Monday 4 October 2021

The Winners of the 4th Filmfest Sundsvall

And the winners are...

Stone City Award for Best European Film

-10 000 SEK in cash from Film Västernorrland

Kala Azar (Greece/The Netherlands 2020) by Janis Rafa
 
Jury statement: It is a solidly handcrafted cinematic film with powerful and fascinating visual images and sound design. In an enigmatic and poetic film, set in a next-to-apocalyptic world, where the director approaches loss and value, life and death of humans and animals in a disintegrated society.

Jury: Line Halvorsen (Director/mentor, Norway), Igor Shestopalov (Artistic Director, Molodist, Ukraine), Kjell Åhlund (Producer, Sweden).

 

Pija Lindenbaum Award for Best International Children's Film

– 10 000 SEK in cash from Film Västernorrland

Iso Ylimäärä (The Great Overflow, Sweden 2021) by Magnus Fredriksson
 
Jury statement: The adventure begins in an every day setting and is transformed into an exciting trip that holds a consistent children’s perspective. A topical issue told about in several levels with hilarious dialogue.

Special Mention: 
Kiki la plume (Kiki the Feather, France 2020) by Nicolas Bianco-Levrin, Julie Rembauville

Jury statement: A warming story about a bird with a drink umbrella and a longing for freedom. Told in an exciting and attractive mix of animation and live action. 

Jury: Viktoria Johansson (Acquisitions Executive, SVT), Pija Lindenbaum (Illustrator/author of children’s books), Håkan Nordman (Culture Secretary, Sundsvalls kommun).

 

SVT Kortfilm International Award

– A buying offer from Sveriges Television (SVT)

Sona (Iran 2020) by Maryam Mahdiyeh
 
Jury statement: An effectively told story with a strong and engaging main character, which through a life destiny tells us something greater about the living conditions for women in a society that lacks the strong social security of the country we live in. A film that gives us perspective and surprises us, where we get to see the main character fight but also gets a glimpse of her dreams and hopes. A film with an excellent script for the short format and good photography.

 

Stone City Award for Best Norrland Short

– 25 000 SEK in cash from Film i Västerbotten, Filmpool Jämtland, Filmpool Nord, Film Västernorrland, Region Gävleborg

Nätter och dagar i juli (Nights and Days in July, Sweden 2021) by Jana Bringlöv Ekspong

Jury statement: For an interesting and captivating study of gender and sexuality in the times of digital solitude.

Special Mention:
En son hälsar på en far (A Son Visits His Father, Sweden 2020) by Lars Vega

Jury statement: For a deep combination of a sensitive, modest family portrait and a classical yet engaging film form.

Jury: Frida Johansson (Composer, Sweden), Emilia Mazik (Festival Director, Short Waves, Poland), Miguel Mejías (Director, Spain)

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