Cinema adrenaline, awards and a powerful ending of the Seventh edition of the Sofia Independent Film Festival

Sofia’s audience awards will go to New York and Los Angeles

One of the most impressive films in the Seventh Sofia Independent Film Festival – the emotional and authentic “American Honey”, directed by Andrea Arnold, won the audience award “Independent Spirit of Sofia” and received the most votes for best feature film. The prize will be given to the people who created the movie beyond the Ocean.

The “Independent Spirit of Sofia” audience award for best documentary film went to “The Happy Film”, directed by Hillman Curtis, Ben Nabors and Stefan Sagmeister. They will receive it very soon in the USA.

The “Independent Spirit of Sofia” award is a trophy made by Bulgarian artist Stefan Nikolaev, who has worked in Paris for years.

For the first time within the Festival was given the award for best Bulgarian short film, decided by the Bulgarian Film Directors Association. The award was decided by the jury – Kostadin Bonev, director, Galina Toneva, producer, and Pavel Vesnakov, director. It was awarded to the film “Love”, represented by the director Boya Harizanova, the writer, Simeon Ventzislavov, and the camera operator Viktor Roev.


Wendy Seyb’s “How You See It” won a special certificate, which will be given to its director in New York in just a few days.

The award of the first pitching session for a film project in development was given to “The Pig”, represented by director Drago Sholev and producer Elena Mosholova.

The studio will support the movie with 50 000 Euro in services and 5 000 Euro soft money, upon commencement of production. The award is decided by Yariv Lerner, CEO of Nu Boyana Film, Milko Lazarov, director, and Sevda Shishmanova, program director of BNT 1.

Drago Sholev’s project also won inclusion in the shortlist of the Independent Film Week 2017 and one year online membership in IFP.


The Seventh Edition of the Sofia Independent Film Festival was realized in partnership with Sofia Municipality, NDK and Zeitgeist Ventures.

Tonight you will have the opportunity to see some of the films in the festival program in the Odeon theatre, the Cinema House and the Lumiere theatre.

For more information and details visit our website: http://soindependentfilmfest.com/program/