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19th Sofia Film Fest 2015 - Balkans titles at the Competition Programmes
2 March 2015
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Its alredy March. Spring has arrived, and its that time of the year when we focus our attention in one of Balkan΄s biggest film events, Sofia International Film Festival (SIFF). The official opening of SIFF΄s 19th edition will be on March 5th, with the Award ceremony taking place on the 14th of the same month. The Festival’s program -including around 150 full-length feature films and documentaries, and over 70 short films- will continue in Burgas, Plovdiv and Varna until March 29th

The selected works are grouped into SIFF΄s traditional sections, among them four Competition Programmes: the International Competition for First and Second Movie, the Balkan Competition, the Documentary Competition and the Bulgarian Short Film Competition.

The jury of the International Competition is comprised of important filmmakers and industry personalities: director Stephan Komandarev (President of the Jury), and members Jay Jeon (deputy Director of the Busan International Film Festival and Director of the Asian Film Market), Nuri Bilge Ceylan΄s producer Zeynep Ozbatur, Georgian filmmaker and last year festival winner Levan Koguashvili along with the Director of the Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Ilda Santiago. As many festivals did during 2014, SIFF has included as an honorary member imprisoned and accused of terrorism by Moscow, Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov. 

3 Balkan films and co-productions will be screened at the International Competition:

Adultery by Yavor Veselinov, Bulgaria, 2014 

The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov, Bulgaria/Greece, 2014

No One’s Child by Vuk Rsumovic, Serbia/Croatia, 2013

France-based director Georgi Balabanov΄s debute feature film The Petrov File will be the festival΄s opening film with Andrey Zvyagintsev΄s Oscar nominated and Cannes winner Leviathan closing the festival ten days later. One of SIFF΄s highlights will be the tribute to one of the most important European producers, the late Karl Baumgartner, honoring his memory with a Sofia Award of Sofia Municipality and a special retrospective of 13 films produced by the German producer. 

The Domaine Boyar Award for Best Balkan Film awaits one of the 11 titles participating in this competition section:

Aferim! by Radu Jude, Romania/Bulgaria/Czech Republic (Silver Bear at Berlinale 2015) 

Why me? by Tudor Giurgiu, Romania/Bulgaria, 2015

Travelator by Dusan Milic, Serbia, 2015

Monument to Michael Jackson by Darko Lungulov, Serbia/Germany/FYROM, 2014

Sivas by Kaan Mujdezi, Turkey/Germany, 2014

Come To My Voice by Huseyin Karabey, Turkey/France/Germany, 2012

These Are the Rules by Ognyen Svilicic, Croatia/France/Serbia/FYROM, 2014

Love Island by Jasmila Zbanic, Croatia/Germany/Switzerland/Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2013

Bota by Iris Elezi & Thomas Logoreci, Albania,Italy, 2014

Xenia by Panos H. Koutras, Greece/France/Belgium, 2014

Hombre by Zahari Paunov, Bulgaria, 2014

Aferim! by Radu Jude

On the shorts programmes, the 12th Jameson Award competition (Jameson Short Film Award) for Bulgarian short film engages a group of Bulgarian filmmakers, producers and other professionals into picking the Best Bulgarian Short out 12 finalists:

Bandit and the Ram by Alberto Yordanov

Enemies by Hristo Simeonov

The day of the bleeding gums by Dimitar Dimitrov – Animiter

Jesus by Boya Harizanova

Getting Fat In A Healthy Way by Kevork Aslanyan

Plamen by Andre Andreev 

Ladino Ladies΄ Club by Boris Misirkov & Georgi Bogdanov 

A French Love by Nikolay Vasilev

Mark and Verse by Asparuh Petrov, Milen Vitanov, Boris Despodov, Ivan Bogdanov, Boris Pramatarov & Dmitriy Yagodin

Auf Wiedersehen by Eddy Shwartz & Yordan Petkov 

SIFF΄s other Competition programme, the Documentary section will include Oscar winner Citizenfour by Laura Poitas. 11 titles are competing for the Millennium Award, among them 3 from the Balkans:

Drifter by Gabor Horcher, Hungary/Germany/Romania, 2014 

Naked Island by Tiha K. Gudac, Croatia, 2014 

Salto Mortale by Borislav Kolev, Bulgaria, 2015

Source: Sofia International Film Festival official website
  Come to My Voice
  Love Island
  Monument to Michael Jackson
  Bota / Under The Canebrakes
  The Petrov File
  These Are the Rules
  No One`s Child
  Naked Island
  The Lesson
  Why Me?
  Ognjen Svilicic
  Darko Lungulov
  Tudor Giurgiu
  Zahari Paunov
  Boris Missirkov
  Georgi Bogdanov
  Kevork Aslanyan
  Radu Jude
  Panos H. Koutras
  Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  Zeynep Atakan
  Jasmila Zbanic
  Stephan Komandarev
  Dusan Milic
  Huseyin Karabey
  Borislav Kolev
  Petra Georgieva
  Boris Despodov
  Iris Elezi
  Thomas Logoreci
  Georgi Balabanov
  Vuk Rsumovic
  Tiha K. Gudac
  Kaan Mujdeci
  Antonia Vasseva Milcheva
  Kristina Grozeva
  Petar Valchanov
  Yavor Vesselinov
  Sofia International Film Festival
  Awards of 16th Sofia International Film Festival
  The Awards of the 17th Sofia International Film Festival
  The 18th Sofia IFF Awards Ceremony
  19th Sofia Film Fest 2015 - Additional highlights and out of competition sections
  Sofia Film Fest on Twitter
  Sofia Film Fest on Facebook
  Sofia Film Fest 2015 full programme
  Sofia Film Fest official website
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