Sofia Film Festival 2020 Announces Restart

The 24th Sofia International Film Festival, will restart split into two parts – one to kick off on 25 June, and another by the end of September 2020.

SOFIA: The 24th Sofia International Film Fest, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic three days before its official opening on 12 March, will restart earlier than initially announced. It will be split into two parts – one to kick off on 25 June, and another by the end of September 2020.


“After months of emergency epidemic state in the country the festival will present a format fully adapted to the safety measures against the spread of the virus in the country,” the festival said in a statement on 16 June 2020.


The summer edition will take place under three forms: online for the territory of Bulgaria, at open-air venues, and in Sofia’s House of Cinema.


The initially announced opening film Petya of My Petya (BOF Pictures / Concept Studio), a debut feature by Alexander Kossev dedicated to the memory of the early deceased cult poet Petya Dubarova, will be replaced by Bong Joon-ho’s global hit Parasite. The opening screening will take place at a newly constructed open air space near the National Palace of Culture, Platform A6.


The online part of the Sofia FF will include 80 titles and will be realised in cooperation with Festival Scope and Shift 72. The films will be selected primarily from the Official, Balkan, Documentary and Short film competitions. They will be available for a specified number of screenings over a period of some three weeks. According to the festival, for the first time in its history, the programmes will be watched simultaneously by different audiences throughout the whole country.


The autumn edition will screen mainly Bulgarian documentaries and feature films which will have their premieres in Sofia. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, the festival will also welcome film directors who had confirmed their participation earlier this year.


Programme (Announced in March 2020):


18 % Grey (Bulgaria, Germany, Serbia, North Macedonia, Belgium)

Directed by Viktor Chouchkov Jr.

Produced by The Chouchkov Brothers

Coproduced by Ostlicht Filmproduktion, Cinnamon FilmsSektor Film, Raised by Wolves, the Bulgarian National Television

Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, MDM, Film Center Serbia, the North Macedonia Film AgencyCreative Europe Programme – MEDIA


How To Fake a War (UK)

Directed by Rudolph Herzog

Cleo (Belgium)

Directed by Eva Cools


A Simple Man (Greece)

Directed by Tasos Gerakinis


Send Me to the Clouds (China)

Directed by Congcong Teng


Steppe (Turkey)

Directed by Ali Özel


A Fish Swimming Upside Down (Germany)

Directed by Eliza Petkova


Motherland (Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Greece)

Directed by Tomas Vengris

Produced by Studio Uljana Kim

Coproduced by Locomotive Productions, Heimat Hafen Films, Faliro House

Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre, the National Film Centre of LatviaEurimagesCreative Europe Programme – MEDIA


Sister (Bulgaria, Qatar)

Directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova

Produced by Omega Films

Coproduced by the Doha Film Institute


Nocturnal (UK)

Directed by Nathalie Biancheri


Those Who Remained (Hungary)

Directed by Barnabás Tóth


Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness (France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Iran, Lebanon)

Directed by Massoud Bakhshi


Source: Pavlina Jeleva / Film New Europe

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