’Oasis’ by Ivan Ikić Best Film of the Main Competition Programme of the 49th FEST

On Sunday, May 16, in the Kombank Hall, the 49th edition of the International Film Festival – FEST, which was organized by the Belgrade Festivals Centre – CEBEF, was ceremoniously closed. The jury of the Main Competition Programme presented the Belgrade Victor Award for Best Film to ‘Oasis’ by Ivan Ikić, the Award for Best Director to Oskar Roehler for the film ‘Enfant Terrible’, the Award for Best Screenplay to Damiano D’Innocenzo and Fabio D’Innocenzo for the film ‘Bad Tales’, the Award for Best Actress to Lana Barić in the film ‘Tereza37’, the Award for Best Actor to Nikola Đuričko in the film ‘The Living Man’, while the Award for Best Debut Director went to Ercan Kesal, the director of the film ‘You Know Him’. In the FEST Focus selection, ‘Poppy Field’ by Eugen Jebeleanu received the Award for Best Film. Maja Gojković, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia attended the closing ceremony and the awards ceremony.


Damir Handanović, Director of CEBEF, addressed those present on the occasion of the closing of the 49th FEST. He thanked the guests, the jury and the audience, and spoke about the next 50th jubilee FEST: ‘I would like to thank the guests, the jury, and above all the audience who continued to support us with their presence in the cinema halls. I promise the next FEST to be worthy of its 50th jubilee. Special thanks to the City of Belgrade, the Ministry of Culture and Information and my friend Maja Gojković who is here with us’, said Handanović.



The film ‘Oasis’ by Ivan Ikić won the ‘Nebojsa Đukelić’ Critics’ Choice Award for Best Regional Film, while the film ‘Loan Shark’ by Nemanja Ćeranić is the winner of the ‘Milutin Čolić’ Politika Daily Newspaper Award for Best Domestic Film.
Ivan Karl, Secretary for Culture of the City of Belgrade and President of the FEST Board, presented the Belgrade Victor Honorary Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film Art to set designer Miljen Kljaković Kreka. On that occasion, Karl stated: ‘Back in 1992, the film ‘Delicatessen’ marked FEST. In 2021, in the time of coronavirus pandemic, FEST was one big, successful delicatessen. The set designer of the film was Miljen Kreka Kljaković. Kreka made the films he worked on magical and real. That is why he is the winner yesterday, today and tomorrow. Congratulations to Kreka and congratulations to all of us on our getting back to the future. The 50th FEST is waiting for us there in less than a year. Thank you.’


Miljen Kljaković Kreka said about the prestigious award: ‘This is another very important award in my career, to which I have been dedicated all these 45 years. I thank all those who helped me achieve what I have achieved. I thank FEST for presenting me this prize and all those who are still among us and are ceased to be.
After the awards ceremony, FEST closed with the world premiere of Slobodan Ivetić's documentary ‘Kreka: Lovac na snove’ (Kreka: Dreamcatcher).
The International Film Festival – FEST was held for the 49th time from May 7 to 16, 2021, in the halls of the Sava Centre, Kombank Hall, Belgrade Youth Centre and Cineplexx Galerija Belgrade, and premiered more than 70 films of the latest world, European and domestic cinema in seven selections. This year's festival was held under the slogan ‘Back to the Future’ with the intention of contributing to the revival of cinema screens and the return of film audiences to cinemas as the largest and widely known film event in the country and the region.


We remind you that from May 17 to 23, 2021, the PostFESTum programme will be held, which will include screenings of 33 films from the regular Festival programme. Due to the specific circumstances in which FEST is held, the pandemic and reduced capacity of cinema halls, this year most famous domestic film festival wants to meet the needs of its loyal audience, as well as all those who failed to see their favourite films during the last few days. PostFESTum will take place at the Belgrade Youth Centre and the Cineplexx Ušće Shopping Centre. You can see the complete schedule of the PostFESTum programme on the Festival website at the following link: https://www.fest.rs/upload/document/postfestum_-_dom_omladine_beograda_i_cineplexx_ue.pdf


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