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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.

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THE AWARDS of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival

The official programme of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival
will end tonight with the gala screening of Borislav Kolev's
documentary debut Stoichkov.

The
festival presented a total of 260 films from 52 countries from all
over the world. Over 300 international guests came to Sofia, amongst
them were directors, producers, festival directors as well as media and
film experts.

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
Marc Baschet (France) – Producer
Dragomir Sholev (Bulgaria) – Director  
Vania Shtereva (Bulgaria) – Actress, writer and musician
Jan Cvitkovic (Slovenia) – Director  

awarded

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
presided by Eldora Traykova (director) and members Ben Hopkins
(screenwriter and director, UK) and Jay Weissberg (film critic, USA) to
the film THIS IS NOT A FILM by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi.

DOMAIN BOYAR AWARD FOR BEST BALKAN FILM handed by Balkan jury
president Jim Stark (producer, USA) and members Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
(director and writer, Moldova) and Peter Zavrel (expert, Austria),
went to AVE (Bulgaria-France) by director KONSTANTIN BOJANOV.

The Balkan Jury handed two SPECIAL MENTIONS – to the actress of ALPS (Greece) Ariane Labed and the actor of TOLL BOOTH Serkan Ercan.

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
(Poland), Dimitar Kabaivanov (Bulgaria) handed out the FIPRESCI Award
to the film THE ENEMY by DEJAN ZECEVIC.

THE
AIDIENCE AWARD of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival was chosen
among the films in the International Competition and the Balkan
Competition. The award went to PUNK’S NOT DEAD (Macedonia-Serbia) by VLADIMIR BLAZEVSKI.

Bulgarian
Association of Film Producers presented SPECIAL AWARD for contribution
for the promotion of the Bulgarian cinema to the teams of Sofia
International Film Festival and Sofia Meetings.

At the 9th edition of SOFIA MEETINGS the following awards were handed out:

BEST
PITCHING AWARD in the Second Films Programme donated by Synchro Film,
Video & Audio (VIENNA) was given to the producer of the film project
RHINOCEROS by OLEG SENTSOV (director) and OLGA ZHURZHENKO (producer),
Ukraine.

BEST PROJECT AWARD in the Second Films section, donated
by Digimage–LVT Post Production was given to the film project RHINOCEROS
by OLEG SENTSOV (director) and OLGA ZHURZHENKO (producer), Ukraine.

BEST
PROJECT AWARD in the ‘Plus Minus One’ section, donated by LVT Sofia
Post Production was given to the film project PANCHO AND ALICE by STEFAN
VALDOBREV (director) and MINA MILEVA, VESELA KAZAKOVA (producers),
Bulgaria.

Within the framework of the 16th Sofia International
Film Festival the SOFIA AWARD of the Sofia Municipality for contribution
to world cinema was presented to:

NURI BILGE CEYLAN, director (Turkey)
GEORGI STOYANOV, director (Bulgaria)
DANIS TANOVIC, director (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
HUGH HUDSON, director (UK) 

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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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