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Sofia IFF and CineMafia present the 168 – hour film challenge

Festivals 2009-03-07

Sofia Short Challenge

The 168-hour film challenge, Sofia Short Challenge, is going to have its premiere during the 13th edition of Sofia International Film Festival. The genre in which the filmmaking crews will compete in the inaugural year is ‘comedy'. Instead of a subject matter, we shall announce the names of three ingredients on which the films ought to be based. The final versions of the short films have to be submitted in exactly 168 hours or 1 week later.

The topic will be announced at the Festival's opening at 8 p.m. on March 5, 2009, at Number One Hall of the National Palace of Culture. It will also be posted on the festival's web page www.cinema.bg/sff. The registration of the participants at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is compulsory and should be completed before 8 p.m. March 7, 2009. After this deadline the applications will not be considered at all! The films ought to be submitted between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 12, 2009 in the lobby of Lumiere cinema hall. Again after deadline expiration no entries will be accepted!

In order to present the most valuable and significant works of the young Bulgarian cinema, all films are subject to a preliminary selection process. Nadezhda Koseva and Andrey Paounov have been credited the responsibility.

The screening and the award ceremony of the films from the „Sofia Short Challenge" programme will take place on March 15, 2009 at 12 a.m. at Lumiere cinema hall. The shortlisted candidates will be notified by e-mail that their film has been selected for screening.

A colourful international jury consisting of Siegfried, Alexander Hahn and Maya Novoselska will give out the prizes for best feature and best animation film. The authors of the awarded short films will be accredited for Sarajevo Film Festival and their works will be screened before the festival audience there.

For further information, please, contact:

Sofia International Film Festival

Press Office

Svetlana Damyanova

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Metodi Petrov

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Nina Pehlivanova

Mob: +359 0888 277 328

Last modified on 2009-03-07