September 10, 2016 — Since its 1st edition in 2012 and each year thereafter, the Festival has been handing-out Special Awards that are decided by the organizers and not by the Jury. This year, the organizers of the Brasov International Film Festival & Market are proud to recognize the work and achievements of two notable individuals by presenting them with the following distinctions:
The “Honorary Award” goes to American businessman and political personality Mr. Robert F. Sylk
The “Lifetime Achievement Award” goes to 91 years old Croatian actor and musician, Mr. Bruno Petrali
Robert F. Sylk received two Presidential Appointments. He was appointed by President George Bush Sr. to the Russian-American Economic Aid and Business Training Commission, and in the Name of President Barak Obama, and on the highest Recommendation of the Governor of California Jerry Brown, Robert Sylk was appointed by the United States Director of the Selective Service System as the representative Board Member for the State of California and for Riverside County, California.
Robert Sylk has over 40 combined years of management, gaming, Casino Marketing and Table Game experience amassed at Mirage Resorts, Hilton Properties, The Venetian, El Dorado and Agua Caliente to name a few. He is currently President and CEO of Olympus Casino and Resort in Las Vegas Nevada, a $4 billion casino set to open in 2017, and he is the owner of Travel Agents International, with 33 offices in California.
Mr. Sylk has received numerous merit awards during his career for his public service, business achievements and humanitarian contributions. Among his leading distinctions, he counts the Jewish National Fund’s highest honor: the “Tree of Life” award. Other recipients included Ted Turner, Donald Trump, The Honorable Tom Bradley, The Honorable Henry Waxman, and others.
Robert F. Sylk serves as Advisor to The International Center for Finance at The Yale School of Management, and as Advisor at Cornell University, with regard to facilitating ethical practices in the workplace.
“Lifetime Achievement Award”
Bruno Petrali was born in 1925 in Rijeka, Croatia. He started his singing career on Radio Rijeka and quickly became very popular. The sentimental lyrics of his songs were in the spirit of the times and they emphasized romance. Some of his most popular singles are “Without You”, “All My Autumns are Sad”, “Prisoner of Sleep”, “Poem for Two Couples” and “Blue Canary”. For the label Jugoton, Bruno Petrali recorded a total of eighteen tracks that were subsequently released on the market with much success.
Throughout his career, Bruno Petrali sang, ran his own radio shows, starred in theater plays, acted in movies and, in the 70’s he also served as director of the Italian Drama ensemble in Rijeka. As a film actor, Mr. Petrali is known for his roles in “Povratak” (1979), “Velo Misto” (1980) and “Kapelski Kresovi” (1974).
Today, at 91, Bruno Petrali continues to record music and to perform live. Most recently, he translated a popular Croatian song into Italian, “Una Sola Volta Ci Si Ama”. He has recorded the song with Sarah & The Romans, a Bluegrass style band.
Bruno Petrali has been recognized as one of the top three Croatian singers of the last 50 years and twenty of his songs have been included in a recently released album entitled “Forgotten Stars”.
After four years of successful annual editions, Brasov Int’l Film Festival, the most important and renown nonviolent film festival in the world, has moved on-line exclusively. This year, the Festival has been showcasing 21 nonviolent selected feature films, documentaries and shorts on its Vimeo On Demand Channel since the 1st of September.
The Festival is still live on its Vimeo Channel until September 11, here:
The Jury Awards will be announced tomorrow night, at the closing of the 2016 edition of the Brasov Int’l Film Festival. This year’s lineup has been featured in the 2016/2017 edition of Daria! magazine.
The Festival was founded by film director Bruno Pischiutta and producer Daria Trifu in 2012 to showcase nonviolent, main stream motion pictures and to show that those movies are not only capable of great international success, but they are also in high demand by the public.
The Festival has been recognized by the IMDB and all the awards handed each year are listed. Visit the Festival’s IMDB profile.