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Sofia International Film Festival

233d Edition

Sofia International Film Festival

where:Sofia (Bulgaria)
when:March 7th - 17th, 2019
address:1, Bulgaria Sq., Sofia 1463, Bulgaria
tel:+359 2 952 6467
fax:+359 2 9166 714
deadline:November 30th, 2018
entry form:Online Submission

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 14 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.
Together with the festival, take place the Sofia Meetings, including a market for projects of first second an third featutres, with pitchings, and the "Balkan Screenings" for local productions. Meetings are supported by the MEDIA programme of the EU.

  • Caesar Must Die by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

  • The Lark Farm by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

  • 1937 by Giacomo Gatti, Francesco Carrozzini: Festival Short

  • Adil e Yusuf by Claudio Noce: Festival Short

  • Three Monkeys by Nuri Bilge Ceylan: Turkish Cinema

  • ENFER by Denis Tanovic: Galas & Avant-Premiers

  • GABRIELLE by Patrice Chéreau: Galas & Avant-Premiers

  • GARUA by Gustavo Corrado: International Competition

  • Hidden by Michael Haneke: European Screen

  • PERSONA NON GRATA by Krzysztof Zanussi: European Screen