07.03.2013 - UNESCO Office in Venice

UNESCO supports “Balkan Screenings” during International Sofia Film Festival

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The UNESCO Venice Office, within its overall mission to support cultural creativity and the diversity of cultural expressions, is renewing its cooperation in 2013 with the 17th edition of the Sofia International Film Festival (7-17 March 2013), through its support to the Sofia Meetings and its “Balkans Screenings” section.

“Sofia Meetings”, organized from 14 to 17 March 2013, is a co-production market organized within the framework of the Sofia International Film Festival.  Its aim is to help finance projects of young European filmmakers, to encourage co-productions between European countries, to facilitate distribution of films in the EU countries and help new European films to find distribution in South-East Europe.

UNESCO’s support will serve, in particular, to help translation, transport and screenings of film from the Balkan region, and allow filmmakers and professionals from the region to participate in the Sofia Meetings and be part of the various panels, workshops and pitchings.

“Balkan Screenings” section will present the latest films from South-East Europe for festival selectors, sales agents, distributors and international press. This programe includes a Balkan Competition (international competition of latest films from the region) and closed screenings of completed films and works in progress from the region seen for festival directors, distributors and sales agents.

The “Balkan Screenings” will also include a Feature Films Pitching, so as to present feature film projects to an international panel of producers, sales agents, distributors and film professionals, followed by individual meetings, panels, workshops and master-classes with established filmmakers. 2013 will put a focus on several projects from the Black Sea and Caucasus region and training for young professionals.

Balkan Screenings will be attended by representatives of international film festivals from Thessaloniki, Greece; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Cluj, Romania; Istanbul, Turkey; Festival on Wheels, Turkey; Belgrade, Serbia; Zagreb, Croatia; Zadar, Croatia. Representatives of regional film institutions will also attend the Sofia Meetings.

All details concerning the programme of the Sofia Film Festival are available at: http://www.siff.bg/.


- Anthony Krause, Head Culture Unit, a.krause(at)unesco.org

- Mira Staleva, Deputy Director Sofia IFF, mira(at)sofiaiff.com

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