SOFIA: Bulgaria's leading industry event, held during the
Sofia International Festival (www.siff.bg) the 2012 Sofia Meetings included 27 projects pitched
for the first time or selected in partnership with EAVE, the Moscow
co-production forum, Crossroads and the Mediterranean Film Institute.
The Bulgarian projects showed a wide variety of styles
dominated by younger filmmakers.
The director of Zift Javor Gardev presented Contra, a "global drama" about the
transfer of conscious from one person to another. Gardev has established own
production company Compania Ecstatica (www.compania-ecstatica.com) to
raise the nearly €M1.8 budget.
Alice is the feature
debut of actor/musician/director Stefan Valdobrev, whose documentary My Mate Manchester United had a
successful festival career.. The young production company Activist38
belonging to actress Vessela Kazakova (Prima
Primavera) and animator Mina Mileva will produce Valdobrev's touching story
of two elderly people, one from Germany and one from Bulgaria, who deeply fall
in love during the Cold War period.
Supported by Eurimages in 2010 Boris Despodov's Arthouse Blockbusters (www.facebook.com/pages/Arthouse-Blockbusters-Ltd/111232398962857) is now looking for a sale agent for his original docu-fiction on East
European immigrants in Western Europe The
Polish Plumber (written by Andrei Paunov, Vania Rainova and Despodov).
DoP and producer
Dimitar Gotchev, owner of Camera (www.camera.bg)
will direct the €M2.2 film Red Gold based on Ludmila Filipova's novel of
the same title. The film interweaves international personalities with an AIDS
epidemic at a Benghazi hospital.
Pawn Shop produced by Mono Collective (www.monoco.eu)
is an untypical project from eight young Balkan scriptwriters: Alexander ‘Sancho’ Marinov (BG), Andrey Getov (BG), Christos Zacharakis
(GR), Filip Vasić (RS), Jordan Bankov (BG), Juri Staikov (BG). The omnibus projects
is seeking Balkan partners to finance the nearly €M1 budget.
The Sinking of Sozopol produced by Borough Film (www.bouroughfilm.com) will be directed
by Kostadin Bonev. The intriguing metaphor about the sinking of a town on the
Black Sea has received a grant of €600 000 from the Bulgarian
National Film Center (www.nfc.bg) but still
needs some additional funding.
Dimitar Kotzev (Lora
from morning Till Evening) wrote Sisters with Galina Markova and
focused it on the life's maturation of two sisters with two mothers but one
father. Bulgarian Spotlight plans to produce the film
Filmarc is producing Out of Breath, a
story about kickboxing by actor/writer/director
Welcome to Heaven which mixes sex
and TV shows was written by TV performer Krastyo-Kutsy Vaptsarov (www.premierstudio.eu).
For the first time
Sofia Meetings organized a UNESCO Forum assisted
Bandarin, Assistant-Director General for Culture.
BEST PROJECT AWARD in the Second Films section: RHINOCEROS
by OLEGENTSOV (director) and OLGA ZHURZHENKO (producer), Ukraine. Production
BEST PROJECT AWARD in the Plus Minus One section: PANCHO AND
ALICE by STEFAN VALDOBREV (director) and MINA MILEVA, VESELA KAZAKOVA
Production company Activist38
Scholarship of the Mediterranean Film
PANCHO AND ALICE by STEFAN VALDOBREV
(director) and MINA MILEVA, VESELA KAZAKOVA (producers), Bulgaria.