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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 ...

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....

"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...

UNESCO Forum: New urban spaces and creativity

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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, cul...

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...

UNESCO Forum Balkan Visions: Creativity For The Future In South - East Europe in the frame of 16th Sofia IFF

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UNESCO Forum Balkan Visions: Creativity For The Future In South - East Europe with the support of Sofia Municipality,will include three round tables with themes on cinema, artistic creativity in the city and visual art innovations. The event is part of the new global initiative entitled “Culture: a Bridge to Development”, launched by the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs Irina Bokova. This Forum seeks to sketch a portrait of the South-East European region through the lens o...

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...

Nu Image Names Roy Matalon New President of International Sales & Distribution

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  Roy Matalon has been named President of International Sales & Distribution for Nu Image, Inc. it was announced today (8/18) by principals Danny Dimbort, Avi Lerner and Trevor Short. Matalon joins Nu Image after 14 years at New Regency Productions as Senior Vice President of Distribution of domestic and international theatrical, home entertainment and television; overseeing sales, licensing, and, marketing. Prior to New Regency, Matalon served as Managing Director of Theatrical...

New Festival Partner ‘Early Bird’

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Français Meet ÉCU’s new festival partner ‘Early Bird’, a European student film festival. We are delighted to announce that they are now open for submissions. For more details please see below: “EARLY BIRD” EUROPEAN STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS (NOVEMBER 2011, SOFIA, BULGARIA) The American Foundation for Bulgaria has the pleasure to invite you to participate in the selection for the program of the 7th Students’ Film Festival EARLY BI...

Ina Nikolova: Valeri and Ivan are magicians

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Today Sneakers, the feature debut of the directing duo Valeri Yordanov and Ivan Vladimirov, will be screened at the Moscow Film Festival where it was selected in the competition programme. As we mentioned before, the film was presented as a project in development at Sofia Meetings, it then traveled to the renowned Moscow and Karlovy Vary festivals, before making its premiere in front of Bulgarian audiences.   In Sneakers, six young people are running far away from their failures in life...

THE SHOW GOES ON

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Director: Vladimir Shterianov.
Neshka Robeva was the coach of Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics team in the 80s and 90s. She led the team to the top and won numerous gold medals at world championships and Olympic Games. Neshka and her athletes were national celebrities. After she was forced the leave the coach position she started putting on dance shows which became extremely successful in Bulgaria and toured in many countries abroad. The film tells the story of this talented and relentless woman who proves that success comes with passion and hard work.

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...

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 International Film Festival 2011

Streets of Sofia... Festival posters everywhere!

Sofia International Film Festival 2011

Sofia covered in snow! This is the ancient Rotunda church

Sofia International Film Festival 2011

Festival directors Stefan Kitanov and Mira Staleva speak about 2011 Sofia Meetings at SIFF and the Balkans Cinema.

Sofia International Film Festival 2011

Sofia Theater where all the events events and open/close ceremonies took place.

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...
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