The ninth edition of the international short feature film festival “Bašta fest” in Bajina Bašta ended with the awards ceremony, the screening of the film “After the Winter”, and the concert of the band Koikoi.

The festival’s main jury consisted of Marta Bjelica, an actress from Serbia, Dušan Kasalica, a director from Montenegro, and Lana Matić, a producer and selector of the Zagreb Film Festival from Croatia.

The “Golden Imagination” award for the best film overall went to “North Pole” by director Marija Apcevska (North Macedonia, Serbia). In their explanation, the jury pointed out that this is “a highly compelling generational film that boldly and on every level corresponds with the audience.” The “Golden Interpretation” award for the best female role was awarded to the actress Catherine Grosjean for the role of Adele in the film “Nuclear Family” directed by Faustine Crespy from Belgium, and for the best male role to actor Louka Minnelli for his role in the same film, “for the strong, emotional, but above all subtle performance of the actors”. A special award was given to the ensemble cast of the film “Lamblike”, directed by Jovan Dimoski (Serbia).

Miloš Ljubomirović – North pole-coproducer

The “Golden Visualization” regional award for the best camera, awarded with the support of Cineplanet rental, was won by Ivan Idžojtić for photography in the film “Our First Hit” by director and screenwriter Sara Grgurić. The award was decided on by Bojana Andrić, director of photography from Serbia, who stated in her explanation: “I am very proud of the strength of the selection and the next generation of cinematographers. Some films were shot excellently, precisely, in a measured way, and perfect for the story. However, in accordance with this festival, I decided on a bolder, more contemporary and extremely kinesthetic approach to visual storytelling.”

The youth jury consisting of Danijel Ristivojević, Ivana Leontijević, Nikola Ćosić, Dragana Stanojković and Luka Jakić awarded their prize to the film “Lamblike”, directed by Jovan Dimoski. “As the winner, we have chosen the film that we believe best depicts the wishes and dreams of our generation and shows most realistically the harsh reality in which we live. We especially appreciates the way in which, through just a few love scenes, we feel a strong connection between the main characters and their desire for a future together that eludes them.

Krotki

Bašta fest team awarded the prize “Bašta Honor” to the daycare centre for children, youth and adults with disabilities and special needs “San” in Bajina Bašta, for their courage and perseverance to turn a long-standing idea into reality, for their selfless and committed work and contribution to the society as a whole.

Olivera Đurović, Jovan Jelisavčić

The ninth Bašta Fest was closed with a screening of the film “After The Winter” by Ivan Bakrač in the Open Air Park “Borići”, after the awards ceremony. The festival thus continued the tradition of dedicating the closing night to a debut performance within the revue program that, in the opinion of the Bašta team, marked the previous year.

After The Winter

At the closing ceremony, after the end of the screening, the popular Belgrade band KOIKOI, whose member is actor Marko Grabež, performed a set.

KOIKOI

During the four festival days, 24 short feature films from 15 countries were shown in the festival’s competition program. The audience had the opportunity to see films from Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Austria, France, China, Canada, Egypt, Belgium, Chile, Russia, Portugal, Poland and Italy, including 12 female directors and ten films from the region.

Bašta Fest, in cooperation with partners from regional countries, Dream Short Film Festival (Struga, North Macedonia) and Seanema Film Festival (Ulcinj, Montenegro), founded the BALKAN SHORT FILM NETWORK, a network for the education of young filmmakers and the promotion of a short film in the region. The first and currently the largest project of the network is the regional expansion of the Bašta Pitch educational program, which brings together young filmmakers from Serbia, North Macedonia and Montenegro. The winner of this year’s Bašta Pitch is the project “August” by director Nikola Stojanović and producer Andrijana Manojlović. The committee for this award included workshop mentors Milan Stojanović and Raško Miljković, Maja Šuša (artistic director and selector of Bašta Fest), Anja Sekulić (Seanema Film Festival) and Lidija Mojsoska (Drim Short Film Festival)

Bašta Pitch winners
Bašta Fest team