Tonight, the ninth edition of the Star Film Fest closed on the Slavo Striegl promenade. The three-day film festival showed 33 films as part of the competition program, and this year’s Star Film Fest jury, consisting of Mateja Štefinščak, cinematographer and photographer Bojan Mrđenović, producer and director Ivan Milosavljević and director Karlo Vorih, chose the best ones.
The prize for the best documentary film, which delighted the jury, was won by the film Killer Dog by the Spanish director Alexander Lemus. With its very theme, the film makes you laugh and makes you think. The film is about a dog, but a dog with a moral problem, a killer dog! In a creative and sympathetic way, the author deals with bigger problems than we think at first. For a bold approach to the subject, an exceptional portrayal of sexuality on film, excellent work with the actors as well as the quality of the photography and sound design, the award for the best feature film, but also for the best cinematography (photography) went to Svetislav Dragomirović for the film Delovi tela.
Sam’ se sekiramo by local director Nikola Kašić was declared the best experimental film in the competition. With his dramaturgical simplicity and the use of interesting visual procedures, the director proved that film is everywhere around us. The film succeeds in its expression, and we definitely highlight the subtle humor with which the film is sprinkled, and the film that hit all the important points of the animated film at this year’s SFF is Ant Hotel by director Yu-Hsuan Teng. The visuals, animation and story fit perfectly into the overall atmosphere and deservedly received the award for the best animated film.
The Special Star award for the best regional film was won by the Serbian director Bojana Babić‘s feature film Divljač, which behind the simplicity of the story hides a clear and consistent directorial process, functional photography, as well as very precise editing, and the jury gave special praise to the fact that the majority of the film crew consists of female authors or the author. The best editing was awarded to Jovan Dimoski‘s film Krotki, which establishes an excellent rhythm from the first cut with elliptical, fast and occasionally chaotic editing.
The selectors’ prize was awarded by the selectors Anja Kavić and Martina Mladenović, and the winner of the award is the Taiwanese animated film Ant Hotel directed by Yu-Hsuan Teng, which, with great animation and an excellent directorial approach, brings viewers closer to a serious topic.
The audience award was given by our volunteer forces who counted your votes for three whole days, who awarded the Special Star award to the feature film Bakalor by local director Daria Stilin.
The ninth Star Film Fest also brought an award for the best student film. Student films are the works of authors whose names you will not hear about, they are the future of domestic and world cinema, and the award was won by the Japanese animated film nowhere directed by Asaki Nishin.
And last, but no less important, a special Stardust award which includes a cash prize was awarded to one of the winning films as an incentive for further creation, and at this year’s edition it was won by the domestic film Sam’ se sekiramo by Nikola Kašić.