Miracle wins the Warsaw Film Festival Grand Prize

– “For me this has been a dream come true edition,” said Stefan Laudyn, director of the Polish rally

Miracle by Bogdan George Apetri

The 37e The Warsaw Film Festival (8-17 October) came to a successful end on Sunday, with European films winning most of the awards in the international competition. The coveted Grand Prix, endowed with 100,000 PLN (approx. € 22,000) in cash, was awarded to Miracle [+see also:
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through Bogdan George Apetri (Romania / Czech Republic / Latvia). The special jury prize was awarded to Youtube through Stepan burnashev and Dmitry Davydov, while Albanian virgin through Bujar Alimani (Germany / Belgium / Albania / Kosovo) received a special mention. Mexican coxswain Rodrigo Pla and Laura Santullo were named best directors for The other Tom.

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In Competition 1-2, dedicated to the first and second feature films, Hive [+see also:
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through Blerta Bacholli (Switzerland / North Macedonia / Albania / Kosovo) was the winner, while Sabaya Cinema through Orit Fouks Rotem (Israel / Belgium) received a special mention. from China Bipolar through Queen Li was considered the best film in the Free Spirit 2021 competition, where two films received special mentions: I am an Electric shade through John clayton doyle (United States) and The passage [+see also:
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through Florence miailhe (France / Germany / Czech Republic). Poland When the flowers are not silent through Andrei Kutsila won first prize in the Documentary Competition, and two titles left Warsaw with Special Mentions: Closing words through Gaëlle Dur and Agnes Lejeune (Belgium) and The Return: Life After Daesh [+see also:
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through Alba Sotorra Clua (Spain / United Kingdom).

The jury of the Short Films Competition awarded its Short Grand Prix to Raphael Rodriguez‘s Censor of dreams (France), while the award for best live short film went to Matty Crawford‘s Slaughter (UK), and the best documentary short turned out to be Saulė Bliuvaitė‘s Limousine (Lithuania). A group of eight directors – Yanis Belaïd, Eliott Benard, Nicolas mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien pinot, Lisa Vicente, Filipino singer and Alice Letailleur, who worked together on The tears of the Seine (France) – won the award for best animated short. Finally, the short documentary Yoruga through Federico torrado (Colombia) won a special mention.

“For me this has been a dream come true edition,” said Stefan Laudyn, longtime director of the Warsaw Film Festival, in a press release. “For the opening, we had my favorite 2021 movie: Captain Volkonogov escaped [+see also:
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through Natasha Merkulova and Alexey Tchupov. The closing film was Women cry [+see also:
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, by two directors that I adore – Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova, from Bulgaria. Among our guests we had Oleg Sentsov, who was released from prison in Russia after a long campaign in which we participated. We also managed to invite guests from Belarus. We have brought together around twenty world, international and European premieres in our program. And, last but not least, it was a real edition – in cinemas, with international audiences and filmmakers, who came to Warsaw not only from the EU, but also from Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Here is the full list of winners:

International competition

Warsaw Grand Prix
Miracle [+see also:
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– Bogdan George Apetri (Romania / Czech Republic / Latvia)

Best director
Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo – The other Tom (Mexico)

Special Jury Prize
Youtube – Stepan Burnashev, Dmitrii Davydov (Russia)
Special mention
Albanian virgin – Bujar Alimani (Germany / Belgium / Albania / Kosovo)

1-2 Competetion

Best film
Hive [+see also:
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– Blerta Basholli (Switzerland / North Macedonia / Albania / Kosovo)
Special mention
Sabaya Cinema – Orit Fouks Rotem (Israel / Belgium)

Free spirit competition

Best film
Bipolar – Queena Li (China)
Special mentions
I am an Electric shade – John Clayton Doyle (United States)
The passage [+see also:
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– Florence Miailhe (France / Germany / Czech Republic)

Documentary Competition

Best film
When the flowers are not silent – Andrei Kutsila (Poland)
Special mentions
Closing words – Gaelle Hardy, Agnès Lejeune (Belgium)
The Return: Life After Daesh [+see also:
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Alba Sotorra Clua (Spain / United Kingdom)

Short films competition

Grand Prix short
Censor of dreams – Raphaël Rodriguez (France)

Best Live-ashort action
Slaughter – Matty Crawford (UK)

Best animated short
The tears of the Seine – Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Filipino singer, Alice Letailleur (France)

Best Documentary Short
Limousine – Saulė Bliuvaitė (Lithuania)
Special mention
Yoruga – Federico Torrado (Colombia)

FIPRESCI Prize
The hill where the lionesses roar [+see also:
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– Luana Bajrami (Kosovo / France)

Young FIPRESCI Prize
In limbo – Alexandre Hant (Russia)

Ecumenical Jury Prize
Albanian virgin – Bujar Alimani
Special mention
Wandering ring – Masakazu Kaneko (Japan)

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Sabaya Cinema – Orit Fokus Rotem
Special mention
Youtube – Stepan Burnashev, Dmitrii Davydov

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