“I play to win, not for the sake of playing” - Stefan Kitanov - interview for "Iconomist" magazine

He’s 58, but has the energy of a 31 year old – which was exactly his age, when he took over the director’s chair for the first time. He motivates people with his ideas and he’s ready to do it all – from hanging posters to negotiating with foreign film producers. By education he’s an economist, a film critic and an art manager, but by vocation – a cinephile, a musician, a collector of stories and storyteller. He created the “Sofia International Film Festival” and one of the 10 major European co-production markets – Sofia Meetings. If there is someone truly concerned about the ban of public and cultural events right now, it’s Stefan Kitanov. Instead of opening on the 12th of March the 24th edition of the festival that put Bulgaria on the world map of film forums, he was forced to postpone it; to cancel airplane tickets and hotel bookings for hundreds of foreign guests, to stop all screenings, briefings, pitching sessions, producers meetings...

The published interview you can find in attached here file.
The interview was made by Violeta TSVETKOVA, photos - by Tony Tonchev.

The INTERVIEW is published on the official site of the "Iconomist" magazine.