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SOFIA - UNESCO Creative City of FILM

Bulgarian capital is one of the FIVE UNESCO Creative Cities of FILM and celebrates 100 years Bulgarian Cinema's jubilee on January 13, 2015

Three Bulgarian films participating in competition programmes in Warsaw IFF 2014

"The Judgement", "The Lesson" and "Uncle Tony, Three Fools, and the Secret Service" - all started from SOFIA MEETINGS in the frames of Sofia IFF

Appeal to free Oleg Sentsov

Oleg Sentsov, who was involved in supporting the Euro Maidan protests in Kiev and who has opposed the annexation of Crimea by Russia, was arrested by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) in his house in Simferopol on 10 May and brought to Moscow where he is still detained and awaiting trial (which was supposed to be on 11 October)


The 19th edition of Sofia International Film Festival will take place between 5th and 15th of March 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. You are welcome to submit your films online


The 12th Sofia Meetings will take place from 12th till 15th March 2015 in the framework of the 19th Sofia International Film Festival /5th – 15th March 2015/.

"The Lesson" was selected in International competition programme in TOKYO IFF

Sofia Meetings Awarded film by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov was selected at one of the most prestigious "A" category festivals in the world in Tokyo

AWARD for Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's debut feature film "THE LESSON" in 'New Directors' competition of San Sebastian International Film Festival

"THE LESSON", which started from Sofia Meetings and was screened in its programme in March 2014, was in a competition at one of the most prestigious international festivals, "A" category competitive festival

The 21th edition of Golden Boll Film Festival in Adana

Throughout the 2014 there were celebrations for 100 years of Turkish Cinema. The famous director Nuri Bilge Ceylan succeeded to make a dear present for this jubilee – his newest film “Winter Sleep”, shot in heavenly beautiful Cappadocia, received one of the most prestigious awards in the world – The Cannes’ Palme d'Or. Adana is situated only 250 km south of Cappadocia – it’s the town of the famous Adana kebap and with its cotton plantations. The 21st edition of Golden Boll Film Festival was also held here, in Adana

Oleg Sentsov is a honorary member of the 62nd edition of the San Sebastian Festival Official Jury

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, arrested on 10 May of this year by the Federal Security State of the Russian Federation (FSB), today is still in a Moscow prison for having backed the Euromaidan protests in Kiev

LIGHTHOUSE WOMAN by Ana Kitanova – In the competition of three International Film Festivals

The short film, directed by Ana Kitanova “LIGHTHOUSE WOMAN” (22 min.) after successful participation of Sofia Film Fest this year, was selected in the competition programme of the prestigious international film festivals - "Avvantura Festival Film Forum" in Zadar, Croatia, "Drama International Short Film Festival" in Drama, Greece and “Tofifest” in Torun, Poland.

CentEast 2014 - submit your work-in-progress!

The call for works-in-progress from Eastern Europe to participate in CentEast Warsaw-Moscow is now open! The deadline for submissions is Friday, 5th of September 2014.

Bulgarian participation at San Sebastian Film Festival

4 bulgarian films will be presented as a part of a post 1989 retrospective with 50 films from Eastern Europe

Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's debut feature film "THE LESSON" will be in 'New Directors' competition of San Sebastian International Film Festival

Bulgarian film "THE LESSON", Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's debut feature film was screened in Sofia Meetings programme in March 2014 and now it has a chance to be in a competition at one of the most prestigious international festivals, being one of the 14 "A" category competitive festivals accredited by the FIAPF

The comedy event of 2014 - at Dom na kinoto

Monty Python are rightfully regarded as among the world’s finest-ever comedians. They influenced a generation and revolutionized comedy. Their eagerly awaited reunion promises to be among the biggest live events of 2014

The next session of the Residence du Festival at Cannes will take place from March 2 to July 15, 2015

The Residence du Festival welcomes every year a dozen young directors who work there on their first or second fictional feature film project, in two sessions lasting four and a half months (from October 1st to mid February, and from the end of February to mid July)

Berlinale Talents 2015 - Talent Press - Call for Applications

Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut and FIPRESCI invite young film critics to Berlin 2015


Mahnaz Mohammadi, Iranian filmmaker and women's rights activist, was sentenced to five years of imprisonment and charged with 'Plotting against State Security' and 'Propaganda against the regime' of Tehran

Professor Vladislav Ikonomov passed away...

Professor Vladislav Ikonomov passed away - he was extraordinary person, great teacher and a very good friend...

Do Not Miss "The LUNCHBOX" - at cinemas!

June 13 - Ritesh Batra's debut feature "The LUNCHBOX" with Indian Cinema star Irrfan Khan - at cinemas Cine Grand, Cinema House, Euro Cinema and cinema "Odeon"

Love comes suddenly... with "The LUNCHBOX"! Don't miss yours... June 13th in cinemas

Russian FSB arrested Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov on terrorism charges

Award-wining film director and Euro maidan activist Oleg Sentsov was kidnapped in his hometown Simferopol (Crimea) by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation on 11 May 2014.

We participated in choosing the film, which received EFA Young Audience Award

On May 4th Sofia participated for the second year together with children from 17 cities from all over Europe in a special Young Audience Award's day organized by EFA

Odessa International Film Festival launches crowdfunding campaign

Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for Odessa International Film Festival to raise the funds in order to support OIFF National Competition and its organization.

Bulgarian triumph at 14th goEast Film Festival @ Wiesbaden

Robert Bosch Stiftung awarded 70 000 Еuro to Pavel Vesnakov's new short film

Special guests at MILLENIUM Festival in Brussels

The Millenium Film Festival is supported by the UN team in Brussels and UNDP in particular

Lluís Miñarro: “I look at the cinema as an illusion, as а fantasy, as а game”

Special interview for 18th Sofia International Film Festival - Lluís Miñarro, director of "Stella Cadente"


"In my view the communication with Rangel Valchanov should be recognized as a higher degree in cinemawork... Marking the occasion of its 80th anniversary I was starring at the white sheet for a long time trying to find words with which to express my admiration for the Maestro..."

'Allo 'Allo catch phrases especially for Sofia International Film Festival

Catch phrases from 'Allo 'Allo stars Sue Hodge, Guy Siner, Vicki Michelle, Richard Gibson, Kim Hartman, Arthur Bostrom for Sofia International Film Festival

'Allo 'Allo stars for Sofia International Film Festival

Exciting words from 'Allo 'Allo stars Sue Hodge, Guy Siner, Vicki Michelle, Richard Gibson, Kim Hartman, Arthur Bostrom for Sofia International Film Festival

'Allo 'Allo stars are our guests at Cinema House today - Sofia FIlm Fest continues

'Allo 'Allo stars Guy Siner, Vicki Michelle, Richard Gibson, Kim Hartman, manager Keith Paddington Richards, Sue Hodge and Arthur Bostrom - guests today at Cinema house - 16.00 h

Additional screenings in the Sofia Film Fest's programme

Find out which films have additional festival screenings at Cinema House and Eurocinema

'Allo 'Allo stars are our guests at Lumiere today - Sofia FIlm Fest continues

'Allo 'Allo stars Guy Siner, Vicki Michelle, Richard Gibson, Kim Hartman, manager Keith Paddington Richards, Sue Hodge and Arthur Bostrom

Best of the Fest continues in Cinema City

We're mourning for Baumi!

One of the last cinema visionaries had left us on March 18 2014.

Shorts Marathon tomorrow at NATFA with a free entrance

A whole day in the company of shorts from all over the world!

Guillaume de Seille teaches some "Harmony Lessons"

Producer will talk about his film today at 21:00 in cinema Odeon

International Appeal for solidarity with film festivals in Ukraine

We are deeply concerned by the situation in Ukraine. For our friends, who run film festivals in Ukraine, 2014 will most probably be the toughest year in their careers.

Sofia Meetings project premieres today at Dom na kinoto

Producer Sol Bondy presents "Youth" at 16:00 h

THE AWARDS of the 18th Sofia International Film Festival

‘Blind Dates’ (Georgia) by director Levan Koguashvili Focusfox Grand Prix Award

The Bulgarian film in the International competition with two screenings today

Konstantin Burov will present "Rat Poison" on the second, at 18:30 at Dom na kinoto

Meet Alain Bainee in NATFA

We are inviting you to a meeting, workshop and screening of a film of the world famous art director in the NATFA's cinema hall on Monday. Free entrace!

A Spanish "Falling Star" today at Dom na kinoto

Producer Luis Minnaro presents his directorial debut

Goran Markovic visits again Sofia IFF

If you have missed the first screening of "Falsifier", you have a chance to watch the film today in the company of his director

Mahmut Fazil Coskun plays "Yozgat Blues" today in cinema Odeon

You are welcome to enjoy the Balkan competition film at 18:30 h

Second chance for "Blind Dates" along with Levan Koguashvili

Cinema & Wine in 18th Sofia Film Fest

Special selection by Sofia Film Fest and Domaine Boyar - impressive films and wines

Evgeniy Gindilis brings "Dubrovskiy" at Dom na kinoto today

The producer will present his film before the screening at 18:30 h

Marc Bachet and Cedomir Kolar offer the viewers "The Lunchbox" on Thursday

The producers present the love story on 13 March in Lumiere at 20:30 h

"Velvet Terrorists" attack the festival on Thursday

Ivan Ostrochovsky, the Slovak director of the documentary, will explain to the viewers what the terrorists from his film want in Euro Cinema at 21:15 h

Jay Taylor presents "The Fold" tonight at Dom na kinoto

The producer of the film selected for the International Competition is a guest of the 18th Sofia IFF

Dominik Spritzendorfer presents "Electro Moscow" in Euro Cinema today

The screening is at 18:45 h

Open events, workshops and lectures in the programme of the 11th Sofia Meetings

All film-makers, film, visual arts, advertising and media students are invited!

Gustav Deutsch Masterclass on Tuesday

The meeting with "Shirley: Visions of Reality" director is after the screening of his film tomorrow, 11 March at 10:00 at Dom na kinoto

The Balkan Competition of the 18th Sofia IFF starts today

Kosta Djordjevic, Lusin Dink, Igor Ivanov, Goran Markovic, Marko Santic and Tomi Salkovski will come to present their films to the festival's audence

The Documentary Competition starts on Sunday

It is for the first time that SIEMENS provides the first prize and supports the Documentary Competition at Sofia IFF

Interview with Eleni Christodoulou, producer of "KISMET"

We talked with the production manager of "Kismet" about the topics of this interesting documentary

Nina-Maria Paschalidou and Eleni Christodoulou meet the audience at the premiere screening of their "Kismet"

The director and the production manager will present their documentary tonight, 8 March, at 20:30 h in cinema Lumiere

Konstantin Lopushansky presents "The Role" on Sunday

After the screening, we invite you to a talk with the director, at 12:30 h in Matti'D

Bulgarian films in the first festival weekend

Five Bulgarian productions from the 18th Sofia IFF will be screened in cinema Lumiere

János Szász presents "The Notebook" on 8 March in Dom na kinoto

The Hungarian director is one of the 18th Sofia IFF guests

Sofia Film Fest's Press events

To the attention of our colleagues, journalists, here is a list of the 18th Sofia International Film Festival’s press events and the interviews application form.

Special Mention to Svetoslav Draganov's "A Life Almost Wonderful" at ZagrebDox

Svetoslav Draganov with Special Mention at Zagreb

Mira Fornay project among Sofia Meetings

Screen Daily - New films by Mira Fornay, Radu Jude and Stephan Komandarev are among the projects to be pitched at this year’s Sofia Meetings (March 13-16)

18th Sofia International Film Festival

Main information about accents and details of 18th Sofia Film Fest

Eleven compelling cinematic narratives, inspired by both history and reality, will compete in the Documentary Competition during the 18th SFF

It is for the first time that SIEMENS provides the first prize and supports the Documentary Competition at Sofia International Film Festival

Dusan Hanak’s debut film “322” opens the “Czechoslovakian New Wave. 1969, Forbidden Films.” part of the festival’s programme on the 28th February at Cinema House

The famous director will receive the Sofia Award of Sofia Municipality for Outstanding Contribution in Cinema

Cinema House presents unique programme of 8 "forbidden films" from Czechoslovak New Wave

Films which have been made in 1969 are finally shown to the general public 20 years later.”Larks on a String” by Jiri Menzel wins a ‘Golden Bear’ at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1990. The leading Slovak director Martin Sulik will personally present his documentary film “25 From the Sixties or the Czechoslovak New Wave”.The start is on the 28th February and as a special guest we will have the famous Slovak director Dusan Hanak. The cinematographer will receive the Sofia Municipality Award and will present his film “322”, 1969, personally before the festival’s audience.

10 films will compete for “Domaine Boyar” Award in Sofia Film Fest's Balkan Competition

Ten Films will be competing for the Balkan Prize during the 18th Sofia International Film Festival, kindly provided, as tradition serves by “Domaine Boyar”. The Blakan Competition Award will be chosen from the following jury members: Georgian director Kakha Kikabidze, the festival’s director and programmer India Srinivasa Santhanam and the Bulgarian actor Stephan A. Shtereff

Take your TICKET, choose your films!

You can have a TICKET for Sofia Film Fest from 21 February. The programme is already online, films are traveling, we're waiting for our guests ! TICKET! You can buy it from everywhere, it can take you everywhere!

The International Competition at the 18th Sofia International Film Festival

Hundreds of first and second title films from all continents around the globe have entered their films in the International Competition during the 18th Sofia International Film Festival. There were productions coming from countries such as Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Cuba, Columbia, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Morocco, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Guinea Bissau, Bangladesh... The film selection process took more than two months until the final twelve films, which were to compete, were lastly settled; most of the chosen productions are the director's debut films.

Three focus films will be presented at the 18th Sofia International Film Festival

'Ruin' by Michael Cody and Amiel Courtin-Wilson / 'In Bloom' by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross / 'The Golden Dream' by Diego Quemada-Diez

Three Focus Films will be included in the programme of the 18th Sofia International Film Festival

‘Moebius’ by Kim Ki-duk / ‘My Dog Killer’ by Mira Fornay / ‘Ida’ by director Pawel Pawlikowski

For the first time Sofia International Film Festival brings to its audience ‘Focus Serbia’

The new Serbian Cinema will be presented in Sofia, lead by famous names such as directors Goran Paskaljevic and Goran Markovic, as well as Serbia’s most famous actors Predrag Manojlovic (Miki) and Lazar Ristovski among 15 guests visiting from neighbouring Serbia

Pavel Vesnakov's "Pride" received Grand Prix in Clermont-Ferrand

"Pride" received Grand Prix in the International competition at the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France

"The Role" by Konstantin Lopushanskiy

As a special guest at the festival, the director will personally present his newest film in Sofia

“Shirley: Visions of Reality” From the director Gustav Deutsch

The paintings of one of the most influential painters in the new history of the art, Edward Hopper, come to life in the cinema

12 candidates for the Jameson Short Film Awards at The Sofia International Film Festival 2014

On 4th February, after long discussions out of the 90 entered in the competition, the selection committee chose the 12 finalists

The 18th Sofia International Film Festival is proud to present three films by the great Italian cinematographer Paolo Sorretino

One of the gala screenings during the Sofia Film Festival 2014 will be "The Great Beauty– a film awarded with a Golden Globe for Best Cinematography and four prizes from the European Film Awards- Best Film in 2013, Best Director (Paolo Sorretino), Best Actor (Toni Servillo) and Best Editor (Cristiano Travaglioli).

18th Sofia International Film Festival

Bringing viewers together for 18th time this March, Sofia International Film Festival proves once again its leading position as a cultural event, as it tops the capital’s chances of becoming European Capital of Culture

The special Galla Premieres on 18th Sofia Film Festival

The alluring titles that will attract the viewer’s attention in March prove to be many. Among them are a few which will invite the audience in the largest halls to feel the festivals’ euphoria at its best

“The Big Awards” programme at 18th Sofia Film Fest

The Big Awards rubric in SIFF's programme traditionally presents film titles which have been awarded the previous year at international film forums

Goran Paskaljevic will receive SOFIA AWARD of the Sofia Municipality for contribution to world cinema

Serbian Director will present his newest film "When Day Breaks"

Sofia Film Fest opens with exclusive screening of "The Judgement" by Stephan Komandarev

After this festival screening, the newest Komandarev's movie will open in theaters in October

Young Cinephiles' Jury

March is approaching and once again Sofia Film Fest will have it's Young Cinephiles' Jury. Here you can find the conditions for your application...

Lars Von Trier before "Nymphomaniac"

Retrospective of the provocative Danish director expects its viewers at the 18th SOFIA FILM FEST

FATHER’s pile of awards

The animated-documentary FATHER, which had its international premiere at the 2012 Sofia International Film Festival’s Jameson Short Film Award competition has had an incredible festival circuit. Over the past two years the film has been to over 100 film festivals and awarded 26 times

'Nymphomaniacs''s trailer

Lars Von Trier follows "a woman's erotic journey from birth to the age of 50", there's "sex and philosophy" in his new provocative project.

One good story needs a good storyteller

"Culture of Speech" study, organized by Art Fest and Cinema House - for elaboration of people's communication skills

Chapter 8 from 'Nymphomaniacs''s campaign

New point of view

Chapter 7 from 'Nymphomaniacs''s campaign

New task

Jameson SHORT Film Award 2014


"Together in Arts!"

Art Fest Foundation and Dom na Kinoto present one special charity event. On December 12 - 2 days and 65 years after UN accepted The Human Rights Chart - we invite audiences to a special screening of "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker" and KARANDILA Junior Concert

Maya Vitkova's "Victoria" - in the competition program of Sundance Film Festival

Maya Vitkova's feature film debut "Victoria" will have its world premiere in the competition program of the Sundance Film Festival

20 Bulgarian towns where SIFF has regional editions

Sofia International Film Festival has been traveling in Bulgaria for years now and has had editions in 20 towns so far.

20 selected international festivals

20 songs of the Festival band

Some history of the Festival band - an inseparable part of the festival

20 plants from my garden

The garden in the courtyard of the building where Kita lives is an oasis in the centre of Sofia.

20+2 Bulgarian Kita’s Places

While I travel throughout Bulgaria, I love to discover places, which I enlist in my blackberry as Kita’s Place. This is a list of 20 restaurants and several bars. I have also included places from the past, which are no longer the same, but are still part of my memories.

Kita’s 20 European Places

I have started putting in a list (Kita’s Places) every restaurant or bar where I was impressed by the quality of its food and ambience.

Kita's 20 favorite films

These are 20 of my favorite films by 20 of my favorite directors. I have at least 20 more favorite directors and many more favorite films.

20 selected Bulgarian directors

...whose star rised with a project during Sofia Meetings and/or debut feature at Sofia International Film Festival

20 distributed films

ART FEST became a distribution company in 2003. By the end of 2012 the company presented in Sofia Film Festival's programme and distributed in Bulgaria over 40 features made by established European directors. Our selection here includes the following features distributed chronologically in Bulgarian cinemas:

20 produced movies

...still cannot be connected with the name of Stefan Kitanov and the crew of Art Fest / RFF International. Till this moment the films are 12 and it is expected the number 20 to be reached and exceeded in future 8 years. The completed productions till December 2012 are:

20 selected Bulgarian Films

which Sofia International Film Festival put on the world film map

20 + 20 + 20 world cinema discoveries

It is just an impossible task to present only 20 young directors who were guests at Sofia International Film Festival. Especially after introducing the International competition for first and second feature film our festival started to draw attention as desirable destination for great number of first time directors and many of them became well known contemporary authors. And so that's why we choose 60:

20 + 20 world cinema masters

We wanted to name 20 world famous directors who attended Sofia International Film Festival throughout the years, but it turned out to be impossible to make such a short list, so that is why we chose 40.

20 of Kita's favorite songs

...outside The Festival's Band repertoire. "Music is not only recharging me and creating an atmosphere, but it also provides me with a rhythm, especially when I drive - I cannot sit even for a minute behind the wheel without turning on my favorite iPod. One of my favorite experiences with iPod was at the Valley of Death, California. We needed only Pink Floyd's music in this incredible moon-like place. Off course, we were thoughtful enough ti have brought it with us. Here are 20 songs 100% Kita."

20 selected international films

Through the years, more than 3000 films were screened during Sofia International Film Festival. Some of them made a great impression on the audience...

20 selected events

...organized by Stefan Kitanov and the Cinema House's team in the 90s and by Kita and Art Fest's team from 2001 onwards

SFF@13.01.15, 00:01: SOFIA - UNESCO Creative City of FILM
SFF@10.10.14, 00:10: Three Bulgarian films participating in competition programmes in Warsaw IFF 2014
SFF@08.10.14, 00:10: Appeal to free Oleg Sentsov
SFF@30.09.14, 00:09: "The Lesson" was selected in International competition programme in TOKYO IFF
SFF@28.09.14, 00:09: AWARD for Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's debut feature film "THE LESSON" in 'New Directors' competition of San Sebastian International Film Festival
SFF@24.09.14, 00:09: The 21th edition of Golden Boll Film Festival in Adana
SFF@11.09.14, 00:09: Oleg Sentsov is a honorary member of the 62nd edition of the San Sebastian Festival Official Jury
SFF@19.08.14, 00:08: LIGHTHOUSE WOMAN by Ana Kitanova – In the competition of three International Film Festivals

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