SOFIA: 26th Sofia International Film Festival will take place from March 10-31, 2022, returning to its traditional physical event form. A total of 80 films from its programming will be screened online at the same time.

Bulgaria’s most important film industry event Sofia Meetings postpones its 19th edition to the beginning of the summer. The organizers promise that the well-known formats, mainly related to first and second film projects, will be back from June 6 to June 12, 2022.

The festival will also screen selected titles in Bulgaria’s second largest city, Plovdiv (March 17-27, 2022) and Varna (March 18-25, 2022). The city of Burgas will start its festival program on March 31, 2022.

Distinguished screenwriter and author Angel Wagenstein will be honored for his outstanding contribution to the art of cinema. In the year of his 100th birthday, he will receive the Prix Sofia de la Municipality of Sofia. The official ceremony will also include the screening of the digitally restored 1959 Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner Stars. The film will recall the exceptional collaboration between screenwriter Wagenstein and cult German director Konrad Wolf.

British director Tony Palmer will also receive recognition, this time it will be the special prize of the 26th edition of the SFF.

A retrospective titled women in cinema will illustrate the theme of this year’s festival. The films will be screened before the official opening on March 10, 2022, with the French Both sides of the blade directed by Claire Denis and produced by Curiosa Films.

Two Bulgarian debuts have been selected for the main international competition: Andrey Paunov January co-produced by Bulgarian Portokal, Portuguese Terratreme Filmes and Luxembourgish Tarantula, and Svetoslav Draganov Humbleco-produced by Bulgarian Contast Films with Romanians Parade Movie and digital cube.

The international jury will be led by Bulgarian director Iglika Triffonova and will also include four other directors: Lech Majewski from Poland, Oleg Sentsov from Ukraine, Radivoje Andrić from Serbia and Zlatina Rousseva from Bulgaria/Belgium.

International competition:

The wind seeker (Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia)
Directed by Mihai Sofronea
Produced by Balance Film Productions
Co-produced by Shuchkov BrothersLiving Pictures (Serbia), Romanian Cinema Center
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Film Center Serbia, Creative Europe MEDIA program

The den (Italy)
Directed by Beatrice Baldacci

Wolf (Ireland, Poland)
Directed by Nathalie Biancheri
Co-produced by lava films

wild roots (Hungary, Slovakia)
Directed by Hajni Kis
Produced by Proton Cinema
Co-produced by MPilms
Supported by the National Film Institute of Hungary, Slovak Audiovisual Fund

The absent manager (Iran)
Directed by Arvand Dashtaray

A love song (UNITED STATES)
Directed by Max Walker-Silverman

Miss Osaka (Denmark, Norway, Japan)
Directed by Daniel Dencik

Waiting time (Turkey)
Directed by Aydin Orak

Humble (Bulgaria, Romania)
Directed by Svetoslav Draganov
Produced by Contast Films
Co-produced by Parade Movie and digital cube
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Romanian Cinema Center

Sonata (Poland)
Directed by Bartosz Blaschke
Produced by Mediabrigade
Supported by Polish Film Institute

Toubab (Germany, Senegal)
Directed by Florian Dietrich

January (Bulgaria, Portugal, Luxembourg)
Directed by Andrei Paunov
Produced by Portokal
Co-produced by Terratreme Filmes, Tarantula
Supported by Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe MEDIA program