The members of our Expert Jury were representatives of Uhvati film Novi Sad: Iva Plemić Divjak (film and festival producer), Tatjana Stojšić Petković, (psychologist), Suzana Ristanić (psychologist and activist), representative of Banja Luka Uhvati film Monika Bilbija (film and TV critic) and Helga Paškvan – the coordinator of Uhvati film Rijeka, had no easy task to choose the best from 29 great films. For this reason, they awarded as many as 13 films this year.
This year, two films won the award for the best film of the festival.
My Eyes Are Up Here United Kingdom Nathan Morris
The film whose quality is recognized by the greatest film festivals, and whose original script and excellent characterization of the protagonist forms and enables all the activist postulates of this festival.
Safe as Houses Ireland Mia Mullarkey
The film with complexly directed parallel narrative courses and dramatic intensity which is amplified progressively until the end shows the gist and power of friendly love.
Santi Argentina Mario Capetillo Torres
For the film which changes the audience’s perspective and shows Santi – a dedicated coach, caring brother, and a great friend you’d wish to have.
Leo Iran Moein Rooholamini
For the film which very effectively fulfills the potentials of short form, and which is unfortunately up-to-date, because its theme reflects the everyday life of a huge number of children in the refugee camps in a very painful and persuasive way.
My Iceland on a pedal Italy Andrea Baglio
For the film which fantastically portrays superhuman mental and physical efforts which one athlete undertakes, while overcoming the formal limitations of a sport documentary and entering the domain of a universal philosophical struggle with its own limitations.
Things Unheard Of Turkey Ramazan Kılıç
For the film whose splendid performance technique and even more splendid imagination, captures the love of a girl towards her grandmother; such love which gives voice to the ones who do not have it.
Living life to the fullest Croatia Leila Elhoweris
For the film which breaks stereotypes about life and ambitions of a person with disability, unmistakably choosing its protagonist and portraying it suitably to their character – directly, uncompromisingly and without pink glasses.
Lo stretto indispensabile- The bare necessities Italy Sergio Visinoni
For a brilliant animated travelogue which presents us with a tribute to parental love and understanding by use of creative means, out of which we particularly highlight the complex sound design. A tender and important film.
La Vida Entre Dos Noches – The Life Between Two Nights Spain Antonio Cuesta
For the film which in an extremely convincing manner, successively intensifies the intensity of existential life difficulties of two protagonists throughout the film, but also their enormous love (as an antidote) that overflows from the screen.
On The Edge Austria Matteo Leonardo Sanders
For the film in which the masterful cinematography has brought the photography to exceed the functions of location informativeness and the atmospherics and to become an equally important third protagonist.
Try and Touch Ireland Nell Hensey
The jury believes (hopes!) that this is what the adolescent films will look like in the future: someone’s disability and/or sexual orientation is no longer a topic, we fully accept each other and deal with the boldness and honesty in love as a dominant theme.
Grace United Kingdom Luke Bradford
In this film, Grace says that she doesn‘t consider the day she had an accident as the day she became a disabled person, but as the day she saved someone’s life, This deliberate fundamental shift in the protagonist’s perspective has deeply impressed the members of the jury and we feel the need to highlight it
The blooming France Audrey Sangla
A film which extremely skillfully conveys the multi-sectoral imposed ostracism, alienation, discrimination through a complex written and brilliantly acted female character.