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LET'S CEE Awards

The ‘Urania’ is a 36 centimetres high cast aluminium statuette with very feminine forms, designed by the exceptional Austrian artist Tone Fink. Together with a financial reward, the Urania is awarded to the winners of the LET’S CEE Film Festival’s Feature Film Competition, Documentary Competition, Promising Debuts Competition and Short Film Competition, each determined by a different jury.

The financial rewards will be donated by the festival sponsors. In 2017, Art Foundry Loderer became co-sponsor of the Urania figurines, which are moulded at their family-run business in Feldbach. This year, for the first time, the biggest film studio in Central and Eastern Europe - Nu Boyana Film Studios from Bulgaria - will be one of them. The fifth Urania will be awarded for the Best Acting Performance in a Competition Film. The LET’S CEE Lifetime Achievement Award – the ‘Star of the Urania’ – is a very elaborate, valuable and unique crystal piece, which is annually awarded to an extraordinary personality from the film industry for their lifetime achievement by the festival organisation. As in the previous years, there will be Audience Awards as well, again donated by festival sponsors. All feature-length productions presented within the competitions have the chance to win this award, endowed by the City of Vienna. Another Audience Award will go to the best short film, as chosen by the viewers.

In addition, 2018 will see the introduction of some new Awards. The ‘Hollywood Goes CEE’ Award will be one of them and will be given to the best Hollywood production filmed in CEE and serviced by a studio from there. Finally, with the Distribution Award, the best Austrian premieres will get direct support for cinema distribution.

About the Artist

Tone Fink was born in Vorarlberg in 1944. After his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, he was able to make a great name for himself in various artistic fields. His oeuvre as an illustrator and painter is as abundant and critically recognised as that of Tone Fink, the object and performance artist and filmmaker. His versatility and ability to readjust constantly makes Fink one of the most enduring representatives of modern Austrian art.

WINNERS 2017

FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

Main Award:
Kills on Wheels
Director: Attila Till
Hungary 2016

Honorable Mentions:
The Student
Director: Kirill Serebrennikov
Russia 2016

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION:

Main Award:
A Mere Breath
Director: Monica Lãzurean-Gorgan
Romania 2016

Honorable Mentions:
Communion
Director: Anna Zamecka
Poland 2016

The Good Postman
Director: Tonislav Hristov
Finland, Bulgaria 2016

 

PROMISING DEBUTS COMPETITION:

Main Award:
Hristo
Directors: Grigor Lefterov & Todor Matsanov
Bulgaria, Italy 2016

Honorable Mentions:
Dogs
Director: Bogdan Mirică

Romania 2016

Together For Ever
Director: Lina Lužytė
Lithuania, Romania 2017

SHORT FILM COMPETITION:

Main Award:
The Buzzing of a Bumblebee
Director: Vladimir Beldian
Russia 2015

Honorable Mentions:
A New Home
Director: Žiga Virc
Slovenia 2016

Masterpiece
Director: Irina Storozhenko
Russia 2016

Shanghai, Baku
Director: Teymur Hajiyev
Azerbaijan 2016

AUDIENCE AWARD: LONG FILM IN THE COMPETITION

Train Driver's Diary
Director: Miloš Radović
Serbia, Croatia 2016

AUDIENCE AWARD: BEST SUBMITTED SHORT FILM

Undercooling
Director: Olga Kosanovic

BEST ACTRESS/ACTOR IN A COMPETITION FILM

The Croatian actress Ksenija Marinković for her performance in The Constitution.

AWARD FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM WITHIN THE LET'S CEE TALENT ACADEMY

"LET'S CEE" by Vladimir Beldian, Berin Češkić, Achmed Abdel-Salam & Martina Netíková. 

STAR OF THE URANIA
Lifetime Achievement Award
Béla Tarr
Hungary

Winners 2015

FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

Main Award:
You Carry Me
Director: Ivana Yuka
Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia 2015

Honorable Mentions:
The Fool
Director: Yury Bykov
Russia 2014

Body
Director: Małgorzata Szumowska
Poland 2015

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION:

Main Award:
The Queen of Silence
Director: Agnieszka Zwiefka
Germany/Poland 2014

Honorable Mentions:
Logbook Serbistan
Director: Želimir Žilnik
Serbia 2015

The Invisible City
Director: Viestur Kairish
Latvia 2014

PROMISING DEBUTS COMPETITION:

Main Award:
For Some Inexplicable Reason
Director: Gábor Reisz
Hungary 2014

Honorable Mentions:
Down The River
Director: Asif Rustamov
Azerbaijan 2014

Modris
Director: Juris Kursietis
Latvia, Germany, Greece 2014

SHORT FILM COMPETITION:

Main Award:
The Same Blood
Director: Mitry Semenov-Aleinikov
Belarus 2015

Honorable Mentions:
The Translator
Director: Emre Kayis
Turkey 2014

Life With Herman H. Rot
Director: Chintis Lundgren
Estonia, Croatia 2015

Bright Future My Love
Director: Marko Žunić
Serbia 2014

AUDIENCE AWARD

Aferim!
Director: Radu Jude
Romania, Bulgaria, France, Czech Republic 2015

BEST ACTRESS/ACTOR IN A COMPETITION FILM

Fatemeh Motamed-Arya for Nabat

STAR OF THE URANIA
Lifetime Achievement Award
Želimir Žilnik
Serbia

Winners 2014

FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

Main Award:
I Won't Come Back

Director: Ilmar Raag
Russia/Estonia/Finland/Belarus/Kazakhstan 2014

Honorable Mentions:
White God
Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Hungary/Germany/Sweden 2014

Monument to Michael Jackson
Director: Darko Lungulov
Serbia/Germany/Macedonia/Croatia 2014

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Main Award:
Pipeline
Director: Vitaly Mansky
Russia/Czech Republic/Germany 2013

Honorable Mentions:
Happily Ever After
Director: Tatjana Božić
Croatia/Germany 2014

Pelican in the Desert
Director: Viestur Kairish
Latvia 2014

SHORT FILM COMPETITION

Main Award - Artdeluxe Award:
The Chicken
Director: Una Gunjak
Germany/Croatia 2014

Audience Award:
8 Months
Director: Hüseyin Aydın Gürsoy
Turkey/France 2013

Honorable Mentions:
The Execution
Director: Petra Szőcs
Hungary/Romania 2014

Pandas
Director: Matúš Vizár
Slovakia/Czech Republic 2013

Kosherland
Director: Pyotr Magnus Nedov
Germany/Latvia 2013

8 Months
Director: Hüseyin Aydın Gürsoy
Turkey/France 2013

STAR OF THE URANIA
Lifetime Achievement Award

István Szabó
Hungary

Winners 2013

FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

Main Award:
Domestic

Director: Adrian Sitaru
Romania 2012

Honorable Mentions:
Circles
Director: Srdan Golubović
 Serbia | Germany | France | Slovenia | Croatia 2013

Jîn
Director: Reha Erdem
Türkei | Deutschland 2013

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Main Award:
Last Black Sea Pirates
Director: Svetoslav Stoyanov
Bulgaria 2013

Honorable Mention:
My Kith and KIn
Director: Rodion Ismailov
Azerbaijan | Russia2013

SHORT FILM COMPETITION

Main Award - Artdeluxe Award:
Distance
Director: Janno Jürgens
Estonia 2012

Audience Award:
Home
Director: Ruslan Magomadov
Russia 2012

Honorable Mention:
Stremt 89
Directors: Anda Pușcaș, Dragoș Dulea
Romania 2012

STAR OF THE URANIA
Lifetime Achievement Award
Branko Lustig
Croatia/USA

Winners 2012

FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

Main Award:

Zenne - Dancer
Directors: Caner Alper, Mehmet Binay
Turkey 2012

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Main Award:
Argentinian Lesson
Director: Wojciech Staroń
Poland 2011

STAR OF THE URANIA
Lifetime Achievement Award
Turhan Bey
Austria/USA