On Monday, November 12, at the cinema "Splendid Palace" the solemn presentation of the National Cinema Prize "The Great Kristaps" took place, with the most awards – four – received "Father's Night", including Dāvis Simanis as the best feature film director, while the best feature film was recognized by the director of Ināra Colman's feature film "Bille".
"Father's Night" also received awards in the categories "Best actress in the second plan" – Ilze Blauberga, "Best Actor" – Andrejs Rudzāts and "The Best Artist" – Kristīne Jurjāne.
Three "Great Kristaps" awards won the film "The Continuation" – Ivars Seleckis as the best documentary director, Valdis Celmins won the best director of the installation Andra Doršs and documentary film operator.
The best actress was Elita Kļaviņa ("Rīga. Dublis 1"), the best actor's award was Vilis Daudziņš ("With foam on the lips"), but Andris Daugaviņš ("Criminal Excellence Fund") was recognized as the best actor in the second plan.
In the category "The Best Full-length Documentary" Kristīne Briede and Audrius Stonis won the "Time Bridges".
In the category "Best Short Film" Vladislav Leschov won "Electrician Day", the best animation artist's award was Lizete Upite ("Night Walking"), but Vladimir Leschov ("Electrician Day") was recognized as the best animated film director.
The best scriptwriter was Oskar Rupenheits ("Criminal Excellence Fund"), while Vestards Šimkus ("Breath of Marble") was recognized as the best composer. The jury's special prize for screenplay "The Merry Tour" was given to Kristin Želvei.
The best makeup artist was recognized by Beata Rjabovska ("The Baltic tribes. The Last Gentiles of Europe"), Liene Rolstein ("Homo Novus") was awarded the Best Costume Artist.
In the category "Best Student Film", the film won the film "The Viesturs Kairišs Out of the Forest" by the director Mart Elina Martinson.
The best debut film was awarded to Gunta Boyar's cinema "Man and Dali", and the director of the category received a prize from Ģirts Bišs ("Zageri", "Night walks").
In return, the prize for lifetime contribution to film art was received by well-known and experienced film critics and theorists Abram Kleckin and Miks Savic. The prize is awarded for the creation of a theoretical basis for Latvian documentary cinema and a long-term educational work in film art.
The film "Criminal Excellence Fund" by the director and producer Oskar Rupenheit won the Delfi readers' vote.
The award was awarded to Kristīne Žeilvei for the movie "The Mary's Tour", the newspaper Diena, Magazine "SestDiena" and the "Kdi" magazine, as well as the "Fipresci" award, while the "Riga Nami" prize for the most feature film was presented to the director of the film "Homo Novus" by Anna Viduley.
The films and professionals nominated for the National Film Award were judged by an international jury. It consists of Latvian professionals and Latvian-based professionals who have created their film career abroad. Among them is Ph.D. D. Juris Civian (USA), Hollywood actress Rutan Alda (USA) and film director Dr. Elina Reiter (Germany). Latvia was represented by Sonora Brock, the creative director of the Riga International Film Festival (Riga IFF), directed by Viesturs Kairis and film producer Linda Krūkle.
In total, 58 films were nominated for the prize. The Grand Kristaps Award is organized by the Association of Latvian Cinematographers in cooperation with the National Cultural Center and the Ministry of Culture.
The prize was founded in 1977, but since 2014 it is again presented annually. Last year, "The Melanie Chronicle" by Viesturs Kairis was recognized as the best feature film "The Liberation Day" by Uģa Olte and Morten Trovika, the best documentary short film was won by Andrei Verhoustinsky, "Lidia", while Edmund won the best animated film. Jonas "Bize and Negila".