The STIFF festival team is delighted to announce the films from the program in competition that have been awarded this very first year. We would like to note that the majority of our production team are filmmakers themselves and it is a special honor for us to be able to reward talented filmmakers and encourage you for your future filmmaking career. The program in competition that was put in front of our jury (Dragan Rubeša, Boris Ružić and Dejan Durić) made the choice extremely difficult, as we had 43 wonderful films selected. 

 Awarded Films – and the word of the festival jury:

1) Audience Award : “The Last Session”, directed by Natxo Fuentes, Spain

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1) Best Film: “Elsewhere”, directed by Nossa Schaefer, Germany

ElsewhereThis film is a powerful offspring of the Berlin school as a movement in German film, which projects purity of the image and character realism. Godard once said, “Two are needed for a picture to be born and brought to life”. The face of the stunning Fine Belge is enough to inspire life to this movie, even when it seems there is no life – where there are only sickness and physical immobility.

 2) Special Mention: ‘After The First Blaze’, directed by Doria Achour, Tunisia

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This impressive film, a hybrid of a documentary and a work of fiction, of a personal statement and political commentary, deftly detects the frustration and disappointment of all the Tunisians who had high hopes for the Jasmine Revolution.

 3) Directing: Magdalena Laurisch for ‘Red Stains’, Austria

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 This short, yet strong film, in the style of Michael Haneke, can be interpreted as a cruel metaphor for growing up.

4) Editing:  Orlando Javier Torres for ‘Revolt’,Puerto Rico


Searching for the lost age of Woodstock, the author excellently conducts  with the aesthetics of the Super-8 film, channeling the vintage spirits of the American underground film scene.


 5) Cinematography: Lukasz Kulec for ‘Central Station Sofia’, directed by Alberto Iordanov, Bulgaria , United Kingdom


 Diving into the decrepit ambiance of Sofia’s Central Station, whose pinnacle during socialism is now replaced by decay, the author treats his surreal scenes as if they were art photography.


 Notes of the jury on the rest of the program in competition:

Many authors who were a part of the competitive program of the first edition of STIFF, show an amazing maturity in their work. Some film schools, such as the Hamburg Media School and those with the signature of the Ciudad de la Luz School in Alicante, have already imposed themselves as generators of  recognizable creative entities. Some titles, such as the Spanish films ‘God by the Neck’ and ‘The Last Session’, the Polish film ‘Echo’, the Georgian film ‘Bless us Father’, the Brazilian film ‘Game’ and the Estonian film ‘Three’ deserve to be mentioned for strongly impressing the members of the jury.