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