November 24, 2021 3:17 PM (UTC + 04: 00)


By Laman Ismayilova

The 12th Baku International Short Film Festival (BISFF) was held in Baku.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, festival director Fahruz Shamiyev said BISFF has aimed to support domestic directors and screen international films since its inception in 2004.

Previously, the festival featured films that were recognized at prestigious international festivals including Cannes, Venice, Berlin and the Oscar.

Thanks to the partnership with the British Council Azerbaijan, four films nominated and won by the British Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2020-2021 were screened as part of the festival.

These BAFTA nominated films are a great selection for all fans of short films, covering a variety of genres and topics.

The host of the evening, Anar Valiyev, noted that around 3,217 short films from 72 countries have applied to participate in the festival.

Only 26 films out of 82 were submitted to the national competition program. About thirty films from 18 countries were entered in the program of the international competition.

The main prize of the festival is a golden pomegranate statuette made by young sculptors. The Golden Grenade was awarded to screenwriter, cameraman and producer Huseyn Mehdiyev for “For services rendered to Azerbaijani cinema”.

The jury for the international selection included Azerbaijani publicist, writer, television journalist Orkhan Fikratoglu, member of the European Film Academy and the Ukrainian Oscar nominees selection committee, Ukrainian film producer Yulia Sinkevich, l one of the founders of the Belgrade Film Festival, Serbian producer Miroslav winner of international film festivals, Turkish director, screenwriter Erdem Tepegez.

Popular artist Mehriban Zeki, translator, poet, publicist Salim Babullaoglu, director Elmaddin Aliyev were chosen from the best films of the national selection.

The winners of the national competition program were awarded in the categories “Best Feature Film”, “Best Documentary”, “Best Animated Film” and “Best Social Video”. The list of winners is available on the festival’s social networks.

BISFF was co-organized by CINEMA Young Cinematographers Center with support from Ministry of Culture, Nizami Cinema Center, Azerbaijan Film Studio, State Film Fund, Azerbaijan Producers Guild, OZ Film Company and the British Council in Azerbaijan.

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