The 14th edition of ANONIMUL ran 7th to 13th August 2017, in Sfântu Gheorghe, the Danube Delta. The Festival opened with the premiere screening in Romania of Michel Franco’s APRIL’S DAUGHTER. During the Opening Gala, Mexican director Michel Franco was awarded the ANONIMUL Trophy for his contribution to the beauty of cinema.
Selector Ludmila Cvikova put forth 6 titles for the 2017 Feature Film Competition:
QUALITY TIME, directed by Daan Bakker, The Netherlands, 2017- Shanghai International Film Festival, 2017; THE BURGLAR, directed by Hagar Ben-Asher, Israel, 2017- Hivos Tiger Competition, International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2017; MARIȚA, directed by Cristi Iftime, Romania, 2017- FEDEORA Award for the Best film from the East of the West Competition, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2017; THE NOBODIES, directed by Juan Sebastián Mesa, Colombia, 2016- Audience Award for Best Feature- Venice International Film Critics’ Week, 2016; BURNING BIRDS, directed by Sanjeewa Pushpakumara, France- Sri Lanka, 2016- New Currents Competition, Busan International Film Festival, 2016; SEXY DURGA, directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, India, 2017- Hivos Tiger Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2017.
The Short Film Competition included 14 Romanian titles and respectively 14 international titles put forth by film critic Ionuț Mareș, the selector for the Short Film Competition starting this year. The following short films were awarded: STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERFUCKER, directed by Sebastien Petretti (Belgium)- the Audience Award for Best International Short, respectively WRITTEN/UNWRITTEN, directed by Adrian Silișteanu- the Audience Award for Best Romanian Short. The Ovidiu Bose Paștină Award, offered by the Anonimul Foundation, went to IL SILENZIO/ THE SILENCE directed by Farnoosh Samadi and Ali Asgari (Italy).
The ANONIMUL Trophy 2017 was awarded to feature film MARIȚA, directed by Cristi Iftime.