Dear Friends, Dear Film People of the WorldWe are deeply concerned by the situation in Ukraine. And so are you.
For our friends, who run film festivals in Ukraine, 2014 will most probably be the toughest year in their careers.
We express our solidarity with:

Ms Julia Sinkevych, executive director
Odessa International Film Festival
dates: July 11-19, 2014
tel/fax: (+380 44) 584 38 24

Mr Andriy Khalpakhchi, general director
Kiev International Film Festival Molodist
dates: October 25 – November 2, 2014
tel.: (+380 44) 461 98 03

Ms Irina Kaplichnaya, general director
Krok International Animated Film Festival
dates: September 29 – October 6, 2014
tel.: (+380 44) 287 52 80, 287 66 29
fax: (+380 44) 287 52 80

Mr Gennadiy Kofman, program director
DOCUDAYS UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
dates: March 21-28, 2014
tel.: (+380 57) 714 96 03

Ms Victoria Yarmoshchuk, director
Kiev Media Week, Filmbusiness Conference
dates: September 15-19, 2014
tel.: (+380 44)  495 46 10

and with our Colleagues from ALL OTHER FILM FESTIVALS IN UKRAINE.

We would like to ask all members of the international film community to show their help and generosity.

Directors, Producers and Sales Agents: please give your films willingly and for free to all film festivals in Ukraine, no screenings fees from Ukrainian festivals this year.

Film Institutes: please support travel of your filmmakers and send prints at your expense.

Everybody: please help in any way you can, at least distributing this message.

We would like our voice to be heard. Please disseminate this message by any means available.

Signed by:

Avvantura Festival Zadar – Sergej Stanojkovski

BAFICI – Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente – Marcelo Panozzo
Belgrade International Film Festival – Dragan Marinkovic
Berlinale – Forum – Christoph Terhechte
Busan International Film Festival – Lee Yong-kwan, Jay Jeon
Camerimage – International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography – Marek Zydowicz
Festival de Cannes – Thierry Frémaux
Chichester International Film Festival – Roger Gibson
Cork Film Festival, James Mullighan
FilmFestival Cottbus – Bernd Buder, Jörg Ackermann, Andreas Stein
Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz – Christine Dollhofer
Edinburgh International Film Festival – Chris Fujiwara
European Film Festival Palić – Pavle Budincevic, Petar Mitric
European Film Forum Scanorama – Grazina Arlickaite
Festival on Wheels – Ahmet Boyacioglu, Basak Emre, Pinar Evrenosoglu
Film Fest Gent – Wim De Witte
GoEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Cinema Wiesbaden – Gaby Babic, Stefan Adrian
Göteborg International Film Festival – Marit Kapla
Haifa International Film Festival – Pnina Blayer
Helsinki International Film Festival “Love & Anarchy” – Sara Norberg, Pekka Lanerva
International Student Film Festival “NEW WAVE” – Lyudmil Hristov, Lyubo Yonchev
Istanbul Film Festival – Azize Tan
Kaunas International Film Festival – Ilona Jurkonyte, Tomas Tengmark
Krakow Film Festival – Krzysztof Gierat
Lima Independiente – Festival Internacional de Cine – Alonso Izaguirre, Fernando Vílchez Rodríguez
Festival del film Locarno – Nadia Dresti
Malta Short Film Festival – Joyce Grech
International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg – Dr. Michael Koetz
Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes – Jerome Paillard
Mar del Plata International Film Festival – Francisco Perez Laguna
Mediawave – Jenő Hartyándi, Violetta Vajda
International Film Festival Message to Man Saint-Petersburg – Alexey Medvedev
Midnight Sun Film Festival – Timo Malmi
Morelia International Film Festival – Daniela Michel
Moscow International Film Festival – Kirill Razlogov, Andrey Plakhov
NETPAC – Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema – Ashley Ratnavibhushana
New York Film Festival – Kent Jones, Marian Masone
Palm Springs International Film Festival – Alissa Simon
Prague International Film Festival Febiofest – Stefan Uhrik
Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival – Joao Ferreira, Ana David
REC – Festival Internacional de Cinema de Tarragona – Javier Garcia Puerto
Reykjavik International Film Festival – Hronn Marinósdóttir
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival – Ilda Santiago
International Film Festival Rotterdam – Bianca Taal, Gertjan Zuilhof, Gerwin Tamsma, Evgeny Gusyatinskiy, Peter van Hoof, Inge de Leeuw, Chinlin Hsieh
San Sebastian International Film Festival – José Luis Rebordinos
SANFIC – Santiago Festival Internacional de Cine – Gabriela Sandoval
Sarajevo Film Festival – Mirsad Purivatra, Elma Tataragic
Seattle International Film Festival – Carl Spence
Sofia International Film Festival – Stefan Kitanov, Mira Staleva
Stockholm Film Festival – Git Scheynius
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – Tiina Lokk
Telluride Film Festival – Tom Luddy
The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund – Gyda Velvin Myklebust
Titanic International Film Festival Budapest – György Horváth       
T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival Wroclaw – Roman Gutek, Joanna Lapinska
Tokyo International Film Festival – Yoshi Yatabe
Toronto International Film Festival – Piers Handling, Cameron Bailey
Transilvania International Film Festival – Tudor Giurgiu
Tribeca Film Festival, New York – Frederic Boyer
Tromso International Film Festival – Martha Otte
Venice Film Festival – Alberto Barbera
Venice Days – Giornate degli Autori – Giorgio Gosetti, Sylvain Auzou
Vilnius International Film Festival – Vida Ramaskiene, Algirdas Ramaska
Visions du Réel – Festival international de cinéma Nyon – Luciano Barisone
Warsaw Film Festival – Ewa Wieckowska, Stefan Laudyn
Zagreb International Film Festival – Boris T. Matic, Lana Ujdur
If you support the case and your name is not on the list, please feel free to add your name.
Warsaw Film Foundation /
30th Warsaw Film Festival, October 10-19, 2014
10th CentEast Market Warsaw, October 17-19, 2014
mailing address: WFF, P.O.Box 816, PL-00-950 Warsaw 1, Poland


poster copyTime has come and gone and the official opening of the first edition of the International student film festival “NEW WAVE” is approaching. From the 23rd to the 25th of January, 2014 in the Cinema House new films will be screened, new faces will be encountered, new ideas will be discussed and an atmosphere build entirely from the inspiration of the new generation of cinema artists will be created.

There are 41 films in the official program sent from countries in the Balkans and the Black Sea region.

29 films will compete for the prizes in the different categories, 14 of which are from Bulgarian authors, 5 from Russia, 4 from Armenia, 2 from Turkey and one from each Azerbaijan,  Kosovo, Serbia and Georgia. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the work of four bulgarian authors and a russian author in 5 documentaries. 7 animations will be screened for those keen on animation films. Students of the New Bulgarian University and the Art College studying animation will take us on a trip into a colorful and surreal world.

On the 23th of January in the Cinema House we will welcome representatives of 11 universities and 8 countries. That is why the diversity of films is guaranteed, but where the prizes will travel off to, we have yet to wait and see.


The first edition of the International Student Film Festival “NEW WAVE” is about to begin. The task to sift and distinguish the best films is not easy. Therefore we engaged highly experienced people in the field of cinema who can objectively and adequately cope with it.

The chairman of the jury is the Bulgarian film critic, journalist and screenwriter – Borislav Kolev who recently made his directorial debut with the documentary – “Stoichkov”.

Prof. Ingeborg Bratoeva-Darakchieva, PhD is another representative of the jury who is a member of the International Federation of Film Critics “FIPRESCI”, a teacher in the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts “Krastyo Sarafov” and in Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski” and a professor in department “Screen Arts” at the Institute of Art Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Karin Yanakieva also joined the jury of the festival with great pleasure. She is a film critic and a representative of the Bulgarian National Film Center.

Another very prominent member is the director Evgeny Mihaylov – former director of the Nu Boyana Film Studios and an award winner from the Golden Rose National Film Festival in 1994. Mihaylov is the director of the films “Home for Gentle Souls”, “The Death Can Wait”, “Canaries Season” and “The Insurance” .

Last but not least – the actress Stefka Yanorova who has great experience not only in the field of theatre but also in the field of cinema. She is known mainly for her part in the movie “Mission London” and in the hit Bulgarian TV series “Glass Home”.


Accreditations for first edition of International Student Film Festival “NEW WAVE” are open.


Press Alumni filmi 1st ISFF NEW WAVEThe 1st International Student Film Festival “NEW WAVE” includes in its out-of-competition programme films by graduated students from New Bulgarian University. The main purpose of the out-of-competition programme “ALUMNI” is to introduce their first independent steps towards their   establishment in the cinema industry and to contribute to the promoting of their work.

“The Time of Clouds and Rain” by Krum Yankov is the fiction film which takes part in the “ALUMNI” programme. It is a story about the anxious mood which has been generated by the fear of the time passing by and its irreversibility. Because of this serious plot the film takes the award for young Bulgarian author on the International Video Art Festival “Videoholika” in 2012.

We could also watch “The Blood” – an animation by Velislava Gospodinova. This is her debut film where the blood is considered as either an element of extermination or as a life-supporting substance, as a symbol of death or of the hope for salvation. It has been nominated for best animation on the International Short Film Festival “IN THE PALACE” and has been awarded in the category – best debut on the Golden Rhyton Bulgarian Documentary and Animation Film Festival.

Another animation, which has been included in the “ALUMNI” programme is “The Golden Fish” by Irina Armenkova. A film about the darkness and the cruelty of the city, about the desire for a better world and the price you are forced to pay when you meet the Golden Fish. With this production the director takes the first prize of the animation category of the 16th Student Film Festival, organized by New Bulgarian University.

Very interesting for the viewers will be the combination between a fiction film and an animation in “The Unfinished Painting” by Rositsa Vangelova. During the screening of the film we will be able to feel the drama of a young artist who desperately tries to paint the most suitable eyes for the face of the woman in his paintings but unexpectedly he enters a surreal world created by his own imagination.

The documentary cinema also takes place in the programme. With his short film “DRIFT”, Borislav Dobrev reveals the essence of the youngest motorsport in the world – drifting. He examines topics connected with the automobiles, the technical specifications and the passion of the drivers and the fans.

We believe that this selection will allow us to follow the development of the youngest creators who work in all directions – fiction, animation and documentary cinema.

2013-12-22Press statistika polucheni filmi 1st ISFF NEW WAVEThe submissions for the first edition of International Student Film Festival “NEW WAVE” are closed. During the last 45 days 74 films have been submitted. ­­­­­­­­­The selection committee is facing hard times because it should choose the best from the many quality and interesting productions we have received. Authors from Bulgaria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Kosovo are already expecting to know if their films are going to make it to the official competition program.

From January 23rd to January 25th 2014 young filmmakers representing 15 universities, which has film studies, from 10 countries from the Balkans and the Black Sea Region will gather in Cinema House. More than 800-minute variety of short films which will be screened during the three days of the festival. The guests and the audience will have the opportunity to watch, analyze and compare students’ productions while the jury decides who will get the award in each category.

These three days will be filled with the creativity of the students who have decided to dedicate themselves to the 7th art and will be focused on the new wave of inspiration, talent and ambition of the new generation.