GUESTS, FILM STARS, NIGHT EVENTS AND SWEET GOSSIPS
PAVLINA JELEVA – chairperson
is a Bulgarian film critic and producer. Graduated in Film Studies from NATFA (1978). Editor of Bulgarski Filmi journal published in four languages by the Bulgarian National Cinematography; worked for Kinoizkustvo monthly of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers. She has over 1,000 publications in Bulgaria and Europe. In 1993–1994, Bulgaria’s national representative at Eurimages; in charge of the Bulgarian Film Critics Association within FIPRESCI. In 1995, co-founded Geopoly Ltd film production company and took part in the production of over 10 features (supported mostly by Eurimages), nearly 50 documentaries and several animated films. In 1999, Bulgarian correspondent for Variety International Film Guide; since 2000, an associated member of the European Producers Club (EPC); since 2006, Bulgaria’s correspondent for Film New Europe. In 2014 she founded her second film company, Geopoly Film producing creative documentaries, animated films and European feature co-productions. A member of the Union of Bulgarian Journalists, the Union of the Bulgarian Filmmakers and the Association of Bulgarian Film Producers.
was born in 1954. Studied Mathematics at the University of Sofia; at the All-Russian State University of Cinematography, Moscow and Film and TV Directing at NATFA. Worked for Boyana Film Studios and Vreme Studio; since 1992, independent producer and cofounder of Bourough Filn Ltd. Director of the documentaries: Elegy for a House, Inventing a Bicycle, NeoFeo, Berlin Dreams, The Citadel, 5:00 am till 5:00 pm, The Road to Europe. Producer of a number of documentaries, features and shorts such as The Sinking of Sozopol, The Goat, etc. A member of the Board of the Association of Bulgarian Film Producers.
is a director, writer and actor, born in 1960. He graduated in Film and TV Directing from NATFA, Sofia (1984), in the classes of Yanko Yankov. In 1985–1990; he was first AD at Boyana Film Studios; in 1991–1995, he worked for RAI 1, RAI 2. Director of A Train to the Sea (doc., 1990); The Jews in Bulgaria (doc., 1995, RAI 2), Wagner (fic., 1998) – Andrei Tarkovsky Best Debut 1999, Russia, Jury Special Mention 2000, Brussels, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematographer, Golden Rose 2001, Best Editing, Union of Bulgarian Filmmaker, Best Film, Filmautor; Ali Mehmet: the Lonely Poet and the Meaning of Life (doc., 2000) – Jury Special Mention, Golden Rhyton 2001; Improvisation (doc., co-dir. Rumiana Petkova. 2001); Perlovetz: The River of Life (doc., 2001); My Father (doc., 2003) – Special Mention, Golden Chest 2003, Plovdiv; Hindemith (fic., 2007) – Best Lead Actress, Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers; Jury Special Mention, Love Is Folly 2008; Best Lead Actress, Golden Rose 2008; Jazzta Prasta or Where are the Bulgarian Notes (doc., 2010) – Best Film, Mediterraneo Video Festival 2013, Agropoli, Italy; etc.
was born in 1956. He worked at Sofia Animation Film Studio (1979–1987) as an animator, artist, and director of more than 70 films such as Figures (dir., Grand Prix, Zagreb, 1983); Marriage (animator, Palme d’Or, Cannes 1984); Spin (12 episodes, dir./animator). Since 1987 he has worked in Hungary, Germany, UK. In 1992 he set up Nagual Film Company. Supervisor of and coproducer of African Tales (with Animus Entertainment, London); Sniz & Fondu (series, with Nickelodeon, New York); Rashi (fic., with Disc-in. Israel), Kids of Toromiro (series, with Raspail & Associes, Paris). With the Bulgarian National Film Center he made seven films: Nazca (Jury Special Mention, Golden Rhyton 2005); Puddle (dir. Viara Doneva, Jury Honourable Mention, Golden Rhyton 2014). Terraforming (codir. Yovko Kolarov, 2015, Bulgarian Film Academy Awards Best Debut). Teaches Animation at the Private Professional College of Media Arts, Sofia; conducted animation workshops in the village of Lesidren (1997–2001).
was born in 1953. Studied Mural Painting at the National Academy of Art, Sofia (1976) in the classes of Prof. Mito Ganovski. A long-standing ccurator at Plovdiv City Art Gallery; national expert in Bulgarian fine arts, Ministry of Culture; received the Fine Arts Award of the City of Plovdiv (2014) for her exhibition Landscapes Come Alive (2013), Vuzrazhdane Art Gallery, Plovdiv; over 30 solo exhibitions in Plovdiv, Sofia, Burgas, etc. Her artworks were acquired by galleries and private collections in Bulgaria, Europe, USA, Japan, Russia, etc.; participations in a number of national and international plein-air painting workshops here and abroad; a landscape painter.