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For 16th year Sofia International Film Festival will gather together in Sofia films, guests, stars, journalists and cinema fans from 9th until 18th March 2012. Featured in Variety’s Top 50 of cinema festivals, the event presents Bulgaria to the world as the host one of the important film festivals in Europe and takes place annually in March. What started as a thematic music film festival, went through 15 previous editions to become the cinema event of the year, bringing the current world cinema trends to the domestic viewers in Bulgaria and the latest in Bulgarian cinema to the rest of the world.
Since 1997 more than 1,600 feature films and documentaries have been screened within the festival’s framework. More than 1,000 distinguished guests have attended, including established professionals such as Wim Wenders, Volker Schlondorff, Katja Riemann and Karl Baumgartner (Germany), Alan Parker, Peter Greenaway, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Tony Palmer and David Mackenzie (United Kingdom), Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrei Konchalovsky, Karen Shakhnazarov and Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov (Russia), Jiri Menzel, Jan Sverak, Jan Hrebejk and Petr Zelenka (Czech Republic), Emir Kusturica (Yugoslavia), Krzysztof Zanussi (Poland), Otar Iosseliani (Georgia), Jean-Claude Carriere, Agnes Varda, Siegfried and Jacques Dorfmann (France), Assumpta Serna (Spain), Bent Hamer and Unni Straume (Norway), Jafar Panahi and Babak Payami (Iran), Jerry Schatzberg, Michael Wadleigh and Lech Kowalski (USA), Jos Stelling (the Netherlands), Mika Kaurismaki (Finland), Friðrik Þór Friðriksson (Iceland), Lone Scherfig (Denmark), Kornel Mundruczo (Hungary), Goran Markovic, Goran Paskaljević, Radivoje Andric, Dusan Milic, Srđan Karanović and Srđan Dragojević (Serbia) and many others.
The festival is organized by Art Fest under the auspices of the Municipality of Sofia and in partnership with the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, the National Palace of Culture, the National Film Center and the Bulgarian National Television with the support of the MEDIA programme of the European Commission, national and foreign cultural institutes and sponsors.
For its 10th anniversary as an international cinema event in the year 2010 named Year of Bulgarian Cinema, Sofia International Film Festival received as present the recognition from FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) - it was accredited as competitive festival specialized in first and second films. Since its creation the director of the festival has been Stefan Kitanov.
THE AWARDS of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival
The official programme of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival
The Award Ceremony took place on the 17th of March in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture.
THE INTERNATIONAL JURY
David Mackenzie (UK) – Director
THE GRAND PRIX AWARD for best film in the International Competition to STORIES ONLY EXIST WHEN REMEMBERED (Brazil-Argentina-France) by director JULIA MURAT.
THE JURY SPECIAL AWARD went to MAGIC VALLEY (USA) by director JAFFE ZINN.
THE AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR went to KONSTANTIN BOJANOV for his film AVE (Bulgaria-France).
The Jury handed SPECIAL MENTION to the film GENERATION P (Russia-USA) by director VICTOR GINSBURG.
THE JAMESON SHORT FILM AWARD FOR BEST BULGARIAN SHORT FILM went to MORNING (Bulgaria) by director NEDA MORFOVA.
UNESCO AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY was handed by the international jury
DOMAIN BOYAR AWARD FOR BEST BALKAN FILM handed by Balkan jury
THE AWARD OF THE BULGARIAN GUILD OF FILM CRITICS for film from the Balkan Competition went to AVE (Bulgaria-France) by KONSTANTIN BOJANOV.
THE KODAK AWARD FOR BEST BULGARIAN FEATURE FILM went to AVE (Bulgaria-France) by director KONSTANTIN BOJANOV and producer DIMITAR GOTCHEV.
The FIPRESCI Jury members Alison Frank (UK), Leslaw Roman Czaplinski
At the 9th edition of SOFIA MEETINGS the following awards were handed out:
BEST PROJECT AWARD in the Second Films section, donated
Within the framework of the 16th Sofia International
NURI BILGE CEYLAN, director (Turkey)
About Sofia International Film Festival
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