The short-reel production “Hello Kitty”, by Millo Simulov, won the Best Production award in the Fiction section of the “Filmul de Piatra 2012” festival held between January 5 and 8 in Piatra Neamt, a release by the organizers informs. A group of merry-making friends, a mad trip to the seaside and a cinematographic quality we rarely get to see in Romanian features pushed the film to the winning position. The competition brought together 55 Romanian shorts, running in the following categories: Fiction, Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Music Video and Extreme. The prizes, offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), amounted to a total EUR 5,000.
The winner of the Animation section was Sebastian Cosor’s “The Scream”, an ingenious production inspired by Edvard Munch’s famous painting of the same title, while the laureates of the Documentary section are Dragos Dulea and Andra Puscas, co-signing “Stremt 89”, a humorous approach to the 1989 Revolution. The award for the best experimental film went to “Vlog 13”, bearing Badelita Alexandru Petru’s signature. The film attempts to answer the question “What happens when you leave this world and you turn to something else?”. In the Music Video section, the trophy went to the song “Moartea Boxelor” by Suie Paparude. The winner of the Extreme category was Horia Marusca for the short-reel production “Mountain Biking”.
The special prize offered by ICR went to “Grand Hotel Italia”, directed by Rodi Cotenescu, while the public’s choice prize was awarded to the team made up of Dragos Dulea and Anda Puscas for “Stremt 89”. Filmul de Piatra will be back in Piatra Neamt in early 2013.