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Stefan Kitanov receives Europa Cinemas Award for Entrepreneur of the Year 2012

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Every year Europa Cinemas awards three Prizes to the Best Exhibitors of the Network and this year the Europa Cinemas Award for Entrepreneur of the Year has been awarded to Stefan Kitanov. In the official letter signed by the President of Europa Cinemas – Ian Christie and the Director General Claude-Eric Poiroux it is said that: “The award has been awarded to Mr. Kitanov in recognition of his successful work as exhibitor of Dom na Kinoto, whose annual admissions have doubled ...

Martichka Bozhilova: Televisions are our main partners

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This year at the Sofia International Film Festival Agitprop has two  documentary premieres for Bulgaria – The Boy, Who Was a King by Andrey Paоunov and Dad Made Dirty Movies by Jordan Todorov. Both films were shot by the tandem Misirkov/Bogdanov. Jordan Todorov’s film is intended for distribution along with the Hollywood classics of the 60s – Orgy of the Dead. As a distinctive style of his production house, we can expect he perfect juggling between genres. Do always the Bulgaria...

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 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...

Jan Cvitković about “Archeo”: “I wanted to make a film, not a coated story”

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Undoubtedly one of the most distinctive and original directors in Slovenian cinema, Jan Cvitković, is an old friend of SIFF. Among the many international festival awards that his films Bread and Milk and Gravehopping gatnered, is No Man’s Land in the Balkan competition at the SIFF. This year Jan Cvitković comes to the festival as a mem¬ber of the International Jury as well as with his new movie Archeo. Archeo (produced by Jozko Rutar, who also arrives for the 16th edition o...

Stefan Kitanov: “The Festival is 16, I feel a teenager”

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After 15 successful editions of the Sofia International Film Festival, what more can surprise the viewers and loyal moviegoers? Stefan Kitanov: Contrary to the economic stagnation, we remain true to ourselves –over-ambitious and responsible in the selection of movie titles and guests. The viewers will be surprised by the huge choice of quality films and numerous guests of the festival, including “Oscar” winners and the most prestigious film awards. There is no turning bac...

MEDIAWAVE'2012 program in a nutshell

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FILM PROGRAM click here for the details! COMPETITION: 74 films (feature, short fiction, documentary, animation) JURY: Feature and Short Fiction jury: Jiri Menzel (CZE) film and theatre director, actor, Durst György (HUN) producer, Stefan Kitanov (BUL) producer, director of the Sofia International Film Festival Documentary, animation and experimental film jury: Katalin Ladik (HUN) poet, actress, performer, Ohad Itac (ISR) documentary film director, Radu I...

52nd TIFF - Thessaloniki AGORA / MARKET Awards

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Crossroads Co-production Forum and Works in ProgressTHESSALONIKI AGORA / MARKET, the industry activity of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival headed by Marie-Pierre Macia, is pleased to announce its awards. I. The jury of the 7th Crossroads Co-production Forum, consisting of Roberto Olla, (Eurimages – Executive Director, France), Guillaume De Seille, (Arizona Films– Producer, France), Yorgos Tsourgiannis, (Horsefly Production – producer, Greece) grants the 2|35 co-production award...

Rousy Chanev: Kamen Kalev is a very open person and therefore all the actors invaded with their ideas

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Rousy Chanev and Kamen KalevThe Island will be screened today at Theatre Croisette in Hotel Marriot at 14 and 22h as part of the "Directors Fortnight" programme. Rousy Chanev, one of the film's Bulgarian main actors, gave an online interview for the Sofia International Film Festival  website. - What is your role in The Island and what attracted you to the project in the first place? It was the summer of 2005, Kamen Kalev wanted to shoot his first film, he had a final s...

Thure Lindhardt: Bulgarian filmmakers are not quite aware yet of how good they really are

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Thure LindhartKamen 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, where it will be screened on May 16.    The film was first pitched as a project during Sofia Meetings’04. The cast includes the French model and actress Laetitia Casta, the Danish actor Thure Lindhart and their Bulg...

Dragomir Sholev: “Bulgarian cinema is permanently in the condition of missed possibilities”

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Dragomir Sholev– Have you already seen any of the competitive films and what can you say about them? Thank you for that question. I feel great. I’m very careful not to catch the flu. – It is not your first participation in the competition programme of the Sofia International Film Festival – you have previously won awards for your short films. What has changed in the Festival since you won the Jameson Short Film Award for Before Life, After Death? I am very proud that ...

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...

Viktor Chouchkov: “It is not necessary for a production to have a huge viewer interest in order to say that it is good.”

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Viktor Chouchkov- This is the first selection of TILT in an international competition of a film festival, what are your expectations? The first participation of TILT in a competition was at Golden Rose 2010 where it won three awards – the jury’s special award, best male lead performance and a special award for Ovanes Torosian’s performance. So far we have participated at the festivals in Santa Barbara, US and Gothenburg, Sweden and many more, I can’t even remember all of them. But...

Alvaro Brechner: I like films that surprise me

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Alvaro Brechner: Alvaro BrechnerAlvaro Brechner was born in Montevideo in 1976. 12 years ago he leaves Uruguay and moves to Madrid where he starts working as a director. He has directed a number of short and documentary films and in 2009 he makes his feature debit with Bad Day to go Fishing (selected in the competition programme of the 14th Sofia International Film Festival). In 2011 he is back in Bulgaria as a member of the international jury of the Sofia International Film Festiva...

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...

Sofia Meetings 11-10 March

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This year at SIFF 2011, the 8th annual Sofia Meetings took place where the first, second and third film by new filmmakers pitched their film ideas to producers and film funds to find co-production possibilities within other European countries. As part of the Sofia International Film Festival, this even is supported by MEDIA PROGRAMME of the European Film Commission.  The pitches included two sections   1) Second Films Pitching- filmmakers presenting their first, s...

Short Matters tours EFA Shorts in 15 fests in Europe

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SHORT MATTERS! is the European Film Academy’s short film tour which brings the short films nominated for the European Film Awards to a series of film festivals across Europe and beyond. As a new partner, world-wide short film distribution company Shorts International supports this year’s SHORT MATTERS! programme giving these films an additional platform at 15 festivals which have already confirmed their participation and will screen the programme.The programme brings the nominated short film...

CROSSROADS, the Co-Production Forum at Thessaloniki Festival

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   CROSSROADS, the Co-Production Forum organized by the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, created by the TIFF Director Despina Mouzaki and headed by Marie-Pierre Macia, has selected 15 projects this year, based on the quality of the script, the creative team and the likelihood of it being produced. All selected projects are either produced or co-produced by a country in the Balkan or Mediterranean area or contain story elements linked to these regions. The selected projects come fr...

EMPTIES Wins Top Prize At Festroia

 Monday, June 16------EMPTIES, the ironic comedy by Czech director Jan Sverak, has won the Gold Dolphin, the top award at the 24th edition of Festroia in Portugal. The film, a comic love story about a man facing old age, is the third in a trilogy that includes the director’s previous films ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and the Oscar winning KOLYA. The film has previously won the Czech Lion (the local Oscar) for Best Director and Audience Prize, as well as the Audience Award at last year’s Karlovy Vary ...
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