sofia international film festival 2018

The 22nd annual Sofia International Film Festival takes place from 7-18-29 March in Sofia, with extended activities in Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas. The festival theme this year is connected with Sofia’s selection as the 2018 European Capital of Sport and will be showcased through the inclusion of sports oriented films.

Sofia International Film Festival Program

The Sofia International Film Festival program includes 150 full length feature and documentary films and over 20 short films. The festival opens with a screening of Milko Lazarov’s new Bulgarian feature film Aga, which recently closed the main program of Berlinale 2018.

A pre-festival interest building retrospective begins 1 March at the Cinema House.

See complete film screenings program here.

Sofia International Film Festival Venues

Arena Deluxe Cinema (Bulgaria Mall) 69 Bulgaria Boulevard, +359 (0)2 916-6300.

CineGrand (Park Center) 2 Arsenalski Boulevard, 2nd Floor, +359 (0)87 891-5687.

Cinema City (Mall of Sofia) 101 Alexander Stamboliiski Boulevard, +359 (0)2 929-2929.

Cinema House (Дом на Киното) 37 Exarch Joseph Street, +359 (0)2 980-7838.

Cinema Vlaikova 11 Tsar Ivan Asen II Street, +359 (0)89 222-6868.

Czech Center 100 G.S. Rakovski Street, +359 (0)2 815-5430

DNA SPACE (at NDK – the National Palace of Culture) 1 Bulgaria Square, +359 (0)2 916-6300.

Euro Cinema 17 Alexander Stamboliiski Boulevard, +359 (0)980-4161.

French Institute (Institut Francais) 3 Slaveikov Square, +359 (0)2 937-7922

G8 Cultural Center 8 West Gladstone Street, +359 (0)2 995-0080.

Lumiere Lidl Cinema (Little NDK) 1 Bulgaria Square, +359 (0)2 916-6300.

MCI House of Culture “Iskar” 23 Krastyu Pastuhov Boulevard, +359 (0)2 979-0473.

National Palace of Culture – Hall 1 (NDK Main Hall) 1 Bulgaria Square, +359 (0)2 916-6300.

ODEON Cinema 1 Patriarch Evtimii Boulevard, +359 (0)2 989-2469.

Russian Cultural and Information Center 34 Shipka Street, +359 (0)2 943-3693.

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski Cultural Center 49 Moskovska Street, +359 (0)2 930-8530.

Sofia International Film Festival Awards

The Sofia Award for outstanding contribution to cinema will be awarded once again during the celebration of the festival. This year’s recipient is the great Bulgarian actress Stoyanka Mutafova, the queen of Bulgarian comedy.

Here is a list of all the other awards up for grabs at the Sofia International Film Festival this year. The awards ceremony will be held on 16 March.

“Sofia City of Film” Grand Prix
Awarded to the best film in the International Competition for first and second films.

Audience Award for Best Feature Film

Special Jury Award
For first and second films in the International Competition

Award for Best Director
For a film in the International Competition

Award for the Best Bulgarian Feature Film

Jameson Award for the Best Bulgarian Short Film
For a film in the Jameson competition, sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey

Award for the Best Documentary Film
For a film in the International Documentary Competition

Best Balkan Film Award
sponsored by Domaine Boyar


UBFM’S Film Critics Guild Award
For the best Balkan film

Sofia International Film Festival Details

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Sofia International Film Festival
National Palace of Culture Administrative Building, 13th floor
1 Bulgaria Square
Sofia 1463

Telephone +359 (0)2 916 6029, +359 (0)2 952-6467, +359 (0)2 851-9351
Fax +359 (0)2 916-6714