The competition jury, which was composed of Romanian cinematographer Marius Panduru, Bulgarian director Zornitsa Sophia and Egyptian filmmaker Marouan Omar, awarded the Jury Prize to the Ukrainian film “Dad’s Sneakers”, directed by Olha Zhurba, for its innovative, empathetic and candid approach to a sensitive social issue – adoption. The jury also awarded a special honourable mention to the Greek film “To Vancouver”, directed by Artemis Anastasiadou, for its mastery in capturing the complexity of human relationships.

The audience also played an important role in the winners, as through their votes, viewers from the 7 participating countries chose their favourite short film to receive the Audience Award. This year, the award went to the Bulgarian film “Theatrical Romance”, directed by Teodora Kosara Popova.

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