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17 Oct 13

Bulgarian Wins Balkan Short Film Festival

'Botev is an idiot’, a fictional film by Deyan Bararev of Bulgaria, has won the 4th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival in Bucharest.

BIRN Belgrade

The festival closed with 36 films in the competition part and with three prizes and three mentionings.

The 36 films shown at the 4th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival from October 11 to 13 included works from all of the region and beyond, including Germany and Sweden. The films were inspired by and related to this year’s theme: “Reinventing Bridges.”

The winning film, by Deyan Bararev, "Botev is an idiot," challenges national mythology and raises sharp questions about transmission, history and education.

The Audience Prize went this year to “In the shadow of the deathless tree,” by Nail Pelivan from Turkey.

This year, the festival awarded one more prize, the “Altcine.com Award”, which went to the documentary “The Shovel is too Small,” by Nemanja Babic, from Serbia. 

Botev, the idiot:
 
According to the jury, composed of Ada Condeescu (Romania), Effi Weiss & Amir Borenstein (Israel) and Gergana Doncheva (Bulgaria), “Botev is an idiot” is “a courageous film in its form and content. In an almost 9-minutes-long, masterfully made single shot, this powerful film sends a direct message without pretending to give answers: made as a loop, the story is brought back to its starting point while transforming a statement into a question".
The film is about a high school pupil called Vasko who criticizes a society that swears by the ideals of the Bulgarian national hero Hristo Botev while at the same time living in a spirt of brutish narrow-mindedness.

Altcine is a web-based platform dedicated to bringing together the Balkan film community.

Taking into consideration the quality of this year’s films, the jury gave “special mentions” to three other films: Nicoleta, a short film directed by Sonia Liza Kenterman of Greece, Worthless, a drama, by Nart Zeqiraj, from Kosovo, and The Blue Viking in Sarajevo, a documentary directed by Ado Hasanovic, from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival travels each year to a different city in the Balkans and is dedicated to encouraging young film makers to expressing themselves on issues relevant to their region and building bridges between the peoples of the Balkans. Bucharest was the last stop of the BBB Short Film Festival after Belgrade, Athens and Tirana.

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