The 12th Sofia International Film Festival (March 6-16) will present 100 feature films, 20 documentaries and 60 shorts in 11 programmes. Bulgarian Rangel Valchanov's Which Way Today, the legendary director's first film in 14 years will open the festival, and Fatih Akin's The Edge Of Heaven will close it.
The international competition programme consists of 12 features, including Macedonian I Am From Titov Veles by Teona Strugar Mitevska, Hong Kong-Taiwanese-German The Drummer by Kenneth Bi, Serbian-German Love And Other Crimes by Stefan Arsenijevic and Canadian Our Private Lives by Denis Cote.
Dutch director Jos Stelling, Bulgarian actress Ani Papadopoulou, Serbian director Srdan Golubovic and Russian director Alexey Popogrebski will serve on the jury.
The best Bulgarian short film will also be chosen from 12 entries to receive the Jameson Short Film award worth $9,100.
Non-competition programmes include focuses on Holland, Russia and UK; a selection of successful recent European releases; a selection of Asian and South American films; Balkan Films Showcase; 11 Bulgarian features completed since the last edition of the festival; UIP shorts and Best Balkan Shorts; as well as Jos Stelling and Fatih Akin retrospectives.
FULL LIST OF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
The Hamlet Adventure, Ivaylo Dikanski and Greg Roach (Bulgaria-US),
I Am From Titov Veles, Teona Strugar Mitevska (Macedonia)
The Drummer, Kenneth Bi (Hong Kong-Taiwan-Germany)
Donovan Slacks, Kivmars Bowling (UK)
Midsummer Madness, Alexander Hahn (Latvia-UK-Austria)
Love And Other Crimes, Stefan Arsenijevic (Serbia-Germany)
Our Private Lives, Denis Cote (Canada)
The Bird Can't Fly, Anna Threes (The Netherlands)
Mermaid, Anna Melikyan (Russia)
Seven Days Sunday, Niels Laupert (Germany)
Family Rules, Marc Meyer (Germany),
Strawberry Wine, Daruisz Jablonski (Poland)