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Balkan films on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean
14 February 2013
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With two festivals taking place in February and March 2013, Balkan films travel on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, giving the chance to audiences and professionals from New York and Los Angeles to watch some of the best latest films of the region. 
The Sofia Independent Film Festival presents the ninth edition of New York-Bulgarian Film Festival (NYBFF) which will be held at New York city`s Tribeca Cinemas from 19 to 23 of February 2013

The Sofia Independent Film Festival has two showcases every year, one in Sofia, where the latest world cinema arrives to the domestic audience, and one in New York with the new Bulgarian films. The mission of the Sofia Independent Film Festival is “to establish a cultural bridge between Bulgaria and America, to support the transfer of film professional and works, to popularize Bulgarian culture in the USA and the independent American culture in Bulgaria and to create a platform for networking and to support future co-productions.”

Still from the film Ave by Konstantin Bojanov

Among other films, documentaries and short films, the program of the NY-Bulgarian Festival includes the films Ave by Konstantin Bojanov, I Am You by Petar Popzlatev, Faith, Love and Whisky by Kristina Nikolova, July by Kiril Stankov, Incognita by Mihail Pandoursky and the documentaries Sofia’s Last Ambulance by Ilian Metev and Stoichkov by Borislav Kolev.

Also, the Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival 2013 (LATFF) will have its second edition this year at Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles from February 28 to March 3. 

Zeki Demirkubuz`s Inside, based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky`s "Notes From Underground"

The purpose of LATFF is “to promote awareness of Turkish Cinema in the West Coast, to provide future networking relations among young filmmakers, and to give the creative crew members (Director, Writer, Producer and Director of Photography) the opportunity to showcase their work in the heart of Los Angeles.”

In its four days, the LATFF will present four feature films and some of the best Turkish short films. The Dream of A Butterfly by Yilmaz Erdogan will open the festival, followed by Emin Alper’s award-winning film Beyond The Hill and Ali Aydin’s Mold, which will get its U.S premiere. The Festival will wrap with Zeki Demirkubuz’s Inside, which will meet the audience for the first time through its U.S premiere. 

Mold, directed by Ali Aydin

In addition, the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) is having its seventh edition this year and will be conducted from June 6 to June 9 2013. The LAGFF presents  feature films, documentaries and short films by Greek filmmakers and filmmakers of Greek descent worldwide, films about Greece, Greek and Cypriot productions or co-productions, as well as films by emerging US and local filmmakers with a prevalent Greek theme.  Its foremost goal is to “promote Greek Cinema and cultural exchange while bridging the gap between Greek filmmakers and Hollywood”. 

The call for entries is open, submissions deadline for the 2013 Los Angeles Greek Film Festval is February 23 (late: March 10).


  Three Days Happiness
  Unfair World
  Beyond the Hill
  Wasted Youth
  Faith, Love and Whiskey
  Sofia`s Last Ambulance
  I Am You
  The Dream of a Butterfly
  Dimitris Athanitis
  Giorgos Georgopoulos
  Argyris Papadimitropoulos
  Philippos Tsitos
  Yilmaz Erdogan
  Konstantin Bojanov
  Jan Vogel
  Emin Alper
  Zeki Demirkubuz
  Kristina Nikolova
  Ilian Metev
  Petar Popzlatev
  Ali Aydin
  Kiril Stankov
  Mihail Pandoursky
  Borislav Kolev
  Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
  Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival
  Sofia Independent Film Festival
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