Maybe Tomorrow, by Martin Iliev (Bulgaria) gets the BBB Best Film Prize 2017 at the 8th BBB Short Film Festival with title ENTER/EXIT. The Festival took place in Brussels, at Art Base on 13 to 15 of October and it was a co-organization of Balkans Beyond Borders and Inter Alia. At the end of the Award Ceremony, the words of Maybe Tomorrow’s main actor, through a last minute notice video, brought up many emotions to all: “Appreciating the film is very important to me and thank you for enjoying it. And who knows? Maybe tomorrow…”.
Local community as well as international audience, and young people as well as older people warmly welcomed BBB Festival showing great interest upon new generation Balkan cinema filling the Art Base, cultural centre, all three days of the Festival. In addition, the questions of the audience at the Q&A sessions brought up discussions and exchange of ideas upon contemporary film making and socioeconomic issues allowing BBB to meet its mission for intercultural dialogue among both on regional and Pan-European level.
The film screenings proramme consisted of the Competition Programme (33 films), BBB Focus: Sweden and BBB Beyond (International programme).
Jury members: Andrei Sendrea, film critic and scriptwriter (Romania), Ben Vandendaele, producer (Belgium) and Silas Michalakas, visual anthropologist (Greece) voted in consensus for the film Maybe Tomorrow to be awarded with the BBB BEST FILM PRIZE 2017. In their common statement they highlight that this film is a filmic allegory with bitterness and humour. Self-isolation is not only hurting all those not having other choices, but is often a condition we put ourselves without fully realizing it. It is never too late to breathe and touch your beloved ones, but maybe today is better than tomorrow.” The Prize is distribution, promotion and sales worldwide by Radiator IP Sales.
Taking into consideration the good quality of this year’s films, each Jury member gave a “Special Mention” to three films: “Paper, Horse and Birds” a documentary by Zoran Tairović from Serbia, “Words fly away” a fiction short film by Tufan Taştan from Turkey and -1 (Minus One) a fiction short film by Natassa Xydi from Greece.
The BBB Audience Prize 2017, sponsored by Lomography Greece, went to the fiction short film “Pink Elephant” an Italian production by Ado Hasanovic from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 8th BBB Short film Festival had the honour to be supported by the EU Commission, DG for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations.
The new destination and thematic for the 9th edition will be announced in 2018. Stay tuned at www.balkansbeyondborders.eu.
Balkans Beyond Borders (BBB) is a non for profit organization, with its head office in Athens, that from 2010 seeks to promote youth mobility and youth cooperation in the Balkans through “dialogue”, “interaction” and “innovative thinking”. Investing in the region’s young people, and through its flagship activity the moving BBB Short Film Festival, BBB aims to create an Inter- Balkan network able to promote efficiently the work of young artists of the region and beyond, in order to familiarize its audience to the Balkan culture and its diversity.
Inter Alia is a civic organization and think-tank that was established in 2013 and is based in Athens. Its mission is to contribute to the creation of an assertive and inclusive European demos by raising awareness of the EU and prospective EU citizens on available channels for acting, participating and shaping Europe. Inter Alia pursues its agenda through different educational, cultural and academic projects.