Svetla Tsotsorkova’s Sister wins the Sofia City of Film Grand Prix
- Films from Belgium, Hungary and Romania were also among the winners at the Bulgarian gathering
After being postponed indefinitely only days before it was supposed to kick off in March, Bulgaria’s biggest film event, the Sofia International Film Festival, came back at the end of June with a summer edition (see the news). The event ended yesterday with an outdoor gala, where Sister [+see also:
interview: Svetla Tsotsorkova
film profile] (Bulgaria/Qatar), the second feature by Bulgarian director Svetla Tsotsorkova, received the festival’s top prize, the Sofia City of Film Grand Prix.
The jury, led by British director Peter Webber and consisting of American producer Jim Stark, Bulgarian actress Irmena Chichkova and Mexican producer Nicolás Celis, handed the Special Jury Award to Nathalie Biancheri’s Nocturnal [+see also:
interview: Nathalie Biancheri
film profile] (UK).
The summer edition of the festival presented a total of 111 films from 48 countries. Fifty-five titles were screened in one indoor venue and several open-air venues over the course of ten days, while as many as 88 movies in the selection were made available online for any viewer on Bulgarian soil.
The festival will be back with an autumn edition, the dates of which will be announced soon, and 80 new titles are being prepared to be screened then. Other, smaller editions will be organised for several provincial towns, such as Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas.
Here is the complete list of award winners at the Sofia International Film Festival:
Special Mention for Best Screenplay
Massoud Bakhshi - Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness [+see also:
interview: Massoud Bakhshi
film profile] (Iran/France/Germany/Switzerland/Luxembourg/Lebanon)
The Cave [+see also:
film profile] - Feras Fayyad (Syria/Denmark/Germany/USA/Qatar)
Collective [+see also:
film profile] - Alexander Nanau (Romania/Luxembourg)
Best Balkan Film
A Tale of Three Sisters [+see also:
interview: Emin Alper
interview: Emin Alper
film profile] - Emin Alper (Turkey/Germany/Netherlands/Greece)
Stitches [+see also:
interview: Miroslav Terzić
film profile] - Miroslav Terzic (Serbia)
Those Who Remained - Barnabás Tóth
Award of the Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics
God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya [+see also:
interview: Labina Mitevska
interview: Teona Strugar Mitevska
film profile] - Teona Strugar Mitevska (North Macedonia/Belgium/Croatia/Slovenia/France)
Best Bulgarian Short
Nina - Hristo Simeonov (Bulgaria)
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