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Teodor Ushev heads the International Jury of the 25th SFF

Teodor Ushev – the most influential animator in the world for the last 25 years, according to an international poll at the prestigious animation festival in Lleida (Animac), will be chairman of the International Jury, which will evaluate films from the International First and Second Film Competition and the Bulgarian Competition short film at the 25th anniversary Sofia Film Fest.

Svetla Tsotsorkova, director of “Sister” – the winning film in the International Competition of the 24th SFF will also be a member of the jury. The other three participants in the jury are Russian director Ilya Hrzanovski, Hungarian director, actor and producer Szabolcs Hajdu and Macedonian actress Natasa Petrovic.

Teodor Ushev (Canada-Bulgaria) is a multimedia artist, director and graphic designer. He has worked for the National Film Council of Canada for the past 15 years. He has more than 15 films in his creative biography, which have brought him over 200 international awards worldwide.

Among them – an Oscar nomination, “Crystal” by Annecy, two awards for best animated film at the Canadian Film Academy, an honorary medal from the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts “Cesar” “Golden Globe” for best short film.

Ushev is a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts AMPAS, and is also a holder of the Order of Art and Literature of France. He is currently working on his first feature film – the fantastic anti-utopia “φ1.618”, on the novel “Pumpal” by Vladislav Todorov, with the main roles entrusted to Deyan Donkov and Martina Apostolova.

At the 25th SFF Teodor Ushev will present a program with his animated and experimental films, including the familiar to Bulgarian viewers “Blind Vaisha” and “Physics of Sadness” based on works by Georgi Gospodinov.

Ilya Hrzhanovski (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

Ilya Hrzhanovsky (Russia) was born on August 11, 1975 in Moscow. Graduated in directing at VGIK. His first major success came with the 2005 film 4.

Rebellious and innovative for Russian cinema, he has received international recognition and awards from festivals in Rotterdam (Grand Prix), Antalya, Athens, Buenos Aires, Sochi, Transylvania, etc., as well as a nomination for European Film Awards. Ilya Hrzhanovski’s DAU project (13 films) was presented at the second Sofia Meetings in 2005.

Ilya Hrzhanovski (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

At the beginning of 2019, two Parisian cinemas are realizing part of the interactive experience, constructed of feature films, visual projects and art installations, for which viewers have received personal “visas”, accompanied by a special smartphone – “viewer” of the viewer in this challenge . The film “DAU. Natasha ”was selected in the main competition of the“ Berlinale 2020 ”and awarded with the“ Silver Bear ”for the cinematography of Jürgen Jurges (worked with Fassbinder and Wim Wenders).

The whole project is dedicated to the life of the Soviet physicist and Nobel Prize winner Lev Landau (1908-1968). The idea is to present in a credible artistic form the totalitarian regime in the Soviet Union during the Stalin years and beyond. “DAU” is a semantic code for the then top-secret scientific institute of Prof. Landau.

The films are made with radical cinematic language on the edge between feature and documentary cinema, with almost no professional actors, and many of the roles are played by real scientists – professors and even a former KGB investigator who plays himself.

“DAU” has been filmed for more than 10 years. This is a multimedia project that changes the way cinema is created in general. It was filmed without interruption, 24 hours a day, in a building in Kharkov called the “Institute”, completely transformed in the spirit of the era, into something like a parallel reality. “DAU. Natasha ”will be presented in the program of the 25th SFF.

Svetla Tsotsorkova (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

Svetla Tsotsorkova (Bulgaria) is a screenwriter, director and producer. With his first short feature film “Life with Sofia” he won the Jamieson Award at the Sofia Film Fest in 2004.

The film was presented at Critics’ Week in Cannes, as well as at festivals in Karlovy Vary, Trieste and others. Tsotsorkova also has roles in cinema – in the short films “Omelet” (1996) and “Second Double” (2010) by Nadezhda Koseva, “Hourglass” (1999) by Georgi Dyulgerov. Her debut feature film Thirst is part of the New Directors program at the 63rd edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival in September 2015.

The film has participated in over 60 international festivals and won more than ten awards, including for directing, for best cast, for best cinematography, best set design and audience award. Thirst was nominated for the European Film Academy Awards in the Discovery category in 2016.

The world premiere of Svetla Tsotsorkova’s second feature film “Sister” is again in San Sebastian in 2019, in the program “New Directors”, where she won an honorary diploma of the jury.

A month later, he received the Grand Prix in Cottbus and the Grand Prix in Skopje. “Sister” is the winner of the International Competition of the 24th Sofia Film Fest. Among the films produced by Svetla Tsotsorkova are “Buffer Zone” by Georgi Dyulgerov, “Hunting Park” and “Ship in a Room” by Lyubomir Mladenov, “Enemies” by Svetoslav Ovcharov.

Natasha Petrovich (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

Actress Natasha Petrovich was born in Stip, Northern Macedonia, in 1988. He studied acting at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje and in 2010 became a member of the team of the independent Macedonian theater – Theatra. He began his film career with the role of Dea in “Shadows” by Milcho Manchevski, which premiered in Toronto in 2007 and was presented at the Sofia Film Fest in 2008.

In 2009, she received the lead role of Samira in Juanita Wilson’s feature debut “It’s Like I’m Not There,” which premiered in Sarajevo and resonated with a number of awards for her performance around the world. In 2011, Natasha Petrovich was chosen as one of the European stars in the “Shooting Stars” platform at the Berlin Film Festival.

Natasha Petrovich (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

Following are roles in Igor Ivanov’s “Piano Room” – Easy, “To the Handle”, directed by Oscar-nominated Stole Popov, and “Lazarus” by Svetozar Ristovski, presented in the Balkan competition at the 20th Sofia Film Fest. Natasha Petrovich gets the lead female role in “Elixir”, filmed in Berlin and directed by Brody Higgs – with a world premiere at the Berlinale 2015; she played Ines in Mitko Panov’s Witness, where she co-starred with legendary German actor Bruno Ganz.

In the pandemic year 2020, the Macedonian actress is shooting in the new film “Just People” directed by Igor Ivanov-Easy, a co-production with Bulgaria, which will be part of the program of the 25th Sofia Film Fest.

Szabolcs Hajdu (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

Sabolch Haidu was born in 1972 in Debrecen, Hungary. He studied theater and cinema at the University of Budapest, acted as an actor and began working as a director. In 2000 he directed his first feature film “Sticky Matters”, which in 2001 received the award for best debut in Hungary and the special award of the jury at the festival “Molodist” in Kiev.

Hajdu’s big breakthrough came in 2006 in Cannes with the premiere of his third film, White Palms, which won an honorary diploma in the East-West competition program in Karlovy Vary, as well as four Hungarian Film Week awards.

Szabolcs Hajdu (Photo: Sofia Film Fest)

In 2010, “Bibliothèque Pascal” was released with two awards from Sarajevo – at Cineuropa and CICAE, as well as the grand prize for best film of the year in Hungary. Four years later, Mirage appeared, which had its world premiere in Toronto, and his next film, “It’s Not The Time of My Life,” shot with a microbudget and starred in of his family, achieved great success in Karlovy Vary – the Grand Prix “Crystal Globe” for best film, and the director, who is also the lead actor, received the award for best actor.

The 25th Sofia Film Fest will present the director’s latest film “Treasures of the City”.