Bonfire, the debut work by rising filmmaker Dmitry Davidov (Yakutia, Russia), was announced to be the best dramatic film on the 17th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Canada.
The film was presented by the director Dmitry Davydov and the producer Sardaana Savina. It competed against 6 feature films for Best Dramatic Feature. As the producer mentioned, it was an unexpected victory.
Dmitry Davydov gave a speech and expressed his gratitude to the audience and jury: “It’s exciting that people get to know Yakutian cinematography. We are thankful for your inviting and very glad to get such a high award”.
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing innovation in film, video, audio and digital media. The Festival presents the most compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and excellence of Native art and culture in contemporary media.
It should be noted that Bonfire had the world premiere in the Busan International Film Festival in Korea. Asian film critic Maggie Lee called Bonfire as one of the most talented non-Asian independent films.
Deep in the Sakha Republic in eastern Siberia, Ignat is a hard-working widower who keeps to himself and tries to do the right thing. After a tragic accident involving his son, Ignat finds an unlikely friendship with a local boy. Bonfire is a dramatic feature that displays a tender, tactile portrait of the complexities of family and the fragility of life.