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On Saturday, July 7, the KVIFF documentary jury handed out four awards. Lost Holiday, a documentary detective story by Lucie Králová, won the Crystal Globe for Best Documentary Film over 30 minutes. Special Mention in the same category went to Bulgarian director Andrey Paounov for his film The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories. Sergey Loznitsa's Artel was presented with the award for Best Documentary Film under 30 minutes; Theodore by Laila Pakalnina received Special Mention in the short documentary category.


2007 Documentary Jury:
Dimitri Eipides - Chairman, Greece
Anna Buccheti, Italy
Anchalee Chaiworaporn, Thailand
Manuel Grosso Galván, Spain
Marko Škop, Slovakia


Best Documentary Film under 30 minutes (5000 USD)


Artel | Artěl | Artěl
Director: Sergey Loznitsa
Screenplay: Sergej Loznica / Sergey Loznitsa
Dir. of Photography: Sergej Michalčuk / Sergey Mikhalchuk
Editor: Sergej Loznica / Sergey Loznitsa
Producer: Vjačeslav Tělnov / Vyacheslav Telnov
Production: St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio
Sales: Deckert Distribution
Russia, 2006, 30 min

A classic of Russian documentary film, Sergei Loznitsa uses 35 mm black-and-white film to follow the exertions of four young men. Under harsh natural conditions, with the aid of fishing nets and a chain saw, they try to rip from the frozen depths of nature something which will provide them with a livelihood.
In 2006, Sergey Loznitsa (photo) attended Docu Talents from the East where he presented his new documentary project Sweet Sixties.




Best Documentary Film over 30 minutes (5000 USD)


Lost Holiday | Ztracená dovolená
Director: Lucie Králová
Screenplay: Lucie Králová
Dir. of Photography: Tomáš Stanek, Braňo Pažitka
Music: Petra Gavlasová
Editor: Jakub Hejna
Producer: Martin Řezníček
Production: DOCUfilm Praha
Sales: DOCUfilm Praha 
Czech Republic, 2007, 84 min

A gripping documentary detective story by Lucie Králová which records the story of an adventurous search for seven unidentified Asians and thus tries to find out whether someone can be traced in today’s interconnected world merely through his lost photographs.
Lucie Králová attended the East European Forum, Ex Oriente Film, and last year she presented her project Lost Holiday at Docu Talents from the East. (from left: Lucie Králová and Martin Řezníček)



Special Mention - Documentary Film under 30 minutes


Theodore | Teodors | Theodor
Director: Laila Pakalnina
Dir. of Photography: Uldis Cekulis
Editor: Gatis Belogrudovs
Producer: Uldis Cekulis
Production: Vides Filmu Studija
Sales: Vides Filmu Studija
Latvia, 2006, 29 min

Every day, with clockwork regularity, 80-year-old Theodore sets off on his bicycle on a seven-kilometre journey to a place where it’s all happening. This place, where he tries at least in some measure to rid himself of his loneliness, is a bus stop in a God-forsaken Latvian village. Uldis Cekulis has attended several editions of the East European Forum and Ex Oriente Film, both as participant and lecturer. Last year he presented his documentary project Deconstruction of an Artist at Docu Talents from the East. Laila Pakalnina (photo) presented her documentary project Snow-Crazy at this year's Docu Talents from the East.



Special Mention - Documentary Film over 30 minutes


The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories | Problemat s komarite i drugi istorii | Problém s komáry a jiné příběhy
Director: Andrey Paounov
Screenplay: Lilia Topouzova, Andrey Paounov
Dir. of Photography: Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov
Editor: Andrey Paounov, Orlin Rouevski
Producer: Martichka Bozhilova
Production: Agitprop Ltd.
Sales: TV2 World
Contact: Agitprop Ltd.
Bulgaria, 2007, 100 min

A comic portrait of the unusual inhabitants of the Bulgarian town of Belene, who are tormented by a cloud of giant mosquitoes with painful bites, and also by the fact that the completion date for a nuclear power station which promises work for thousands of people is still light years away.
Martichka Bozhilova and Andrey Paounov (photo) have attended the Ex Oriente Film workshops and the East European Forum a number of times; last year they presented The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories at Docu Talents from the East.



More information about the Karlovy Vary documentary film competition can be found here...
For more information about this year's presentation of documentary projects from Eastern Europe, click here...