HFF7 - Awards


Director Agnès Perrais
The main prize of the festival, the GRAND PRIX, is awarded to a film that, in an inventive and inspiring way, brilliantly meanders between the historical saga of workers' resistance from the 14th century and the discontent of workers today, evoking not only historical statements but also the phantasmagorical vibrations of the city walls, where discontent still echoes and rebellion. Using the complex film texture of different film formats, we perceive the film as a relevant testimony, but also as a poem and film meditation. The film is both political and poetic...


Director Branko Schmidt
Observing the consequences of great tragedies is a difficult task for any documentary filmmaker. The jury awards the award for BEST TELEVISION FILM to a documentary in which the director managed to achieve a good balance between a critical view of the insufficient help given to the victims and a healthy dose of hope and optimism that the victims carry within themselves despite everything. The keen eye of a documentarian to see what is hidden, to feel and create empathy for the heroes of the film, was expressed by the author with full dignity towards the heroes of his film.


Directors Saeed Mayahi and Miriam Carlsen
Young people play computer games, level up or lose and it's game over. In the film, we follow young men who constantly play games that often end unsuccessfully, so they start all over again. Only, here it is a serious game of life, about survival or destruction, and even death. Illegal border crossing for Afghan migrants is not a game, it is a life step on which their fate depends. The authors of the film follow several young men in the documentary manner of cinema verité, the film of truth. They confide in the camera, and the man behind the camera, the author of the film, becomes their confessor, witness and friend. The film follows a nice young man Ali and his friends. Their illegal life, contacts with smugglers, small jobs they survive on, make up the narrative of the half-hour film, which was made for only 2,000 dollars. The film raises a lot of important questions. It is up to us to think about them.

Anna Sandrini

for film "Avenâl"
A deeply emotional, introspective documentary essay, devoid of pathos, but rich in nostalgia for the times and special places that determined the habitus and ideology of generations of people who believed in the power of their work and solidarity, as opposed to today's indifference to the (non)places where we find ourselves and the people that surround us. With a visually meditative, consistently and honestly conducted directorial process, the film draws us into its inner world, through the alternation of testimonies of former mine workers, archival material, poetic visual passages of topography, all of which together form a convincing mosaic narrative of this film.


Director Elodie Degavre
By showing us alternatives in 20th century urbanism through a close encounter with some of the original creators of innovative housing concepts, architects whose lucid mind transcends the time in which they created, the authors of this film are rightly asked about the possible branches of life that we as urban animals could turn into in achieving a higher coefficient of personal happiness. They do this in a creative and witty way, especially in the domain of screenwriting.


Director Agnès Perrais
The award for best cinematography is awarded to a film in which the director of photography succeeds in strengthening the narrative structure with a creative film image that revives both the melancholy of the past and the power of the workers' revolt of today. At the same time, the visual language suggests that the very space of the city, the patina of the walls, the memory of the frescoes carry within them the energy of the historical revolt that constantly followed the lives of the workers. Using various film formats, the structure and the specific beauty and splendor of celluloid film tape, and the perfectly measured meditative rhythm of changing images, the creators of the photography in the film CIOMPI - Frédérique Menant and the director Agnès Perrais, who was also the cinematographer, successfully connected the spirit of the times then, in the 14th century, when the story of the revolt of the textile workers begins, and today, when the rebellion and dissatisfaction of the workers continues.


Director Valerio Ciriaci
One of the most difficult sociopolitical situations and crises that most violently shakes the foundations of the order and proclaimed values ​​of the USA is presented in a precisely managed, occasionally meticulous montage that supports the theme throughout the film and goes beyond what is expected when it comes to the audiovisual process in a documentary film. Here is the skill of the editor on a film for which a large amount of material was obviously recorded, a tool that stands out for its believability and originality and does not leave us a moment of idleness during the viewing, surprising with constant changes and syncopations in the editing rhythm.


Director Dan Oki
With an observational documentary approach, the author manages to draw the viewer into the situations that the heroes of the film talk about. Experienced creators and masters of their craft, they open their hearts and their souls wide, talking about something so close and important to them, something they want to preserve from oblivion and leave to future generations. And this skill of theirs includes an understanding of nature, water and wind, sun, rain and storm. Using all these sounds from nature and subtle music in a sophisticated way, the authors of sound design Gildo Bavčević, music Vjeran Šalamon as well as director Dan Oki convincingly bring the symbiosis of man and nature.


Director Valerio Ciriaci
A very dynamic film, a production challenge, started with an awareness of an uncertain outcome, filmed in logistically demanding locations, in the final outcome it is superior in terms of technical realization and means of expression. Everything we saw on the screen looks like a skillfully directed high-budget "realistic" spectacle, but in fact it is a spontaneous, dramatic testimony of a dangerous time, crucial for the future fate of the social order in the USA.


Director Rebecca Davis

Cirijakova zakletva

redatelj Olivier Bourgeois

10 dana u svibnju

redatelj HyoungSuk Kim
Izvršna direktorica TIHA MODRIĆ
Grafičko i web oblikovanje GRAFIK, Rijeka
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