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The Main Programme of the 7th Sofia International Film Festival is over. The festival presented 176 features, documentaries and shorts.

The awarding ceremony took place on 16th of March at 19:00 at Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture.

Thom Palmen (Sweden) president of the European Coordination of Film Festivals and director of the Umea International Film Festival.
Ana Valchanova (Bulgaria) actress
Dalibor Matanic (Croatia) - director
Petr Zelenka (Czech Republic) director
Radivoje Andric (Serbia) director

STELLA ARTOIS Grand Prix of for BEST FILM in the international competition was awarded to PLEASANT DAYS (Hungary), directed by Kornel Mundruczo
Certificate and prize of 5,000 Euro presented to the director of the film.

BEST DIRECTOR AWARD in the International Competition was given to the director HANNA A.W. SLAK for the film BLIND SPOT (Slovenia, 2002)
Certificate and prize of 1,000 Euros presented to the director of the film.

The KODAK AWARD for Best Bulgarian Feature Film won UNDER THE SAME SKY/POD EDNO NEBE (Bulgaria, 2003), directed by Krasimir Krumov, cinematography: Emil Hristov
Certificate, trophy and KODAK film stock with a value of 3,000 USD presented to the director and the cinematographer of the film.

The JAMESON SHORT FILM AWARD won YELLOW (Bulgaria, 2001), directed by Ivan Rusev
Certificate, trophy and prize of 6,000 Euros presented to the director of the film.

The Award of The Association of Bulgarian Film and TV Cinematographers for Best Cinematography in a Bulgarian Feature Film was awarded to IVAN TONEV for the film RHAPSODY IN WHITE/RAPSODIA V BIALO (Bulgaria, 2002).

The Award for Most Popular film of the Festival was awarded to TALK TO HER/HABLE CON ELA (Spain, 2002), directed by Pedro Almodovar.
Certificate and prize of 1,000 Euros presented to the director of the film, sponsored by United Bulgarian Bank

The Audience Award for Most Popular Bulgarian Feature Film won EMIGRANTI / EMIGRANTS (Bulgaria, 2002), directed by Ivailo Hristov and Ljudmil Todorov.
Certificate and two plane tickets to any European destination presented to the directors of the film,
provided by Swiss International Airlines

Nikolay Nikitin (Germany), editor of film magazine Schnitt and programer for Eastern Europe in the Berlin International Film Festival.
Blanka Elekesh (Hungary), Screen International
Iskra Dimitrova (Bulgaria), Film magazine

The FIPRESCI AWARD for feature debut was given to OCCIDENT (Romania, 2002) directed by Christian Mungiu.

FIPRESCI awarded a Special Mention to the actors DEJAN DONKOV, IVAN RADOEV and VALERI IORDANOV for their performance in EMIGRANTI/EMIGRANTS (Bulgaria, 2002), directed by Ivailo Hristov and Ljudmil Todorov.

16 Mar 2003
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