And the winners are…
FOR MADMEN ONLY by Pawel Maslona wins Best Film / Altogether Ten Awards go to Young Filmmakers
The best up-and-coming directors from around the world came to Munich for the 30th time to present their work. The many prizes are being awarded on Saturday night (November 20) in the Gloria-Palast. FOR MADMEN ONLY by Pawel Maslona received the VFF Young Talent Award for best film. The award is presented by the German Film & TV producers' royalty co. (VFF) and includes € 7500.
"For the second consecutive year the main prize of the festival has gone to Poland" remarked festival organizer Andreas Ströhl. "At the moment they are making very sophisticated films that have their own distinct style." Last year, Magnus von Horn from the Film Academy in Lódz won the best film award for his film ECHO.
This year's winner is from the film school in Katowice. His tragi-comedy deals with a middle-aged couple who live a perfectly organized life and yet it is hell on earth. The international jury headed by Georgian director Dito Tsintsadze (Gun-Shy, The Man from the Embassy) described it as a film with "extraordinary cinematic precision, balanced by subtle and nuanced performances."
Ten awards totaling over € 51,500 were presented in a ceremony with 400 invited guests. Two of the young filmmakers, Janaína Marques Ribeiro from Cuba, and Boris Kunz from Munich had double luck. The Cuban film student's LOS MINUTOS, LAS HORAS won both the Best Screenplay award and the Special Prize of the Jury President. Daniel's Ashes by Boris Kunz (HFF/M) won the Prix Interculturel as well as the Panther Prize for Best German Production.
Films from German film schools were quite successful. The Arte Short Film Award went to Ludwigsburg, the ARRI Award for Best Documentary to Cologne, and the prize for Best Cinematography to Potsdam-Babelsberg. And this year's König Ludwig Trophy went to a German commercial.
All week long the festival screened altogether 44 short films from 26 countries in competition. Many movie fans used the opportunity to check out new trends in young filmmaking from around the world. Many of the screenings in Munich's Filmmuseum were totally sold out. "And quite rightly so, because 2010 was really a good year for impressive films", added Andreas Ströhl. "We'll be hearing and seeing a lot more from these directors in the future."