In Arras, France, Katalin Moldovai’s debut feature film, Without Air, won the Audience Award, while the film’s lead actor, Sándor Soma, was awarded the Best Actor prize in Thessaloniki, Greece. The National Film Institute (NFI) announced that Olivér Hegyi’s The Garden of Heart won the Best Animated Short Film award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia.
Without Air, the first feature film by Katalin Moldovai, won the Audience Award at the Arras Film Festival, which closed on Sunday. At the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the film’s leading actor, Sándor Soma, was awarded the Best Actor prize.
The drama, based on real events, was produced with the support of the Film Institute’s Incubator Program and has been distributed by Mozinet nationwide since November 2.
The film stars Soma Sándor, Ágnes Krasznahorkai, Tünde Skovrán, Áron Dimény, Zsolt Bölönyi, and Ágnes Lőrinc, was written by Zita Palóczi and Katalin Moldovai, executive produced by Béla Attila Kovács, and produced by András Muhi and Katalin Moldovai. The film was photographed by András Táborosi, edited by Orsolya Soltész, and scored by Tibor Cári.
The short film awards were announced over the weekend at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the top event in Northern Europe, which started on November 3.
Oliviér Hegyi’s The Garden of Heart, made with the support of the Film Institute, took home the Best Short Film prize at the prestigious festival.
Prizes were also awarded to director Tudor Giurgiu’s Romanian-Hungarian co-production Libertate’89 – Sibiu, screened in Hungarian cinemas from this Thursday. The director won the Critics’ Prize at the Arras Film Festival last weekend and the FIPRESCI – the International Federation of Film Critics – prize at the Cottbus festival in Germany.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) is a FIAPF-accredited event and its PÖFF Shorts is the biggest short film and animation festival in the region. The festival’s mission is to showcase the best animated and live action short films of all genres from cutting edge talents and bold visionaries across the world.
PÖFF Shorts is a member of the European Film Academy (EFA) and an Academy Award and BAFTA-qualifying festival, meaning that the winners of Best Animated Short, Best Live Action Short, and Best Short Film will automatically qualify for the Academy Awards. As the deadline for Oscar nominations expired in October, The Garden of Heart is no longer eligible for the 2024 Oscar, but will be for the 97th Academy Awards.