Awards

main awards

FICCIONES

fiction, 15′ 00”
InOut Distribution, Spain

This film is a heartfelt ode to the art of the cinema. It evokes truly strong emotion from the first scene with impressive director’s craft and stand out performances. The authors demonstrate a high level of film maturity  while promoting love for the seventh art. If we were forced to find one „weakness“ in this film, it would be that it has to end.

WAR IN UKRAINE

documentary, 23′ 14”
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Ukraine / United Kingdom

WAR IN UKRAINE
documentary, 23′ 14”
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Ukraine / United Kingdom

The Yellow Flag award is very special and serves as a valuable teaching moment to everyone who sees the film awarded with it, since it is awarded to a film that is exemplary in fighting against violence. This year we felt it was important to choose a film whose topic is very current and touched us deeply. 

27th youth film festival

TELEVISED
animated, 2′ 30”
FKVK Zaprešić, Croatia

For the film that is clever, original and rich with animation techniques and carries universal message that the screen can’t replace human contact.

DISSIDENT
documentary, 7′ 30”
UNIMEDIA, Zagreb, Croatia

For a film that by its simplicity and with its light touch of humor in a subversive way critizises our society. 

TILL TOMORROW
fiction, 5′ 00”
Škola za grafiku, dizajn i medijsku produkciju, Blank_filmski inkubator, Croatia

For a visually powerful portrait of a person fighting his own demons. We would especially like to honor the director who already exhibits a powerful signature.

LET THE SUNSHINE IN
freestyle, 5′ 11”
Eva Magdić Govedarica, Zagreb, Croatia

The director creates an emotional landscape that urges us to seek fragments of our own memories that risk being lost. 

15th four river film festival

ARI
animated, 3′ 37”
Animation School, 6 Bab Sharq, Egypt

For a touching and deceptively simple film story reminding us that we sometimes need help to truly see each other. 

DISSIDENT
documentary, 7′ 30”
UNIMEDIA, Zagreb, Croatia

For a film in which the warmth and humanity of the protagonist shows us the cruelty of capitalism and how its consequences effect all of us. The director by his unobtrusiveness and impartiality effortlessly treats a difficult and demanding subject.

PAPER TALK
fiction, 5′ 27”
École Internationale de Création Audiovisuelle et de Réalisation, France

This film radiates optimism. It fascinates with its smooth and precise storytelling about a potentially difficult life situation for our young protagonists. Gentle play and strong talent from the young actors makes the film unforgettable.

LENZ
freestyle, 7′ 39”
All American High School, United States of America

With its innovative approach to narration, this film makes us choose the story we want to see. At the same time, the director plays with our perception of the events and also with our emotions. 

BOREDOM
fiction, 8′ 39”
Viktor Gelbek, Denmark

The only reason this film didn’t get the main prize is the strong competition in this year’s edition of FFRF. Its innovative approach to genre film and the playfulness of the young hero, combined with the twist at the end, left us breathless. We’re looking forward to future films from this director! 
youth jury

EHSAN MAJOONI (Savior)
Iran

The award for best actor goes to an actor who impresses the audience with his skills of being able to portray his character’s emotions without using any words. He showed amazing control and understanding of the importance of body language which demonstrated his competence as an actor.

JOSEPHINE GROSBØL (Capo Crimini)
Denmark

We decided to give the award for best actress to an actress who enchanted us with her ability to make us feel invested in her character’s story. Her acting performance was able to portray her emotions in a really captivating way.

HYEWON KANG (If You Swallow a Star)
Republic of South Korea

When deciding which short film to give the award to for best actress, we thought it was important to give a special mention to the performance of an actress that was able to play a character with such a troubled story at such a young age.

DISSIDENT
Croatia

The film we award for best directing stood out to us due to its not so often discussed subject matter and the way its story was conveyed. This film also gives us an insight into the life of someone who was repeatedly let down by society.

LENZ
United States of America

Because we had to choose just one winner with so many great films being shown at the festival, we want to give an honorable mention to a film which was able to convey a certain feeling which most have no explanation for. The film also played with putting scenes together in an experimental way.

IF YOU SWALLOW A STAR
Republic of South Korea

We decided to give the award for the best screenplay to a film that was one of our favorites from this year’s competition program. The excellently told story drew us into its world and amazed us with its simplicity, but also with the great depth and sensitivity of the topic it studies. 

LET THE SUNSHINE IN
Croatia

The award for best cinematography goes to a film that immediately captured us with its simplicity, as well as its perfectly created atmosphere that made us feel like we were a part of the film.

LENZ
United States of America

For best editing we chose to award an outstanding piece of work that especially caught our attention because of its unique way of playing with the film format and the freestyle storytelling that results from it. It is a film that definitely leaves an impression and it gets you to think.

I THINK YOU WERE ONCE
Croatia

Since we had some trouble picking one winner for the category of editing from all the great films we got to watch, we wanted to give a special mention to a film we were very impressed with, because of the amount of work that went into it. All done by one person and executed really smoothly.

main awards

WATER MY PLANTS
fiction, 16′ 35”
Jordi Sanz, Spain

For a serious approach to an intimate topic that is told with precise, authentic and insightful filmic means of expression.

THE WRITER
fiction, 7′ 10”
Mihael Kuzmičić, Croatia

INITIATE SOLIDARITY 
documentary, 3′ 18”
Karla Borovečki, Croatia

The Yellow flag is an award given for fighting against violence on film, and the film Initiate Solidarity deserved this award with its story. It is a film made by students and professors of the Medical School in Osijek, and it presents a praiseworthy project of the same name, which in 2019 gathered a hundred thousand students from various countries, a thousand of them from Croatia. The aim of the project is to help victims of violence and reduce inequality at any level.

26th youth film festival

THE SCARY DRAGON
animated, 2′ 46”
Josip Skledar, Jurica Nikolić, Zaprešić, Croatia

For skillfully handling the animation and narrative techniques and a deft adaptation of a literary template.

LENUZZI
documentary, 4′ 53”
Marina Jurčić, Cinema Club Karlovac, Croatia

With its functional use of camera, this film goes beyond the framework of a reportage on a distinctive protagonist.

THE WRITER
fiction, 7′ 10”
Mihael Kuzmičić, Croatia

For an imaginative and creative approach to an idea that relies on the problem of inspiration.

DON’T BE A HORSE
freestyle, 0′ 14”
Luka Kraljević, Croatia

A striking freestyle film that wittily and directly conveys its message.

14th four river film festival

DIVINATION DAVE
animated, 7′ 05”
Georgia Madden, Carmel College, UK

For a grotesque depiction of a character, for battling consumerism and for a flawless stop-motion animation.

SELF-PORTRAIT
documentary, 3′ 00”
Marija Mihaljević, Croatia

For an eclectic blend of animation and documentary film that draws you into a personal story that you feel deep in your stomach.

GOD’S CHILD
fiction, 20′ 58”
Hanna Rosén, Katrinebergs folkhögskola, Sweden

For a film that is thought-provoking thanks to its distanced directing, top-notch work with actors, and a provocative topic of religion mixed with rejection by peers.

COMMUTERS
freestyle, 3′ 51”
Archie Dunham, UWE Bristol, UK

An extremely visual film that clearly conveys the message of a backwards moving society with its aesthetics and the use of film tricks.

youth jury

BRENDAN LEE HICKEY (Distinct Properties of the Indonesian
Spotted Tree Frog)
USA

Brendan Hickey was voted Best Actor for “Distinct Properties of the Indonesian Spotted Tree Frog” because of his outstanding performance and excellent and entertaining portrayal of his character. The dialogue and physical acting were outstanding, they depict an interesting character and add a special flair to the film.

MIKY BOLO (Bagged)
Romania

Miky Bolo was awarded Best Actress for “Bagged” because of a dynamic and convincing portrayal of her character. She is charismatic and dominates every scene. Her performance took the film to the next level.

RICHARD O’HANLON & DANIEL BRAND-SINYINZA (Little Gestures)
United Kingdom

With their very unusual approach, the directors combine fiction and reality into one beautiful, warm story.

KATARZYNA ORLOWSKA (Distance)
Poland

The screenwriter of Distance impeccably portrayed the loneliness of two people standing on an empty train station or looking out the train window. The film ends unexpectedly because, instead of turning into joy, the loneliness never ends.

LOVRO SABLJAK (Don’t Look Behind)
Zaprešić, Croatia

The cinematographer of Don’t Look Behind used a lot of creativity, imagination and effort to capture the shots in this fiction film. The cinematography definitely contributed to the overall atmosphere of the film.

NINA DAMJANOVIĆ (Stick Hit The Fan)
Rijeka, Croatia

Stick Hit The Fan undoubtedly deserves the award for Best Editing. The visuals, the story, the music and the acting are brilliantly combined into a big whole, creating an exceptional film worth watching.

main awards

THE QUIET
animated, 10′ 00”
Radheya Jegatheva, Australia

This is one of those rare movies that you will want to watch over and over again. The Quiet delights with a seemingly simple, but at the same time strong and layered story that draws us from the enchanting depths of the universe into the deepest secrets of the human psyche.

A SHIP IN THE BOTTLE
fiction, 15′ 00”
Karlo Gagulić, Udruga Blank, Croatia

BETWEEN DOVES 
fiction, 12′ 43”
Anne Marie Bjerre Koch, Denmark

25th youth film festival

GOING FOR A WALK WITH MY MOM
animated, 5′ 16”
Paula Petković, Korčula, Croatia

Honestly and without hesitation, A Farewell Party speaks about the hopes and fears of high school students in the face of online teaching in a witty and touching way. A film in which there is almost no self-censorship, which gives it extra charm.

A FAREWELL PARTY
documentary, 10′ 38”
Dorian Vicić, Udruga Blank, Croatia

Honestly and without hesitation, A Farewell Party speaks about the hopes and fears of high school students in the face of online teaching in a witty and touching way. A film in which there is almost no self-censorship, which gives it extra charm.

DUST UNDER THE BED
fiction, 12′ 10”
David Padovan, Udruga Blank, Croatia

Dust under the bed offers a refreshing perspective on the forced stay at home. It captivates with the persuasiveness of the actor’s expression and the subtle creation of an atmosphere in which one forgets about problems and enjoys the small things.

LISTEN WITH YOUR EYES
free style, 4′ 01′
Stella Roso, Škola likovnih umjetnosti Split, Croatia

The experimental film Listen with Your Eyes stands out by provoking the senses and logical thinking. The paradoxical title leads us into an exciting cinematic interplay of image and sound that leaves no room for indifference.

13th four river film festival

ONLINE LESSON
animated, 2′ 21”
MFS Animation, Georgia

Online Lesson delights with vivid animation and a witty depiction of a school lesson in which the problems of the heroes come to the surface at the worst possible moment. Laughter guaranteed!

HOME ON THE ROAD
documentary, 6′ 32”
Miha Verdonik, United Kingdom

Home on the Road is filled with serenity and immediacy that is hard to resist. The splendor of playful visuals attracts attention as much as the joy of the main character who found not only fun in the amusement park, but also the warmth and security of a family home.

INSTANT CRUSH
fiction, 7′ 35”
Alvaro Jimenez & Mikel D. Etxeberria, Spain

Instant Crush conquers with an irresistible charm of a playful story, the temperament of film performance and the fine elaboration of details that give the accidental meeting at the train station a whole new dimension. A film you will love unreservedly!

THE SUN SETS THROUGH MY REARVIEW MIRROR
free style, 7′ 19”
Sam Leslie, Canada

The sun sets through my rearview mirror stands out with its magical poetic shots and an unusual feeling of travel created by editing, on several levels of space, time and imagination. A pleasure to all the senses!

NEW DOGS
fiction, 16′ 41′
Lucas Young, Singapore

New Dogs attracts attention with an unusual combination of weirdness and human warmth. The story of the fear of rejection is superbly told, acted and directed, so you watch the film breathlessly, all the while cheering for the protagonist to finally patch up old wounds and acquire the family he longs for.

GALACTIC FLOCK
animated, 4′ 09′
Mihael Mutak, ŠUDIGO Zabok, Croatia

With its enchanting choreography of simple artistic elements and exciting visual gradation, The Galactic Flock presents the solar system in an unexpectedly witty way.

STRANGE FRUIT: TAKING A STAND THROUGH SONG
documentary, 14′ 18”
Sam Seliger, All American High School Film Festival, USA

Strange Fruit speaks about the power of artistic expression as an engine of progress in all segments of human society through a reportage on the origin of a legendary song by Billie Holiday.

youth jury

MIKKEL GRAVERSEN (Lost Boy)
Denmark

CELESTE ZOLLINO (The Catfish Club)
United Kingdom

O KHE YN (Perfect)
Russian Federation

MIHAELA GOJEVIĆ & HANA VOLNCER (A Reflection of Silence)
Croatia

MORITZ PIEHLER (Gangster)
Germany

NINA PAUKOVIĆ (A Reflection of Silence)
Croatia