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Igric film awards given out

THE LONGEST-RUNNING Slovak film awards, Igric, were ceremonially distributed to this year's laureates in Bratislava on May 24.

The Slovak Film Association, the Union of Slovak TV Producers, and the Literary Fund gave an Igric for Lifetime Achievement to director, writer, and TV film producer Ivan Teren.

The jury granted three Igric awards in total. The second Igric went to director Matyáš Prikler for the TV feature film Ďalšie dejstvo - Kővetkező Felvonás in the category of TV play. Marko Škop obtained the third Igric for his documentary Iné Svety (Other worlds) in the category of film and TV documentary.

However, the jury led by Dušan Hanák did not pick any laureate in the category of feature film, as no Slovak film premiered last year. "Last year, no Slovak film made it into cinemas, only a co-production, Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále (I Served the King of England)," the chairman of the Slovak Film Association Štefan Vraštiak told the ČTK news wire.

Awards in the category of animated production and best actor were not granted as well.

Apart from the main prizes, some creative awards were also given out. They went to costume designer Milan Čorba, cameramen Martin Štrba and Dodo Šimončič, directors Mariana Čengel-Solčanová and Jaroslav Vojtek and script editor Jana Vlčková.

The Igric Award celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The first Igrics were distributed in 1967, and continued over the next two years. But the change in political climate and situation of filmmakers due to the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pack armies interrupted the tradition. It resumed only in 1993. So far, Igric Awards have been given out 18 times.

Natural Science Museum wins

A TOTAL of twelve museums and two galleries competed in the fourth annual Museum of the Year competition. The Natural History Museum of the Slovak National Museum in Bratislava won the A category of specialized national museums. The Gallery of Peter Michal Bohúň (GPMB) in Liptovský Mikuláš won the category B of regional, town and local museums and galleries. Representatives from the winning institutions received the awards in Martin on May 21.

For the competition, the National History Museum presented a collection of beetles and opals from historical deposits near Dubník, the Mammoth in Slovakia - The Lost World of Mammoths exhibition, and other examples.

The GPMB presented an exhibition and a catalogue about sculptor Alojz Štróbl and an educational project entitled Five Senses for Art.

Gallery director Zuzana Gažíková told the TASR news wire that the gallery's victory is praise for the work the gallery is doing. GPMB is the fourth most visited gallery in Slovakia.

The chairwoman of the Association of Museums in Slovakia Marta Janovičková said that the third year of the competition shows that workers at museums and galleries have a certain respect and instinct for exhibiting only the things that deserve to be. "Maybe it seems to be a low number, but we are glad that museums and galleries have become courageous enough to compete for this prize," Janovičková said.

The Culture Ministry announced the national Museum of the Year competition in cooperation with the Association of Museums in Slovakia and the Board of Galleries of Slovakia with the aim of appraising professionalism, as well as the level of activities of museums and galleries, improving their standard, and stimulating the creation of a creative competitive environment.

Slovak screenwriter awarded in Cannes

SLOVAK SCREENPLAY WRITER Zuzana Liová won the Krzysztof Kieślowski Award, named after the famous Polish director, for her screenplay Dom (The House) at this year's Cannes Film Festival. This was the first time awards were given out for best film scripts from Central and Eastern Europe. This year's 60th Cannes Film Festival ended on May 27.

Iréne Jacob, who in 1991 won the Best Actress Award in Cannes for her role in Kieslowski's The Double Life of Veronique, presented the jury's decision on May 22.

Liová's Dom is a compelling family drama. In 2005, she directed a feature TV film Ticho (Silence), which has already won some prizes at international film festivals.

The first ScripTeast competition drew 12 feature film scripts from six Eastern European countries.

The authors then worked on rewrites over the last few months with creative advisors like William Forsyth, Richard Kwietniowski, Bernd Lichtenberg, Enzo Monteleone, Lynda Myles, Thaddeus O'Sullivan, James Ragan, and Petr Zelenka.

ScripTeast is an innovative training program designed for experienced scriptwriters from Eastern and Central Europe. It is meant to help scriptwriters from this region overcome barriers they encounter, enhance competitiveness of the already written scripts and promote them among the best European producers.

by Jana Liptáková

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