Letters from War by Ivo M. Ferreira was the big winner of the 2017 Sophia Awards, gathering nine trophies, including Best Film and Best Director.

Letters from War also won Best Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Cinematography, among other technical sections.

The second big winner was Luís Filipe Rocha’s Grey and Black, gathering the award for Best Lead Actor. The story set in the Azores also won in the Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Soundtrack categories.

Other winners included Ana Padrão, for her role in Game of Checkers, and Mother Knows Better, Nuno Rocha’s comedy, which emerged victorious in the supporting performances categories, earning seasoned thesp Manuela Maria the Best Supporting Actress Award and Adriano Carvalho Best Supporting Actor.

The list of winners:

Best Film
Letters from War – Ivo M Ferreira

Best Director
Ivo M Ferreira – Letters from War

Best Lead Actress
Ana Padrão – Game of Checkers

Best Lead Actor
Miguel Borges – Grey and Black

Best Supporting Actress
Manuela Maria – Mother Knows Better

Best Supporting Actor
Adriano Carvalho – Mother Knows Better

Best Original Screenplay
Luís Filipe Rocha – Grey and Black

Best Adapted Screenplay
Ivo M Ferreira, Edgar Medina – Letters from War

Best Cinematography
João Ribeiro – Letters from War

Best Editing
Sandro Aguilar – Letters from War

Best Sound
Ricardo Leal – Letters from War

Best Costumes
Lucha d’Orey – Letters from War

Best Artistic Direction
Nuno G Mello – Letters from War

Best Make-up and Hairdressing
Nuno Esteves Blue – Letters from War

Best Original Soundtrack
Mário Laginha – Grey and Black

Best Original Song
Sobe o Calor (Sérgio Godinho and Filipe Raposo) – Refrigerantes e Canções de Amor

Best Documentary Feature
Mudar de Vida, José Mário Branco, vida e obra – Nelson Guerreiro, Pedro Fidalgo

Best Short Fiction
Menina – Simão Cayatte

Best Animated Short
Estilhaços – José Miguel Ribeiro

Best Documentary Short
Balada de um Batráquio – Leonor Teles

Sophia Student Award
A Instalação do Medo – Ricardo Leite

Sophia Achievement Award
Actor Ruy de Carvalho