Sofia International Film Festival
Sofia International Film Festival is the leading film event in Bulgaria and one of
the most high-profile festivals in Central East Europe. It is accredited by FIAPF
as competitive festival for first and second films. The SIFF familiarizes the local
audiences with the best recent works of the world cinema and presents new
Bulgarian and regional films to international audiences. Since 2004 significant
part of the festival is the Sofia Meetings co production market (pitching for
feature film projects and showcasing Bulgarian and regional films).
Venue and date: Sofia, March
Submission deadline: mid November
LOVE IS FOLLY International Film Festival
Love Is folly is a competitive international film festival. It is held on a yearly
basis in the coastal city of Varna. In terms of its genre, the Festival is oriented
towards dramas and comedies, melodramas and romances.
Venue and date: Varna, June 22-28, 2014
Submission deadline: March 21, 2014
CINEMANIA World Film Panorama
Cinemania is the oldest and most popular international film event in Bulgaria –
it began back in 1987 (non competitive).
In latest years the main program accents are the best of new British, Italian,
French Cinema, Music, Documentaries, Children Films, Classic Pleasures,
Book Adaptations, Culinary Cinema.
Venue and date: Sofia, November
Submission deadline: late September
World Festival Of Animated Film (WFAF)
The Festival is organized by the World Festival of Animated Film Association
and the Varna Festival Center with the support of the Bulgarian Ministry of
Culture, Bulgarian National Film Center and the Municipality of Varna.
Any frame by frame or computer-assisted animated film, completed after the
1st of January 2011, which has not participated in a previous edition of the
Festival, will be considered eligible for the Festival.
The films will compete in the following categories:
• Short films
• Feature films
• Children`s films
• TV series
• Student’s films
Venue and date: Varna, September 11-15, 2014
Submission deadline: June 10, 2014.
International Animation Film Festival (IAFF) GOLDEN KUKER – Sofia
IAFF was run for the first time in October 2010 in Sofia. Named after Proyko
Proykov (legendary Bulgarian animator) it is the first animation festival from
the new century. The mission of the IAFF Golden Kuker-Sofia is to contribute
to the development of Bulgarian art, to help Bulgarian and foreign animators
get in touch and to support young professionals and students. IAFF Golden
Kuker-Sofia has achieved high-level of professional performance, large
number of international appearances, and variety of great animation works.
Throughout the whole year people have the opportunity to attend master
classes led by world known directors and animators, visit contemporary art
seminars and exhibitions, and join interactive lectures.
Venue and dates: Sofia, May 12-18, 2014
Submission deadline: February 20, 2014
FILMINI International Short Film Festival
FILMINI s an annual competitive festival of short films.
The mission of the festival is to foster international exchange through cinema
and culture, to support young filmmakers in their first professional steps, to
contribute to the promotion and production of arthouse short films and to
develop a spirit of friendship and cooperation among filmmakers from all over
The festival program includes national, Balkan and international short film
competitions as well as non-competitive film programs and retrospectives,
workshops, seminars and other promotional and educational events.
Venue and date: Sofia, November 27-30, 2014
Submission deadline: end July
IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival
Established in 2003 as a competition forum for student films, IN THE PALACE
International Short Film Festival has become a prestigious and well-known
Every year over 3000 productions (up to 27 min.) from all over the world
compete in the categories of fiction, animation, documentary and experimental
movies for the festival awards.
The festival location is the summer residence of Queen Marie of Edinburgh –
State Cultural Institute „Cultural Centre „In the palace“ (Balchik), with stunning
sea views and Botanical garden.
The Festival week includes lectures, master classes, case studies, closed
market screenings and presentations, pitching sessions for new film projects,
industry meetings and networking, round tables and conferences, special film
programme “Dissection of democracy”, daily press conferences and meetings
with visiting filmmakers. In 2014 the 12th edition will be held.
Venue and date: Balchik, June 28 – July 5, 2014
Submission deadline: April 1, 2014
THE GOLDEN LINDEN, International Film Festival of New European Cinema
The aim of „The Golden Linden” Film Festival is to promote the European cinema in Bulgaria and to show the latest and most interesting films from various European countries. The festival has two programs: competition and additional. The selected films for the competition program are evaluated by an international jury. It is our wish that each year the additional program of the festival features films from various parts of Europe. There is a separate section featuring new Bulgarian movies presented by their creators and actors.
Venue: Stara Zagora