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THE WINNERS OF THE 14th SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The festival presented a total of 224 films (104 features, 37 documentaries and 83 shorts) from all over the world. Over 240 was the total number of international guests, amongst which were directors, producers, festival directors as well as media and film experts.

The award ceremony took place on the 13th of March in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture.
    
THE INTERNATIONAL JURY members:

Pierre-Henri Deleau (France) – Critic and Festival Director
Dror Zahavi (Israel) – Director
Marion Laine (France) – Actress and Director
Teodora Duhovnikova (Bulgaria) – Actress
Andras Muhi (Hungary) – Producer

AWARDED

THE GRAND PRIX AWARD for best film in the International Competition goes to ONE WAR (Russia) by director VERA GLAGOLEVA. The award consists of a diploma, trophy and a prize of 5,000 Euro for the Director and the Producer. Producer Natalia Ivanova was there to accept the award handed by the chairman of the Jury, Pierre-Henri Deleau.

THE JURY SPECIAL AWARD goes to THE LAST SUMMER OF LA BOYITA (Argentina-Spain-France) by director JULIA SOLOMONOFF. The co-producer of the film Daniel Chabannes received the statuette.

THE AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR goes to MIROSLAV MOMCILOVIC for his film WAIT FOR ME AND I WILL NOT COME (Serbia). The award was handed out by Dror Zahavi, the director of the film ‘For My Father’, last year’s The Grand Prix Award winner of 13th Sofia International Film Fest.
The award consists of a diploma, trophy and a prize of 1,000 Euro.

SPECIAL MENTION AWARD OF THE JURY goes to EASTERN PLAYS (Bulgaria) by director KAMEN KALEV.

THE JAMESON SHORT FILM AWARD FOR BEST BULGARIAN SHORT FILM goes to TALES (Bulgaria) by director NIKOLAI VASILEV. The Award was handed out by Elena Ilieva, Brand manager for Pernod Ricard Bulgaria and Russian Director Sergei Solovyov.
The award consists of a diploma, trophy and a cash prize of 6,000 Euro, provided by Jameson Irish Whiskey.    

NO MAN'S LAND AWARD FOR BEST BALKAN FILM adjudged by the Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics goes to WRONG ROSARY by director MAHMUT FAZIL COSKUN. The award consists of a diploma, box of ‘No Man’s Land’ wine provided by the Festival, and a gift voucher worth of 3,000 Euro in post-production services provided by LVT SOFIA.

THE KODAK AWARD FOR BEST BULGARIAN FEATURE FILM goes to ЕАSTERN PLAYS by director KAMEN KALEV. The award consists of a diploma, film negative and laboratory services in the amount of 4000 USD provided by Kodak

THE INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY JURY members

Jan Sikl (Director) – Czech Republic, Chairman
Boriana Puncheva (Director) – Bulgaria
Jaime Noguera (Director) – Spain

Decided: The Bulgarian National Television’s Award for best documentary goes to the film COOKING HISTORY by PETER KEREKES, who was there to receive the prize.
The award consists of a diploma and a check worth of 1,000 Euro with an option to buy-off the film for broadcasting by the Bulgarian National Television.

The FIPRESCI Jury members

Thomas Rothchild (Germany)
Suncica Unevska (Macedonia)
Andronika Martonova (Bulgaria)

Handed out the FIPRESCI Award to the film BAD DAY TO GO FISHING by director Alvaro Brechner. The diploma was received by the actor and screenwriter Gary Piquer.

At the 7th edition of SOFIA MEETINGS the following awards were handed out:

THE AWARD of Nu Boyana Film Studios for best pitching in the Second Films Pitching Programme was handed out to the project KALABALAK by Sasha Damjanovski (United Kingdom).
The award consists of a cash prize of 5,000 Euro, provided by Nu Boyana Film Studios

THE AWARD of Synchro Film, Video & Audio – Vienna for best pitching in the Plus Minus One Programme was handed out to the project ARAL by Ella Vakkasova (United Kingdom).
The award consists of post-production services in the amount of 5,000 Euro, provided by Synchro Lab, Vienna.

THE AWARD of LVT Sofia for best pitching in the Sofia Cinelinks Sarajevo Programme. was handed out to the project MUSIC FOR STRANGERS by Eric Nazarian (USA-Armenia). The award consists of 2,000 Euro in post-production services, provided by LVT Sofia.

THE AUDIENCE AWARD for the audience favourite movie goes to Jacob Tierney’s film THE TROTSKY (Canada)

The Award, provided by Sofia Municipality, is diploma a cash money prize of 1,000 BGN and goes to the Bulgarian distributor of the film. So far there is no such distributor, the award will be delivered when there is one.

Within the framework of the 14th Sofia International Film Festival the SOFIA AWARD of Sofia Municipality for contribution to world cinema was presented to:

BOJIDAR PETKOV, Composer (Bulgaria)
GIULIANO MONTALDO, Director (Italy)
TONY PALMER, Director (United Kingdom)
JAN TROELL, Director (Sweden)
SERGEI SOLOVYOV, Director (Russia)
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LESS THAN A MONTH TO SUBMIT YOUR FILMS TO SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011.

The 15th Sofia International Film Festival will be held from 4 until 20 March 2011 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Deadline for film submissions: December 1, 2010

NIKOLAJ NIKITIN: NEW BULGARIAN CINEMA IS VERY PROMISING

Berlinale's foreign delegate for Eastern Europe was in Sofia in October along with the festival’s director Dieter Kosslick. He agreed on an interview via e-mail in spite of his busy traveling schedule.

OPEN CALL FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS 2011

Films submissions are accepted from 1st September until 1st December 2010

DIETER KOSSLICK: IF YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY, YOU SHOULD INVEST IN CULTURE

Berlinale's director Dieter Kosslick was in Bulgaria for meetings with Bulgarian filmmakers and to present the festival’s Talent Campus to students.

DIETER KOSSLICK AND NIKOLAJ NIKITIN PRESENT BERLINALE TALENT CAMPUS IN SOFIA

Berlinale's director and the selector for Eastern Europe will attend a meeting in NATFA on 14 October

Sofia Meetings '10 participant Dragomir Sholev shows his film "Shelter" in San Sebastian

The first feature film of the Bulgarian director was included in the "New Directors" section

WIN A CO-PRODUCTION!

The Robert Bosch Stiftung awards three coproduction prizes for joint short film productions by young German and Eastern European filmmakers.

"THE WORLD IS BIG" TOUCHED 4000 PEOPLE IN NIS

Stefan Komandarev's film was the official closing title of the 45-th issue of the festival.

KAMEN KALEV SHOOTS LETICIA KASTA IN A SOFIA MEETINGS’04 PROJECT

The shooting of "The Island" started two weeks ago

"SOFIA MEETINGS" WINNER RECEIVES AN AWARD IN LOCARNO

Ella Vakkasova's project "Aral" received a cash prize at "Open Doors" as part of the Swiss film festival

THREE FILMS FROM SOFIA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL '10 IN THE MOSCOW PROGRAMME

The Russian audience watched Bulgarian titles "Footsteps in the Sand" and "Mission London", and Israeli "Lebanon"

FESTIVAL HONOURING THE WORKS OF MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

The Italian Cultural Institute and Art Fest present a 12 film retrospective of the legendary director including re-mastered versions

A DECADE OF BULGARIAN CINEMA 2000-2009 PROGRAMME

Sofia International Film Festival for Students Every Wednesday at 18:30 Free entry for University and School students CINEMA HOUSE ‘Ekzarh Yosif’ street 37 Tel: 980 7838

ACHIEVEMENTS OF BULGARIAN CINEMA IN THE FIRST DECADE OF THE 21st CENTURY

In Focus: 'Letter to America'

A DECADE OF BULGARIAN CINEMA 2000-2009

THE SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, THE NATIONAL FILM CENTER and CINEMA HOUSE present within the framework of the programme SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR STUDENTS

THE WINNERS THAT GAVE THEIR VOTE FOR THE AUDIENCE AWARD

List of the winners

15 MINUTES WITH TONY PALMER

Tony Palmer is one of the leading cinema directors of musical documentaries and historical feature films. He is the recipient of more than 40 international awards, including 12 gold medals from the New York Film and Television Festival, as well as and many BAFTA and Emmy nominations and awards. He is the only two-time recipient of the prestigious Prix Italia. He says though, that awards always surprise him and he believes he hasn’t done much to deserve them, and that usually the films that he’s most contented with get passed by. He was guest at the 14th Sofia International Film Festival this year where he received the Sofia Municipality award for his contribution to the world cinema.

JAN TROELL: ART IS THERE TO CAPTURE THE EVERLASTING MOMENTS OF LIFE

Swedish filmmakers are now very much influenced by the way the Americans tell cinema stories and there are few filmmakers, like Jan Troell, with distinctive voices, thinks Tomas Stenderup, the producer of the Swedish maestro’s latest film "Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments". Both of them were guests at the 14th Sofia International Film Festival, where Jan Troell presented his film about a working class woman at the beginning of XXth century whose life changed after she won a camera, and where he was awarded the Sofia Municipality award for contribution in world cinema.

CHANGE IN THE PROGRAMME OF THE FRENCH INSTITUTE TODAY

Additional screening of THE WHITE RIBBON today, 15 March, at French Institute 20:00

For the the second year in a row, the short film contest 'Sofia Short Challenge' will take place in partnership with 'Cinemafia'.

PETER CALLAHAN: REAL LIFE IS A MIXTURE OF HUMOUR AND SADNESS, SO ARE MY FILMS

Cheerful and serene Peter Callahan speaks slowly and briefly but he’s concise. He says he’s very particulate about words and he chooses them very carefully, and he believes that when his movie is screened abroad with subtitles, it’s a not his movie anymore. It is his second time in Bulgaria. In 2003 he was here with his first feature film Last Ball. He liked the way the audiences reacted then and he’s happy to be back and to show his second film, Against the Current (starring Joseph Fiennes, Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser, Mary Tyler Moore, Michelle Trachtenberg). His film is in the international competition, but Callahan smiles and says that even though he’s happy for this, he’s not usually the winner in competitions. This is not quite true though. He has received several awards for his first film, as well as for "Against the Current" which debuted in Sundance.

LET THE RIGHT ONE WIN!

A day before the awards ceremony for the first or second film competition the directors who were guests at the festival gave a press conference. It turned out that only two of them, Kamen Kalev and Jacob Thierny watched one of their colleagues’ films. They saw each other’s film at the Tokyo film festival and they made a mutual appreciation society. Here is what they and the other participants in the competition who made it to Sofia told us.

MASSIMO CAPELLI: THE POINT OF MAKING A FILM IS THAT IT REACHES TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE

The Italian director and screenwriter Massimo Cappelli was born in Ascoli Piceno. For his short film Ampio, luminoso, vicino metro he was awarded with “Cinecittà Digital 2000” prize. In the small but curious selection of films that the region Friuli Venezia Giulia prepared for the 14th Sofia International Film Festival Massimo Cappelli is the director which we got to know best. His two comedies, the feature film Any Reason Not To Marry (2006) and the short and Everything Shines (2004) were greeted with laugh by the audience. We also saw his short drama For Agnese (2005).

RAMTIN LAVAFIPUR: THE FILM IS A TOTALITY OF MANY LITTLE LIES WHICH LEAD TO A BIGGER TRUTH

To travel to a distant and unfamiliar part of the world without having to go farther than the cinema hall is what the first feature of the Iranian director Ramtin Lavafipur Be Calm and Count to Seven suggests. The Far East films have always been documentation by means of the cinema technique but this could also be only an illusion that comes from the fact that the culture of those countries is so different than ours that the mysterious world they capture excite us more as a reality than as a pure cinema. Be Calm and Count to Seven is no exception. The story of a small fishermen’s village on the coast of Sothern Iran where locals live off the smuggling of goods and people is curious enough with its exotic as well as with the way that it was retold for the big screen.

PHOTOCOMPETITION

KIRAN KOLAROV: AFTER 8 VERSIONS OF THE SCRIPT I FINALLY CONNECTED WITH MY LEADING CHARACTER

Days before the premiere of his latest film ‘If Somebody Loves You’, Kiran Kolarov shared with us some of the history behind its creation. Audiences in Sofia will get the chance to see ‘If Somebody Loves You…’ for the first time during the ‘Focus Bulgaria’ programme of the Sofia International Film Festival 2010.

FILM SURPRISE TODAY - THE TROTSKY

VOTE FOR THE AUDIENCE AWARD

The voting for the Audience award for best film from International and Balkan competition of 14th Sofia International Film Festival continues.

FOOTBALL & SHAHMAT IN CONCERT TONIGHT AT THE FESTIVAL CENTER

Sofia International Film Festival is delighted to invite you to a concert tonight!

FOR DOME KARUKOSKI THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT IS ALWAYS SWEETER, NEVERMIND THE BITTERNESS AT THE END

Finnish director Dome Karukoski was guest at the 14th International Film Festival to present his film The Forbidden Fruit which marked the Finnish Festival Gala. It is an intimate drama about the teenage girls Raakel and Maria, who grew up in the closed Christian sect of the conservative Laestedians.

BULGARIA - FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA PARTNERSHIP

VOTE FOR THE AUDIENCE AWARD

Look forward special surprises from our partners BULGARIA AIR и LOGITECH

DJ FOZZY TONIGHT - NEW WAVE & POST PUNK SKA & FUNK

Sofia International Film Festival is delighted to invite you to a DJ Party tonight!

DJ DHARBA TONIGHT

Sofia International Film Festival is delighted to invite you to a DJ Party tonight!

SVETOSLAV OVCHAROV: WE HAVE TO FORGET ABOUT THE TIME OF EASY TRUTHS

„Voice Over” was the opening film at the 14th edition of the Sofia International Film Festival and the consecutive piece by director and script writer Svetoslav Ocharov. The film was made in Sofia and Berlin in 2009, and it came to life thanks to Gala Film, Omega Film in a co-production with BNT. Behind the scenes of a person’s life that has a love for art in the end of the 70s in Bulgaria are love, fear and many compromises.

FIVE FILMMAKERS ARE GOING TO TO BE HONOURED WITH THE SOFIA MUNICIPALITY AWARD

Composer Bojidar Petkov, the creator of ‘Sacco & Vanzetti’ Giuliano Montaldo, the five-time Oscar nominee Jan Troell, British director Tony Palmer and Russian legend Sergei Solvyov are all going to receive the Sofia Municipality Award for their contribution to cinema.

12 FILMS IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF SOFIA FILM FEST

The Bulgarian entry in the competition is “Eastern Plays,” directed by Kamen Kalev

KRASIMIR KROUMOV: А HOLLY FAMILY IS EVERY FAMILY WHICH SHARES LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING

A special premiere will be “The Holy Family (Nina and Mariyan)” by Krasimir Kroumov, the director of the 1990s films “Exitus”, “Waste” and “The Forbidden Fruit

SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IS NOW RECOGNIZED BY FIAPF

The leading Bulgarian film event was accredited by FIAPF as a ‘competitive festival specialized in first and second films’!

NINE FILMS WILL BE COMPETING IN THE BALKAN COMPETITION OF THE 14th SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL

A total of 9 films will be taking part in the Balkan Competition of the 14th Sofia International Film Festival. These are “I Believe In Angels”, Croatia by Niksa Svilicic, “East, West, East - the final Sprint”, Albania-Italy by Gjergj Xhuvani, “Katalin Varga”, a co-production of Romania, UK and Hungary by Peter Strickland, “Medal Of Honor”, Romania-Germany by Calin Peter Netzer, “Wrong Rosary”, Turkey By Mahmut Fazil Coskun, “St. George Shoots the Dragon”, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria by Srdjan Dragojevic, “Slovenian Girl”, Slovenia by Damjan Kozole and “Here and There”, Serbia by Darko Lungulov, as well as Bulgarian film “Forecast” by Zornitsa Sofia.

NEW BULGARIAN FEATURE FILMS AT THE 14th INTERNATIONAL SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL

The screening of Svetoslav Ovcharov’s “Voice Over” will open the Festival programme on March 5-th at Number One Hall of the National Palace of Culture

CINEMA TODAY - THE BIG MASTERS

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s newest film is part of the 14th Sofia Film Fest’s programme “The Big Five”

THE MOST AMBITIOUS AND ADVANCED OF ALL THE FESTIVAL'S PROGRAMMES UP TO NOW

For a 14th year the Sofia International Film Festival will gather together films, guests, stars, journalists and lovers of good filmmaking in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia. Featured in Variety’s Top 50 of cinema festivals, the largest-scale cinematographic event that represents Bulgaria proudly to the world will once again declare itself as one of the important festivals in South Eastern Europe.

"THE BIG FIVE" - 14th SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL'S MOST AMBITIOUS PROGRAMME

On September 7, 2007, the influential magazine ‘Variety’ published a program article titled “50 Unmissable Film Festivals.” For the film industry, this turned into a kind of a visa stamp for the events that made it into the list, ensuring them an entry into the world league of film festivals. Our Sofia International Film Festival was among the 20 European festivals….

SERGEY SOLOVYOV COMES AS A SPECIAL GUEST FOR THE 14th SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL

The brilliant Russian director will receive the Sofia Municipality Award for his Contribution in Cinema “Until you have a maniacal attitude to what you’re trying to do, nothing will come out of it,” the award winner of the Berlin and Venice film festivals Sergei Solovyov says.

JAMESON HAS ACQUIRED 997 MINUTES OF BRAND NEW BULGARIAN SHORT FILMS

The 8th edition of the Jameson Short Film Award, which takes place in the framework of the Sofia International Film Festival, had a total of 77 submissions of new Bulgarian short films. It is now up to the selection committee to pick the best 12 from these, which will then compete for the prize of 6 000 Euros provided by Jameson Irish Whiskey.

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

Beverly Hills, CA (January 20, 2010)

14th SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

For its 13 year life-span, The Sofia International Festival has evolved into the leading International film and cinema event in Bulgaria, as well as a key festival in the whole of the South-Eastern European region. The Festival was featured in Variety’s Top 50 list of cinema festivals in 2007, which makes the event worthy of representing Bulgaria across the world. What started as a thematic music festival, went on through 13 previous editions to become a massive celebration of cinematography with serious claims for the most demanding audience, as it brings the current world cinema trends to domestic viewers and the latest in Bulgarian and regional cinema to the world.

"FOCUS BULGARIA" AT THE FRAMEWORK OF THE SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL AND THE YEAR OF THE BULGARIAN CINEMA

2010 is going to be the ‘Year of Bulgarian Cinema’ and thereby for the first time in its history the focus of the Sofia Film Festival is going to be Bulgaria. The main theme of the festival will be the past decade in Bulgarian cinematography, ten very important years for our domestic cinema. After the initial shock from the introduction of the project-style of working and organizing and the shortage of funding, Bulgarian cinema gradually started to recover with the passing of the ‘Film Production and Distribution’ act of 2004, eventually peaking in 2009.

"THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER" IN LOS ANGELES

"The World Is Big ..." in California

SOFIA FILM FEST FOR STUDENTS CONTINUES ITS PROGRAMME

The ‘Sofia Film Festival for Students’ programme is back again for another edition. The huge amount of interest on behalf of students and younger people wanting watch fascinating and distinctive European and Independent films has compelled Art Fest to continue their event at the ‘Cinema House’.

NATIONAL COMPETITION JAMESON SHORT AWARD

Jameson and the Sofia International Film Festival announce the 8th edition of the Short Film Competition for Best Bulgarian Short Film

 
 
   
   
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