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The 33rd Golden Rose Film Festival to kick off on 2 October

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- 48 new features and short films are in the programme, which also showcases Bulgarian classics

The 33rd Golden Rose Film Festival to kick off on 2 October
Losers by Ivaylo Hristov

The 33rd edition of the Golden Rose Film Festival, which focuses on recent Bulgarian features and short films, will be held from 2-11 October in the city of Varna. Twelve features are competing for the awards being given out by a jury chaired by director Stephan Komandarev, whose drama The Judgement [+see also:
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interview: Stephan Komandarev
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]
is representing the country for the nominations for next year’s Academy Awards.

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Ivaylo Hristov’s Losers [+see also:
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]
, winner of the Golden St George for Best Film at the 37th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival, seems to be among the favourites at this gathering. Svetla Tsotsorkova’s Thirst [+see also:
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interview: Svetla Tsotsorkova
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]
, well received after its debut in the New Directors competition at San Sebastián, may snag some awards, too.

Kamen Kalev's Face Down [+see also:
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]
, Tsvetodar Markov's While Aya Was Sleeping [+see also:
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, Michaela Komitova's The 11th Grade [+see also:
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]
, Ventsislav Vasilev's Snow [+see also:
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 and Dimitar Dimitrov's Corpse Collector [+see also:
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are also among the films in competition. Surprisingly, Maya Vitkova's Viktoria [+see also:
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interview: Maya Vitkova
festival scope
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]
has also been selected, after it was screened out of competition last year.

Popular co-productions, such as Radu Jude’s Aferim! [+see also:
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interview: Radu Jude
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]
and Tudor Giurgiu’s Why Me? [+see also:
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interview: Tudor Giurgiu
film profile
]
, are also in the selection. Meanwhile, several classic domestic features will be screened as part of the Bulgarian film centenary events. 

The festival will not neglect the industry aspects of Bulgarian cinema: it will host round tables discussing strategies for the development of local film production and for the digitisation of the national film heritage. Also, Nu Boyana Film, which has been attracting Hollywood’s biggest stars to the studios near Sofia, will present initiatives intended to support domestic cinema.

The winners will be announced on 11 October.

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