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Hives, Coffin Maker win at Skena Up

- Feature co-production of five film schools from five countries and winner of Student Academy Awards receive main prizes at Prishtina's International Students Film & Theatre Festival

Hives, Coffin Maker win at Skena Up

Skena Up International Students Film & Theatre Festival in Prishtina held its 11th edition from December 5-12.

In the feature film competition for the region of former Yugoslavia called ExYU Generation Next, best film award went to Hives, a co-production between Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb, National Film and Television School in London, Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem, FAMU in Prague and International Film School in Cologne.

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Consisting of five stories edited alternately as opposed to a classic omnibus, the film was directed by Croatia's Igor Šeregi, Israel's Boaz Debby, Czech Republic's Tomaš Kratochvil, Germany's Simon Dolensky, and UK's Michael Carson Lennox. Delegate producer and the master mind behind the project is Croatian producer Ivan Kelava.

A special mention went to Miloš Pušić's Withering from Serbia.

In the international short film competition, best fiction went to Azarbeijani director Elmar Imanov's Swing of the Coffin Maker from IFS Cologne. The film already has a string of awards, including Best Foreign Film at the Student Academy Awards 2012.

In the animation category, films from Czech schools won both the main award and a special mention. The award went to Pandas by Matúš Vizár from FAMU, which previously received third prize in this year's Cannes Cinéfondation competition, while a special mention was given to Eliška Chytková's Ham Story from the Tomas Bata University in Zlin.

The best documentary film award was given to Lucie Baudinaud's impressive documentary essay It Will Come to Light, shot in Iceland, and belonging to Paris school La Fémis.

Fisnik Muji's Snow from Faculty of Arts in Prishtina won the national short film competition. 

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