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goEast: Ida and Judgment in Hungary win Wiesbaden

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- Levan Koguashvili crowned Best Director for Blind Dates

goEast: Ida and Judgment in Hungary win Wiesbaden
Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski

Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida [+see also:
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, the favourite of both audiences and festivals, won the main prize at the 14th goEast Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden (9-15 April), the Škoda Film Award, worth €10,000.  

Eszter Hajdú's Judgment in Hungary received the “Remembrance and Future” Documentary Award, also worth €10,000. The film follows the trial of four neo-Nazis charged with the premeditated murder of a group of Roma people, and has previously won the CEI Award at the Trieste Film Festival and the Grand Prix at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague.  

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Georgian director Levan Koguashvili received the Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director along with €7,500 for the Berlinale title Blind Dates, which previously swept the Sofia International Film Festival, winning the Best Film, Best Director and FIPRESCI prizes.

The Award of the Federal Foreign Office for “artistic originality which creates cultural diversity”, worth €4,000, went to Kazakhstani film Little Brother by Serik Aprymov.

The jury also gave two special mentions – for Cristian Niculescu's production design on Romanian director Andrei Gruzsniczki's Quod Erat Demonstrandum [+see also:
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and for Blind Dates supporting actor Vakhtang Chachanidze.

The FIPRESCI Award went to Estonian director Veiko Õunpuu's Free Range [+see also:
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, which premiered internationally at the Berlinale.

For the tenth consecutive year, the Robert Bosch Stiftung foundation awarded the Film Prize for International Cooperation to talented young filmmakers from Germany and Eastern Europe. Three projects were selected by an independent jury in the categories of animation, documentary and short fiction.

In the animation category, the prize went to Hungarian director Bella Szederkényi and producer Lissi Muschol for The Wild Boar. Bulgarian director Pavel Vesnakov and producers Knut Jäger and Monica Balcheva received the award for best short fiction for Zeus’ Volkswagen, while Romanian director Marius Iacob and producers Irina Andreea Malcea and Christian Popp picked up the documentary award for The Wellness Process.

The goEast Development Award for the best pitch at the East-West Talent Lab went to the project idea The Seventh Shift by Ukrainian director Nataliya Ilchuk

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