Columbus and Insyriated conquer the Valletta Film Festival
by Vassilis Economou
- The American indie title and the French-Belgian effort have received the main Triton Awards at the third edition of Malta’s Valletta Film Festival
The third edition of the Valletta Film Festival (VFF) has wrapped after ten days full of film screenings, discussions and special events. The VFF handed out nine Triton Awards during the closing ceremony, which was held on Saturday 24 June at Pjazza Teatru Rjal.
The jury for the fiction competition – comprising Iranian filmmaker Mania Akbari, Swedish director, cinematographer and last year’s VFF winner Måns Månsson, director and scriptwriter Rebecca Daly, French producer Didier Boujard and director Danilo Bećković – honoured Kogonada’s US indie film Columbus with two Triton Awards, for Best Picture and Best Actress for the performance by Haley Lu Richardson. The night’s other big winner was Philippe Van Leeuw, who received the Best Director Triton for Insyriated [+see also:
interview: Philippe Van Leeuw
film profile]. Furthermore, the film was also popular with viewers at Valletta, as it received the Audi Audience Award. The jury awarded Macedonian actor Nikola Ristanovski the Best Actor Triton for his performance in The Black Pin [+see also:
interview: Ivan Marinovic
film profile] by Ivan Marinovic. Scriptwriter Nico Mensinga received Best Screenplay for Daphne [+see also:
film profile] by Peter Mackie Burns, while the Best Cinematography Triton was handed to Paolo Sorrentino regular Luca Bigazzi for Sicilian Ghost Story [+see also:
film profile] by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza. Finally, Goodbye Berlin [+see also:
film profile] by Fatih Akin received the Teens’ Choice Award, handed out by a jury of teenagers.
In the official documentary competition, The Good Postman [+see also:
film profile] by Tonislav Hristov received the Best Documentary Triton. The jury, made up of producer Ri Chakraborty, German director and artist Bettina Hutschek and director David Ruf, gave a Special Mention to Taste of Cement [+see also:
film profile] by Ziad Kalthoum.
The stop-motion animation Ayny, My Second Eye by Palestinian director Ahmad Saleh snagged the Triton for Best Short Film, handed out by a jury comprising director Goce Cvetanovski, actor Paul Portelli and marketing strategist Mathias Noschis.
The Valletta Film Festival, organised by the Film Grain Foundation, will be back in June 2018 with a very special fourth edition.
Here is the complete list of winners at the Valletta Film Festival:
Best Feature Film
Columbus – Kogonada (USA)
Haley Lu Richardson – Columbus
Best Short Film
Ayny, My Second Eye – Ahmad Saleh (Germany/Jordan/Palestine)
Audi Audience Award
Insyriated – Philippe Van Leeuw
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