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Films from SIFF's selection awarded at Golden Rhyton

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Two awards - for Best Documentary and the Award of the Bulgarian National Cinematheque received The Boy Who Was A King at the 19th Festival of the Bulgarian Documentary and Animation Film "Golden Rhyton". Andrey Paounov's film was first screened during the 16th Sofia International Film Festival in March 2012.  "Golden Rhyton"'s Jury - Kostadin Bonev, a president and members Nikolay Mihaylov, Andrey Tzvetkov, Lyudmila Dyakova and Penka Kalinkova, awarded more...

Open Call for Submissions for SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013

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Sofia International Film Festival (Sofia IFF) is aimed to promote significant and innovative works in the contemporary world cinema for local audience and regional (Bulgarian and Balkan) cinema to international audience, as well as to encourage the cooperation between local and international filmmakers. The 17th Sofia IFF will be held from 7 to 17 March 2013 (main programme) with an additional week (18-24 March). Sofia IFF is organized by Art Fest Ltd. in association with RFF International....

Bulgarian success at Cannes

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Day before the end of the 65th edition of the International Film Festival in Cannes, the Critic's Week gave away their awards. The jury was presided by director Bertrand Bonello, whose latest feature House of Tolerance was screened during the 16th edition of Sofia International Film Festival. During SIFF's industry event Sofia Meetings Iliyan Metev's film Sofia's Last Ambulance was presented. Sofia's Last Ambulance was in competition at Critics' Week and now received Canal 4's special Visionar...

"Three Sisters and Andrey" paved the way for my career

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Sebastian Leutner creates animated worlds, which combine reality and fiction. 34 y.o. VFX producer from German Pixomondo received an Oscar for his work on Martin Scorsese’s Hugo in 2012. In 2008 Sebastian Leutner co-produced Boris Despodov and Andrey Paounov’s German-Bulgarian co-production Three Sisters and Andrey. The animation won many awards, including Jameson Award for Best Bulgarian Short at Sofia International Film Festival in 2009. Leutner is also among the co-producers o...

Operation Kino goes digital with VOD

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Ena Dozo from Sarajevo Film Festival, Mira Staleva from Sofia International Film Festival, Andrei Agudaru from Romanian Film Promotion, Cristian Hordila from the International Film Festival in Cluj and Tillman Scheel from Reelport presented the project "Operation Kino" (OK). OK is an initiative of the international film festivals in Sofia  (Sofia Film Festival), Sarajevo (Sarajevo Film Festival), Cluj (Transilvania International Film Festival) and Istanbul (International Ista...

The Co-Production Prize choose Sofia to expand its workshops for young Eastern European filmmakers

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Karin SchyleThis year the Robert Bosch Stiftung carried out a training for short and documentary projects with a focus on Black Sea and Caucasus during Sofia Meetings. Three teams (director and producer) from the Caucasian countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, three teams from the Black Sea countries Moldova, Romania, Ukraine and further four teams from Bulgaria were invited to participate in it. The event was organized in cooperation with the partners of Тhe Co-Production Prize o...

Artists and creators in search of a solution to common problems at the UNESCO Forum

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The international Forum Balkan Visions: Creativity For The Future In South – East Europe was inagurated yesterday at the presence of Yordanka Fandakova, the Mayor of Sofia, Georgi Stoev, the deputy minister of Culture, Francesco Bandarin, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, and Stefan Kitanov, the director of Sofia International Film Festival as part of the 16th edition of the festival. The Forum, organized with the support of Sofia Municipality, will include three ro...

THE AWARDS of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival

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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 Cu...

The Young Jury of SIFF is already taking notes on films in the cinema halls

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This year Sofia International Film Festival has a Young Jury as well. We have invited the film fans of 25 years of age and younger who reside in Sofia and are willing to dedicate March to watching films, to apply for the Young Jury. We were expecting to receive 3 reviews, consisting of 3 senteces for the last 3 films they have watched.   Based on the applications we have received we have chosen the following young people: Filip Morozov, Kostadin Mavrodiev, Iv-Kristiаn Angel...

Konstantin Bozhanov: “It is not necessary to take a ship to go to a non-existent village on the Danube”

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Ave is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. The work keeps the viewers in a natural suspense that is not a filmmaking trick but the core of the story told – universal on one hand, but on the other hand, somehow corresponding to the local reality (just before the start of the shooting Konstanin Bozhanov was offered to rewrite the script and moving the story to Seattle, but he refused because it didn’t seem natural to him). A film with very dark and poorly lit sp...

16th International Film Festival SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL

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SFF is organized by Art Fest under the patronage of the Sofia Municipality, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the National Film Centre and National Palace of Culture, with the support of the programs MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus of the European Commission, UNESCO – Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, national and foreign cultural institutes and sponsors. The main sponsor of the 16th edition of the festival is Jameson Irish Whiskey. The 16th Sofia Intern...

IFFS Europe The Fest Summit Agenda april 3 & 4

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2012 IFFS EUROPE - PARIS - CONFERENCE AGENDA Tuesday April 3, 2012 Co-chairs:  Bruno Chatelin Chief Operating Officer FEST21.COM FILMFESTIVALS.COM Scott Hillier Festival Director European Independent Film Festival 8:30 am - Registration Opens ...

More Sofia Meetings projects with international recognition

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Adrian Sitaru's film Best Intentions won the Best Director and Best Actor awards (Bogdan Dumitrace) at Locarno International Film Festival's 46th edition. The Romanian-Hungarian co-production was presented as project at Sofia Meetings in 2010. Director Andrey Paounov's The Boy Who Was a King was selected for “Reel to Reel”, Toronto International Film Festival's documentary section. Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha dedicated film was also a participant in 2010 Sofia Meetings' Works in Progress...

Two Bulgarian films triumphant in Sarajevo received applauses from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

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New Bulgarian cinema was remarkably presented at 17th Sarajevo Film Festival. Seven films participated in different festival's sections and two of them received awards. Konstantin Bojanov's 'AVE' received Special Jury Award and the prize awarded by the CINEUROPA portal. Bojanov personally received the awards in the presence of actors Ovanes Torosian, Angela Nikolova and producer Dimitar Gotchev. This year's jury  of the Competition Programme - Feature Film was presided by Israeli d...

Sofia Meetings in Sarajevo

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ShelterThe 17th edition of Sarajevo International Film Festival will take place from 22 till 30 July. The will be strong presence of Bulgarian films in its programme, which started as projects at Sofia Meetings. During the 8th edition of the film projects market during Sofia International Film Festival in 2011 all the titles had closed screenings. After he presented his debut feature Ave in the competition programme of the Critics Week at Cannes, director Konstantin Bojanov's fil...

NEWSLETTER N° 512: june 8, 2011

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7 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 512: june 8, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly    Contact the Editor to Advertise with us  This weekly newsletter reaches 111 000 film professionals. ...

Triupmh of the new Bulgarian cinema

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Kamen Kalev’s second feature The Island, which tells the story of a young couple heading to a remote island in the Black Sea where their relationship is questioned, was invited to the Directors Fortnight section of the 64 Cannes International Film Festival.   The film was first pitched as a project during Sofia Meetings’04. The cast includes the French model and actress Leticia Kasta, the Danish actor Thure Lindhart and their Bulgarian fellow actors Boyka Velkova, Russi Chanev, Mihai...

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson: "“Long winters in Iceland predispose to creative work"

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Fridrik Thor FridrikssonThe Chairman of the International Jury Fridrik Thor Fridriksson is a phenomenal storyteller – not only in his films but also in an informal chat. On the day of the first show of his film Mamma Gogo at Sofia International Film Festival, we managed to have a  ‘walk and talk’ at high speed through his works, which have enriched the history of the cinema with masterpieces like Devil’s Island,  Cold Fever and the  well-known in Bulgaria Angels of the Universe, Nic...

AWARDS OF THE 15th SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Dragomir SholevThe main programme of the 15th edition of Sofia International Film Festival ended on the 13th of March with a gala screening of Aleksei Uchitel’s film The Edge. The festival presented a total of 205 films from 53 countries from all over the world. Over 260 was the total number of international guests, amongst which were directors, producers, festival directors as well as media and film experts. The main Award Ceremony took place on the 12th of March in Hall 1 of the Nat...

“Some Other Stories” about motherhood, presented in Sofia by the Slovenian producer Dunja Klemenc

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Dunja Klemenc Some Other Stories is a co-production between Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Ireland. Each of the five segments in the film has been shot by a team from one of the ex Yugoslavia countries. The common theme is that of motherhood and all the five stories place their protagonist in extreme situations where they ask themselves what does it take to be a mother, to give life… especially in a world that is far from hospitable. The stories, the a...

Revival possibilities of film festivals at Mediawave Film Forum 2

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The way of festivals: uniqueness, new trends, audience Festival representatives discuss the new ways they should find to keep and attract audience, how to keep up with the digital world.   Éva Vezér (HUN) Hungarian Film Unio The participants will represent the following festivals: IFF Bratislava (SLK) Diagonale Film Festival (AUT) OHO Cinema (AUT) Next Film Festival (ROM) Alter-Native Short Film Festival (ROM) Sofia International Film Festival (BUL) Sarajevo...

Revival possibilities of film festivals Mediawave Film Forum 2 Panelists

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The way of festivals: uniqueness, new trends, audience Festival representatives discuss the new ways they should find to keep and attract audience, how to keep up with the digital world. Éva Vezér (HUN)Hungarian Film UnioThe participants will represent the following festivals:IFF Bratislava (SLK)Diagonale Film Festival (AUT)OHO Cinema (AUT)Next Film Festival (ROM)Alter-Native Short Film Festival (ROM)Sofia International Film Festival (BUL)Sarajevo Film Festival (BIH)Beldocs FF (SRB)Nordic Film...

Claudia Cardinale arrives for the first time in Bulgaria as a guest of Sofia International Film Festival

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“I don’t like the system of celebrities. I am a normal human being. I like living in Europe. I visit Hollywood often, but I never wanted to sign a contract and work there for a long period of time,” states the world famous Italian actress. The legendary actress arrives in Sofia as a special guest of the 15th jubilee edition of the Sofia International Film Festival. A gala screening of Luchino Visconti’s film The Leopard will take place on the 11th of March in Hall 1 of ...

Yves Marmion: I feel the good vibes around Sofia International Film Festival

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Yves MarmionYves Marmion is one of the leading European producers with titles such as Arizona Dream, The Apartment, I Loved You for So Long, among others in his biography. He is also the Chairman of the European Film Academy (EFA) and as such he came to Sofia during the 15th edition of Sofia International Film Festival along with his colleagues from the EFA’s managing board for one of their working meetings.   - Could you tell me how did your session go today? Are you able to di...

The Film Festival Forum

2nd International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift” Vilnius

International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift” is being held for the 2nd time in Vilnius as a part of 16th Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris”.

The event intends to become an annual gathering place and creative ideas production lab for main international film festivals of the region.

The festivals Forum is taking place on the March 28-31st at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Vilnius and will make it possible for more than 20 International film festival representatives and highly experienced keynote speakers to discuss topical issues for contemporary film promoters, such as building up closer relations with other film industry players, improving cooperation with private sponsors, increasing the diversity of the audience, developing sustainable cross-border cooperation, contribution to the growth of Europe’s creative economy, and many other.


The organizers of the Forum hope that this new initiative will generate answers and creative ideas that will help to meet new challenges and enrich film festivals of the Eastern-Central Europe in new cross-border undertakings.

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