Awards for 2017

Grand Prix

WINNER

Apprentice: Junfeng Boo
The prize goes for a director that showed brillant directing and well controlled emotions in a clear story telling. and for striking performances by the actors. The film shows the clash between individuals and society and a character that is haunted by his past.

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Special Mention

Feature Films

WINNER

Seto Surya: Deepak Rauniyar
A very well crafted drama exposing politics, tradition and religion in a confined region. In a very intelligently directed movie.

Special Jury Award

WINNER

Honeygiver Among the Dogs: Dechen Roder
For a gentle storytelling in a captivating scenery, the director leads us to a journey in a mysterious and creative way.

Youth Jury Award

WINNER

Honeygiver Among the Dogs: Dechen Roder
This evening, we have decided to reward sincerity, passion and daring. These values can all be found in a film which captivated us with its mix of genres and the quality of its cinematography. This work combining mysticism with rationalism won over the Young Persons Jury, who have the honour of presenting Honeygiver Among the Dogs with the Prix Comundo.

Audience Award

WINNER

Ecumenical Jury Award

WINNER

Seto Surya: Deepak Rauniyar
The burial of an old man in a remote village in Nepal threatens to fail because the quarreling family can not overcome old traditions and political differences. The cleverly narrated, multi-layered film reflects in a simple family history the difficult situation of a country after a long-term civil war. Director Deepak Rauniyar pleads in a light, humorous tone for reconciliation between the war parties, between generations, between man and woman, between tradition and modernity. After all, it is the children who bring the white sun to gleam - the sun of the future, of reconciliation and hope.

Don Quixote Award

WINNER

Seto Surya: Deepak Rauniyar
The film that we have chosen shows wonderful how the society can manage and balance the opposite aspects of life like tradition versus modernity, rural versus urban, young versus elderly and the different political positions in local village. The film carries us through different emotions, its path makes us smile, laugh, annoy, fall in love, hate, fair and finally it makes to believe that a new equitable and fare society is possible. For these reasons the winner of Don Quijote Award goes to White Sun.

Don Quixote Award - Special Mention

WINNER

Honeygiver Among the Dogs: Dechen Roder
Also, we give a special mention to another film, that we want reward for its special sensitivity, for showing us how powerful can be the silences and meditative moments between the main characters to explain a great story, for teaching us how can be narrate with an unconventional manner a thriller film that runs away of the clichés, and finally for this cinematography, that reveals a strong background insight the Bhutan society, full of social and political complex issues. The special mention of the Jury of the International Film Societies Federation goes to Honeygiver Among the Dogs.

Best Short Film Award

WINNER

Salam: Raed Rafei
This film demystifies the role of women in patriarchal society, it creates a discussion and that's what cinema should do. The jury awarded the prize for best international short film to Raed Rafei's film: Salam.

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CH Cinema Network Prize

WINNER

Critic's Choice Award

WINNER

Apprentice: Junfeng Boo
For its artfully constructed juxtaposition of personal and ethical tensions and a structure that clearly shows contradictory and conflicting feelings and thoughts in a single character, and for a script that brings to life family and social differences on an emotional and intellectual level, we give the Critic's Choice Award to Apprentice.

CH Cinema Network Prize - Special Mention

WINNER

Foreign Visa Prize

WINNER

Millimeterle: Pascal Reinmann
The jury decided to award the first Foreign Visa Prize to a film that addresses a fundamental question for all young people thanks to a great cast and beautiful directing. The jury particularly appreciated the fact that the director masterfully transcends a real-life experience: a subject that was close to him becomes close to the viewer, too. And the winner is... a film made as part of a course at the ZHdk University in Zurich Millimeterle, by Pascal Reinmann.

Foreign Visa Prize - Special Mention

WINNER

Wo der Euphrat in die Sava mündet: Andreas Muggli
The jury would like to give a special mention to a film that reflects the stark reality of borders and the need to find shelter, seen from a very poetic viewpoint. A film produced as part of a course at the HSLU University in Lucerne. Wo der Euphrat in die Sava mündet, by Andreas Muggli

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