SOFIA: Twelve debut and sophomore features were selected for the international competition of the 21st Sofia International Film Fest. Six of them were initiated by writers and film directors from Balkan countries, including three Bulgarians. The festival will take place in Sofia from 9 to 19 March 2017 and in some of the biggest Bulgarian cities from 19 to 31 March 2017.
Balkan competition consists of eleven new feature films from the region such as Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva’s second film Glory, produced by Bulgaria’s Abraxas Film in coproduction with Greece’s Graal Film.
Four new Bulgarian feature films will have their premieres, including Iglika Triffonova’s Lift for Patients, produced by Klas Film. Twelve new Bulgarian short films will compete for the Jamison Award.
The president of the international jury will be Romanian director Cristi Puiu.The other members of the jury are: Canadian actress Deborah Kara Unger, German expert Manfred Schmidt, German-Bulgarian film director Elitza Petkova and Bulgarian actress Anjela Nedyalkova.
Jessica Woodworth & Peter Brosens' fourth feature film King of Belgians will open the festival on 9 March 2017. The film is a coproduction between Flemish Belgian Bo Films, French Belgian Entre Chien et Loup, Dutch Topkapi and Bulgarian Art Fest.
Godless (Bulgaria, Denmark)Directed by Raliza PetrovaProduced by Klas FilmCoproduced by Snow GlobSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Danish Film Institute, Eurimages
Light Thereafter (Bulgaria, Belgium)Directed by Konstantin BojanovProduced by MultfilmCoproduced by Left Field VenturesSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center,
House Without Roof (Germany,Irak (KRG), Qatar)Directed by Soleen Yusef
Bad Influence (Chile)Directed by Claudia Huaiquimilla
My Happy Family (Germany, Georgia, France)Directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon GroßProduced by Augenschein FilmproduktionCoproduced by Polare Film, Arizona ProductionsSupported by the Georgian National Film Center
Beneath the Silence (Israel)Directed by Erez Mizrahi and Sahar Shavit
The Last Family (Poland)Directed by Jan P. MatuszynskiProduced by Aurum FilmCoproduced by HBO Polska, Lightcraft, Universal Music PolskaSupported by the Polish Film Institute
Requiem for Mrs. J. (Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia)Directed by Bojan VuleticProduced by See Film ProCoproduced by Geopoly Film, Skopje Film Studio, Non-Stop Production, Surprise AlleySupported by Film Center Serbia, the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Macedonian Film Agency, CNC France, Eurimages
Snow (Turkey)Directed by Emre Erdogdu
Quit Staring at My Plate (Croatia, Denmark)Directed by Hana JusićProduced by KinoramaCoproduced by Croatian Television, BeofilmSupported by the Croatian Audiovisual Center, the Danish Film Institute, Eurimages
Hristo (Bulgaria, Italy)Directed by Grigor Lefterov and Teodor MatsanovProduced by Lema FilmCoproduced by Idea CinemaSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Moon Dogs (United Kingdom, Ireland)Directed by Philip John