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SOFIA 2017 Awards

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Godless wins the top award at Sofia

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- The vast majority of the festival’s prizes went to European productions

Godless wins the top award at Sofia
Director Ralitza Petrova (front left) and producer Rossitsa Valkanova receiving the Grand Prix

A Bulgarian story has triumphed at the Sofia International Film Festival for the third year in a row: after The Lesson [+see also:
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interview: Margita Gosheva
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(2015) and Zhaleika [+see also:
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(2016), this year’s Sofia City of Film Grand Prix Award has gone to Ralitza Petrova’s Godless [+see also:
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. During a gala held on Saturday evening, the jury chaired by Romanian director Cristi Puiu handed over a host of awards, the majority of them received by European features.

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In addition to the movies that scooped accolades, Polish director Agnieszka Holland, Bulgarian actress Stoyanka Mutafova, Bulgarian director Adela Peeva and US actor John Savage received the Sofia Award for their contribution to world cinema.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Sofia City of Film Grand Prix Award
Godless [+see also:
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- Ralitza Petrova (Bulgaria)

Special Jury Award
The Last Family [+see also:
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- Jan P Martuszynski (Poland)

Best Director
Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross - My Happy Family [+see also:
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]
(Germany/Georgia/France)

Special Mention
Actress Mia Petricevic - Quit Staring at My Plate [+see also:
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interview: Hana Jušić
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]
(Croatia/Denmark)

Best Bulgarian Short
Clothes - Vesselin Boydev

Best Bulgarian Short - Special Mention
Travelling Country - Vessela Dantcheva, Ivan Bogdanov

Audience Award
Sing Street [+see also:
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- John Carney (Ireland/UK/USA)

Audience Award for a Bulgarian Film
Lift for Patients - Iglika Triffonova

Best Documentary
Tempest - Tatiana Huezo (Mexico)

Best Documentary Special Mention
Village People [+see also:
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- Tsvetan Dragnev (Bulgaria)

Best Balkan Film
Glory [+see also:
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- Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria)

Best Bulgarian Film
Godless - Ralitza Petrova

FIPRESCI Award
Requiem for Mrs. J [+see also:
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interview: Bojan Vuletić
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]
- Bojan Vuletic (Serbia/Bulgaria/Macedonia)

Young Jury Award
Groom's Block [+see also:
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- Ilker Savaskurt (Turkey/UK)

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