SOFIA: The first edition of the Master of Art International Documentary Film Festival, a showcase of documentary films devoted to arts, will be held in Sofia from 15 to 22 April 2016.
Initiated by the journalist/director/producer Nayo Titzin, the festival is organised by his company Spotlight, the National Palace of Culture and the Master of Art Foundation.
A total of 24 films from 11 countries, produced after 1 January 2014, will compete in the following categories: Music and Dance, Theatre and Cinema, Fine Art and Photography, Architecture and Design, Literature. An additional Video Art and Advertising section will attract professionals in the area.
Henrik von Sydow (Sweden), Marie-Odile Demay (Canada), Phil Grabsky (UK), Sevda Shishmanova and Nayo Titzin (Bulgaria) are the members of the international jury.
“The idea for the festival came to me as a result of my numerous participations in similar international events. After a lot of observation I decided to create an isle of spirituality in my own country, that would focus both on documentaries and art. Furthermore, I am proud that this festival, which will bring together high quality productions on art, is the first in the Balkans”, artistic director Titzin told FNE.
MUSIC AND DANCE:
Written by Mrs Bach (UK)Directed by Alex McCall & Irini Vachlioti
Rumba Tres, There & Back Again (Spain)Directed by Juan Capdevila Garcia &David Casademunt Izquierdo
Maiko: Dancing Child (Norway)Directed by Ase Svenheim Drivenes
What Would Beethoven Do? (USA)Directed by Jonathan Keijser
Alive Inside (USA)Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett
THEATER AND CINEMA:
Fellini vs. Visconti: Italian Standoff (France)Directed by Marie Dominique Montel & Christopher Jones
Leslie’s Journey (Spain)Directed by Marcos Nine Bua
Sebastian Barrio - The Fabulous Destiny of a Porn Star (Bulgaria)Directed by Aglika Delahaye
Animata Resistenza (Italy)Directed by Francesco Montagner &Alberto Girotto
Cinema: a Public Affair (Germany)Directed by Tatiana Brandrup
FINE ARTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY:
Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery (Germany)Directed by Arne Birkenstock
The Man Who Saved the Louvre (France)Directed by Jean-Pierre Devillers &Pierre Pochard
Frame by Frame (USA)Directed by Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli
Flâneur (Bulgaria)Directed by Antoaneta Bachurova andVladimir Lyutskanov
David La Chapelle - Revolution (Bulgaria)Directed by Georgi Toshev, Yavor Vesselinov
Dalí's Last Masterpiece (Spain)Directed by David Pujol
ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN:
Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture (USA)Directed by Ultan Guilfoyles
Saving Mes Aynak (USA)Directed by Brent E. Huffman
Neon (Poland)Directed by Eric Bednarski
The New Rijksmuseum (Netherlands)Directed by Oeke Hoogendijk
The Alphabet of Fear (Netherlands)Directed by John Albert Jansen
Gabo - The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez (Spain)Directed by Justin Webster
Bird in the Room (Israel)Directed by Ari Davidovich
Innocence of Memory (UK)Directed by Grant Gee