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Sofia International Film Festival

Sofia International Film Festival
1, Bulgaria Square
1463 Sofia
Bulgaria
phone +359 2 9166 714
fax + 359 2 9166 029
http://www.siff.bg
email: office@sofiaiff.com

Director/ Contact for German Entries
Mr. Stefan Kitanov

Year of Foundation 1997

Event Date from 07 March 2019 till 17 March 2019

in Sofia, Bulgaria

International Competition

Sections International competition for first and second films; Balkan Competition; International Documentary Competition; Competition for Bulgarian Short Films; non-competitive program

Terms of Entry International Competition: only first or second feature fiction films of the directors, produced after January 1st 2018, worldwide.
International Documentary Competition: feature documentaries, worldwide, produced after 1st January 2017.
Non-competitive programmes: Feature fiction films and documentaries from all over the world produced after 1st January 2018. Short films are no longer accepted by the festival. The international short programme is by invitations only.

For selection purposes: DVD Pal with English subtitles or secured online screener/valid at least three months after the submission deadline. Accepted screening formats for the selected films: DCP; Blu-ray and HD file on exceptional occasions.

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format 35 mm, DCP, Blu-ray, HD

Registration Deadline Early Bird – October 1st, 2018
Regular – November 30rd, 2018

Fees non

Attendance Figures 65,000

Participants of the Film Industry about 130 professionals (festival directors, producers, distributors, TV Buyers etc.)

Prizes/Awards Grand Prix for Best Film in International Competition; Special Jury Award for a film in International Competition; Award for Best Director; Award for Best Bulgarian Short Film; Young Jury Award; Best Doc Film; Best Bulgarian Feature, Best Balkan Film, FIPRESCI award, Audience Award

German Films

2018


International Competition
3/4 by Ilian Metev (DE/BG, Sutor Kolonko)
ADAM by Maria Solrun (DE/IS/MX/US, Big Key Films)

International Documentary Competition
THE ART OF MOVING by Liliana Marinho de Sousa (DE/TR, Newa Film)

Balkan Competition
GRAIN by Semih Kaplanoğlu (TR/DE/FR/SE/QA, Heimatfilm)
TOUCH ME NOT by Adina Pintilie (RO/DE/CZ/BG/FR, Rohfilm Productions)
MEN DON'T CRY by Alen Drljevic (BH/SL/HR/DE, Manderley Films)

Jameson Short Film Award
MAYBE TOMORROW by Martin Iliev (BG/DE)

Galas
ÁGA by Milko Lazarov (BG/DE/FR, 42film)

Grand Prizes
THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT by Tarik Saleh (SE/DE/DK, ostlicht filmproduktion)
THE SQUARE by Ruben Östlund (SE/FR/DE/DK, Essential Film)

Cinema Today – Masters
ARRHYTHMIA by Boris Khlebnikov (RU/FI/DE, COLOR OF MAY)
LOVELESS by Andrey Zvyagintsev (RU/BE/DE/FR, Senator Film Produktion)
HAPPY END by Michael Haneke (FR/DE/AT, X Filme Creative Pool)
IN THE FADE (AUS DEM NICHTS) by Fatih Akin (DE/FR, bombero international, Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, corazón international)
JUPITER'S MOON by Kornél Mundruczó (HU/DE/CH/SE, Match Factory Productions)
KHIBULA by George Ovashvili (GE/DE/FR, 42film)

Cinema Politica
QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION by Yony Leyser (Desire Productions)

Kaleidoscope
HUMAN FLOW by Ai Weiwei (Human Flow UG)
MANIFESTO by Julian Rosefeldt (DE/AU/HK, Julian Rosefeldt)

Special Screenings
WESTERN by Valeska Grisebach (DE/BG/AT, Komplizen Film)
THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER by Stefan Komandarev (BG/DE/HU/SL, Pallas Film)

New Bulgarian Features
DIRECTIONS by Stephan Komandarev (BG/DE/MK, Aktis Film Production)

Wim Wenders
EVERY THING WILL BE FINE von Wim Wenders (DE/CA/FR/SE/NO, Neue Road Movies)
PARIS, TEXAS by Wim Wenders (FR/DE/GB, Road Movies Filmproduktion)
SUBMERGENCE von Wim Wenders (DE/FR/ES, Neue Road Movies)
WINGS OF DESIRE (DER HIMMEL ÜBER BERLIN) by Wim Wenders (DE/FR, Road Movies Filmproduktion)

Focus Israel
THE CAKEMAKER by Ofir Raul Graizer (IL/DE, Film Base Berlin)
FOXTROT by Samuel Maoz (DE/IL/FR/CH, Pola Pandora)

1968 – Films from Germany
ANGEL BABY (ENGELCHEN ODER DIE JUNGFRAU VON BAMBERG) by Marran Gosov (Houwer-Film)
BAAL by Volker Schlöndorff (Hallelujah-Film)
IT (ES) by Ulrich Schamoni (Horst Manfred Adloff Produktion)
GO FOR IT, BABY (ZUR SACHE SCHÄTZCHEN) by May Spils (Peter Schamoni Film)
WILD RIDER LTD. (WILDER REITER GMBH) by Franz-Josef Spieker (Horst Manfred Adloff Produktion)
GIRLS, GIRLS (MÄDCHEN, MÄDCHEN) by Roger Fritz (Roger Fritz Filmproduktion)
YOUNG TORLESS (DER JUNGE TÖRLESS) by Volker Schlöndorff (DE/FR, Franz Seitz Filmproduktion)

Number of Films Shown about 120 films

Media Coverage more than 400 journalists

Specific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Competitive Spezialised Feature Film Festival.

Evaluation The festival not only presents new Bulgarian and Balkan films to an international audience, but also introduces a considerable number of international films from the festival circuit to the local audience. The festival constantly develops new activities on an international level. The Sofia Meetings offer producers from Europe the opportunity to discover interesting projects from the region.

Services The festival covers all costs of the print transport (if the following destination is a festival, Sofia IFF covers only one way) and covers the Bulgarian subtitles.

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