Masterschool Graduate Andrey Paounov wins Silver Wolf 2004

Masterschool 2004 graduate Andrey Paounov ran in the Silver Wolf Competition, where twenty short documentaries competed for the Silver Wolf Award. The jury of the Silver Wolf awarded the prize for best short documentary to "GEORGI AND THE BUTTERFLIES" (Bulgaria, 2004). Director Andrey Paounov received Euro 10,000 and a stamp, made available by the Dutch Public Broadcaster NPS. In addition, the prize-winning documentary was bought and will be broadcast by Dutch NPS broadcaster.

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The fine line between brilliance and lunacy is extremely thin. This is what Georgi Borissov Lulchev, superintendent of a Bulgarian psychiatric institution, knows more than anyone else. With a fair dose of ingenuity and perseverance, he indefatigably looks for ways to make his institution, situated on the grounds of a former monastery, profitable. In GEORGI AND THE BUTTERFLIES, director Andrey Paounov films the ill-fated ideas sprouting from Georgi's mind, with a keen eye to cinematographic beauty and accompanied by cheerful music. From the development of the property into a pheasant shooting ground for tourists and a snail, fur, ostrich and silkworm farm, to the invention of soy bread for diabetics, time and again Georgi embarks on the next prospectless project with renewed optimism. Neither his wife nor the cook understand why he is doomed to failure every time. Meanwhile, the patients and staff of the institution live together as one big harmonious family under the rotting roof of the old cloister, for there is no money to start using the new accommodation that was finished three years ago. But perhaps one day Georgi will win the lottery, which he plays with his patients' Social Security numbers.

Bulgaria, 2004 colour, 35mm, 1 hour Editing: Zoritsa Kotseva Music: Ivo Paunov, Vihren Paunov Photography: Georgi Bogdanov, Boris Missirkov Producer: Martichka Bozhilova Director: Andrey Paounov Screenplay: Andrey Paounov Sound: Momchil Bozhkov, Petar Josifov, Neno Nenov