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PULA 2018 Awards

Mali comes out on top in Pula’s national competition

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- Antonio Nuić’s film has scooped the Grand Golden Arena, while Nevio Marasović’s Comic Sans and Ivan Salaj’s The Eighth Commissioner bagged five awards each

Mali comes out on top in Pula’s national competition
The winners of this year's Pula Film Festival

The 65th edition of the Pula Film Festival included ten domestic titles (seven of them world premieres) in its official competition and two out of competition, both of which world premieres. From that pool, the juries, critics and audience chose their favourites, and presented their decisions at two separate ceremonies on Saturday 21 July, the one for the press at noon and the other in the more glamorous surroundings of the Pula Arena in the evening. The overall winner, Mali [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antonio Nuić
film profile
]
, was handed one more Golden Arena (Saša Budimir, for special effects) and also scooped the Oktavijan Award from the Croatian Film Critics’ Society.

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However, if it’s the sheer number of Golden Arenas we’re interested in, the winners would be Nevio Marasović’s Comic Sans [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 and Ivan Salaj’s The Eighth Commissioner [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
. The latter film swept most of the technical categories (Best Visual Effects, Art Direction, Costume Design and Score), while Borko Perić was named Best Supporting Actor. Comic Sans pocketed Best Sound Design and Editing, alongside Best Supporting Actress (Nataša Janjić), Lead Actor (Janko Popović Volarić) and Director, for Marasović. Another film that took home multiple awards was Lada Kamenski by Sara Hribar and Marko Šantić, scooping three Arenas (with Hribar winning the Best First-time Director and Screenplay Awards, and Doris Šarić-Kukuljica being crowned Best Lead Actress) as well as the FEDEORA Award in the national competition. 

Finally, Elmir Jukić’s The Frog [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 won in the minority co-production competition.

Here is the full list of award winners: 

Croatian Film Competition 

Grand Golden Arena
Mali [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antonio Nuić
film profile
]
 – Antonio Nuić

Golden Arena for Best Director
Nevio Marasović – Comic Sans [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]

Golden Arena for Best Screenplay
Sara Hribar – Lada Kamenski

Golden Arena for Best Lead Actress
Doris Šarić-Kukuljica – Lada Kamenski

Golden Arena for Best Supporting Actress
Nataša Janjić – Comic Sans 

Golden Arena for Best Lead Actor
Janko Popović Volarić – Comic Sans

Golden Arena for Best Supporting Actor
Borko Perić – The Eighth Commissioner [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]

Golden Arena for Best Cinematography
Radislav Jovanović Gonzo, Luka Matić and Dubravka Kurobasa – Deep Cuts 

Golden Arena for Best Editing
Tomislav Pavlic – Comic Sans 

Golden Arena for Best Score
Alen Sinkauz and Nenad Sinkauz – The Eighth Commissioner

Golden Arena for Best Art Direction
Ivana Škrabalo – The Eighth Commissioner 

Golden Arena for Best Costume Design
Morana Starčević – The Eighth Commissioner

Golden Arena for Best Special Effects
Saša Budimir – Mali

Golden Arena for Best Visual Effects
Tomislav Vujnović, Antonio Patljak, Siniša Mataić, Sandrino Požežanec – The Eighth Commissioner

Golden Arena for Best Make-up
Sanja Rivić – Exorcism

Golden Arena for Best Sound Design
Julije Zornik – Comic Sans

Breza Award for Best Debut Director
Sara Hribar – Lada Kamenski 

Croatian Minority Co-production Competition

Golden Arena for Best Film
The Frog [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Elmir Jukić (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Macedonia/Croatia)

Golden Arena for Best Director
Elmir Jukić – The Frog

Golden Arena for Best Role
Maruša Majer – Ivan [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Janez Burger
interview: Maruša Majer
film profile
]
(Slovenia/Croatia)

Other awards

Golden Door of Pula – Audience Award
Comic Sans – Nevio Marasović 

Oktavijan – Croatian Film Critics’ Society Award
Mali – Antonio Nuić

FEDEORA Award – Croatian Film Competition
Lada Kamenski – Sara Hribar, Marko Šantić

FEDEORA Award – Croatian Minority Co-production Competition
The Frog – Elmir Jukić

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