Sofia Film Festival Takes 'Shelter'Views on BG | March 15, 2011, Tuesday // 06:56| views
Sholev's pic wins grand prix at Bulgarian event
By Nick Holdsworth
LONDON -- Local director Dragomir Sholev's "Podslon" (Shelter) took the grand prix at Bulgaria's 15th Sofia Film Festival, which closed Monday with a gala screening of Russian director Alexei Uchitel's "The Edge."
Sholev shares the EUR 5,000 (USD 6,990) prize, awarded in a ceremony Saturday night, with his producer Rossitsa Valkanova. Sholev also picked up a Kodak prize for best Bulgarian feature that comes with USD 2,797 of film negative and lab services.
Joao Nuno Pinto won best director for "America," a Spanish/Brazilian/Portugese/Russian co-production.
A special jury award went to Turkish director Selim Gunes for "White as Snow."
Festival screened 205 films, including 118 features, 24 documentaries and more than 60 shorts during its 10-day run.
At the 8th edition of industry sidebar Sofia Meetings, Hungarian project "Indian Wife," presented by director Robert Lakatos and producer Andras Mihi, won USD 4,197 donated by Nu Boyana Film for best pitch in the second film projects program and USD 6,995 in post-production services from Digimage and LVT Sofia Post Production in the best project category.
Israeli project "Youth," directed by Tom Shoval and produced by Gal Greenspan, picked up USD 6,995 in post-production services donated by Synchro Film, Video and Audio (Vienna) for best pitch in the Plus Minus One Program and USD 2,798 in services from LVT Sofia Post Production for best project.