Best Febio Pitch Award

Sponsored by IFF Febiofest, the main award of Bratislava Industry Days consists of € 3000 cash for the most promising project. The award is handed out by the international jury.

Awarded project:
Period Drama
dir. Michaela Mihalyi
prod. Jakub Rálek (

Cineuropa Work in Progress Award

One project is awarded the coverage throughout various stages of development and distribution by Cineuropa. The award is handed out by Martin Kudláč, a Cineuropa correspondent.

Awarded project:
Dom uprostred / The House in the Middle
dir. Dominik György
prod. Lívia Filusová (Furia Film)

Pop Up Film Residency Visegrad Award

One project is awarded a three-week residency in Warsaw in July 2023. This benefits from a tailor-made mentoring program alongside four more filmmakers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Ukraine. The award is handed out by Matthieu Darras, director of the Pop Up Film Residency.

Awarded project:
Miškov svet / My World Upside Down
dir. Daniel Rihák
prod. Martina Sakova, Daniel Rihák (What If Films)


Paolo Bertolin

Paolo Bertolin is a film programmer, critic, producer, and a member of the Venice Film Festival selection committee. He has worked for several international film festivals and institutions, including Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, Locarno Open Doors, IFF Rotterdam, Doha Film Institute, Torino FF, Mumbai IFF, Beijing IFF, and IFF Bratislava. He has production credits on Berlinale Competition entries Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories (dir. Phan Dang Di; 2014) and A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (dir. Lav Diaz; 2016). He is a member of the European Film Academy, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards Academy, and Film Independent.

Xavier Henry-Rashid

Xavier Henry-Rashid runs Film Republic, a London-based sales agency specialised in world cinema. Its catalogue includes Peter Bebjak’s The Line (2017) and Tereza Nvotova’s Filthy (2017). Xavier started his career as a photographer and freelance journalist, contributing to publications such as Variety, Screen, Esquire, and GQ. He then worked for a number of festivals in various positions, from previewer at Sheffield Doc/Fest to executive director of the Raindance Film Festival. He had a tenure on the board of Europa International – the pan-European sales association – until 2021, is an alumnus of the Berlin Talent Campus (now Talents), Screen Institute, and EAVE, and a member of the EFA.

Barbara Orlicz-Szczypuła

Head of the Krakow Film Festival programme department, one of the leading festivals in Poland. She graduated from the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Before joining the festival, she worked at a film distribution company with responsibility for film events. She is a president of the Krakow Film Foundation and CEO of KFF Sales&Promotion, the sales agency that internationally promotes Polish documentary, animated, and short films. She is a member of the Polish Film Academy.