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VILNIUS 2022 Awards

Rampart wins the European Debut Competition at Kino Pavasaris

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- Marina Redžepović and Giedrius Kiela grabbed the acting awards during an otherwise sad ceremony, overshadowed by the tragic death of filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravičius

Rampart wins the European Debut Competition at Kino Pavasaris
Head of the festival Algirdas Ramaška pays homage to Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravičius who lost his life in the war in Ukraine

The closing event of the Vilnius Film Festival Kino Pavasaris, which took place 24 March-3 April, paid homage to Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravičius, who had lost his life hours earlier amidst the war in Mariupol, Ukraine. “We lost a director who did a heroic job documenting the brutality of war. It’s hard to find words at this moment. Mantas himself was not a big talker. Therefore, I invite everyone to observe a minute of silence in honour of the deceased and the people who were killed fighting for the freedom of Ukraine”, said the head of the festival Algirdas Ramaška at the beginning of the evening. He noted that, on the opening day of Kino Pavasaris - the Ukrainian Day - when Kvedaravičius’ film Mariupolis [+see also:
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was screened, no one could have thought that this same film would be repeated on the last day of the festival, under such tragic circumstances. “Mantas dedicated his work to areas of conflict, the reality of war and the humanity that shines in that darkness. His cinema was and will be extremely important beyond today,” added Ramaška.

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The rest of the ceremony was traditionally dedicated to the winners of the European Debut Competition, the Short Film Competition and the Meeting Point Vilnius Industry Event. Among the 10 titles in the European Debut Competition, the festival’s jury consisting of Nico Marzano, head of Cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, journalist, author and film critic Beatrice Fiorentino, directors Andrius Blaževičius, Jacqueline Lentzou and Norika Sefa, named Rampart [+see also:
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by Serbian director Mark Grba Singh as Best Debut, emphasising its skilful use of family archival footage which puts forward some sensitive issues, such as change and its absence. The Spanish creative duo Helena Girón and Samuel M. Delgado took the best directors prize for their film They Carry Death [+see also:
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, for it explores “historical darkness and takes the viewer on an epic, mysterious journey that frighteningly connects the past with the present.” Marina Redžepović from Croatia, who starred in Sonja Tarokić's The Staffroom [+see also:
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, was
named Best Actress, while the Best Actor award went to Giedrius Kiela for his role in Laurynas Bareiša’s The Pilgrims [+see also:
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.

35 films from across Europe competed in the Short Competition. The international jury consisting of Jutta Wille, project coordinator of the German Short Film Association, Laurence Boyce, programme director of the PÖFF Shorts section of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, and director, animator and illustrator Skirmanta Jakaitė, granted the main award to the animation short Impossible Figures and Other Stories I by Polish director Marta Pajek, while Swiss director Jela Hasler received a Special Mention for On Solid Ground.

Kornél Mundruczó's Evolution [+see also:
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received the award of the FIPRESCI jury, consisting of film critics Mitchievici Angelo Nicolae (Romania), Daniel Oliveir (Portugal) and Bernard Besserglik (France), while the audience chose The Worst Person in The World [+see also:
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as its favourite film.

The Meeting Point Vilnius industry event winners were also announced and can be found in the full awards list below:

European Debut Competition

Best Actress
Marina Redžepović - The Staffroom [+see also:
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]
(Croatia)

Best Actor
Giedrius Kiela - The Pilgrims [+see also:
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interview: Laurynas Bareisa
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(Lithuania)

Best Director
Helena Girón and Samuel M. Delgado – They Carry Death [+see also:
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interview: Samuel M Delgado and Helena…
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]
(Spain, Colombia)

Best Film
Rampart [+see also:
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– Mark Grba Singh (Serbia)

Short Film Competition

Best Short Film
Impossible Figures and Other Stories I - Marta Pajek (Poland, Canada)
Special Mention
On Solid Ground – Jela Hasler (Switzerland)

FIPRESCI award
Evolution [+see also:
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interview: Kornél Mundruczó and Kata W…
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]
- Kornél Mundruczó (Germany, Hungary)

Audience Award
The Worst Person in The World [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
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]
- Joachim Trier

Meeting Point Vilnius Awards

Lithuanian Film Center Award
Christina - Nikola Spasić (Serbia); When We Were 15 - Anna Buryachkova (Ukraine)

Special Mention 
Kurak - Erke Dzhumakmatova & Emil Atageldiev (Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland)

Producers Network Award
Mariam Khatchvani for The Stone (Georgia), Jonas Trukanas for Pensive (Lithuania)

Sunny Side of Docs Award 
Roberta - Elena Kairytė (Lithuania)

AVAKA Best Lithuanian Pitch Award
Elena Kairytė for Roberta and Titas Laucius for Parade 

Talents Nest Award winners

Baltic Pitching Forum Award
Kanykei Orozoeva (Kyrgyzstan)
Torino Short Film Market Award
Guzlat Egemberdievar (Kyrgyzstan), Victoria Alexandria Brikmann (Latvia)

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