23. edition of AFF
Attendance record broken again
The 23rd Art Film Fest was the last edition to be held in Trenčín and Trenčianske Teplice. Over the eight-day cinematic marathon, 126 films from 50 countries were screened. The programme was divided into 14 sections, including tributes to the year’s award winners.
awards and honors
single tickets sold
Blue Angel for Best Film
Blue Angel for Best Female Performance
María Telón (Ixcanul)
Blue Angel for Best Male Performance
Kristian Ferrer (600 Miles)
Blue Angel for Best Director
James Napier Robertson (The Dark Horse)
Special Mention for Sound Design
Marek Poledna, Michal Holubec a Ivo Špalj (Little from the Fish Shop)
Blue Angel for Best Short Film
Zvláštne uznania krátkych filmov
The Man with a Dog
House of Unconsciousness
Actor’s Mission Award for outstanding contribution to the art of acting
Golden Camera for significant contribution to the filmmaking craft
Short Film Jury
From among the 11 films in the International Competition of Feature Films, Art Film Fest’s grand prize, the Blue Angel for Best Film, went to Guatemalan Ixcanul. It is the story of a 17-year-old Kaqchikel Maya girl who lives with her parents on a coffee plantation at the foot of an active volcano. She is supposed to follow local tradition, but longs to discover the unknown world on the other side of the mountains and escape to the USA. In addition, actress María Telón won Art Film Fest’s Blue Angel for Best Female Performance for her portrayal of the girl’s mother.
New Zealand director James Napier Robertson earned the Blue Angel for Best Director with his film The Dark Horse, a touching true story of an extraordinary man who struggled to improve the future of socially disadvantaged children and taught them to play chess.
Best Male Performance
The Blue Angel for Best Male Performance was awarded to Kristyan Ferrer for his role as Arnulfo in the Mexican film 600 Miles directed by Gabriel Ripstein. Arnulfo is a teenager who smuggles weapons for a drug cartel, unaware that a dangerous agent from a special US police unit is hot on his heels.
Special Mention for Sound Design
The jury also decided to grant a Special Mention. It went to Marek Poledna, Michal Holubec and Ivo Špalj for their work on the sound design of the Czech film Little from the Fish Shop.
Besting the other 36 films in its category, the Romanian short Art earned its director Adrian Sitaru the Blue Angel for Best Short Film. Aside from the grand prize, the three jurors also conferred three Special Mentions. The first was awarded to the Polish short The Object from director Paulina Skibińska, number two went to French film The Man with a Dog from director Kamal Lazraq, and the third was for the Estonian House of Unconsciousness from director Priit Tender.
Actor’s Mission Award
The Actor’s Mission Award for outstanding contribution to the art of film acting was bestowed upon Czech diva and five-time Czech Lion winner Anna Geislerová, as well as one of the best known Slovak actors to make a name for himself both at home and abroad: Juraj Kukura.
At the opening ceremony, the Golden Camera for significant contribution to the filmmaking craft was accepted by eminent Slovak cinematographer Ján Ďuriš. During the closing ceremony, festival director Peter Nágel surprised director and Art Film Fest founder Peter Hledík with a Golden Camera of his own.