17 features in the competition program, all Hungarian (and 4 of them Central European) premieres, 8 features in the open eye program (3 Central European premieres), 5 film classics in the CineClassics program, a Sundance Channel selection, a full Kechiche retrospective, workshops, American film Showcase, master classes, DunaDock program, conferences, an international film market, several meetings for professionals – in short, this was Hungary’s number one film event, the 10th Miskolc International Film Festival that ended on Saturday, 21 September.
The Grand Prize of the Festival, named after the Miskolc born Academy Award winner director Emeric Pressburger went to Katrin Gebbe’s Nothing Bad Can Happen (Tore tanzt). The prize was handed to the production designer, Anna Wübber, the director thanked it via video message from Hollywood. The film won the FICC prize as well. The Prize of the jury, named Adolph Zukor prize after the Hollywood producer who was born near Miskolc and who founded the Paramount Pictures went to Cannes Golden Camera winner Ilo Ilo. The prize was accepted by the director of the film, Anthony Chen. It was the third time in the Miskolc International Film Festival when an ecumenical jury has chosen their favorit from the feature competition program.
The Ecumenical Jury and also the international FIPRESCI jury decided to award the Ilo Ilo. As so, Chen’s film won three award and a standing ovation from the audience. The prize for the best short feature, sponsored by Daazo.com, went to the Israeli Welcome and Our Condolences. The director, Leon Prudovsky, thanked it via video message. The prize for best documentary, sponsored by Miskolc Auto Ltd., went to the Polish We will be happy…One day, while the prize for best animation, named after the Hungarian animation director Attila Dargay, went to Péter Vácz’s The Rabbit and the Deer.