FESTIVALS: The 23rd Sofia IFF Announces Lineup

Pig by Dragomir Sholev Pig by Dragomir Sholev

SOFIA: Twelve films have been selected for the International Competition of the 23rd edition of Sofia International Film Festival and will compete for the Grand Prix Sofia – City of Film Prize, provided by the Sofia Municipality. The most important film festival in Bulgaria will be held this year from 7 to 17 March, with additional screenings in Plovdiv, Burgas and Varna till 28 March 2019.

Sofia Meetings (13-17 March 2019), one of the leading coproduction events in the region and in Europe, will bring more than 300 foreign professionals to the festival, including distributors, members of Europa Distribution, exhibitors and members of Europa Cinemas.

Twelve films will compete for the Domaine Boyar Award within the Balkan Competition.

The documentary Walking on Water by Andrey Paounov (a US/Italian coproduction) will open the festival. The closing film wil be The Wild Pear Tree by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, an international coproduction involving Bulgaria’s RFF International, Macedonia’s Sisters and Brother Mitevski and 2006 Produkcija Sarajevo from Bosnia and Herzegovina.


A Picture with Yuki (Bulgaria, Japan)
Directed by Lachezar Avramov
Produced by Chouchkov Brothers
Coproduced by Wa Entertainment
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center

The Pig (Bulgaria, Romania)
Directed by Dragomir Sholev
Produced by Gorilla Film
Coproduced by New Boyana Film Studios, B2Y, Screening Emotions, Papillon Film
Supported by the UNICEF

Wall / Wycieczka (Poland, Germany)
Directed by Bartosz Grudziecki  
Produced by DREIFILM, HFF München

Tehran: City of Love (Iran, UK, the Netherlands)
Directed by Ali Jaberansari

Hanalei Bay (Japan)
Directed by Daishi Matsunaga

The Waiter (Greece)
Directed by Steve Krikris

Vanishing Days (China)
Directed by Xin Zhu

Trust (Turkey)
Directed by Sefa Öztürk

Monsters. (Romania, 2019)
Directed by Marius Olteanu
Produced by Parada Film
Coproduced by We are basca
Support by the Romanian Film Centre

Brothers (Turkey, Germany, Bulgaria)
Directed by Ömür Atay
Produced by Chouchkov Brothers
Coproduced by Off Film, Fiction 2.0, Atay Film
Supported by Eurimages

Golden Youth (France, Belgium)
Directed by Eva Ionesco

System Crasher (Germany)
Directed by Nora Fingscheidt