Archive Competition programme "New Europe - New names" 2016

This year, the jury for the competition programme New Europe – New Names chose two Best Film winners – “I, Olga Hepnarova” (Czech Republic), directed by Petr Kazda and Tomáš Weinreb, and “Thirst” (Bulgaria), directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova. This programme aims to discover and appreciate debuting directors from Central and Eastern Europe.

I, Olga Hepnarova
2016 / Czech Republic, Poland, France, Slovakia / dir. Petr Kazda, Tomáš Weinreb
Já, Olga Hepnarová
2015 / Bulgaria / dir. Svetla Tsotsorkova

Agnieszka Smoczyńska from Poland won the Best Director award for her film “The Lure”. Bulgarian Monika Naydenova from “Thirst” was named the Best Actress in this competition programme. This was the young actress’s first role.

Uliks Fehmiu from Serbia received the Best Actor award for his performance in “Our Everyday Life”.

The films that competed in the New Europe – New Names programme were also judged by the International Confederation of Art Cinemas CICAE jury. They awarded the Serbian film “A Good Wife”, directed by Mirjana Karanović.

Jury members

Andrey Plakhov
Film critic and cinema historian
Gust Van den Berghe
Director, screenwriter
Javier Garcia Puerto
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival selection committee member, director of REC International Film Festival of Tarragona
Jin Park
South Korea
Busan IFF programmer, film critic, lecturer of Korean cinema history
Pamela Biénzobas
Film critic, journalist

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