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Sofia International Film Festival

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.


Steven Lewis Simpson: “Everywhere is home”

Roaring Fire Film Production (
is an international feature film, television and documentary production
and development company. Their films have been distributed globally
including Germany, China, USA, UK, Spain, Benelux, Portugal, Russia,
Thailand, Canada, Indonesia, Greece, Africa and the Middle East. The
owner of the production company is film maker Steven Lewis Simpson. He
is a from Scotland – a free thinker, intelligent, constantly traveling
with one project or another. He don't make films because he obsessed
with the industry or the medium or fame or success. He do it because
there are stories to tell and he is good at it. His last feature film
was Rez Bomb set on Pine Ridge Indian Rez and also in post on a
feature documentary about the tribe there. Political and religious
opinion: being human

Have you ever had a confflict with a colleague in a process of shootSteven Lewis Simpsoning a movie? How was it resolved?
the only issues tend to be dealing with the personalities of the
occasional actor who is difficult. Always it depends on his personalitie
in terms of how you choose to resolve it.

If I ask your friends to describe you, what would they say?

Tenacious, funny, serious, compassionate. 
What qualities do you feel a succesful artist should have?

need a far broader range of qualities compared to most artist. The
greatest painter or musician or actor can be crazy but produce great
work. Directors need to have such incredible focus over very long
periods of time and know how to negotiate schedules, every type of
personality and be aware of a huge number of aspects of life that gets
drawn on within their film. It takes an absolute commitment.


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About Sofia International Film Festival

International film festival for feature films, documentaries and shorts (mainly Bulgarian). Main themes: International competition for first and second films, Balkan & Bulgarian cinema, Cinema Europe, World screen, retrospectives.



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