IFFNY Film Festival Announces 2021 Award Winners

The International Filmmaker Festival of New York announced the 2021 Grand Jury and Special Festival Awards. The prestigious film festival took place online from May 21-24, 2021, featuring 100 films representing 43 countries.

To honor the historic jubilee year of IFFNY for its 10th edition, IFFNY accepted 100 films out of 891 world-wide applications. Organized by Mrika Krasniqi, with Ibër Deari as Festival Selector and Amina Zhaman, Festival Art Director IFFNY showcased both established and rising filmmakers from around the world. The 2021 IFFNY jury was comprised of Larry Moore, Victoria Yakubova Schneid, Robert Haufrecht, Asis Sethi and Sabrina Moreno.

CONGRATULATIONS  to all winners of the 2021 IFFNY, 10th Edition.

-BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD:

THE NOMINATION ARE:

* MOTHER OF APOSTLES/ Zaza Buadze/ UKRAINE 

* INVISIBLE LOVE/ Xiang Guo/ VIETNAM 

* WITHOUT SKIN/ Lars Bergbom & Christian Johansson/ SWEDEN

THE WINNER IS:

* MOTHER OF APOSTLES/ Zaza Buadze/ UKRAINE 

-BEST ACTOR AWARD FOR FEATURE FILM: 

THE NOMINATION ARE:

*GREG ELLWAND for Jasmine Road/ CANADA

*HARUN REHA PAKOGLU for In my Dream/ TURKEY

*GIANCARLO RUIZ for King of the Party/ MEXICO

THE WINNER IS:

*GREG ELLWAND for Jasmine Road/ CANADA

-BEST ACTRESS AWARD FOR FEATURE FILM: 

THE NOMINATION ARE:

*AIXA KAY for Jasmine Road/ CANADA

*VICTORIA DYRSTAD for Without Skin SWEDEN

*NATALIA POLOVINKA for Mother of Apostles / UKRAINE

THE WINNER IS:

*NATALIA POLOVINKA for Mother of Apostles/ UKRAINE

-BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD:

THE NOMINATION ARE:

* IN MY DREAM/ Murat Çeri/ TURKEY 

* KING OF THE PARTY / Salomon Askenazi/ MEXICO

* MOTHER OF APOSTLES/ Zaza Buadze/ UKRAINE

THE WINNER IS:

* IN MY DREAM/ Murat Çeri/ TURKEY 

BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD:

THE NOMINATION ARE:

*JASMINE ROAD by Warren Sulatycky/ CANADA

* IN MY DREAM by Murat Çeri/ TURKEY

* MOTHER OF APOSTLES by Ratha Makeenkova & Zaza Buadze/ UKRAINE

THE WINNER IS:

* MOTHER OF APOSTLES by Ratha Makeenkova & Zaza Buadze/ UKRAINE

-BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD:

THE NOMINATION ARE:

*WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT/ Matthew Nevin/ IRELAND

*ON THE FRONT LINE/ Matteo Balsamo & Francesco Del Grosso/ ITALY

*CORCHED LAND/ Antonio Ferrer/ SPAIN

THE WINNER IS:

*ON THE FRONT LINE/ Matteo Balsamo & Francesco Del Grosso/ ITALY

-BEST SHORT FILM AWARD:

THE NOMINATION ARE:

*STUFF/ Malu Janssen / NETHERLANDS

*THUS BEGAN ANTOINE’S DOWN-GOING/ Paul Rigoux/ FRANCE

*ANTIOTPAD/ Tin Zanic/ CROATIA

THE WINNER IS:

*STUFF/ Malu Janssen / NETHERLANDS

-BEST ACTOR AWARD FOR SHORT FILM: 

THE NOMINATION ARE:

*CARL MALAPA/Prague /FRANCE

*ANDRES LIDIN HANSEN/ Let me in/ NORWAY 

*BERNARD TOMIC/ Antiotpad/ CROATIA

THE WINNER IS:

*CARL MALAPA/Prague /FRANCE

-BEST ACTRESS AWARD FOR SHORT FILM: 

THE NOMINATION ARE:

*ANNA CASAS/ The woman of the house/ SPAIN

*LYANKA GRYU/ Soyka/ USA

*LIM SE MI/ First day/ KOREA

THE WINNER IS:

*ANNA CASAS/ The woman of the house/ SPAIN

-BEST MUSIC VIDEO AWARD: 

THE NOMINATION ARE:

*BEAUTIFUL WOUNDS/ Sarah Scherer/ UK

* BIG YELLOW TAXI/ Matt Mahurin/ CANADA

* CLASS REUNION /Mihnea Cernat / ROMANIA

THE WINNER IS:

* BIG YELLOW TAXI/ Matt Mahurin/ CANADA

-BEST ANIMATION AWARD: 

THE NOMINATION ARE:

*ON/OFF/ Nicolas P.Villarreal/ ARGENTINA

*LILIANA/ Milanka Fabjancic/ SLOVENIA

*ALAMPA – STORM/ Artemy Ortus/ RUSSIA

THE WINNER IS:

*ON/OFF/ Nicolas P.Villarreal/ ARGENTINA

-BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY AWARD:

THE NOMINATION ARE:

*MAMMA by Pablo Cirès/ FRANCE

*THE LAST LIGHTKEEPER by Niamh Hayes/ IRELAND

* BEYOND THE CITY SKYLINE/ Tom Franz/ USA

THE WINNER IS:

* BEYOND THE CITY SKYLINE/ Tom Franz/ USA

-BEST PRODUCTION AWARD: 

THE NOMINATION ARE:

* UTOPIA, THE MOVIE/ Edith Tapia/ PERU

* MOTHER OF APOSTLES/ Dmytro Ovechkin/ UKRAINE

* KING OF THE PARTY / Isaac Cherem, Cecilia Parodi & Salomon Askenazi/ MEXICO

THE WINNER IS:

* KING OF THE PARTY / Isaac Cherem, Cecilia Parodi & Salomon Askenazi/ MEXICO

SPECIAL AWARDS:

-BEST DIRECTOR AWARD:

* SPARTAK PECANI for BOLERO IN THE ELDER HOUSE/ ALBANIA

-BEST EDITING AWARD:

* WITHOUT SKIN/ Lars Bergbom & Christian Johansson/ SWEDEN

-BEST HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD:

*CORCHED LAND/ Antonio Ferrer/ SPAIN

-Outstanding Achievement in Documentary

VELIBOR COVIC for I was 10 years old/ MONTENEGRO

-Outstanding Achievement in Directing

ARBER KRASNIQI for Back Home/Kosovo

-Creative Innovation in Animation Award 

*LILIANA/ Milanka Fabjancic/ SLOVENIA

-Honorable Mention

*ONE MORE JUMP by Emanuele Gerosa/ ITALY

– Honorable Mention

*THE LAST LIGHTKEEPER by Niamh Hayes/ IRELAND

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