The feature film ‘AN‘ directed by Naomi Kawase won Best Film at the first edition of the Valletta Film Festival that was held between 15th and 21st June 2015.
In her acceptance speech, transmitted from Japan, Kawase thanked the jury for the award and stated that the film is a very simple story going through the Japanese four seasons, with three generations of actors growing and learning from their interactions. “From the idea of crossing the borders, showing empathy to people around, I thought that it would give a warm feeling to the audience”, she added.
Film Director Roland Joffé presided over the international Jury which included actors Amber Rose Revah, Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Laura Kpegli and the director of Cork Film Festival James Mulligan. The festival was attended by more than 5000 people and boasted films from Brazil, Japan, China and the Scandinavia countries amongst others.
Anna Muyleart, director of Brazilian film ‘THE SECOND MOTHER‘, won the Best Director award. In her acceptance speech, transmitted via video message, Muyleart said her film reflected the aims of the festival and hoped it conveyed a common humanity.
The documentary film ‘SOMETHING BETTER TO COME’ directed by Hannah Polak won Best Documentary award. Receiving the Triton Award during the closing ceremony at t6th century Fort St. Elmo, Polak said that she was delighted that the film
Best Short Film went to the Moldavian entry MARKET DAY. In a recorded message the filmmakers thanked the festival and said the award was an encouragement for their future projects.