VARNA: A total of 13 feature and 17 short films will screen in the official competition of the 37th Golden Rose National Film Festival, running in Varna from 27 September to 4 October 2019. Five of the feature films in competition are first films.
Among these 13 feature films, 10 are supported with public financing, one is produced by the Bulgarian National Television and two are privately financed.
Seven feature films from the official competition are Bulgarian majority coproductions and one is a minority coproduction. Four other minority coproductions will screen out of competition. There are five debut films.
Three recent features from Montenegro, Serbia and North Macedonia will screen in the frames of the Balkan focus.
A Focus on Roma Lazio Film Commission, made in cooperation with the Castelli Romani Film Festival, will present three international coproductions with Italian participation, including the opening film of the festival Tulipani: Love, Honor and a Bicycle directed by Oscar winner Mike Van Diem.
For the third time since 2014 the main jury will include foreign members. The Giornate degli Autori - Venice Film Festival selector Renata Santoro and the Croatian director/scriptwriter/actor Hrvoje Hribar will serve along three Bulgarians: director Milko Lazarov (head of the jury), actress and casting director Joreta Nikolova and DoP Emil Christov.
The short films jury will be headed by the Bulgarian director Andrey Paounov, who will be accompanied by the Bulgarian actress Ani Valchanova and the Japanese film critic Yoshiko Minekawa.
The Golden Rose National Film Festival is organised by the Bulgarian National Film Center with the support of the Varna municipality.
Feature Film Competition:
A Picture With Yuki (Bulgaria, Japan)Directed by Lachezar AvramovProduced by The Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria) Coproduced by the Bulgarian National Television, WA Entertainment (Japan)Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe – MEDIA
A Travelling Cinema (Bulgaria)Directed by Iliya KostovProduced by Nike-ICoproduced by NCTV Eurocom Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Action (Bulgaria)Directed by Radoslav IlievProduced by Incoms ProjectCoproduced by Urban Media, Doli Media Studio Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Bad Girl (Bulgaria)Directed by Marian ValevProduced by the Bulgarian National Television
Cat In The Wall (Bulgaria, UK, France)Directed by Mina Mileva, Vesela KazakovaProduced by Activist38 (Bulgaria) Coproduced by Glasshead Limited (UK), Ici et Là Productions (France), the Bulgarian National TelevisionSupported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, ARTE Région Ile de France, Post Republic Germany, Creative Europe – MEDIA
Letters From Antarctica (Bulgaria)Directed by Stanislav DonchevProduced by Dynamic Arts Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Nova TV
Love, Boyden (Bulgaria)Directed by Borislav MihailovskiProduced by Magic Storylines
Once Upon A War (Bulgaria, Monaco)Directed by Anri KoulevProduced by Koulev Film Production (Bulgaria)Coproduced by Doli Media Studio, Magic Shop, the Bulgarian National Television, Nu Boyana, Shibuya Productions (Monaco)Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
The Announcement (Turkey, Bulgaria)Directed by Mahmut Fazil CoşkunProduced by Filmotto productions – Halil Kardas (Turkey)Coproduced by The Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria) Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, the Bulgarian National Film Center
The Father (Bulgaria, Greece)Directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar ValchanovProduced by Abraxas Film www.abraxasfilm.com (Bulgaria)Coproduced by Graal Films (Greece)Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Greek Film Center, Biennale College Cinema, Eurimages, Creative Europe – MEDIA
The Pig (Bulgaria, Romania)Directed by Dragomir SholevProduced by Gorilla FilmCoproduced by New Boyana Film Studios, B2Y, Screening Еmotions, Papillon Film (Romania) Supported by SEE Cinema Network, UNICEF
Rounds (Bulgaria, Serbia)Directed by Stephan KomandarevCoproduced by Argo Film (Bulgaria), See Film Pro (Serbia)Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Film Center Serbia, Eurimages
Sister (Bulgaria, Qatar)Directed by Svetla TsotsorkovaProduced by Omega FilmsCoproduced by Audiovideo Orpheus, the Doha Film Institute