The National Competition Best Film Award goes to Electra, Special Mentiones go to Buzz of the Eart and Eight Day

Electra is an inspiring film that brilliantly blends animation and live action with creative and unconventional techniques to create an unusually composed and multi-layered. The film tells the drama of a ten-year-old girl in a symbolic way, touching on psychological complexities and painful relationships. A film that evokes a positive feeling of envy,“ said the jury of the National Competition, which included dramaturg Enrico Vannucci, editor Bartosz Pietras and filmmaker Izabela Plucinska, when evaluating the winning film. 

This award marks yet another success for Electra – the film had its world premiere at the Cannes IFF, was awarded at the Toronto and Ottawa festivals and is nominated for the Magnesia Award for Best Student Film at the Czech Lion Awards. The award for the best film in the National Competition comes with a financial prize of 2000 EUR.

Two films received Special mentions in the National Competition, Buzz of the Earth by Greta Stocklassa and Eight Day by Petr Pylypčuk. 

Greta Stocklassa's documentary film Buzz of the Earth impressed the jury by „masterfully mixing cinema and meta-cinema, and reflecting and mocking what the lack of discussion and dialogue has led us to become as human beings living in an interconnected global society.

The jury then praised Petr Pylypčuk's Eighth Day „For relying on unspoken words and simple but beautiful and meaningful images that create and subtle atmosphere, and for tackling an uncommon and unusual subject for Czech cinema."

Buzz of the Earth and Eight Day will be streamed at KVIFF.TV during the online part of the Pragueshorts Film Festival, from March 3rd until March 17th.