The closing ceremony of the 3rd International film and music festival started off with the performance of the folklore ensemble „Svetozar Markovic“ from the student cultural centre of Kragujevac. Their songs, music, and notably their dance heated the already scorching atmosphere and the impatience of the audience, eager to find out who were the award winners of Kustendorf 2010.
The official part of the programme started quite unofficially. The actress Milica Predic invited the founder of the festival Emir Kusturica to hand out specially designed diplomas to the student-participants, symbolising their stay at Kustendorf. Along with a musical number, the jazz group „Junit 5“, students lined up side by side, wanting to have their picture taken once again collectively. The audience specially aplaused the eleven year old fimmaker from Bangladesh, Shiropa Purna, who came to Kustendorf accompanied by her mother. Shiropa won the hearts of the visitors of the festival.
Then Dubravka Lakic, president of the press jury, announced when invited on stage that we cannot be human beings, nor can we justify our existence on this planet if we don't plant at least one tree in our lifetime, alluding to the tree in its poetical visual sensel as shown in the short Lernavan, where the young Armanian filmmaker Marat Sargsyan planted it, who won the press award.
Following the press award, the president of the jury and comic author and director, Marjan Satrapi and producer Sara Driver rose to the stage in order to announce the name of this year's Kustendorf 2010 award winner. Since good times and the exchange of positive energy marked the entire festival, these two famous authors decided to humour and cheer the audience.
- It was a difficult task to choose the best films, since there were a lot of films that had special quality. The fight lasted a while, we were left without the third member of the jury Johnathan Weisgal, and some were left without any teeth – said Satrapi, jokingly explaining the missing third member who left early that morning for America and showing a picture of him with a huge grin, which Driver and Satrapi coloured parts of it black.
The third award of Kustendorf 2010, the Bronze Egg went to the Lithuanian film Lernavan directed by the Armanian director Marat Sargsyan.
The second award, the Silver Egg, was given to the Czech film Baba, directed by Zuzana Kirchnerova-Špidlova
The winner of the festival, out of 28 films, was the ten minute French-Isreali creation Lost Paradise by Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun. The president of the jury Marjan Satrapi awarded her the Golden Egg, while the founder of the festival and its concept Emir Kusturica awarded her to stay one month in Drvengrad, where she can „write a new script in peace“.
- If there is a small version of heaven on earth, then it is here in Mokra Gora, in Kustendorf – said the winner of Kustendorf 2010 Mihal Brezis, thanking host Emir Kusturica, the organizers of the festival and everyone who made it possible to have a good time and learn something.
After the awards ceremony, the screening of the surprise film The Rooster is Dead (Le coq est mort) managed to animate the audience by making it sing a silly children's song in French. Shortly later, the theatre turned into a choir ensemble conducted by the actor projected on the big screen
During the awards ceremony, the newly-inaugurated award „The Knigh of the Buffet Table“ for the most frequent visit to the buffet was given to Vladimir Cukavac.
The evening ended with the phenomenal two-hour concert by Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra.
During the seven days of the festival, students had the chance to get to know each other, socialise, and learn from Johnny Depp, Fatih Akin, Pavel Lungin, Asgar Farhadi, Raj Amari, Marjan Satrapi, Elia Suleiman, Sara Driver, Jonathan Weisner, Emir Kusturica, and other world renouned producers offering to collaborate with the young authors.