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About the Breaking Waves Award

The Breaking Waves Award, founded in 2006 and crafted by fine artist Luca Görömbei goes to the most outstanding, daring and innovative movie of the festival every year. The receiver of the Award - selected from the competition line-up drawn up by the festival staff - is voted unanimously by three members of our international jury. The prestigious award also comes with a €10 000 premium to the director of the winning title, thanks to the generosity of the Ministry of Culture and Education.

Previously awarded…

  • Breaking Waves Award: Rune Denstad Langlo - Nord (North)
  • Members of the Juree: Baltasar Kormákur, Icelandic film director, actor, writer, producer, Ildikó Enyedi, Hungarian film director , writer, producer and Gergely Pohárnok, Hungarian cinematographer.
The Audience’s Award went to an Icelandic film, White Night Wedding (Brúðguminn) by  Baltasar Kormákur.

  • Breaking Waves Award: Baltasar Kormákur - Mýrin (Jar City)
  • Members of the Juree: Grainne Humphreys, director of the Jameson Dublin Inernational Film Festival, Kornél  Mundruczó, Hungarian film director and Marek Dobes, Czech film director and journalist.

The Audience’s Award went to an Icelandic film, Sigur Rós: Heima by Dean DeBlois.

  • Breaking Waves Award: Esteban Sapir - The Aerial (La Antena)
  • Members of the Juree: Marit Kapla, director of the Göteborg International Film Festival, György Pálfi, Hungarian film director and Ronald Bergan film journalist.

The Audience’s Award went to an Irish comedy, Mickybo & Me by Terry Loane.

  • Breaking Waves Award: Ilya Khrzhanovsky - 4
  • Members of the Juree: Shane Danielsen, Art Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, György Báron film journalist, president of the Alliance of Hungarian Film Critiques, Nils Klevjer Aas, Senior Advisor to the Norwegian Film Fund and the Norwegian Ministry for Cultural and Church Affairs.

The Audience’s Award went to Miranda July’s comedy: Me and You and Everyone We Know.



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