Cinema City Finale and Awards

Cinema City International Film Festival closes today at 20:30h at Arena Cineplex. At the closing ceremony the Festival will present its awards. The past eight days marked over 150 films and 60 premieres within 14 selections. Screenings at Katolicka porta and the Danube park were fully packed, we are happy to say: as usual, and we also had great attendance of additional programmes at Arena Cineplex and the Cultural Centre of Novi Sad. Novelty selections, 360°, Nobarcode and Hungry Days were a big hit with the audience, alongside their favorites – Planet Rock, Focus: Austria and Pedja’s Film Collection. The very opening at the Fortress was attended by no less than 10.000 people, and over 80.000 visitors attended the Festival! Within CineYouth platform we presented some of the young talented authors who are the future of modern Serbian film and whose achievements you were able to see at this year’s Festival. Cinema City will continue to develop this platform in the years to come, focusing its attention on young authors.


At the closing ceremony, on Saturday at 20:30h, Arena Cineplex, within competition selections, we will present the following awards:

National Class

The jury for the National Class competition selection:

1. Šarūnas Bartas, head of the jury

2. Beki Probst

3. Eva Hubert

4. Jan Cvitkovič

5. Philippe Azoury

After careful consideration of the entire film programme unanimously decided to award the following features:

1. Grand Prix - IBIS statuette and a 4,000.00 dollars award for the best feature within the National Class competition selection goes to "TILVA ROS"

Explication: Mostly due to the fact that is sounds as the world that surrounds it.

2. Best Direction - IBIS statuette and a 1,000.00 dollars award for best directing goes to the director of the “White, White World”, Oleg Novković.

Explication: It offers emotionally the richest film accomplishment within this selection.

3. Best Screenplay - IBIS statuette and a 1,000.00 dollars award for the best scrip within the National Class competition selection goes to Nikola Ležaić, screenwriter for "Tilva Ros".

Explication: His story creates an impression of surfing between improvisation and construction.

4. Best Lead Actor - IBIS statuette and a 1,000.00 dollars award for the best lead actor within the National Class competition selection goes to Nikola Rakočević for his involvement in “Skinning”.

Explication: Noting that we enjoyed this young actor’s achievement in “Skinning” but also his role in “October”, we decided to present him with this award for a truly powerful and sincere performance.

5. Best Lead Actress - IBIS statuette and a 1,000.00 dollars award for the best female lead within the National Class competition selection goes to Jasna Đuričić for her contribution in “White, White World”.

Explication: For her minimalistic and powerful interpretation of the character.

6. Best photography - IBIS statuette and a 500.00 dollars award for the best photography within the National Class competition selection goes to DuŠan Joksimović for “The Enemy”.

Explication: For a photography that is both discrete, phantasmagoric and tense.

7. Best editing - IBIS statuette and a 500.00 dollars award for best editing within the National Class competition selection goes to Aleksandra Milovanović for “Cinema Komunisto”.

Explication: Because she managed to find a structure in an abundance of shots and keep that which makes a bridge over the gap between the past and the present..

8. Best original score - IBIS statuette and a 500.00 dollar award for the best original score within the National Class competition selection gores to Boris Kovač for “White White World”.

Explication: For the music of such exquisite emotion, so naturally integrated into the script.

9. Best scenography - IBIS statuette and a 500.00 dollars award for the best scenography within the National Class competition selection goes to “The Enemy”.

Explication: A powerful visual production puts you directly into the belly of the story, making you feel like a part of it.

10. Best costume - IBIS statuette and a 500,00 dollars award for best costume within the National Class competition selection goes to Lana Pavlović for “The Enemy”.

Explication: For a subtle and ironic play with confusion.

11. A special award is presented to “October”.

Explication: For its numerous qualities, this joint venture is, in our opinion, a promising film. We expect to hear from you in a nearby future.

Exit Point

The jury for the competition selection Exit Point is:

1. Dorota Kedzierzawska, head of the jury

2. Sergey Lavrentiev

3. Igor Sterk

4. Ana Maria Rossi

5. Visar Vishka

After careful consideration of the entire Exit Point film programme unanimously decided to award the following features:

1. Best film - IBIS statuette and a 2,000 dollars award for the best feature within Exit Point competition selection goes to “Kawasaki’s Rose”.

Explication: For an intelligent and touching story on moral and social changes in a post-communist world, which crushed our lives.

2. Best Direction - IBIS statuette for the best direction within Exit Point competition selection goes to Bogdan George Apetri for “Outbound”.

Explication: For a powerful debut of a young director.

3. Best Lead Actor - IBIS statuette within Exit Point competition selection goes to Brian Brown for his performance in “Limbo”.

Explication: His character shows us why the best in the classic English acting made an intergral part of the modern art.

4. Best Lead Actress - IBIS statuette for the best lead actress within Exit Point competition selection goes to Ana Ularu for her accomplishment in “Outbound”.

Explication: For one of the most powerful European female leads of the last year.

5. Special award – for a charming artistic accomplishment, goes to “Cerro Bayo”.

Explication: The film shows a unique story on an eternal conflict of good and evil.

Up to 10.000 Bucks

The jury for the competition selection Up to 10.000 bucks Cinema City are:

1. Damir Todorović

2. Vladimir Paskaljević

3. Nikola Ljuca

After careful reviewing all the films screened within Up to 10.000 bucks selection, the jury decided to award the following films:

1. Best film - IBIS statuette and a 2,000.00 $ for the best film within Up to 10.000 bucks competition selection goes to "March 9th” directed by Irena Škorić for her contribution in improving the language of film.

Explication: “March 9th” made a maximum impact with the least amount of resources.

The jury will also award three plaques of equal importance:

2. Plaque – A special recognition for the best acting performance within Up to 10,000 bucks competition selection goes to Višnja Obradović for “Golden League”.

Explication: With her distinctive and true acting expression Višnja Obradović gave this film a new dimension.

3. Plaque – A special recognition for socially significant documentary within Up to 10.000 bucks competition selection goes to " Trials, Tribulations & Sustainable Growth of a Cock" directed by Vladimir Perović

Explication: Using traditional film language, this documentary shows the back side of tradition.

4. Plaque - A special recognition for a funny and provocative documentary within Up to 10.000 bucks competition selection goes to "Reality, fuck off" directed by Nemanja Vojinović

Explication: Using contrast images this film poses a question about a relationship between loneliness and mass-media.

Audience award

For the best film within Cinema City award, the audience chose Mila Turajlic’s "Cinema Komunisto".

FIPRESCI jury award

The jury of FIPRESCI are: Boris Gigov, Aleksandar S. Janković and Milan D. Špiček

For the best feature within Exit Point, the jury awarded Stephen Frears’ "Tamara Drewe".

Explication: Stephen Frears brought us a provocative but still highly amiable film on woman trials and dilemmas in a world of rugged men. Excellent cast, clear narrative, comic reliefs and heavy melodrama. So British.

For the best film within National Class, the jury awarded Miša Radivojević’s “How I Was Stolen by the Germans”.

Miša Radivojević’s latest feature is his definite magnum opus, but also an intimate coming-of-age story, a story of the wrong choices and ideological sideways. It is a triumph in sense of actin and production, with a splendid music score.

Decision of FEDEORA jury

FEDEORA jury are: Blagoje Kunovski, Alison Frank and Tonči Valentić,

Within National Class selection, the award goes to Dejan Zečević for “The Enemy”.

Within Balkan Box selection the award goes to Milch Manchevski for "Mothers”.

Decision of the Serbian branch of FIPRESCI

For a stunningly convincing and unsettling portrayal of an apocalyptic near future, which is already becoming our (unwanted) present, made in the best manner of a great anti-utopian SF film tradition, the jury of the Serbian branch of FIPRESCI awards Croatian feature “The Show Must Go On”, by Nevi Marasović. Successfully combining documentary and feature elements of the omnipresent reality show programs, on the path of the looming destruction of life on Earth, inspired by Orwellian dark vision, Marasovic deftly connects all film elements into a coherent and convincing ensemble. That is why actual participants of the last programme of that kind ever aired, will, through a multiple game of irony, become messengers of the new dawn of mankind.

A Special mention of the Serbian branch of FIPRESCI goes to BiH for “The Abandoned” by Adis Bakrač. For a brave, innovative, and at the same time intimate approach to a painful, often overseen subject of rape in the last war on Balkan, and its traumatic consequences fifteen years later.