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The Audience Awards for films at the seventh edition of SoIndependent in Sofia.

The Audience Awards for films at the seventh edition of SoIndependent in Sofia.

British director Andrea Arnold receives this year’s prestigious award “Independent Spirit of Sofia” for her film “American Honey”. The Audience Award of “Independent Spirit of Sofia” for best documentary went to “The Happy Film” by directors Hillman Curtis, Ben Nabors, Stefan Sagmeister. The statuette of “Independent Spirit of Sofia”, designed by Bulgarian artist Stefan Nikolaev, will be handed out to winners in the United States . The film by Wendy Ceiba “How You See it” received special recognition, which will also be awarded to the director in New York.

For the first time within the frame of SoIndependent a Jury with members: directors  Kostadin Bonev and Pavel Vesnakov and producer Galina Toneva decided to grant the Bulgarian Association of Film Directors award for best Bulgarian short film to “Love” directed by Boya Harizanova, screenwriter Simeon Ventsislavov, and cameraman Victor Roev.


The award of the first pitching session for a project in development went to “The Pig”, directed by Drago Sholev and produced by Elena Mosholova. Nu Boyana Film Studios granted the authors their reward of 50 000 Euros in services for completing the project and 5,000 Euros in cash (to be spent in Bulgaria) at the start of filming. The project will get the chance to be financed and realised, and its authors will collaborate with some of the best specialists in the area. The project of Drago Sholev is selected in the shortlist of Independent Film Week 2017 and granted a year online membership in the IFP.


The seventh edition of “Sofia Independent Film Festival” was made possible through a partnership with Sofia Municipality, NPC (National Palace of Culture), and Zeitgeist Ventures.

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