The Jury of Golden Rhyton 2019 Bulgarian Documentary and Animated Film Festival
Presided over by Svetoslav Stoyanov, director/producer;
Members: Angel Gescheff, artist; Velislava Gospodinova, animator/director; Maria Averina, director and Prof. Nadezhda Marinchevska, film critic
Gave awards as follows:
Special Mention to the documentary Rock’n’Roll, writer/dir. Borislav Kolev, production: Projector – Maria Landova
For the artistic and professional delving into rock music as a motor of the rebellious mindset of the young generation in the transitional period;
Special Mention to the documentary Theo’s Formula, dir. Nikolay Vasilev, production: Screening Emotions – Poli Angelova, Nikolay Todorov
For showing the bright mind and talent of a Bulgarian teacher, who has succeeded regardless of the system in eliciting the potential of Bulgarian intellect at the international level;
Special Mention to the animated film Happiness, dir. Dimitar Dimitrov, production: Metamorfoza-N
For the artistic metamorphoses and the noir aesthetics;
Plovdiv Municipality Animated Film Award goes to Viola, writer/dir. Sotir Gelev, production: Four Hands Ltd. – Penko Gelev, Sotir Gelev
For the philosophical reading of a parable of love and freedom of choice and for the created fairylike atmosphere;
Plovdiv Municipality Documentary Award goes to What Colour Is This World, dir. Ralitza Dimitrova, production: B Plus Film Ltd – Plamen Gerasimov
For the skilful visualisation of the existential poetic world of Danila Stoyanova;
Best Animation Debut goes to The Last Day, dir. Dalibor Rajninger, production: Compote Collective Ltd – Vessela Dantcheva
For the recreated poetic world of a lonely man;
Best Documentary Debut Award goes to An Icarus from Kocherinovo, writer/dir. Emil Spahiyski, production: Contrast Films – Katya Trichkova
For the authentic and delicate view of the world of a daydreamer and his tough life;
Cartoon Designer Award goes to Pencho Kunchev for his Roses in the Night, production: Nu Boyana Film – Yariv Lerner
For the powerful impressionistic language of the metamorphosis erotically blending human body with nature;
Best Documentary Director goes to Boya Harizanova for her A Feeling of Revulsion, production: Incoms Project Ltd – Plamen Yordanov
For skilfully running the gamut of a variety of documentary filmmaking devices;
Jury Honourable Mention for Animated Film goes to Paper Kite, production: Koulev Film Production – Anri Koulev, dir. Assia Kovanova, writer Hristo Ganev
For the neat narrative and the poetic imagery of the film;
Jury Honourable Mention for Documentary goes to Kalin and the Jail Team, production: Isograph – Glina Shtarbeva, Soul Food – Andrea Stanoeva, dir. Petko Gyulchev, writer Tonislav Hristov
For the accomplished cinematic narrative of the mission of an unconventional person breaking through social conventions and views;
Golden Rhyton for Best Animated Film goes to A Tree of Iron, production: TF & P, writer Slav Bacalov, dir. Andrey Tsvetkov
For the philosophical rethinking of the flight of the spirit, the power of empathy, and the vivid graphic expressiveness;
Golden Rhyton for Best Documentary goes to Pawn Sacrifice, production: ProFilm – Assen Vladimirov, writer/dir. Assen Vladimirov
For the masterly multilayered narrative of the fates of man and nations, swept by the historical whirlwind of the age.
The following awards were also presented:
The Documentary Award of Academica 21 Association of the Academic Screen Arts Lecturers goes to Stories about Birds, People and Other Miracles, dir. Lubomir Halatchev, production: Kadiak Film – Lubomir Halatchev
A unique analysis achieving its goal: the spectator fathoms as to why writer Yordan Radichkov’s words are unforgettable.
The Animated Film Award of Academica 21 Association of the Academic Screen Arts Lecturers goes to No Comment, writer/dir. Viara Doneva, production: Nagual – Nastimir Tzatchev
For upholding the Bulgarian tradition in parabolic animation.
The Bulgarian National Film Archive Award goes to the documentary Pawn Sacrifice, dir. Assen Vladimirov
Received by Assen Vladimirov; given by Rosen Spasov, Bulgarian National Film Archive’s representative.
The Award of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers (UBF) goes to the documentary Pawn Sacrifice, dir. Assen Vladimirov
Received by Assen Vladimirov; given by Milko Lazarov, President of UBF/Genoveva Dimitrova, film critic, member of the Board of UBF.
The Documentary Critics Guild Award, UBF goes to Kalin and the Jail Team, dir. Petko Gyulchev
Received by Petko Gyulchev, given by Ludmila Dyakova, Editor-in-chief, Kino magazine, President of the Critics Guild.
The Animated Film Critics Guild Award, UBF goes to Roses in the Night, dir. Pencho Kunchev
Received by Pencho Kunchev, given by Ludmila Dyakova, Editor-in-chief, Kino magazine, President of the Critics Guild.