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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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UNESCO Forum: New urban spaces and creativity

The theme of the second round table is: New urban spaces and
creativity.Cities play a vital role in harnessing creativity for
economic and social development. Policy makers and government agencies
are increasingly taking account of cultural creativity when planning
economic policy and of the role culture can play in urban renewal. This
session will explore the issues of how to preserve the ecological
balance and social identity of urban communities, embedded in natural,
cultural and intangible heritage, while at the same time fostering
cities as the vanguard of creativity and technology, to increase their
productivity and resilience, and thereby improving welfare and quality
of life for citizens. Municipality servants, architects and designers,
who have participated in the realization of the above mentioned ideas
will participate in this round table, as well as organizers of acclaimed
cultural events in Sofia, culturologists and specialists in the field
of cultural economics.

The participants in the duscussion are:
Assen Assenov, publisher of Edno Magazine, producer of Sofia
Architecture, Design and Dance Week (Bulgaria), Zsolt Szokolai,
programme manager, Urban Development and Territorial Cohesion Unit, DG,
Regional Policy (European Commission), Rubin Beqo, director, Tirana
Ekspres (Albania), Ivan Ivković, vice-president of Platforma 9,81
(Croatia)
Moderator: Davor Buinjac, director for the Agency for Creative Industries, Ljubljana (Slovenia) 

There
was also a presentation: Cultural and Creative Industries in Sofia – a
Factor for Creative Economy, Sustainable Development and Economic
Growth by Diana Andreeva, director, Observatory of Cultural Economics
and Bilyana Tomova, associate prof. dr., Observatory of Cultural
Economics.

 

You can watch the second round table on SIFF's website.

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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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