krasimir Krumov, camera: Emil Hristov(Bulgaria, 2003)
The KODAK award was presented to the director and the cinematographer of the film.
The award was given by Janet Anderson, the General Marketing Manager for Europe, Africa and the Near East in KODAK.

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JAMESON SHORT FILM AWARD FOR BEST BULGARIAN SHORT FILM

(a trophy and a prize of 6,000 Euro, provided by JAMESON and the European Coordination of Film Festivals)

YELLOW, directed by Ivan Rusev (Bulgaria, 2001)
The award was presented by Aisling Ward (Irish Distillers) and Charley Gosling (European Coordination of Film Festivals) and was given by Patrick McGrath (writer and scriptwriter, UK)

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VIEWER`S CHOICE FOR BEST FILM AT THE 7th SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

(certificate and prize of 1,000 Euro, provided by United Bulgarian Bank)

TALK TO HER/HABLE CON ELLA, directed by Pedro Almodovar (Spain, 2002)
Ljudmil Karavasilev (UBB) gave the award to Carlo d'Ursi (assistant producer at the company of Pedro Almodovar).
There were also 4 awards for people from the audience, provided by UBB.

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VIEWER`S CHOICE FOR BEST BULGARIAN FILM

(diploma and a free ticket to any European destination for the director of the film, provided by Swiss International Air Lines)

EMIGRANTS/EMIGRANTI, directed by Ivailo Hristov and Ljudmil Todorov (Bulgaria, 2002)
The award was given by Silvia Todorova (Swiss International Airlines). She also gave one free ticket to any European destination for one of the audience that vote for the winning Bulgarian feature.

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FIPRESCI Special Mention

The FIPRESCI jury at the 7th Sofia International Film Festival include:
Nikolaj Nikitin (Germany), Schnitt, programmer for films from East Europe for Berlinale
Blanka Elekes Szentagotai (Hungary), Screen International
Iskra Dimitrova (Bulgaria), film critic, Film magazine


The special mention was awarded to DEJAN DONKOV, IVAN RADOEV and VALERI IORDANOV
"For their gripping leading performance in EMIGRANTS/EMIGRANTI(Bulgaria, 2002), directed by Ivailo Hristov and Ljudmil Todorov."

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FIPRESCI AWARD

The FIPRESCI jury at the 7th Sofia International Film Festival include:
Nikolaj Nikitin (Germany), Schnitt, programmer for films from East Europe for Berlinale
Blanka Elekes Szentagotai (Hungary), Screen International
Iskra Dimitrova (Bulgaria), film critic, Film magazine


The FIPRESCI award was given to Christian Mungiu's feature debut OCCIDENT (Romania, 2002)"For the sensitive portrait of the difficulties, illusions and joys faced by the young generation in postcommunist Romania that provokes response with a wide international audience."

THE FOLLOWING TITLES WERE SELECTED BY THE JURY:
GRAZIA'S ISLAND/RESPIRO (Italy-France)
OCCIDENT (Romania)
THE KITE/ZMEJ (Russia)
THE LAST GREAT WILDERNESS (UK)
PLEASANT DAYS/SZEP NAPOK (Hungary)
WOMEN'S PRISON/ZANDAN-E ZANAN (Iran)
BLIND SPOT/SLEPA PEGA (Slovenia)
LAST BALL (USA)
EMIGRANTS/EMIGRANTI (Bulgaria)
REMAKE (Bosnia-Herzegovina-France-Turkey)
WARMING UP YESTERDAY'S LUNCH/PODGRIAVANE NA VCHERASHNIA OBIAD
(Bulgaria-Macedonia)
JAGODA IN THE SUPERMARKET/JAGODA U SUPERMARKETU (Yugoslavia)

FIPRESCI (La Federation Internationale de la Presse Cinematographique) is an international nongovernmental organisation of film critics and jornalists. In its 70- year history, FIPRESCI has consolidated its position as an exeptionally authorative professional organisation, which has a very strong influence on the modern international cinematic process. Founded de facto in 1925 by French and Belgian journalists and officialy registered on June 6, 1930, FIPRESCI now has 47 member countries with national associations and 21 individual members. FIPRESCI participates annually in international juries at about 50 film festivals worldwide and selects its own highly prestigious "International Critic's Award". Additionally, the members of FIPRESCI annualy vote for the "Film of the Year", which is announced officially at the festival in San Sebastian, Spain, each September. The Sofia International Film Festival is the first festival in Bulgaria, at which a FIPRESCI award will be presented, since '80s.

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AWARD OF THE ASSOCIATION OF BULGARIAN FILM AND TV CINEMATOGRAPHERS

for best cinematography in a Bulgarian feature film chosen by the festival directors and the representatives of the international press

IVAN TONEV for RHAPSODY IN WHITE/RAPSODIA V BIALO (Bulgaria, 2002)
The diplom was given by Georgi Nikolov (Head of the Association of Bulgarian Cinematographers) together with Claire Clouzot (Artistic Director at Cannes Film Festival, Critic's Week).

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