TIFF AWARDS 2004
International Jury composed by:
Barbara BIALKOWSKA (Poland/Italy)
Jean-Philippe LAROCHE (Belgium)
Fatmir KOÇI (Albania)
Jury wishes to compliment the selection committee for the high quality
of the entries. The fiction selection in particular was rich in artistic
expression and creative talent. We regret we could not award more
citations of excellence.
Best Film of the Festival
Portrait” (Singapore) by Ellery Ngiam.
For its sincere rendering of how the recent economic crisis in Asia
affects different members of a family circle.
Best Fiction Film
“Talking With Angels”
by Yousaf Ali Khan
For its straightforward account of how an ailing underprivileged mother
contends with the social welfare system as seen and experienced through
the eyes of the oldest son.
“Ravens” (Serbia & Montenegro) by Zelimir Gvardiol
For its balanced reporting of how a Serb family views the sacrifice of
an only son to a senseless war propagated by the Milosevic government.
Ward 13 (Australia) by Peter
For its absurdist narrative twists and geotesque humor in depicting
the ups and downs of escaping from a weird hospital ward.
Best Experimental Film
“Bitter Prunes” (Albania) by Dorian Ahmeti
For its creative use of experimental techniques and styles in
exploring question of identity.
Best Albanian Film
Exit (Kosova) by Lendita & Blerta Zeqiraj
strong direction, original dialogue, and ensemble acting performances
in a tighty narrated and amusingly rendered story of three youths
cornered in an apartment during the war in Kosovo.
Best First Film
Extn.21 (England) by Lizzie Oxby
For its brilliant use of animation and experimental techniques in a
kafkaesque tale of misunderstandings and miscommunications.
Alice and I (Belgium) by Micha Wald
A Dublin Story by Graham Cantwell (Ireland)
Fast Film by Virgil Widrich (Austria)
Media International Jury composed by:
Blanka Elekes SZENTAGOTAI
Alba MALLTEZI (News 24 - Albania)
Zamir ALLUSHI (Ballkan - Albania)
Red Sky (Greece) by Panagiotis
Nothing to Lose
by Rafa Ruso (Spain)