Bulgarian director Iglika Triffonova is the winner of the CEI Award (3.000 EUR) assigned in the framework of the 27th edition of the Trieste Film Festival.

Her film 'The prosecutor, the defender, the father and his son', inspired by a true story, is about a trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in Hague, against a man accused of committing war crimes in Bosnia.

"Triffonova is a director of high civic engagement, capable of interpreting the contemporary European reality and the dialogue between cultures". It was stated in the motivation of the Award.

The CEI Award was presented by Barbara Fabro, CEI officer in charge of culture, on the occasion of the awarding ceremony in Trieste on 30 January.

The CEI, through its Cooperation Fund, is one of the sponsors of the Trieste Film Festival, the Italian leading appointment with Central and Eastern European cinema, offering a unique retrospective of quality filmmaking production from the CEI region. In particular, the CEI is supporting the Eastweek” project, an international script-writing workshop involving film schools and academies from Central and Eastern Europe. Its main objective is to develop the selected projects from the delicate initial- idea-phase through a series of tutorials, masterclasses and case studies.    

In the framework of the Festival, CEI support is also given to the co-production forum When East Meets West, gathering funders, commissioning editors, sales agents, distributors and producers, in particular from Eastern Europe, Italy and – in 2016 – from Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
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  Iglika Triffonova studied film & TV at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Art in Sofia. Her career began with a series of documentaries, the first being YEAR OF 1990 (45 min), documenting the year after the fall of the Berlin wall. The film has been selected by numerous festivals (Marseilles, Oberhausen, Potsdam) and won First prize at "Prix Futura", Berlin, 1991. Among her other works of this period of time are POSSIBLE DISTANCES (1992), about the distances separating a Bulgarian man and a Turkish woman – called by the critics a “documentary love story” – and MURDER STORIES (1993), being the confessions of three men who have committed murder – the film was at Marseilles and Mannheim and was awarded The Golden Rose for best Bulgarian Documentary in 1994. Her first feature was LETTER TO AMERICA (2000), and was awarded 9 national prizes, including the Bulgarian nomination for the 2001 Oscar awards for best foreign film and was selected by over 45 international festivals. THE INVESTIGATION (2006), her 2nd feature, has been awarded 11 national prizes and 7 international awards so far.