Film Critic Award Winners


Jury Prize

Along the Sea by Fujimoto Akio (Japan - Vietnam)

For his so accurate way of filming a universal story related to a form of modern slavery, in today's Japan where he places his camera as close as possible to his heroines and dares daring sequence shots that deeply involve us in the painful journey of these three characters.




Jury Prize

John Denver Trending by Arden Rod Condez (Philippines)

for the director’s frank, balanced and smooth-flowing approach connects us with the potentially serious and uncontrollable consequences of fake news.




Jury Prize

Jinpa by Pema Tseden (Tibet-China)

for succeeding in mixing genres and influences from road movie to science-fiction and from Wong Kar-Wai to Sergio Leone, in a modern tale that is funny as it is stimulating.




Jury Prize

The Taste of Rice Flower by Pengfei (China)

for the gripping portrayal of the identity conflict of an ethnic minority torn between ancestral traditions and economic, social and technological changes in modern China and the problems of the children growing without their parents, who left them to work in cities.




Jury Prize

Hotel Salvation by Shubhashish Bhutiani (India)

For his very personal view upon three successive generations, representative of India’s evolution.



Film Critic Award Winner

Being Good by O Mipo (Japan)

for a fresh and poignant view of contemporary society, seen throw the eyes of young school teacher.

Being Good

Under Construction

Special Mention (ex-aequo)

Under Construction by Rubaiyat Hossain (Bangladesh)

for its rich and colorful representation of a woman's role in a changing capital.


Walnut Tree

Special Mention (ex-aequo)

Walnut Tree by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov (Kazakhstan)

for a lively and humorous portrait of a rural community.




Film Critic Award Winner

Exit by Chienn Hsiang (Taiwan)

Unanimously chosen for its great dramatic rigor, with an acute measure of emotion, served by a good sense of framing and space that skillfully plays with what the characters hide and reveal to each other. The performance of Chen Shiang-Chyi is all the more remarkable that she has only a few lines to build a character that she manages to embody with a lot of power and physical presence.


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