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Stefan Sofianski
Professor Bozhidar Abrashev
Hristo Drumev
Stefan Kitanov
Stefan Sofianski
Dear Cinema-goers:
Welcome to the 7th Sofia International Film Festival! As the Mayor of Sofia and as someone who loves cinema, I would like to thank the filmmakers and organisers and you, the cinema-goers, who have transformed the idea of a cinema festival into a traditional event for Sofia. The festival has become a place where people meet to share ideas and enjoy films, and it enables Bulgarian filmmakers to present their works and admire the successes of their colleagues from allover the world. This year the screens of the Festival will show us the best examples of European and world cinema. This year for the first time the festival has become a member of the prestigious European Coordination of Film Festivals, with an international jury and a competitive element. I wish the best of health to all filmmakers, new ideas and the chance this year to make the films they dream of.
Stefan Sofianski, Mayor of Sofia
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Professor Bozhidar Abrashev
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, friends and guests of the 7th Sofia International Film Festival 2003: As the Minister of Culture, I take great pleasure in presenting this year's prestigious cinema forum. It has grown this year and has developed as one of most favourite events for everyone connected with cinema. In 2002 the Sofia Film Festival became a member of the European Coordination of Film Festivals of the European Union, and is the only Bulgarian cinema festival in the calendar of FIPRESCI. The organisers of the 2003 Sofia Film Festival will present about 100 feature films and 10 documentaries. 90% of these films will be shown for the first time in Bulgaria. Another pleasing fact is that for the first time the Sofia Film Festival will reach beyond the confines of Sofia. The organisers of this year's festival hope to present 15 selected films in Bourgas. It is also worth noting that the 2003 Sofia Film Festival will have a competitive element for first time this year. I am proud that two Bulgarian films will take part in the international festival competition: Emigrants by Ivailo Hristov and Ljudmil Todorov and Rhapsody in White by Teddy Moskov. I have to confess that I was pleasantly surprised when I learnt that 12 selected Bulgarian short films, made over the past two years, will take part in the competition for short films. They were selected out of 109 short films submitted to the competition. In conclusion, I wish the 7th Sofia International Film Festival - the best of luck and success with the cinema goers, especially sinc 70 of the 100 films on the festival`s programme have been obtained for special presentation at the festival and will not have regular releases in Bulgaria. My wish is for better days for Bulgarian cinema. I believe that the names of Bulgarian films, Bulgarian directors, screenwriters and actors will be more frequently on the lips of cinema specialists around the world and they will win prize after prize at the most prestigious of cinema festivals.
Professor Bozhidar Abrashev, Minister of Culture
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Hristo Drumev
It`s the beginning of March! Spring is on its way! The 7th Sofia International Film Festival is opening - the youngest, the most ambitious and the most insistent. This is the festival of the young, the people who love "different cinema" and whose favourite idea of entertainment is so closely linked with the contagion of cinema!!! In its short 7-year history, the Sofia Film Festival has managed to impose its taste for challenges. The programme this year includes about 100 full-length feature films, a dozen or so documentary films and 12 shorts. This year's cinema forum now also has competitive programmes. There is special emphasis, worthy of our admiration, on the Panorama of New Bulgarian Cinema, which is being presented to guest directors and coordinators of prestigious international film festivals and the parallel workshop on cinema dramaturgy. This year as well about 60 foreign guests are expected to join us at the Film Festival. They include many filmmakers, critics, festival directors and friends. I'm sure that you are filled with energy and the desire to become an active part of the two-week cinema festival we call the "Sofia Film Festival"! I wish everyone real passion for the cinema and believe that everyone who enters the cinema halls of the National Palace of Culture will discover a film, director or actor and will relish the unforgettable emotional and aesthetic experience of the 2003 Sofia Film Festival. Good Luck to the team and in particular the director of the Festival - the man everyone loves - Stefan "Kita" Kitanov!
Hristo Drumev, General Director National Palace of Culture
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Stefan Kitanov
Welcome to the 7th Sofia International Film Festival In 2002 we wanted to introduce a competitive element into the festival. It was just a bit of a joke to start with - for a case of wine. But no sooner said than done - the Sofia Film Festival now has an international competition with awards which will be presented by three types of jury. The international competition programme includes first or second films by young directors of world cinema. We are expecting presentations by Carlos Reigadas (Mexico), David MacKensie (United Kingdom), Almut Geto (Germany), Alexei Muradov (Russia), Miniie Hekmat (Iran), Kristian Munjiu (Rumania), Peter Callaghan (USA), Ivailo Hristov (Bulgaria) and Teddy Moskov (Bulgaria). The international jury will select the best film of the festival and the best Bulgarian short film, competing for the prestigious JAMESON award. For first time since the 1980's there will be a FIPRESCI jury in Bulgaria and the Sofia Film Festival has become a member of the European coordination of film festivals. All this is a cause for great pleasure and drives us to develop further and keep the Bulgarian cinema audience and visiting professionals up to date. After the success of 2002, we are putting the emphasis once again on new Bulgarian cinema, which will be presented to the festival directors, programme organisers and international press. The newest Balkan films will cross the borders betwean Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Macedonia to mark the beginning of partnership between festivals in Belgrade, Sofia and Skopje. Special emphasis in the programme is being put upon Scandinavian, Japanese, French co-productions and countries from Asia and Africa. The digital revolution in cinema will be marked by the Round Table, projections of films and experimental forms. The German professor, Martin Thau will conduct a seminar on dramaturgy. The legendary Georgian director, Otar Iosseliani, will be a much welcomed visitor to our festival and we will present his most recent film, Monday Morning, as well as a some of his earlier works. The programme includes more than 120 films - 89 features, 15 documentaries and more than 30 shorts. 97 films will have their Bulgarian premiere, and 99 are only being shown specially for the festival. We extend our gratitude to all the organisers, sponsors, sympathisers and friends without whose cooperation his festival would have been impossible. There's not much more I can add to this - so I'll see you at the cinema!
Stefan Kitanov, Director Sofia International Film Festival
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