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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.


Simon Davidson: “To shoot during the night is very difficult ...”

Mr. Davidson, how did the story of "The Odds" appear actually?

started from an article I read several years ago – about 17-year high
school students in Singapore, infatuated with illegal betting (in their
case: for the games of NBA) and about the problems one of the boys
encountered thanks to his addicition... But the story is also connected
with my own teenage years, when I was 17 or maybe even 16. I myself come
from a small town in Western part of Canada (we have probably the
youngest community in the world) and when I was at that age, there were
not many options for having a good time. So, we had everything, but we
felt bored. We caused havoc, crushed cars, etc. By the moment I was
caught by the police (I think I had just turned 17)... And from that
moment my life took another direction. This short period of hooliganism,
though, left its imprint on me at a subconscious level. And when, after
so many years, I read that article about those guys in Singapore,
something prompted me to tell my own story. Of course, this film is not
autobiographical, but largely reflects the way we experienced the world
as teenagers... So, I began to explore the gambling world of young
people which is a huge subculture in North America, including Vancouver,
where I live.

Perhaps intentionally it is not clear
where the action takes place – in a large or small town. I do not know
if this is important for the story, but is it your native city or some
particular neighborhood of Vancouver?

Hmm. Interesting. I
have not tried to depict a particular city, but the vision is a typical
Vancouver – Western part of the city and the city center with the
Chinese restaurants. A hundred percent of Vancouver.


Read the whole interview on SIFF's website.

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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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