Evolution! Mallorca Film Festival 2019 – Back and better than ever!

Evolution! Mallorca Film Festival returned to the island to showcase the best films on the island and around the globe.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_images_carousel images=”1711,1712,1713,1714,1715,1716,1717,1718″ img_size=”full” autoplay=”yes”][vc_column_text]Mallorca has found its position on the global film stage thanks to the constantly-evolving Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival that takes place every year.

Now in its 8th year, the film festival came back bigger and better than ever to showcase Mallorcan filmmakers and talent as well as internationally renowned directors, producers, and actors. The brainchild of Sandra Seeling Lipski, the festival has now become one of the most anticipated events on Mallorca’s calendar.

The events took place over five days with film screenings, premieres, workshops and events with the movers and shakers of the film and TV world taking part.

One of the most anticipated premieres was for the BBC drama, Mallorca Files, that has been filmed in various locations around the island and has generated quite a buzz amongst residents. The stars of the show, Elen Rhys and Julian Looman, gave interviews and a Q&A about the show at the Cineciutat after the premiere.

Another star that graced our shores for the festival was renowned British filmmaker and Oscar winner, Asif Kapadia, who is known for the Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, that he came to discuss with the guests of the film festival. The documentary became the highest-grossing documentary of all time in the United Kingdom.

Port Adriano played host to a drive-in cinema, an experience reminiscent of many a movie in itself, and showed films such as Kill Bill Volume 1, Easy Rider, and When Harry Met Sally. Kids were also entertained with several films shown at the Cineciutat there were child-friendly. 

The film festival also welcomed a delegation of Chinese filmmakers to the island to create synergy between China and Mallorca as well as show them the endless possibilities that the island has to offer as a filming location. Chinese film, The Priestess, also premiered at the Cineciutat on Monday.

After all of the premieres, workshops and events, the festival closed with the closing night film, Pullman, and an award ceremony to hand out the prizes to the worthy winners before the cocktail party got underway at the Gerhard Braun Gallery. The Celebrity Team were lucky enough to go along and mingle with the actors, producers and filmmakers and enjoy the cocktails and gins that flowed throughout the evening.

Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival is continually growing and more and more people await this fantastic event every year – we can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring!

Prize Winners

Evolution Vision 2019: Asif Kapadia

Evolutionary Award 2019: Lena Headey 

Evolutionary Award 2019: Guy Nattiv 

Best Film:’Love cuts’, by Costa Djordjevic

Best Director: Richard Wong, for “Come as you Are”

Best Actor: Grant Rosenmeyer (“Come as you are”)

Best Actress: Kristina Jovanovic (“Love cuts”)

Special mention: Li Jinming (“Priestess”)*

Best Script: Barbara Daniel for Damaged Goods

Best Documentary Film: Gina Hole Lazarowich, for ‘Krow’s Transformation

Special mention: Nata Moreno for “Ara Malikian: A Life Among Strings “

Best Documentary Short Film: ’Campesinos’, by Matias Bolla

Best Fiction Short Film: ‘F**k you’, by Anette Sidor

Best Short Film – Made in Baleares: ‘Playboys’, by Roxanne Paisan

Best Documentary Short – Made in Baleares: ‘Suitcase of Madame Colette’, by Joan Bonet

Best Music Video: Oren Lavie for “Second-hand Lovers” and Alina Maria Rancier for “Ay, Ay, I”

Special mention: Alexandra Gascón for “Que Calor!” 

Evolutionary Island Award: Lene Borch Hansen and Anna Von Lowzow, for Joern Utzon: The Man and the Architect’.