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Prague Independent Film Festival (PIFF) is an international film festival held annually in August in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. The festival focuses on independent cinema.

Prague Independent Film Festival
Lazar Ristovski at the Prague Independent Film Festival (2).jpg
LocationPrague, Czech Republic
Websiteprague-film-festival.com

HistoryEdit

2016Edit

Prague Independent Film Festival was held for the first time on 15–18 August 2016 in the cinemas Kino Evald, Kino Atlas and Kino Lucerna. The festival program consisted of 33 films. Opening film of the festival was Rocco has Your Name by Angelo Orlando. Angelo Orlando won the Best Screenplay award and the leading actor Michele Venitucci won the Best Actor award.

Grand Prix of the festival – The Golden Eagle – was awarded to the Bulgarian drama film Sinking of Sozopol by Kostadin Bonev.[1][2][3][4]

Shamim Sarif received the Best Feature Film award for her espionage drama Despite the Falling Snow based on the best selling eponymous novel written by herself.[5][6] Rebecca Ferguson was awarded Best Actress and Anthony Head received the Best Supporting Actor award.[7][8][9]

Best Animated Film was awarded to The Snow Queen 2 from the Russian animation company Wizart Animation.[10][11][12][13] The film was written and directed by Aleksey Tsitsilin and produced by Timur Bekmambetov.

Best Short Film award was given to the short film Cora made by Kevin Maxwell, a student of Santa Monica College who was supervised by Salvador Carrasco.[14]

2017Edit

Opening film of the festival was Collector by Alexei Krasovsky. Alexei Krasovsky won the Best Director, Gustav Meyrink Prize and Konstantin Khabensky won the Best Actor award.[15][16][17]

The film Maya Dardel, written and directed by Magdalena Zyzak and Zachary Cotler won the Best Screenplay award and Lena Olin received the Best Actress award.[16][18]

Train Driver's Diary directed by Milos Radovic received the Grand Prix, Best Feature Film and Lazar Ristovski received the Best Actor prize.[19][20][21]

GalleryEdit

WinnersEdit

2019Edit

Grand Prix

Gustav Meyrink Prize (Jury Prize)

Best Feature Film

  • M — Directed by Anna Eriksson

Best Director

  • Kostadin Bonev — Away from the Shore

Best Screenplay

Best Actor

Best Short Film

  • Aji — Anastasia Berezovsky

Best Music Video

Best Student Film

  • Hinge — Directed by Lisa Ann Mayo

Best Art Direction

  • Land of Winter — Directed by Tommy Creagh

Best Documentary

  • To tell a Ghost — Directed by Chris Piotrowicz, Stefan Ehrhardt

Best Cinematography

  • Away from the Shore — Cinematography by Konstantin Zankov

Best Animated Film

  • Burning Bright — Directed by Aaron Bierman

Best Experimental Film

  • We are in a Dream — Directed by Henna Välkky, Eesu Lehtola

2018Edit

Grand Prix

  • Octav — Directed by Serge Ioan Celebidachi[23]

Honorary Award

Best Feature Film

  • Ivanov — Directed by Dimitri Falkovich

Best Director

Best Screenplay

  • I May Regret — Graham Streeter

Best Actor

Best Short Film

  • Mr. Goody — Jason MacDonald

Best Music Video

Best Art Direction

Best Documentary

Best Cinematography

  • Ivanov — Cinematography by Georges Lechaptois

Best Animated Film

  • Moon's Milk — Directed by Ri Crawford

Best Experimental Film

  • It Grows Dark — Directed by Benjamin Capps

2017Edit

Grand Prix

Best Feature Film

  • Train Driver's Diary – Directed by Milos Radovic

Best Director

Best Screenplay

Best Cinematography

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Short Film

  • The Light Thief – Eva Daoud

Best Experimental Film

  • Time – Retrograde — Directed by David Ellis

Best Art Direction

  • Ghosts on the Road to Camalt – Directed by Jason Tovey

Best Music Video

Best Student Film

  • Muñecas – Directed by Ozzy Ozuna

Gustav Meyrink Prize (Jury Prize)

  • Collector – Directed by Alexei Krasovsky

2016Edit

Grand Prix

Best Feature Film

Best Director

  • Kostadin Bonev — Sinking of Sozopol

Best Screenplay

Best Cinematography

  • Konstantin Zankov — Sinking of Sozopol

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best Short Film

  • Cora — Directed by Kevin Maxwell

Best Experimental Film

  • NO SIGNAL — Directed by David Ellis

Best Animated Film

Best Comedy Film

  • Seth — Directed by Zach Lasry

Best Horror Film

  • Woods — Directed by Sean van Leijenhorst

Best Art Direction

  • Forgiveness — Directed by Rima Irani

Best Special Effects

  • Forgiveness — Directed by Rima Irani

Best Music Score

  • Green Lake — Directed by Derek Frey

Best Music Video

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ ""Потъването на Созопол" триумфира в Прага (Bulgarian)". standartnews.com. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  3. ^ ""Потъването на Созопол" с три награди в Прага (Bulgarian)". FlashNews (Bulgarian). Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  4. ^ ""The sinking of Sozopol claims three awards at Prague Independent Film Festival, 2016". BNR Radio Bulgaria. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  5. ^ "A trio of awards for Despite The Falling Snow". Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Thrilled to say #DespiteTheFallingSnow just won Best Feature Film at the Prague Independent Film Festival – @shamimsarif Tweet". Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Updates, updates & updates!". Anthony Head – The Official Website. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Anthony Stewart Head on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  9. ^ "PIFF 2016 Winners | PIFF 2017". www.prague-film-festival.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Воронежский мультик "Снежная королева 2" оценили на кинофестивале в Чехии (Russian)". Argumenty i Fakty. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Мультик воронежских аниматоров "Снежная королева 2" взял приз на фестивале в Праге (Russian)". Komsomolskaya Pravda. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
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  13. ^ ""Снежная Королева-2: Перезаморозка" получила приз кинофестиваля в Праге (Russian)". kinobusiness.com. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
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  19. ^ "Dnevniku mašinovođe "Zlatna zvezda" Praga". RTV.
  20. ^ "Pobeda srpskog filma u Pragu: Nagrada i Lazi Ristovskom (VIDEO)". Telegraf.
  21. ^ "Train Driver's Diary wins awards at Prague festival". Tanjug.
  22. ^ "LAULAJA-ELOKUVANTEKIJÄ ANNA ERIKSSON VOITTI M-ELOKUVALLAAN PÄÄPALKINNON PRAHAN INDIEFESTAREILLA" [Singer-filmmaker Anna Eriksson has won the main prize at the Prague Independent Film Festival with her film M]. Episodi.
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  24. ^ "Константина Хабенского отметили в Чехии спецпризом за «Собибор»". KinoBusiness.
  25. ^ "Диана Арбенина и Валерия Гай Германика получили престижную кинопремию". Passion.ru.

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