The Russian TV series Blackout won the award for the Best TV Series of Central and Eastern Europe, having been selected from another 6 competing titles by the festival’s international jury. The series follows the story of a Russian veteran of the Afghan War and takes viewers on an emotional ride to post-Soviet Russia in the early 1990s.
The honorable mention goes to HBO’s The Sleepers, a refined spy drama set around the fall of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. The show symbolically premiered on TV on the 17th of November, which is celebrated in the Czech Republic as the Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day.
This year’s Best Webseries of Central and Eastern Europe award was won by Mall.tv’s project #martyisdead, a dark story about cyberbullying based on a true story. The series is available on Mall.tv. Thanks to Joël Bassaget, member of the festival’s international jury from France and one of the leading experts on webseries, #martyisdead was also be presented at MIPCOM in Cannes, the largest TV content trade show in Europe taking place in a week.