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Olympic Casino awards the winner of the Neitsi Maali award

Posted on 18. December 2013

Olympic Casino awards the winner of the Neitsi Maali award

The Estonian Association of Film Journalists will announce the winner of the Film of the Year title at the award ceremony that takes place on January 8 at 2 p.m. in the Sõprus cinema theatre. The title is accompanied with a cash prize and a Neitsi Maali bronze statuette. The Estonian Association of Film Journalists will also award the best film critic and films that have been screened in Estonian cinemas. All visitors are most welcome!

The members of the Estonian Association of Film Journalists have nominated altogether 18 local films in different categories. Five candidates were selected on the basis of a scoreboard. The candidates for Neitsi Maali award are (in alphabetical order):

* Living Pictures (Elavad pildid), feature. Director Hardi Volmer, producer Anneli Ahven, production company Exitfilm

* Free Range. Ballad on Approving the World (FreeRangeehk Ballaad maailma heakskiitmisest), feature. Director Veiko Õunpuu, producer Katrin Kissa, production company Homeless Bob Production

* Kertu, feature. Director Ilmar Raag, producer Riina Sildos, production company Amrion

* Mandarins (Mandariinid), feature. Director Zaza Urushadze, producers Ivo Felt and Zaza Urushadze, production company Allfilm and Cinema 24

* Flowers from theMount of Olives(Õlimäe õied), documentary. Director Heilika Pikkov, producer Ülo Pikkov, production company Silmviburlane

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The Estonian Association of Film Journalists was established in 1993 and it is a member of the international organisation of film journalists FIPRESC. This is the twenty first consecutive annual Film of The Year award. The Film of the Year award of the Estonian Association of Film Journalists is the film award with the longest traditions during the independent period of theEstonianRepublic. It is called the Neitsi Maali award and it is accompanied with an original bronze statuette (by Priit Tender) and a cash prize by Olympic Casino. The award of the Best Critic of the Year is funded by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

The first award of the Estonian Association of Film Journalists was issued in 1994 to a film completed in 1993.

The previous award winners are:

1993 – documentary by Sulev Keedus: In Paradisum
1994 – feature by Hardi Volmer: Firewater (Tulivesi)
1995 – cartoon by Priit Pärn and Janno Põldma: 1895
1996 – documentary by Jüri Sillart: Grisha
1997 – documentary by Mark Soosaar: Father, Son and Holy Torum (Isa, poeg ja püha Toorum)
1998 – feature by Sulev Keedus: Georgica
1999 – documentary by Marko Raat: For Aesthetic Reasons (Esteetilistel põhjustel)
2000 – cartoon by Janno Põldma and Heiki Ernits: Lotte
2001 – cartoon by Priit Tender:Mont Blanc
2002 – feature by Marko Raat: Agent Wild Duck (Agent Sinikael)
2003 – the award was shared between two films: feature by Sulev Keedus: Broken Sleep (Somnambuul) and documentary by Jaak Kilm and Andres Maimik: A Living Force (Elav jõud)
2004 – the award was shared between two films: documentary by Enn Säde: „Jüri – that Mulk (Jüri – see mulk ehk mis tuul müürile...) and documentary by Esto TV: Choose Order (Vali kord)
2005 – feature by Jaak Kilmi: Meeting a Stranger (Kohtumine tundmatuga)
2006 – feature by Veiko Õunpuu: Empty (Tühirand)
2007 – the award was shared between two films: documentary by Sulev Keedus: Jonathan fromAustralia(Jonathan Austraaliast) and feature by Veiko Õunpuu: Autumn Ball (Sügisball)
2008 – documentary by Mait Laas: Masters of Time (Aja meistrid)
2009 – feature by Veiko Õunpuu: The Temptation of St. Tony (Püha Tõnu kiusamine)
2010 – cartoon by Mati Kütt: Sky Song (Taevalaul)
2011 – documentary by Jaan Tootsen: The New World (Uus maailm)
2012 – the award was shared between two films: documentary by Sulev Keedus: The Russians of Crow Island (Varesesaare venelased) and feature by Toomas Hussar: Mushrooming (Seenelkäik)

Additional information:

Jaan Ruus 55 33894
Maria Ulfsak 56 647451